In a year of 52-53 weeks, it is almost impossible for every film to get a solo release, considering the fact that Bollywood alone churns out more than 200 films in a single year. In that scenario, clashes are inevitable at the box office. But when two mega-budgeted films featuring two popular stars collide at the ticket window, it does affect the business.
While Bollywood began 2018 on a good note by avoiding clashes among big films like ‘Padmaavat’, ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Aiyaary’, the same cannot be said about the year-end. According to latest reports, the next big box office clash that may occur at the end of the year is between Salman Khan’s highly-anticipated ‘Dabangg 3’ and Ranveer Singh’s recently announced film ‘Simmba’ which is being helmed by Rohit Shetty.
Buzz has it that Salman Khan has made it very clear that he does not want to release his film during the Christmas week of 2018 because Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited film ‘Zero’ is coming in the same week. So, if the makers of ‘Dabangg 3’ decide to push their film by one week and release it on 28th December, it would clash with Ranveer Singh’s ‘Simmba’.
Interestingly, ‘Dabangg 3’ and ‘Simmba’ both are cop films and will see Salman Khan and Ranveer Singh in quirky avatars. While ‘Dabangg 3’ is being helmed by Prabhu Deva, filmmaker Rohit Shetty is calling the shots for ‘Simmba’. Both filmmakers are known for their out and out commercial potboilers. And if they come on the same date, it is going to be a big financial loss for both the films.
When Arbaaz Khan, the producer of ‘Dabangg 3’, was asked about the release plans, he said, “I’ll comment when I’m sure of starting the film. Currently, I’m concentrating on the script. I’ll have a clear idea by the end of April.”
We hope the makers of both the films sit together and chalk out a plan to avoid the box office battle between their films.