Every filmmaker is extremely choosy about the release date of his movie. Mostly, they want a solo release and if the date coincides with a long weekend or festival then it’s even better. Hence, producers block dates well in advance. But at times, another filmmaker also decides to bring out his film on the same day and resulting in a box-office clash. This is generally not good for the industry. An upcoming example of this is Eid 2016 when Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Salman Khan’s Sultan will be out. Both are big films and the actors also have their pride at stake. Here’s a look at other films that clashed at the Box-Office:
Bajirao Mastani – Dilwale
Sanjay Leela Bhansali announced the release date of his magnum opus long ago. The Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra
starrer was supposed to be a solo release until Shah Rukh Khan decided to release his film Dilwale on the same day. Dilwale is directed by Rohit Shetty and also stars Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. It remains to be seen which one will draw in the crowds.
Last year on Gandhi Jayanti, it was two very different films that clashed. While
Bang Bang banked on superstar Hrithik Roshan, Haider relied heavily on substance. Even though Bang Bang got off to a better start, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider picked up due to positive word-of-mouth, and Shahid Kapoor was applauded for his brilliant performance.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan – Son of Sardaar
Jab Tak Hai Jaan was Yash Chopra’s last film he passed away a few days before the release on Diwali. Ajay Devgan’s Son of
Sardaar was also releasing that day and he accused Aditya Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan of armtwisting theatreowners to give Jab Tak Hai Jaan more shows. Despite great expectations, neither film managed to create a lasting impression on the audience.
Om Shanti Om – Saawariya
The Shah Rukh Khan-Sanjay Leela Bhansali clash started with this. Both the films were out on Diwali in 2007. While the Farah Khan film raked in the moolah, Saawariya was panned by both the critics and the audience. We’re sure that both, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor would have preferred a better launch.
Jaan-E-Mann – Don
As mentioned, Shah Rukh and Salman will both have their films releasing on Eid next year; their previous clash was in 2006 on Diwali. While King Khan had Don, for Salman it was Jaan-E-Mann which also had Akshay Kumar in the lead. While both the films opened well, Jaan-E-Mann crashed due to negative reviews. So, this round clearly went to Shah Rukh.