New Delhi: As the big Diwali weekend comes closer, theatres prepare for the ultimate box office face-off for the year—Ajay Devgn-starrer Shivaay and Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will vie for audience’s attention this Friday. Bollywood, however, has quite a tradition of bringing two or more big-ticket films together to cash in on the festive Diwali weekend each year. Here’s a look at ten high-profile movie clashes.
1. Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son of Sardaar (2012): Yash Chopra’s romantic drama starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma marked his last film as director and made about Rs.101 crore at the box office. It hit screens, amid much controversy, the same day as the Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt action comedy that earned Rs.88 crore.
2. Golmaal 3 and Action Replayy (2010): Rohit Shetty’s third film in the popular comedy franchise minted Rs.108 crore at the box office beating Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s time-travel tale that only managed Rs.28 crore.
3. All the Best: Fun Begins, Blue and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna (2009): Rohit Shetty dominated with his Ajay Devgn comedy that made Rs.41 crore at the box office. In what may seem an unimaginable scenario today, the film beat the Akshay Kumar’s Blue and Salman Khan’s Main Aurr Mrs Khanna that earned Rs.38 crore and Rs.7 crore, respectively.
4. Golmaal Returns and Fashion (2008): Rohit Shetty’s second film in the comedy series minted Rs.51 crore in box office collections compared to Priyanka Chopra’s Madhur Bhandarkar-directed drama that earned Rs.26 crore, besides national awards for Chopra and supporting actor Kangana Ranaut.
5. Om Shanti Om and Saawariya (2007): In the most high-profile Diwali clash in recent years, Farah Khan’s rebirth saga starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone hit screens along with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic drama introducing newcomers Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor. The former made Rs.78 crore at the box office, while the latter managed Rs. 20 crore.
6. Don and Jaan-E-Mann (2006): Farhan Akhtar’s retelling of the Amitabh Bachchan classic that starred Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra in lead roles made Rs.50 crore at the box office. The Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta film directed by Shrish Kunder, on the other hand, managed Rs.25 crore.
7. Garam Masala and Kyon Ki (2005): It was director Priyadarshan’s weekend that Diwali. His Akshay Kumar and John Abraham comedy made Rs.29 crore in box office collections, while the Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor-starrer managed Rs.12 crore.
8. Veer Zaara, Aitraaz and Naach (2004): The Yash Chopra-directed romantic drama starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerji earned Rs.41 crore at the box office and managed the best opening for a Hindi film that year in the US and the UK markets. It outdid the collections of other releases that week, Abbas-Mustan’s Aitraaz and Ram Gopal Varma’s Naach that netted Rs.15 crore and Rs.3 crore, respectively.
9. Mohabbatein and Mission Kashmir (2000): The Aditya Chopra-directed multi-starrer competed with Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s action drama featuring Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. The former made Rs.41 crore in box office collections, while the later earned Rs.22 crore.
10. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Yaraana (1995): Director Aditya Chopra’s long-running love story starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol that remains one of the most successful Indian films ever arrived in theatres the same day as Madhuri Dixit’s and Rishi Kapoor’s Yaraana that netted Rs.5 crore at the time of release. DDLJ earned about Rs.53 crore at the time of release.
All figures have been sourced from movie website Box Office India.