Ranbir, Shahrukh to clash during Diwali
Two megastars of Bollywood are all set to clash during the Diwali weekend of 2014 as two mega budget films are scheduled to be released at the same time. The Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Happy New Year’ by Farah Khan will be released at the same time as the Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Jagga Jasoos’ by Anurag Kashyap. The same situation had occurred six years earlier in 2007 when the debut film of Ranbir, ‘Saawariya’ clashed with Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Om shanti om’ where he introduced Deepika Padukone to Bollywood. ‘Saawariya’ did not do well at the box office while ‘Om shanty om’ was a mega hit. It rem,ains to be seen how closely history repeats itself during the Diwali weekend of 2014.
All the other major festival slots of 2014 have also been blocked by a number of films. Anurag Kashyap said, “I will keep my film ready for release by September next year. After that, it will be the producer’s call to release it on Diwali or whenever they want. But the fact is that we haven’t taken a call on the release date yet.” On the other hand, when interviewed, Farah Khan said, “If the trade people know more than Shah Rukh and me, let them only shoot the film. We haven’t decided on the release date. Who knows, we might come before Diwali. Let us take the final call first.”
While no official release date has yet been announced, Ranbir’s ‘Jagga jasoos’ will probably release during Diwali as there are a number of detective films expected next year and Ranbir wanted to release his film first. Other films of this genre releasing next year include ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’, ‘Bobby Jasoos’, ‘Samrat & Co.’, and ‘Mr Joe B Carvahlo’. ‘Bombay velvet’ starring Ranbir is scheduled for Christmas of the next year. So, chances are high that Ranbir will target the Diwali slot.The competition is likely to be tough. Last time the two stars clashed, ‘Saawariya’ failed at the box office while ‘Om shanty om’ was a runaway hit. This time, Shah Rukh has again got his lucky charm Deepika on his side while Ranbir is paired with his reported lady love Katrina – a couple that has won the warm appreciation of box office. An intense promotional campaign is expected and the performance of the two films is sure to be interesting.