Bollywood seems to be high on clashes at box office. Usually the much in co-ordination band of people plan their big releases properly spaced out in order to ensure good collections at box office. But it started with Bajirao Mastani and Shahrukh’s Dilwale that were released on the same day; and no prizes for guessing the winner – the historical was way ahead of ‘Dilwale’ and why not – the much anticipated ‘Dilwale’ faltered terribly on the screenplay front, and it was too much of a drag even for hardcore Shah Rukh and DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge) fans.
The next big, and most recent clash has been that of ‘Mohenjodaro’ and ‘Rustom’ – and here again Akshay Kumar emerged a winner, and continues to be the top choice for film goers. And one cannot solely blame it on the clash. Ashutosh Goawriker, this time, seems to have faltered a bit on the historical and factual angle; however reviews have neem mixed. Many have recommended the film purely for its magnificence.
Come Diwali and it is going to be the clash of the titans – Ajay Devgn’s muchy ambitious direcorial venture ‘Shivaay’ and Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ with Ranbir Kapoor and the most dependable Anushka Sharma. Both have remained silent until now, when Ajay in a recent interview revealed on how there was no other film that was releasing when they had decided the date, and how he does not waste his time thinking about other’s films. “If Dharma Productions decides to release their film on the auspicious day, it is their wish,” he said.
However both the films are very crucial for Ajay and Karan, and history is witness- not every clash ends up in one emerging a winner – ‘Dil’ and ‘Ghayal’; ‘Raja Hindustani’ and ‘Ghatak’; ‘Gadar’ and ‘Lagaan’ – are a few examples of films released on same date and both emerging hugely successful, So one hopes it isn’t a clash but one of those days when Hindi cinema just got too lucky and hence two good movies releasing on the same day.