Call it a coincidence or a well planned strategy, but maybe first ever time in the history of Bollywood, two films with the same female lead might release on the same day. One is the Sajid Nadiadwala produced and Kabir Khan directed Phantom and the other is the Hrithik Roshan starrer Bang Bang. Actress Katrina Kaif plays the lead role in both the films, where she will play the love interest of Saif in Phantom and will be seen romancing Hrithik in Bang Bang. Explaining about the release date issue, a source said, “Director Kabir Khan and producer Sajid Nadiadwala finished the first schedule of the film a few weeks ago and since then, they have been looking for the perfect date for the film’s release. Sajid is adamant about releasing the film on this day as it falls on the first day of the longest weekend of the year. October 2 marks Gandhi Jayanti on a Thursday; the next day is Dusshera, followed by the weekend and Eid on Monday. An official announcement is yet to be made but if things fall in place, October 2 will be the release date.”
On the other hand, Bang Bang has already announced 2nd October to be its release date, without even starting to shoot for the film. Confirming the news, the source added, “A lot of filmmakers are eyeing this date. For instance, the makers of Bang Bang are yet to start shooting their film, but they have already declared October 2 as their release date. Now if both these films end up releasing on the same day, they will invariably eat into each other’s business. Moreover, Katrina Kaif, the leading lady in both the films, will have a tough time promoting it.” Having completed shooting for two schedules of Phantom, Sajid Nadiadwala might not change its release date from 2nd October to anything else. All we can do is wait and watch, if the two films hit the theatres on the same day!