Since the past five years, it has become clear that when two big films release together, it is bound to lead to fights among the respective studios over screen sharing, apart from the fan wars that also arise due to the clash. The clash of Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar on Diwali 2012, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Shivaay on Diwali 2016 and Raees and Kaabil on Republic Day 2017 are classic examples of two big films releasing on the same day and eating into each other’s business. It also led to friction on both sides and gave rise to needless negativity.
Post the latest clash – Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees and Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil – Bollywood was braving for yet another clash between Shah Rukh-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal and Akshay Kumar-starrer Toilet – Ek Prem Katha on August 11, 2017. However, the industry heaved a sigh of relief when the clash was averted and Jab Harry Met Sejal’s release date was advanced by a week.
But before the year ends, there’s going to be one more clash between Aamir Khan’s production Secret Superstar and Ajay Devgn’s comic caper Golmaal Again. However, the industry and trade is not worried as it’s not a clash of equals. Golmaal Again is a big film and will definitely have a wide release. Secret Superstar meanwhile is a small-budget high-concept flick and would have a smaller release. Such a clash is a safer bet for both films and doesn’t even lead to any controversies.
At the launch of the song ‘Main Kaun Hoon’ from Secret Superstar, Aamir Khan was asked to comment on this clash. He however believed that regardless of how big or small a film is, two movies can release together on the festival of lights. He said, “Diwali is a big festival that has the bandwidth to adjust two releases. So we were not concerned about releasing Secret Superstar with Golmaal Again during this festival. Unusually, there are two films releasing on Diwali. It rarely happens that only one film releases on Diwali. Both the films hence will have their own space and the genres are also different. Golmaal Again is an out and out entertainer. Secret Superstar is different and tells an important story, at least for us. Hence, I don’t think there’s any clash.”
Secret Superstar features Aamir Khan in a supporting role and features Zaira Wasim in the lead. Golmaal Again, meanwhile, besides Ajay Devgn, also stars Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade and Parineeti Chopra.