Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took a dig at the makers of "Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara" stating that "Chennai Express" producers had given away screens to the gangster thriller as per the request made by the Balaji Motion Pictures.
Shah Rukh broke his silence over the issue of theatre sharing between the makers of "Chennai Express" and "OUATIMD" which surfaced after Ekta Kapoor's mother Shobha Kapoor expressed her disappointment with UTV.
The 47-year-old actor claimed that the matter of screen sharing was settled between the makers of the films and he was not involved in the discussion between the parties.
"We had booked single screen theatres for two weeks. A desire came from there (Balaji) that look we are coming on August 15 and can you give us some theatres. I don't do the business, they (UTV) said we will give you 40 to 50 per cent (screen space) which we did," Shah Rukh told PTI.
"Our film was earlier supposed to release on Thursday, it then got shifted to Friday, a week means seven days and everyone has the right to run their film for seven days. So seven days got over and we gave them the theatres on Friday. If there is an issue or complaint about this, I think it is little unfounded," he added.
It was said that the release of Akshay Kumar starrer "OUATIMD" was postponed by a week as per Shah Rukh's request to avoid clash of "Chennai Express" and "OUATIMD". Both the movies were scheduled to release on the same day but it later emerged that Ekta agreed to postpone the release of her film after the makers of "Chennai Express" assured her that they would give screen space to her movie in over 2000 theatres across the country.
"I think sometimes when you talk about the business part then you start taking my name because I stand for the business part of Red Chillies or I am the face of this film. I don't think there is any reason, as far as UTV is concerned, to have an issue with Balaji. As far as I am concerned I was not part of the business," Shah Rukh said.