Many producers have had to reschedule their releases due to the pandemic, causing widespread concern and stress. While some producers, such as Rohit Shetty, are considerate enough to consult with other producers before making a choice, others, such as Sajid Nadiadwala, are impatient to make an announcement. After first releasing the release date of Ahmed Khan’s Heropanti 2, starring Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria (May 6, 2022), it was curiously modified to an Eid 2022 release (the same day Ajay revealed his date for Runway 34), resulting in a face-off on April 29, 2022.
Ajay Devgn, a producer-actor, and Salman Khan, a producer-actor, tend to contact each other before announcing their releases.
A source close to Salman and Ajay tells Pinkvilla, “Salman and Ajay may not make a show of their close friendship in public but both are always there for each other. Ajay always appears on Bigg Boss shows which Salman hosts to promote his films and their camaraderie is obvious to all. Ajay usually likes a Diwali or Independence Day (August) or other holidays for his releases. Everyone knows that Eid is a date specially reserved for Salman but this time there were no big releases on April 29, 2022. Ajay called up Salman and asked him if he had any releases on Eid – especially Tiger 3 which is on the verge of completion. T3 is one of the most anticipated movies of 2022. Salman said it looked unlikely that he would have any Eid releases next year. So, Ajay checked with him before announcing Runway 34’s release date for Eid. If a Salman Khan movie was coming on April 29, there was no way that Ajay would have released Runway 34 on the same day because for the two actors’ friendship is more important.”
“Interestingly, Salman and Sajid Nadiadwala are close friends too. One wonders if Sajid wanted the Eid date and having heard from Salman that Ajay was planning the same date, changed his too, as Eid is a massive weekend date for a release? With the pandemic many producers are having to push back their films. If only other actors and producers would learn from Ajay and Salman and consult each other before announcing their release dates too, it would make everything so much better for the film industry.”
Amitabh Bachchan, Rakul Preet Singh, Boman Irani, Carry Minati, Aakanksha Singh, and Angira Dhar feature in Runway 34. Ajay Devgn officially confirmed the film’s completion in the second week of December this year. The film was originally titled Mayday, and it is said to be based on a real-life incident that occurred a few years ago when a flight from a Middle-Eastern city was diverted to Trivandrum due to poor visibility, and the pilot was forced to make a May Day call. In the suspenseful thriller, Ajay and Rakul Preet play pilots, while Boman Irani portrays the owner of an airline.