In 2018 John Abraham decided he will release his patriotic film Satyamev Jayate(which, come to think of it, stopped being patriotic at its title) on the same day as his friend Akshay Kumar’s Gold, a rousing flag-waving sports film about the hockey team that got India its first Olympian gold medal.
Though Akshay laughed off John’s eleventh-hour presence in a slot that has over the years become synonymous withAkshay and his patriotic cinema, we can safely say now that the two actors can no longer be considered friends.
And here’s why. A year later John is on to the same game-plan. His true-life action film Batla House will be released during the Independence Day week alongside Akshay Kumar’s space adventure Mission Mangal.
With this the second Independence Day salvo with both , John has thrown an open challenge at his Garam Masala co-star: the patriotic slot doesn’t belong to Akshay Kumar alone.
While neither actor was available comment on this impending patriotic clash in August 2019, a source very close to MangalMission described John’s entry into the August 15 as childishly harmful. “We all know clashes at the boxoffice are not good news at all . One or the other film is bound to suffer. What is John trying to prove? I think he has always wanted to model his career on Akshay. This is his chance of proving himself.”
In all fairness every actor has the right to choose whichever Friday he wants for the release of his film. In 2018 both Akshay’s Gold and John’s Satyamev Jayate did well. We can only hope for the same fate for Mangal Mission and Batla House in 2019.