`Chennai Express` to release on August 9

Updated: Jul 19, 2013, 19:19 PM IST

Mumbai: The release date of Shah Rukh Khan starrer `Chennai Express` has been pushed by a day and the much awaited film will now hit theatres on August 9 to coincide with the festival of Eid.

The Rohit Shetty directed action-comedy also starring Deepika Padukone, was earlier set to hit theatres on August 8.

"We always wanted to come on Eid for `Chennai Express` and now the festival will be celebrated on 9th, which also happens to be a holiday, so it makes sense to release the film on that day," Gaurav Verma, Director-India Theatrical Distribution Studios, Disney UTV, said in a statement.

`Chennai Express` and `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara` were to release on August 8 but producer Ekta Kapoor postponed the release date of the Akshay Kumar-starrer to August 15, after SRK requested veteran actor Jeetendra to avoid the box office clash.