It was not an easy decision to move the film. We understand that ‘Raees’ is highly anticipated. However, a film of such magnitude requires the appropriate showcasing and therefore, we have decided to shift our release date to 26th January 26, 2017.
— reads a joint statement by Shah Rukh Khan, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT on #Raees release date by Ritesh Sidhwani Shah Rukh Khan Farhan Akhtar pic.twitter.com/wZ8CjPjbJi
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 4, 2016
26 January 2017 is also a good date for releasing Raees, as it happens to be a long weekend (26 Jan is a Thursday).