Himmatwala & Chennai Express clubbed for single-screen theatres to give Akshay a tough time
It’s not going to be easy for Akshay Kumar this time as his film Once Upon a Time in Mumbai 2 is now not just releasing on the same day with Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express but the producer UTV of Chennai Express has decided to employ the same tactic as Yash Raj allegedly did last year with Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
Just the way Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan had attempted to monopolize theatres forcing Ajay Devgn to file a case under the Competition Commission to protect the interests of his Son of Sardaar, in the same way Akshay might have to suffer the onslaughts of UTV.
UTV has sounded out single-screen theatre owners that if they want to buy Devgn’s Himmatwala, which is releasing on March 27, and is essentially a single-screen film, they will have to devote all four shows to Chennai Express as well.
Confirming the development, a source told a daily, “YRF has set the trend. Now, UTV is doing it. It seems they just want to kill the prospects of Once Upon A Time….”