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.

26 January 2017 is also a good date for releasing Raees, as it happens to be a long weekend (26 Jan is a Thursday).

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