Rumours suggest that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's dream project Bajirao Mastani has been postponed by a week to give Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale a solo release on 18 December, 2015.
According to a report by Filmfare, Bajirao Mastani, starring Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone, which was slated to release on 18 December 2015, will now be released on 25 December, 2015.
Though not official, it could be a wise move by Eros so that both films get breathing space at the Box-Office. A clash between these two biggies would mean that Dilwale would release on 3,000-3,200 screens and Bajirao Mastani on 2,000-2,200 screens, negatively impacting the numbers of both films.
However, if Bajirao Mastani releases a week later, Dilwale will get a wide release on close to 5,000 screens and depending on the word of mouth, theatres will retain it in the second week as well. On the other hand, Bajirao Mastani will get a wide release as well on 25 December, on close to 3,000 screens, which is a better scenario than clashing with Dilwale.
A similar situation was seen in 2013, when Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Doobara released a week after Chennai Express and got a good screen space of 2,300+ screens (from Friday). However, negative word of mouth watered down the effect of a wide release and benefited Chennai Express instead.