Shahrukh Khan and the History of Diwali Clashes!

It would not be wrong to state that SRK’s superstardom has been scripted mostly due to the festival of lights. Long before other superstars could claim their stake on the Diwali festivity, the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’ has lent the auspicious festival his box office vigour. Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be his 10th (Yes, you read it right) Diwali release in his illustrious career spanning more than two decades.

His earlier Diwali releases were Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000), Veer Zaara (2004), Don (2006), Om Shanti Om (2007) and Ra.One (2011). All of these movies have created history in one way or the other. SRK’s foolproof 100% Diwali record raises the stakes for his upcoming release Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan vs Son Of Sardar

Jab Tak Hai Jaan vs Son Of Sardar – This Year

What makes the record all the more special, is the fact that he has won all the major clashes, with several other biggies that competed against his film. Below mentioned is the list of SRK’s historic Diwali clashes.

  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998): A dream David Dhawan project starring Amitabh Bachchan – Govinda with superhit music clashed with an SRK rom-com Kuch Kuch Hota Hai directed by debutant Karan Johar. Both films did well eventually but Kuch Kuch Hota Hai overshadowed the comic caper and went on to become an ‘All Time Blockbuster’ breaking many records.
  • Mohabbatein – Mission Kashmir (2000): Hrithik Roshan was a national-craze after the mega success of Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. On the other hand SRK’s releases in 2000, Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani and Josh, failed to live upto expectations. But his never-say-die spirit resurfaced again as Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein became a blockbuster. Mission Kashmir got a bigger initial but failed to sustain at the box office.
  • Veer Zaara / Aitraaz / Mughal-E-Azam / Naach (2004): Yash Chopra’s Veer Zaara emerged the first choice for cinegoers for Diwali 2004 ahead of Abbas Mustan’s Aitraaz, the colored version of Mughal-E-Azam and Ram Gopal Varma’s Naach. Though Aitraaz and Mughal-E-Azam turned out to be an average grossers, Naach was a disaster. Veer Zaara went on to be the biggest hit of the year.
  • Don – Jaan-E-Mann (2006): This was a biggie – Shahrukh Khan’s Don squared up against Salman and Akshay Kumar’s Jaan-e-mann. The result? SRK won yet again. Although Jaan-e-Mann was a well made film with melodious music, it failed to match the might of the Don.
  • Om Shanti Om – Saawariya (2007): Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om clashed with master director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya. The later’s film was much-hyped, as it was the launch vehicle of two star kids Ranbir and Sonam Kapoor. Pre-release, SRK promised to ‘destroy’ Saawariya.. which he eventually did as OSO went on to be the biggest grosser of year, while Saawariya tanked after a good initial.

Last year too witnessed a clash, but one that was much smaller in scale. Ra One released with two smaller films Damadamm  and Tell Me O Khudda.

Now, the big question – Shahrukh Khan is all set to take on Ajay Devgan this year, as Jab Tak Hai Jaan clashes with Son of Sardaar. The scenario is slightly different this year – action comedies are raking in the moolah at the box-office, while several romantic films have failed to make a mark. Also, SOS is a remake of a very successful south Indian film. The odds are once again stacked against SRK..

Can Shahrukh make it 10 in a row for Diwali? What will be the outcome of the 2012 Diwali Clash? Vote now!

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  • see pplz r comparing salmans biggest hit body guard with sharukhs disaster movie ra 1 (according to salman fan) thats is the power of king khan

  • @soroop. It is because ra.1 was srk’s biggest grosser of his career (costliest crap ever) and bodyguard was salman’s biggest grosser (before ett) which was his 3rd blockbuster in a row. Now with ett salman is way way ahead of shahru…u..u….kkh khan in terms of all time block busters and domestic box office collections. And this diwali jthj will become bollywood history’s biggest romantic crap and biggest romantic disaster ever.

  • All those criticizing author about Asoka exclusion… Pl check fact first..
    2001 Diwali was on -> 14 November 2001.
    Asoka Released on -> 26 October 2001.

  • @hamza khan. First you write something bad against me and then you say that i did not write it but someone else. Why are you pretending like that? Oh sorry i did not write the above comments now, just few seconds ago someone wrote it. Even i dont have any hard feelings against you but be careful next time. Enjoy d moment.

  • @shahid i just tell the truth man.but you srk fans will not believe it before 13 november when it actually the way,thanks for the award.i hope the award is not like srk fake scripted award.he he he,just joking.

  • LOL @sallu fans!!!! Dude movies is not about box office it’s about winning the hearts of people not playing with hearts of people by making NONSENCE movies.
    I am sure JTHJ will win hearts of million people like just like how sholay, MNIK, chak de india, 3idiots, tare zameen par etc won the people’s heart :)

  • I guess if getting more than 100 crores at the box office is disaster than all of akshay movie s should as he has hardly crossed.
    @faiz . nobody cares whether u r going to the movie r not.
    if he has the potential to take on salman and akshay with one stretch than who is this ajay.
    and some one pointed out salman is cheap remake hero. selects some movie s down south which r hit and remake s them.
    JTHJ would be all time block buster and sos would be all time disaster. first time record in Hindi cinema.
    guess only 3 people r going to watch that . lol.

  • Thoug by felling extremly jealous all salman fans rubbishly remark SRK as old and Kat as his daughter but the reality is that SRK is still so much attractive and looking young enough that salman and all his fans(male and female) will thousand time agree to lost their virginity to SRK !

  • @noam what do you try to say by 100 crores and akshay movies?i can’t understand.can you please explain that a movie crores 100 crores in just 10 days than how it is ‘hardly’?explain it.

  • @duplicate shahid, lol I am not srk fan but Amitabh’s fan and I hate salman and I respect srk.
    Too bad that u r pagal.
    I am feeling so sad for u.

  • @noam we called a disaster coz it collected morethan 90 crores on weekend due to diwali.but after 5 days weekend it only colected 20-25 crore its clearly disaster.

  • Who said romantic films failed…….cocktail is romantic film and srk’s brand romance is different he’s the only actor who can get record openings even with romantic films and made them blockbusters and am sure SOS will avoid the clash because .if the clash happen….the film may be hit but cant cross 100crs

  • the clash can only be compared if both the movies get equal screen space. as of now jab tak hai jaan has more screen space .. so it will collect more offcourse but SOS will also do very good business .
    u can also see the track record of ajay in diwali. golmaal returns, golmaal 3 ,all the best all were huge hits..

  • trends come and go…class stays my brother..this trend of senseless movies aren’t going to stay for isn’t that cheap and people ain’t that dull…let them choose the best…see you at diwali…srk forever!!!!

  • @sadashiva- cocktail was a young fresh love story of youngsters.. JTHJ is a typical soapy n over the top romantic nonsense of a budhdha called srk in which no one is interested in

  • @JJ, removing the shirt and showing balloon type muscle is not acting dude.
    And for romancing on off screeen or on screen there is no age bar, look that sallu ballu mallu’s age and then tell who is buddha.

  • and the over the top action nonsense is often done by a overweight so called ‘Mard’ salman khan…even in the fist fighting sequences he needs a body double and u know it…lol…dont tell me u didn’t recognise that body double….

    Ek Tha Tiger Script bhi CHORI ki hai, SALLU koi film sahi Nahi Karta!
    Here is the piece of information!!

    writer Anand Panda has filed a complaint at the Amboli Police Station against the makers of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, claiming that they have stolen his script.

    Panda claims that he had approached YRF with his script somewhere in 2011, which they had rejected, but when he saw the film he was taken aback to see the striking similarities
    between the film and his script. He suggests that parts of his script have been utilized without providing him any compensation

    The writer has filed a complaint with consent from Film Writer’s Association (FWA) and an FIR has been registered against producer Aditya Chopra and director Kabir Khan. An appeal has been made in the Bombay High Court where the case is being heard.
    The verdict is expected to be announced soon.

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