Clashes have always turned out to be extremely detrimental to Bollywood films and incurred heavy losses, but yet filmmakers don’t deter from releasing two big films, featuring two stars, at the same date.
2017 started off with a clash between Raees and Kabil, featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan respectively. While Kabil put up a great show at the ticket window, Raees failed to pull in the kind of collection a Shah Rukh Khan film should fetch.
The same happened with Ajay Devgn and Aamir Khan’s Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar respectively. While Golmaal Again went on to join the coveted Rs. 200 crore club, Secret Superstar wrapped up its box office run a little over Rs. 60 crores.
Learning no lessons from clashes in the past, many filmmakers are going to hock horns in 2018 also. The most interesting clash is going to happen between Sanjay Dutt and Shahid Kapoor as their films Sadak 2 and Batti Gul Meter Chalu respectively are set to release on August 31st 2018.
While Sadak 2 is a sequel to the Mahesh Bhatt directed film Sadak, Batti Gul Meter Chalu is a social drama film, to be helmed by Toilet: Ek Prem Katha fame Shree Narayan Singh. It will be interesting to see if the makers reshuffle their release date or arrive on the same day.