For many years now, it's been the norm for Salman Khanstarrers to release on Eid. His last three films – "Wanted", "Bodyguard" and "Ek Tha Tiger" – all of which hit theatres on Eid, went on to become big box office hits.
For the first time however, the actor has decided to buck the trend. We've learnt his next titled "Mental", produced by brother Sohail Khan, won't release on Eid this year as decided earlier. Instead, it will open sometime in October, most probably October 2.
Apparently, the reason for the change in plan was that the brothers didn't want to rush into things with the film having gone on floors just yesterday. But if sources are to be believed, it may also have something to do with Abhinav Kashyap's Ranbir Kapoor-starrer "Besharam" releasing around the same time.
A source close to the project told Mirror, "It's after a long hiatus, and schedules and re-schedules that sets have been erected in Dubai for "Mental". It isn't going to be easy for Salman to release the film on Eid this year. Rather than hurry up, Salman and Sohail have decided to release the film in October, which too has long weekends. It's tentatively scheduled for an October 2 release."
But wouldn't "Mental" then clash with Abhinav's "Besharam"? "By releasing the film on October 2, Salman would also manage to ruffle feathers in Abhinav and Ranbir's camps," said the source.
Readers may recall Salman hasn't shared a good equation with Abhinav ever since the latter turned down his offer to direct the sequel to "Dabangg". As for Ranbir, he happens to be dating Salman's ex-girlfriend Katrina Kaif.
Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan seems to have benefitted from Salman's decision. Traditionally, his films have always opened during the Diwali holidays but this time round, he was keen that Rohit Shetty directed "Chennai Express" hit theatres on Eid. With Salman and Sohail changing the release date of "Mental", Shah Rukh's wish is likely to come true.