Shah Rukh Khan starrer Dunki and Prabhas starrer Salaar: Part 1- Ceasefire are all set to clash at the box office on December 22. As per a report in Bollywood Hungama, Hombale Films has decided to release the Prabhas starrer over the Christmas holiday period, setting up a direct clash with Khan's film Dunki which is also scheduled to release on December 22.
An exhibitor source reportedly told the portal, "We have received an email from AA Films that Salaar will hit the big screen on December 22, 2023. The film will clash with Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki at the box office across the globe." The source added, "Hombale and Prabhas believe that there are enough screens globally to accommodate two films and give them an extended run of 3 weeks. It's a strategic move to clash with Dunki on December 22."
Hombale Films will reportedly make an official announcement about the film's new release date on September 29. Salaar: Part 1- Ceasefire was supposed to be released on September 28. However, the makers announced that they were postponing the film's release to ensure that it lived up the audience's expectations.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the upcoming clash of both these big budget films with a post on Instagram. Adarsh wrote, YES, IT’S TRUE… SRK VS PRABHAS, ‘DUNKI’ VS ‘SALAAR’ THIS CHRISTMAS… The exhibitors have received a mail stating that #Salaar will arrive THIS CHRISTMAS [on 22 Dec 2023]… An official announcement by the producers, #HombaleFilms, will be made on Friday [29 Sept 2023]. SRK had already blocked #Christmas [22 Dec 2023] for #Dunki… And now #Prabhas also stakes claim on 22 Dec 2023."
Salaar: Part 1- Ceasefire is directed by Prashanth Neel and also stars Shruti Haasan, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Jagapathi Babu. Dunki is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and stars Khan and Taapsee Pannu.