Mumbai, July 18 -- The competition is going up, the clashes are coming on strong. A long list of A-list releases around the same date stand testimony to the trend, and experts say this means a big fight for revenue.
Reasons for the deluge: the general elections and the IPL in the first half of the year. The first such big clash will be on September 5, with cousins Priyanka and Parineeti Chopra vying for the audiences' attention for their respective films.
"Clashes divide the business. But holidays elevate a film's prospects and that's why every producer wants to encash on the opportunity," says trade analyst Atul Mohan. Producer Bhushan Kumar, whose upcoming films Creature 3D, All Is Well and Roy, are clashing with others, says, "At the end of the day, a good film will work at the box office no matter how many other films release with it."
Movies in 2014
September 5 The Chopra cousins are set to clash soon. The biopic on boxing champion Mary Kom, starring Priyanka Chopra, will open on the same day as Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur's comedy drama, Daawat-E-Ishq, the makers of which had already locked September 5 as the release date. But Priyankas's film was rescheduled to release ahead of its original October 2 opening.
September 12 This date will see film-maker Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny, starring Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor, clash with Bipasha Basu's 3D science fiction, Creature, directed by Vikram Bhatt. Unfazed by the competition, Adajania had told us earlier, "I am not worried at all as we don't seem to suffer from a lack of population, so fortunately, I think there's enough to go around."
October 2 Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif's thriller Bang Bang - the remake of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz's Knight and Day (2010) - is set to take on Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor's much-awaited Haider, which is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, and is set in Kashmir. The latter has been directed by acclaimed film-maker Vishal Bhardwaj.
December 5 Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Asin who'll star in film-maker Umesh Shukla's romantic drama, All Is Well, will compete with Arjun Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha who'll hit the screen together for the first time in Amit Sharma's action drama, Tevar - a remake of the 2003 Telugu film, Okkadu - on the same day.
Movies in 2015 January 23 Two Akshay Kumar films - Neeraj Pandey's Baby that also stars actors Tapsee Pannu, and Gabbar, which has Shruti Haasan as the female lead, will clash with Emraan Hashmi's Mr X - a 3D thriller directed by Vikram Bhatt, around Republic Day next year. Actor Amyra Dastur is starring alongside Emraan in the film.
February 13 Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Roy, which is helmed by debutant Vikramjit Singh and also stars actors Arjun Rampal and Jacqueline Fernandez, will lock horns with Sushant Singh Rajput's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy - a film directed by Dibakar Banerjee, and based on the famous fictional Bengali detective created by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay.
December 19 The date will see Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma's P.K. pitted against Welcome Back, which has an ensemble cast including John Abraham, Anil Kapoor and Shruti Haasan. The Anees Bazmee film is a sequel to the 2007 comedy, Welcome. Bazmee had reportedly said he didn't want his film to clash with Aamir's, and is still convincing producer Firoz Nadiadwala to avoid the clash.