WEB DESK: Two big-ticket films,opening in theatres is never a good omen. Pinned as a huge box office clash, Rohit Shetty’s action comedy ‘Dilwale’ will battle Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama ‘Bajirao Mastani’ on December 18, Mid-day reported.
While actors of the two competing films have termed this as “unfortunate” or confessed to be nervous about it, the film-makers are not in a mood to choose a date other than that scheduled.
Industry sources report that this clash of two big Bollywood films has now led to a fight for capturing maximum number of screens.
An industry source reveals,”The makers of both films are trying to get more screens than the other. These days, once the filmmakers decide the release date, they don’t give it up even if it clashes with another big-budget film. While ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and ‘Dilwale’ will cater to diverse segments of the audience, the buzz for the latter is slightly better since it is a mass entertainer.”
Distributor Anil Thadani insists that neither of the two makers has started booking screens. “It’s too early to comment since they have not set the screen space so far. I am sure both films will have a wide release and survive on their own merit,” he adds.
Rakesh Upadhyay of White Hill Productions, which distributes films overseas, says ‘Dilwale’ might win over ‘Bajirao Mastani’ even though Eros has pre-booked the single screens.
He added,”As far as the overseas market is concerned, no one can beat SRK. However, both films should do well since they are releasing just a week before Christmas and have enough time to cash in on the fan frenzy.”