Salman Khan’s ‘Mental’: Killing Two Birds With One Stone?


DUBAI: Salman Khan has been setting the Box Office by storm every Eid for the past four years with his releases – ‘Dabangg’, ‘Wanted’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. Unfortunately we hear that this year, we won’t be seeing the superstar on Eid!

Salman Khan’s eagerly awaited ‘Mental’ produced by brother Sohail Khan won’t be able to make the Eid deadline this year and will release on 2 October 2013. The reason being, the film saw a lot of shooting delays, not to mention the last minute swap of the leading ladies.

Sources tell us that Salman and Sohail, who are presently in Dubai shooting for the film don’t want to rush anything as the film has already seen a lot of delays and interruption.  They now want to work as smoothly and swiftly as possible. The Khan Brothers, therefore, have decided to release the film in October against Abhinav Kashyap’s upcoming Comedy ‘Besharam’ starring Ranbir Kapoor, Pallavi Sharda and Sainath Dukkipati.

Is this Salman’s way of getting back at both Abhinav and Ranbir? It is not a secret that Abhinav Kashyap and Salman Khan had a fall out when Abhinav denied Salman’s offer to direct ‘Dabangg 2’. And as far as Ranbir is concerned, he is rumoured to have been dating Salman’s ex Katrina Kaif.

Both ‘Mental’ and ‘Besharam’ are comedies and its going to be a tough competition this October. With Salman’s record of giving superhits everytime, Ranbir and Abhinav are going to have a tough time to maintain their numbers. But then again, ‘Besharam’ is backed by Abhinav Kashyap’s sharp direction and Ranbir’s unmatched talent.

Not to mention, we will be seeing Ranbir, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor on-screen together for the first time. So who wins the October battle this year remains to be seen!

Amidst all this, Shah Rukh Khan seems to have profited the most! He has been eying Eid for the release of ‘Chennai Express’ for a long time now. And thanks to Salman’s decision to release ‘Mental’ on 2 October Shah Rukh’s wish will mostly come true! ‘Chennai Express’ is a romantic comedy starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.