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December 18 is a big day for Bollywood. Two of the biggest films of the year — Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale will release on that day. Now, having a strong competitor at the box office cannot be good news for either of the parties involved, but that hasn’t led to either of the two blinking first. Is that a good thing?

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has a different take though. “The release of these two biggies is timed during the Christmas and New Year holidays and I genuinely feel that two good films can easily co-exist in today’s times. It’s a great period with holidays aplenty, so why postpone? I don’t think Dilwale or Bajirao Mastani will or should shift from their December 18 release date. Bajirao Mastani has already commenced promotions, while the trailer of Dilwale will be attached to Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.”

Meanwhile, the battle for theatres has begun. One hears that Shah Rukh’s production house Red Chillies will be booking a majority of the screens across the country.

On the other hand Eros International have already booked a big number of single screens from December 18 onward in Bombay Circuit, Delhi, Rajasthan and many other places in India, imposing a condition that they’ll not screen any other film except their Bajirao Mastani for at least a week

“They have the clout. No one says ‘no’ to Shah Rukh Khan. Remember when Jab Tak Hai Jaan had clashed with Ajay Devgn’s Son Of Sardar over Christmas in 2010? Ajay was left with little choice in terms of theatrical outlets,” says an unnamed trade expert.

Another trade analyst Atul Mohan adds, “We have enough number of screens to accommodate both the films. Agreed that the stakes are high but both the producers are strong and know the business more than we know.”

12 COMMENTS

  1. Think typical senerio will happen. Shah rukh Khan will get majority of screens. But am sure still bajiroa mastani will be hit. Just like Son of Sardar. For dilwale to be blockbuster shah rukh Khan will have to depend on big promotions and taking other films screens. Which is nothing new.

  2. ranvir singh ki kya aukat h sharukh k samne soch k to clash krta.. or movie big bnner se nhi chlti hero se chlti h. ajay devgan cmpete nhi krpaya yeh sust movie bajirao kya chalegi

  3. bm is not ranveer singh movie .it is a slb movie.ranveer k bus me hota to kab ka movie postpone kar deta

  4. Another clash. Bajirao from its looks even looked a heavy budget movie and if number of screens been divided among the two then it will be tough for bajirao mastani to make profit or even cover its cost. Then it will heavily depends on the content of the movie to sustain for further weeks. Son of Sardar cost was not that much compare to bajirao

    Dilwale will survive for sure.

  5. had bar rohit shetty ki ek jaisi movie Koun dekhega yaar …. bajirao mastani dekhna hai uske bad dilwale ka review aur word of mouth dekhke sochenge dekhna hai ki nahi

  6. wooohoooo I saw the trailer of dilwale and I m impressed with the great work of srk in film dilwale and dilwale movie will clash with bajirao mastani on Dec18. 2015 I m sure that Srk dilwale will beat slb bajirao mastani in terms of box office as srk had a huge fan following than ranveer Singh and deepika padukon and srk brother In second lead role in dilwale movie varun dhawan had 100%box office success his all movie is hit in compare to ranveer Singh kajol opposite srk is the Bollywood bajirao (Srk) and kajol mastani if both evergreen pair bajirao and his mastani will coming on theaters on 18dec then who will go and watch bajirao mastani movie even if people will go and watch bajirao mastani I m 100% sure thatbajirao mastani will fail to beat dilwale so according to me dilwale will be highest grosser movie of 2015 and it will also beat the lifetime collection of pk and bajrangi bhaijaan in terms of box office and will collect a whopping of 800+cr and bajirao mastani will collect less than 500 cr or 500cr and will be a third highest grossers of 2015 after dilwale and bajrangi bhaijaan I m 100% sure. Srk best of luck for team dilwale

  7. first people will see dilwale after they watch movie than everyone will be disappointed than everyone will go to watch bm. so bm will be better than dilwale for sure

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