Although it’s being reported to be one of the biggest clashes in recent Bollywood history, some may argue that ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’, which hit screens on the same day – Friday, (December 18), are too far contrasting with each other, to be considered competing films.
Firstly, they both belong to different genres – Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’ has all the necessary makings of a superhit blockbuster – the Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol jodi, fresh romance with Kriti Sanon-Varun Dhawan and of course fast cars with a whole lot of action. (Dilwale vs Bajirao Mastani at box office: Will Ranveer, Deepika’s movie be able to defeat King Khan Shah Rukh?)
Meanwhile, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus is an epic historical romance drama with intense visual cinematic appeal. It will not only have snippets from the past but well-directed battle scenes, grand costumes and sets. Instead of picking one over the other, audiences might consider watching both Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale at different times during their run in theatres.
However, given Shah Rukh Khan’s enormous fan-following, predictions are that fans might in fact favour ‘Dilwale’, given it is a commercial film. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ on the other hand also makes for a winning watch since it stars one of Bollywood’s favourite current couples, both on and offscreen – Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.
No doubt, the Christmas holiday season will surely be profitable for both films.