Bollywood movies that locked horns at box office on Diwali

Sooraj Barjatya-directed ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ starring Salman Khan released on the occasion of Diwali and became the biggest opener of the year and second to 2014 film ‘Happy New Year’. While Salman is an invincible force behind the movie, there were some naysayers who opined that a typical Barjatya family drama will not work for today’s audience. But they have been proved wrong. Apart from being a Salman Khan-starrer, the film also hugely benefitted for being a solo Diwali release in the four-day holiday weekend and also because it did not face competition from any big previous release.

Diwali has been an important time for Bollywood films to release. The holiday season brings more footfalls at theatres which immensely benefits the films business. However, when more than one film releases on such a lucrative occasion, one or the other film(s) fail to rake in the moolah, where it could have been successful had it released separately.

Here are the latest five box-offices clashes that have happened around Diwali weekend.

1. Jab Tak Hai Jaan vs Son of Sardaar (2012)

‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ was a romantic film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead it was directed by the late Yash Chopra who passed away just two weeks before the film hit theatres. The film was a huge hit and grossed over Rs 200 crores. 

On the other hand, ‘Son of Sardar’ was a comedy that featured Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt. The film which was a remake of S. S. Rajamouli’s Telugu film ‘Maryada Ramanna’ met with mixed to negative reviews, but managed to rake in a Rs 150 crore. 

2. Golmaal 3 vs Action Replayy (2010)

The third instalment of Rohit Shetty’s hit franchise ‘Golmaal’ had an ensemble cast of Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Mithun Chakraborty Ratna Pathak and Johnny Lever. The slapstick comedy was a runaway hit and is among the top grossing Hindi film.

Meanwhile, Vipul Shah’s sci-fi romantic comedy starred hit actor Akshay Kumar opposite Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Aditya Roy Kapur, Neha Dhupia and Ranvijay Singh of ‘Roadies’ fame also starred in the movie, which received negative reviews. The film opened on an all time low for any Akshay Kumar film ever. Akshay-Vipul combo had previously delivered hits like ‘Namastey LaonDon’ and ‘Aankhen’. 

3. All The Best vs Blue vs Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009)

The multi-starrer Rohit Shetty film ‘All the Best: Fun Begins’ cast Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu and Mugdha Godse among others. The film opened below average, but soon picked up and went on to be among the top ten highest grosser of 2009.

On the other hand, Akshay Kumar starrer underwater action thriller ‘Blue’ featured Sanjay Dutt, Lara Dutta and Zayed Khan. It was a big budget film of that time and also featured Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. Although, the film received mostly positive reviews and got an excellent opening, its occupancy at theatres soon started to decline drastically. The film failed to recover its budget and incurred losses.

‘Main Aurr Mrs Khanna’ was a triangle love story directed by debutante Prem Soni. Starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan, the film has a poor performance at the box office.

4. Om Shanti Om vs Saawariya (2007)

Diricted by Farah Khan, ‘Om Shanti Om’ was based on the theme of reincarnation and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone who made her debut with the film. Arjun Rampal, Shreyas Talpade and Kirron Kher played supporting roles. Almost all of Bollywood stars made an appearance in a song sequence and special appearances. The film was a runaway hit and its songs were chartbusters.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ with his trademark magnificent sets and stunning visuals marked the debut of star kids Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. Salman Khan and Rani Mukherji played supporting roles. However, the film failed at the box-office, but the lead actors’ performances were appreciated.

5. Don vs Jaan-E-Mann (2006)

Shah Rukh Khan starrer film ‘Don’ was a remake of the 1978 classic film of the same title starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan. It also features Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal and Isha Kopikar and was directed by Farhan Akhtar. The rocked the box office and entered the Rs. 100 crore club back then.

On the other hand, ‘Jaan-e-Mann’ was a romantic comedy starring Slaman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta. It was the directorial debut of film editor and Farah Khan’s husband Shrish Kunder. The film had a dismal performance and managed to gross RS. 3.5 crore.