‘Pathaan’ and ‘Jawan’ are already hits for Shah Rukh Khan, who is now preparing for the premiere of Rajkumar Hirani's ‘Dunki’. After much conjecture, it has now been confirmed that this Christmas would pit Shah Rukh Khan against Prabhas, as both of their upcoming films will be released around the same time. Manobala Vijayabalan, a film trade analyst, went to Twitter (X) to offer an update on the release date of ‘Salaar Part 1: Ceasefire’.
He tweeted, “BREAKING: Pan India Star Prabhas' Salaar CONFIRMED to hit the BIG screens worldwide on 22 December 2023. Salaar Part 1: Ceasefire on December 22 (fire emoji). Clash with Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki. The date is so good that Prashanth Neel's Salaar will take historic opening of the year at the worldwide box office.”
Salaar's release date was pushed back due to technical difficulties. It was previously scheduled to be released on September 28. It will now be released on December 22nd. ‘Dunki’ has apparently already reserved a space on Christmas Day, but the release date has yet to be announced.
During a recent 'Ask SRK' session on X, one of his followers wondered if Dunki would still be released in theatres on Christmas, despite clashing with Salaar. "Dunki ki realise date fix hai na (Dunki's release date is fixed)?" the X user inquired. To which the actor had replied, "Dunki fixed hi hai. Aur kya karoon maathe pe gudwa loon (Yes, it is fixed, should I get it tattooed on my head now?)"
Taran Adarsh, a film trade expert, had previously tweeted, “Yes. It’s true… SRK Vs Prabhas, Dunki Vs Salaar this Christmas… The exhibitors have received a mail stating that #Salaar will arrive THIS CHRISTMAS [on 22 Dec 2023]… An official announcement by the producers, Hombale Films, will be made on Friday [29 Sept 2023].”
The film, billed as an action thriller, represents Prashanth Neel and Prabhas' debut collaboration.