In a recent interview with Times of India, Prashanth Neel, whose upcoming directorial Salaar starring Prabhas is scheduled to release on December 22 addressed the clash of Salaar with Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki and called it an 'unpleasant situation." He said, "The clash is not something you ideally want, be it with a newcomer or with the biggest star of Indian cinema. 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."
He further discussed their 'biggest fear' and said, "Rajkumar Hirani sir is one of my favorite 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 which is always when making a movie is whether the audience is going to like it or not."
Directed by Neel, Salaar is produced by Hombale films who also produced Kantara directed by Rishabh Shetty. Salaar also stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan and Jagapathi Babu in prominent roles. Dunki directed by Hirani stars Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Boman Irani along with Khan in the titular role. Dunki releases on December 21, a day before Salaar hits the screen.