Three big films are scheduled to hit screens on the same day this Gandhi Jayanti – Hrithik Roshan’s Bang Bang, Shahid Kapoor’s Haider and Priyanka Chopra’s Mary Kom biopic will all compete against each other at the ticket window.
Last year, Ranbir Kapoor’s Besharam got a solo release on the same day and went on to collect more than 20 crore at the domestic box office. A clash between three films would obviously mean much higher revenue for exhibitors, but producers of all three films are likely to suffer.
For obvious reasons, Bang Bang is by far the biggest film of the three and the most commercial too. The second choice for the audience is likely to be Haider, even though Vishal Bhardwaj’s last three films have failed at the box office. The Mary Kom biopic will rely on word-of-mouth publicity, which if good, could affect the box office prospects of the other two releases.
Sources say, the budget of Haider and Mary Kom is around 37 crore and 30 crore respectively, while Bang Bang will be made on a budget of more than 75 crore. The stakes are high for Bang Bang, more so because it will be Hrithik Roshan’s first release after the phenomenally successful Krrish 3 and Katrina Kaif’s first after Dhoom 3.
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