Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali's "Bajirao Mastani" is slated to clash with Rohit Shetty's "Diwale" at the box office on 18 December 2015.
While Bhansali had locked the Dec. 25 date for the release of his film some time back, Shetty, who is known to make his films quite quickly, has also announced a Christmas release recently.
Both are big-budget multi-starrer films. "Bajirao Mastani" stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, while "Diwale" stars Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon.
Though fans are excited about seeing real life couple Ranveer-Deepika back on screen, there is also tons of excitement around Shah Rukh and Kajol's successful pairing returning to the big screen after many years.
"Bajirao Mastani" is a period love story and "Diwale" is a family entertainer. If you remember, Bhansali's Ranbir Kapoor-Sonam Kapoor starrer "Saawariya" had clashed with Shah Rukh starrer "Om Shanti Om" (directed by Farah Khan) at the box office some years back, and it had tanked. Let's see who wins the box office battle this time around.
Though we think it would be wise for one of the makers to shift their release date by at least a week for best results. But as for now both films are set for a clash at the box office.