For the past four years it has become a tradition of sorts for an Akshay Kumar starrer to release in an around the festive Eid period. The first film which started the trend was Subhash Ghai’s Abbas Mustan directed, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor starrer, AITRAAZ (2004). Next year (2005) saw Priyadarshan’s comic caper, the Akshay Kumar and John Abraham starrer GARAM MASALA release. And the very next year it was the turn of romcom, JAANE MANN co starring, Salman Khan hitting the screens around the festive season.
As if it was not enough, last year’s Eid once again saw Priyadarshan return with his favourite hero, Akshay Kumar in the comedy horror flick, BHOOL BHULAIYAA. Barring JAANE MANN which suffered at the hands of Shah Rukh Khan’s DON, all the remaining three above mentioned projects were boxandoffice successes.
However this year, fans of Akshay Kumar will have to make do with his still running super, SINGH IS KINNG, which (as per trade sources), is expected to carry into Eid with a reasonable number of prints. And for others there are as many as three interesting and different films releasing around Eid. The Sanjay Dutt Imran Khan starrer, KIDNAP, releases on the 1st of October. Gandhi Jayanti (2nd October) will see Abhishek Bachchan’s DRONA and Nandita Das’s RAMCHAND PAKISTANI releasing world wide across screens.