The film portrays Khan as a kind-hearted Lord Hanuman devotee who helps a mute girl return to her hometown in Pakistan. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and child actor Harshaali Malhotra.

Khan’s date with Eid

Khan was at one of the lowest points in his career when his 2009 film, Wanted, showcased the star as an action hero. The film was released during the end of Ramadan, but collections picked up two days later on Eid, and the film went on to become a blockbuster.

After Wanted, Khan delivered a slew of flops, including Main Aur Mrs Khanna, London Dreams and Veer. He bounced back with another super hit, Dabangg, in 2010—again releasing on Eid that year. Dabangg—a debut film for director Abhinav Kashyap and actor Sonakshi Sinha—saw Khan as a magnanimous cop in Uttar Pradesh. Just like Wanted, the action sequences in the film showed him as an insurmountable hero.   

His appeal as an action hero wasn’t merely limited to urban multiplexes, with thousands of fans swarming countless single-screen theatres across the country. Consequently, he stuck with his formula of releasing films on or around Eid.

In 2011, he acted in Bodyguard, followed by Ek Tha Tiger in 2012, Kick in 2014 and Bajrangi Bhaijaan in 2015. All the roles—whether that of a bodyguard or a super spy—had their share of action scenes.

In 2013, however, Shah Rukh Khan grabbed the Eid release date for his film, Chennai Express, that went on to become a blockbuster. That year no Salman Khan film was released.

Salman Khan’s Jai Ho—which wasn’t ready in time for the Eid of 2013—released on Republic Day of the following year, and flopped at the box office. ”I think the release time of January (was not good). That time schools start, everyone is just out from holiday mood,” the actor later said.

So far, the two Khan forces of Bollywood have not collided. But in 2016, Shah Rukh Khan has decided to release his Raees along with Salman Khan’s Sultan on Eid.

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