Exclusive! Boney Kapoor on ‘Maidaan’ vs ‘RRR’ clash: Why does a SS Rajamouli film, after the two Baahubali films, need a holiday weekend? – Eagles Vine

On Monday, SS Rajamouli’s film, ‘RRR’ that stars Ram Charan, NTR Jr, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, and Samuthirakani, announced its release date. Ram Charan took to Twitter to share, “Fire and water will come together to make an unstoppable force as you’ve never witnessed! Get Ready to experience Indian cinema in its finest avatar on October 13, 2021”. However, another one of Ajay’s films has already reserved October 15 as its release date. Filmmaker Boney Kapoor had booked the slot for his upcoming sports biopic ‘Maidaan’ based on the life of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.

In an industry that’s already been hit hard due to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, clashes spell doom and this one, with both films starring Ajay, has the trade befuddled. Calling it unethical, a miffed Boney, who is co-producing the Amit Sharma-directorial with Zee Studios, reiterated that this should not happen in today’s times when the film industry has suffered a big financial blow owing to COVID. ETimes spoke to Boney to get a ringside view of everything that has happened and to find out his next move. Excerpts:

Have you spoken to Ajay after the ‘RRR’ announcement?


What did he say?
Ajay found out about it a day before the announcement was made. He told me that he had told the makers of ‘RRR’ that they should speak to me as I have already announced that ‘Maidaan’ would release on October 15. He asked them to sort out the situation but they chose not to speak to me. This is the reason why Ajay did not tweet or retweet the release date of ‘RRR’.

Did you speak to Rajamouli after the ‘RRR’ announcement?

Yes, I did. I called him yesterday and he was busy shooting. But he returned my call.

What did he say?

He said it was not in his hands because he had played no role in this and it is entirely between the ‘RRR’ producer and distributors. He said the producer was under a lot of pressure from the distributors.

Your take on what Rajamouli told you?

I have no choice but to believe him.

Will you shift your film from its October 15 slot?

Amit Sharma, who’s directing ‘Maidaan’, had last helmed the superhit ‘Badhaai Ho’ and the content of my film will speak for itself. The third week of October has Dussehra and Eid holidays and becomes a big weekend for overseas collections. So, no, I won’t budge. I will leave it to fate.

There is a backlog of films waiting for release, so clashes might be the regular this year…

But Rajamouli has made a big name for himself after the two ‘Baahubali’ films he directed. In that context, I wonder why a Rajamouli film, after ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ and ‘Baahubali 2:The Conclusion’ needs a holiday weekend?

What’s Amit Sharma feeling?

He is miffed. We have spoken.

What’s next?

I was in Delhi and have rushed to Mumbai to address the situation. I have to talk to my entire cast and crew; they’re all upset.


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