Bollywood’s A-list brigade will not say ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ too often this year. Reason? 2013 is expected to see some of the biggest stars clash at the box office, with their films releasing on the same day. The biggest clash will be on August 8, when Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer Chennai Express will release with Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan starrer Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again. Some other big ticket clashes include Shahid Kapoor’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero and Prakash Jha’s Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn starrer Satyagraha on August 23.
Trade experts say that these clashes mean loss of business for both the films. “Whenever two big films release together, their individual business is bound to get affected adversely. Today filmmakers have a lot of ego and that is also a reason for these clashes. Many of them want to encash on holidays,” says trade analyst Vikas Mohan. Filmmakers, however, don’t feel the pressure. “The Eid weekend can easily absorb two big films and there is an Independence Day holiday the following weekend,” says Tanuj Garg of Balaji, whose film Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again will clash with Chennai Express.
But many are playing safe. The makers of Sonam Kapoor’s Raanjhanna have advanced the release date by a week to avoid a clash with Vidya Balan’s Ghanchakkar.
Clash 8 Aug
Shah Rukh Khan
film: Chennai Express
The film also stars Deepika Padukone in the lead. According to director Rohit Shetty, the film revolves around a man’s journey from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens during the journey.
film: Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Again
The gangster romantic thriller film is a sequel to the 2010 hit film, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai. Akshay Kumar and Imran Khan play gangsters in the film.
Clash 23 Aug
Prakash Jha’s multi-starrer deals with how the middle class is distressed over the prevailing system.
film: Phata Poster Nikla Hero
This romcom will see Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D’Cruz in lead roles.
Clash 6 Sept
Directed by Rensil D’Silva and produced by Karan Johar, it also stars Kanagana Ranaut.
Saif Ali Khan
film: Bullet Raja
Has the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia. Saif and Sonakshi Sinha are paired for the first time.
Clash 15 Nov
film: Gori Tere Pyaar Mein
Punit Malhotra’s film brings back the Kareena and Imran Khan jodi after Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu.
film: Rambo Rajkumar
Directed by Prabhu Deva, the film brings together Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha for the first time.
Clash 6 Dec
film: Shaadi Ke Side Effects
It brings Vidya and Farhan Akhtar together for the first time. It is a sequel to Pyaar Ke Side Effects
The film also stars Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.It is based on the lives of two small-time thieves.