If ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘OUATIM 2′ clash at the box office?

Article by Indicine critic Joginder Tuteja

With every passing day, the 2013 calendar is becoming more and more clearer. While time and again one sees clashes being averted after an amicable call taken by the makers of the rival films, last year’s big clash of ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and ‘Son of Sardaar’ showed that nothing can be said with utmost certainty.

Here is looking at five major clashes that are expected in months to follow:

Ghanchakkar vs Raanjhanaa

Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan are on a roll which should make ‘Ghanchakkar’ special. On the other hand one can’t discount the fact that the director of ‘Raanjhanaa’, Aanand L. Rai, is the man who made his ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ a household name. While former is a comedy, latter is a love story. However an element of a light hearted narrative stays consistent in both films. Of course from the starcast perspective, ‘Ghanchakkar’ will find good push. Still, one does expect Aanand to deliver something special with his Sonam-Dhanush starrer.

OUATIM 2 vs Chennai Express

OUATIM 2 vs Chennai Express

Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 vs Chennai Express vs Singh Sahab The Great

It is impossible that these three films will arrive on the same day. Period. In fact with Akshay Kumar’s OUATIM 2 confirmed for Eid, there is negligible probability of this Milan Luthria film moving ahead. Though the best case scenario would be to see no clash whatsoever, one thing is for sure that ‘Singh Sahab The Great’ won’t come along with OUATIM 2, as was the case two years back when ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’ had made way for ‘Tees Maar Khan’. This leaves ‘Chennai Express’ in fray.

Though a confirmed word is yet to be out, if at all this clash indeed takes place, ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai’ would have a slight edge, if not major. The sequel factor, audience anticipation to see the story unfold, Akshay getting into a part with grey shades and the strength of Ekta Kapoor’s marketing prowess would ensure that the film carries enough weight to take on the combined might of Shahrukh Khan and Rohit Shetty, both of whom haven’t delivered a flop for ages. While a huge opening is on the cards for both films, OUATIM 2 may just have an advantage, at least over the weekend.

Phata Poster Nikla Hero vs Satyagraha

Shooting of both films is in full swing and the good part is that ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ and ‘Satyagraha’ belong to extremely diverse genre. This means that even if there is a clash, the divide amongst the audience wouldn’t be massive enough. While former is a light hearted film by Rajkumar Santoshi after ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’, latter is yet another hard hitting tale by Prakash Jha. As a matter of fact, if at all the films would be making news for the clash; it would be due to face-off between Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor who would be finding themselves on the other side of the fence after ‘Milenge Milenge’.

Bullet Raja vs Ungli

Tigmanshu Dhulia is fast rising as a man who knows how to tell different stories. With him at the helm of his most ambitious film till date, ‘Bullet Raja’, and enjoying the presence of stars like Saif Ali Khan, one looks forward to what he delivers this time around. On the other hand Karan Johar has entrusted Rensil D’Silva to deliver goods for an entertainer in the form of ‘Ungli’ which has Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi and Kangna Ranaut forming an interesting cast. Now this one would be an interesting clash in the offering. Both films are seemingly quirky in nature and are expected to follow a unique narrative as well.

Gori Tere Pyaar Mein vs Rambo Rajkumar

If at all this clash indeed happens, and that too after ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ v/s ‘Satyagraha’, tongues would start wagging as it would be second instance withing one year where Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor would be encountering each other. In fact this time around the clash would be more closely fought since both films are core entertainers in the making and would also result in divided moola. For audience though it would be a bonanza in the offering as ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ would have Karan Johar and Punit Malhotra returning with Imran Khan after ‘I Hate Luv Storys’. On the other hand Prabhudheva would be back with yet another ‘masala entertainer’ with Sonakshi in tow after ‘Rowdy Rathore’.

Which clash are you looking forward to? (PICK 2)

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JMo:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm)


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pavan:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm)

ur absolutely right
i feel there will be no clash,if there is a clash
outim will open bigger than ce
akshay is there in the film
sequel to big hit
ekta kapoor
milan luthria,who made movie like dirty picture a big hit
based on real story

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sachin11:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm)

OUATIM 2 will beat Chennai Exp bcoz of its already hit brand,better starcast,strong content with realistic action in comparison to unrealistic action like flying cars and trains and flying srk wearing lungi in CE.lol

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RanbirFan:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm)

Also Mental v/s Besharam, I am sure this time Ranbir will Win, Khans are over. Now its Ranbir time.

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ayushsrk:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm)

SRK haters just can not see the reality.And to remind you of the fact well @Tejan even SRK’s one ad earn more revenue than films of most actors.He just is the trending man everywhere.!!!!

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ayushsrk:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:50 pm)

And to remind one more fact which I notice.SRK haters just can not ignore SRK ever!

Well this proves the fact “Love SRK or hate him ,YOU WILL NEVER IGNORE THE KING!!!”

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KICK- ACE:  (March 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm)

I just don’t give a shit ….waiting for Dhoom 3

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durga:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm)

hey dude you hav missed the main clash i.e between besaram and mental …..sallu vs ranbhir

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boss:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm)

akshay will be the winner,no doubt
good sequel,ekta,milan luthria is a talented director
rohit also a talented director,but his movies will work with akshay,ajay,salman wont suit srk
srk dont have a mass following like akshay

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boss:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm)

singh saheb the great wont release,even shooting of the movie not started

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My name is khan:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm)

Ouatim2 is not a big brand like krish or dhoom. Privious part of ouatim collect 51cr and just a hit and krish and dhomm collect 69cr and 80cr and blockbuster film. Ekta think ouatim is a big brand like k3 or d3 and grand opening releasing the khans festivel, it will sure flop. Ajay a national award wining actor acted very well the privious part of the film and emran hasmi also act his best performance. In acting wise Akshay is behind from ajay and imran cannot act properly we see him mkbkm. And sona he is the worst actress ever i can see. No one can watch ouatinm2 in eid specialy musilms. Eid is a bhai jaan festival after a year ago bhai jaan confirmed that sher khan release this eid but due to date problem mental postpond to 2nd octobor thats why srk starar chennai express may releasing this eid not officially confirmed as mental release not officially confirmed. Other wise its salman bhai v/s akshay and now its sharukh v/s akshay. That means akshay want to destroy his carear by clash with the khans. No one can beat the khans. As my pridiction the highest grosser of the year is- dhoom3 or mental or chennai express. I think every one agree with me expect khans haters, the jaan of bollywood.

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ramiz:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm)

plz hatter of srk wait and watch now its soon to judge which film open good it will decide when three film out their trailer then audience will decide which is film there going to see for now shut up all

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Kam:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:44 pm)

Are the people here dumb or what? OUATIM will beat CE? NO CHANCE!!! cause of its brand what brand? The first film was good thats all!!! Nothing major!!! SRK n Rohit shetty will smash the box office!!! OMG i cnt believe some of the ppl ere!!! These are the same ppl who wer predicting Khiladi 786 to break records but wt an utter disgrace of a film that turned out to be!!!

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Jaanemann vs don:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm)

So ths analyst thinks that ouatim2 has edge over ce.
Bhai kis angle se aap ko ye lag raha hai. Kya akshay itni badi star hai …jiski last 3 filme 100cr nai kar pai! Ya wo clashes me srk ko beat kiya hai jaaneman vs don.

Or upar se ouatim2 is nt a masala movie. Forget ekta kapoor. There is no genius mind than srk as far as busines is concerned. If u love akshay then support him openly. Y to hide behind words. Let d clash begin n then talk.

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Jay:  (March 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm)

Any one want to bet me besharam will not release with mental because ranbir don,t dare to mess with king of bollywood salman.otherwise everyone know what will happen.

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bhumi:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm)

chennai express rocks.. it will get solo release.. so every single records will be broken.. go srk go

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boss:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm)

my name is khan
no one can watch outim2 on eid especially muslims
dont bring religion here
india is secular country,not like u
diwali was a hindu festival,then why srk released his movie

akshay want to destroy his career by clash with the khans

r u mad
look at the history,
clah of akki vs amir,welcome vs tzp.akki won,both were good movies
clash of akki vs srk,veer zaara 34cr vs aitraaz 27cr,srk was at his peak at that time

clash of akki vs salman ,blue vs mamk,akki won,both were bad movies
if u love only khans thats ur problem

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TeJan Shrivastava:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:37 pm)

@admin -- seriously dont u dare delete any comments in which ppl. dont write abusive stuffs.. if you are running a bollywood website, ppl opinion would differ.. and u should take it in spirit.. i didnt post any bad or abusive thing and u deleted my commnent.. i wrote “Even a Chunky Pandey starrer can earn more money than SRK’s comedy film” .. whats bad in it? dont show how paytard, SRK paid website you are running..

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Howard:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm)

Clash will never happen.TRUST ME…that JTHJ vs SOS because SRK & Ajay.failed to cross 100cr. Ajay was not good friends so clash happened…

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Pavan:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm)

My name is khan:acc to u muslims wont watch outim2 on eid.what u do if hindus wont watch khans movies.if u dont like nonkhans,thats ur problem,and u have to remember your khans r 48yrs old,they will retire in 2or3 years.these khans r just media created superstars,no one can do their stunts on their own,no one can dance,no one has national awards.what is the great thing about khans.

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Indicine Team:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm)

@Tejan, you are free to express your opinion. As long as it makes sense. If you are unnecesarily trying to troll, dont bother posting. Your comment will be deleted.

Romance Express:  (March 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm)

@SAMAR,@BOSS,@My name is khan you are right ouatim2 is not so big brand like k3 or d3. Khiladi means akshay kumar is a big brand and aki nothing do much with the brand along with hit music it fails after 1st week release of taalash.
@samar tell me which is the big brand khiladi or ouatinm2. If khiladi fails then if ouatinm2 directly clash with ce then it will sure fail. S26 fails at boxoffice even saif ali khan give back to back hits aki face a bad phase since joker. You tell me last time aki has more mass fans then why kiladi 786 fails ans beacause of taalash. Why s26 fails ans beacause of class oriented. And ouatim2 is also class oriented.
@boss last two films of aki blue and action replay release against rohit shetty two films all the best and golmal3. Aki fails and rohit wons. And this time rohit doing a film with bollywood badsha srk, a come back film of srk if clash happend both films lose business. Ce hardly crorss 150cr and ouatim2 fails to cross 100cr as aki struggle to give hit film since joker. I am a both fan of aki and srk and hope clash not happend. Only sing shaheb the great officially confirmed for eid not for ce or ouatim2.

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Howard:  (March 16, 2013 at 7:02 pm)

Lol, srk dont have mass following like akki?
are you kidding me???
Single screen-55cr.
Rowdy Rathore
multiplex-90cr & SS-42cr.
If akki has huge mass following then Khiladi would have been huge hit but it failed..
If JTHJ was 55cr despite class romance film then Imagine about mass film like CE…

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Selfish:  (March 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm)

I like to say ma frnds here specially bhai aki fans just see the article if salman next clashes with qutim2 on eid. . Just check out the support given by Srk fans for qutim2 over salman next. . . Now u will see the double standard words of Srk fans here Haha Haha

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Selfish:  (March 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm)

Howard u must be kidding wher u got 90cr figure for rr in multiplex

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