Sanjay Leela Bhansali had previously set the same date for his Gangubai Kathiawadi when SS Rajamouli announced the release date for his long-awaited multilingual opus RRR.
Bhansali was insistent about not moving his release date, claiming that his film had already been scheduled for January 6th before RRR. However, Bhansali’s co-producer Jayantilal Gada began to exert pressure on him. “Gada felt that two big films on the same Friday would harm both films. Besides RRR had two major actors in common, namely Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn,” informs a source.
Bhansali would still have not given into his producer’s pressure were it not for Alia Bhatt. “Alia personally requested Bhansali to avert the clash. She didn’t want both her films to release on the same day. That’s when Bhansali decided to reconsider his earlier decision to not budge from January 6 at any cost,” a source informs.
There was another reason why Gangubai Kathiawadi was released on January 6 over the world. Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his leading woman Alia Bhatt believe that the number 6 is auspicious. Bhansali was born on February 24, which is the sum of the numbers 4 and 2 adding up to 6. Alia’s birthday is March 15th, which adds up to six.
The release date for Gangubai Kathiawadi has been pushed back to February 18.