A wise man or a woman once said- Expect the Unexpected.
The reason for quoting the adage is the sudden and unpredictable clash of two monumental Hindi films.
The Akshay Kumar-Bhumi Pednekar starer satirical comedy,Toilet- Ek Prem Katha, was scheduled to release on the 9th of June this year. However, the makers have postponed the date to the 11th of August, which happens to be the independence weekend.
For all those who are unaware, Imtiaz Ai’s untitled romance, starring Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma is also hitting the celluloid on the same day.
The moment the news of this clash was announced, almost every media house and website started digging into the two superstars’ respective repertoire.
History reveals Kumar and Khan have clashed at the box-office twice, once in 2004 (SRK’s Veer-Zaara and Kumar’s Aitraaz) and the second time in 2006 (Khan’s Don and Kumar’s Jaan-E-Mann).
On both the occasions, it was King Khan who marched ahead in terms of numbers, as informed to us by numerous portals and news channels.
The most crucial question here is, are people so obsessed with box-office collections and numbers that they fail to value compelling and competent content?
Are they so blinded by the radiance of success that they stoop to such archaic and inane articles ?
Yes, Veer-Zaara was a far more successful film than Aitraaz, that’s simply because it had a wider release. The Akshay Kumar starer, although a faithful adaptation of Disclosure (1994), was a gripping and thrilling courtroom drama that was perfectly complimented by accomplished performances by the leading man and the antagonist,Priyanka Chopra.
As far as Jaan-E-Mann is concerned, it still remains of the most unfairly overlooked and underrated films of Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan’s careers. A Broadway-style musical, it slowly and gradually grips you in its narrative and emotionally fragile moments.
Coming back to Toilet and the SRK-Anushka starter, both the films releasing on the same day shouldn’t be the Breaking News of the year. Khan himself has firmly stated on many occasions that we make 200 films every year, but only have 52 Fridays, so films are bound to clash.
When the 11th of August arrives, the world will witness which is a better film. With what we have seen so far, both Khan and Kumar seem to be in their most nonpareil form of their careers.