Shah Rukh Khan has finally confirmed Dunki’s release date and it seems like the film is trying to avoid a direct clash with Salaar by one day. For weeks now, fans were confused about Dunki’s release date. The promotional material, including the Dunki posters and teasers, had only mentioned that the film will release on the occasion of Christmas. While fans presummed that it would be December 22 (the Friday before Christmas), Shah Rukh has now revealed that Dunki will release on December 21.
The news of Dunki’s final release date was shared along with the trailer that dropped on Tuesday morning. “Join Hardy and his four ‘ullu da patthas’ as they embark on their remarkable journey of love, friendship and nostalgia. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Boman Irani and Vicky Kaushal, Dunki is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, and presented by Jio Studios, Red Chillies Entertainment and Rajkumar Hirani Films. Releasing worldwide on 21st December 2023. See you at the movies!" read the description of the trailer on YouTube.
This confirms that Dunki will have an extra day before it locks horns with Prabhas’ Salaar. Over the weekend, Prashant Neel released the Salaar trailer and confirmed that the movie will hit cinemas on December 22.
Last week, speaking with Times of India, Prashant Neel called the Salaar vs Dunki clash an ‘unpleasant situation.’ “But it is a very unpleasant situation for anybody to move their date to somebody else’s date. We also wouldn’t want somebody to move to our date when we have announced it a year before. And we also did not want to do it. But that was a logistical decision that was taken only by the production," he said.
“We are not fearful of the fact that another movie as big as that, the combination that it has. Rajkumari Hirani sir is one of my favourite directors. I am definitely sold on going and watching ‘Dunki’. So I do understand that that’s a very big movie that is coming out. But the biggest fear that we have during making a movie is whether the audience is going to like it," he added.
The Dunki vs Salaar clash will be the second big clash of the month. Last weekend, Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal and Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur had clashed at the box office.