Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth to clash at the box-office


Fans all over the world go wild when one of their films is scheduled to be released. It can only be imagined what the furor would be like when Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and southern superstar Rajinikanth release their films on the same date. Such an event occurred on 15th June, 2007 when Big B starring Jhoom barabar jhoom and Rajinikanth starring Sivaji: the boss were released together. The same scenario is all set to be repeated this year on 11th April when the two stars will simultaneously release their films.

Both Amitabh abd Raji9nikanth have developed almost a cult following all over the world. On 11th April, Amitabh is all set to release Bhootnath returns. This is a sequel to his 2008 film Bhootnath where Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla appeared with the megastar. The sequel is a horror comedy with Boman Irani and Amitabh. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen in an interesting cameo.

Rajinikanth will be releasing his first major film after his long absence from the silverscreen due to a serious kidney ailment. The film is a period drama titled Kochadaaiyan and is directed by the daughter of the superstar, Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin. It is produced by the Eros International Media ltd. Deepika Padukone, Shobana, Aadhi and R Sharath Kumar will be seen in the film. A. R. Rahman has scored the music. State of the art technology has been reported to be used in the film with great effect. The Photorealistic Performance Capture technology used in the film is the same as that used in the Hollywood movie, Avatar. The film is simultaneously being released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Punjabi across 6,000 screens, as well as an international version in English.

It will definitely be interesting to watch how the fan pool decides which movie to see. One industry watcher said, "With the release dates of their films now confirmed, it will be interesting to see the legends take on each other at the box office. The two stars have fans across the globe and their films' collections will be followed closely."

"It is well-known that when Rajinikanth's film releases, it is festival time for his fans. The shows begin as early as 5 am especially in South India and often people burst crackers, beat drums and throw flowers at the screen before the show. The movie's reel is also worshipped at temples. So this clash is surely an interesting development," he said.


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