John Abraham happened to release his patriotic film Satyamev Jayate on the same day as his friend Akshay Kumar’s Gold, a rousing flag-waving sports film about the hockey team that got India its first Olympian gold medal. Though Akshay laughed off John’s eleventh-hour presence in a slot that has over the years become synonymous with Akshay and his patriotic cinema, we can safely say now that the two actors can no longer be considered friends.
And here’s why. A year later, by coincidence, the same scenario is being played out again. His true-life action film Batla House will be released during the Independence Day week alongside Akshay Kumar’s space adventure Mission Mangal. With this the second Independence Day salvo with both, John is almost taking over the patriotic slot that belonged to Akshay Kumar so far.
While neither actor was the available comment on this impending patriotic clash in August 2019, one wonders if such a clash will be good for either film. “We all know clashes at the box-office are not good news at all. One or the other film is bound to suffer.”
In all fairness, every actor has the right to choose whichever Friday he wants for the release of his film. In 2018 both Akshay’s Gold and John’s Satyamev Jayate did well. We can only hope for the same fate for Mangal Mission and Batla House in 2019.