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!

Abhishek Sharma

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  • @indicine . . Y both film releasing on tue nov 13th on diwali day as they get only 1 holiday dat also diwali day wch is not good 4 box office due to pooja . . Its better to release on fri nov 9th nd they get 3 holidays includin sun . .

  • Both SRK & Ajay Devgn are great actors. Ajay have been always under the shadow of Khans. SRK have played negative roles,romantic hero.comedy & patriotic films. Ajay Devgn have also done romance,comedy,patriotic films. SRK did sports film, Ajay never did & Ajay did gangster film.

  • A clash was always an unwelcome situation. It stays on the same even today despite all the talks of multiplexes taking care of the collections. It doesn’t quite happen that way. Every producer, distributor, exhibitor, actor pines for an open week. Same holds good for audience as well. Unlike hardcore movie buffs or those from within the industry, no one watches two films over a single weekend. This means that after the first choice has been made, in all likelihood the ‘second choice’ would be viewed on a pirated DVD at home.
    If the clash does take place, one movie would be the second choice this Diwali and eventually end up losing that revenue that could have come theatrically.

    (EXCERPT FROM AN INDICINE ARTICLE)

  • In case of Shahrukh and Ajay films, one of them will always be a second choice for many out there. It won’t be a straight forward choice, like say with an Akshay Kumar and an Akshaye Khanna solo starrer, where the choice (for majority) is obvious. We are talking about two superstars who have found a market of their own.

    (EXCERPT FROM AN INDICINE ARTICLE)

  • If a film flops,only actor cannot be held responsible. The director & script writer can be held equally responsible. After the release of Tezz, director Priyadarshan told that editing was not done properly.Ajay Devgn do not have the fan following of Salman Khan to make a film with weak content like Rascals hit. Ajay have made film Company hit with his acting & with able support from Vivek Oberoi & Mohanlal.

  • @JJ — Taqdeer ko kya manzoor hain, yeh toh hume nahi patha ..

    Lekin ho jo aap ka saath, rakh de hum har cheez taqdeer ke haath, phir dekhi jaayegi har baath, ho jo aapka saath ;P ;D

    Round of applause =))

  • jthj disaster in india>flop in overseas
    sos bb in india>superhit in overseas
    that was i want to say.slight mistake was happend in last comment.sorry.but this is the perfect comment of mine.and now if anyone will try to decrease sos and support jthj,then its a fake people.i am only hater of srk.the guy who comments well about jthj by using my name is none other then fool low life looser marz.he always use my account to support srk.
    marz is fool and dumb and biggest looser…

  • @merz i m sorry .jthj will atbb in india and overseas. and sos will all time disaster in india and all time super disaster in overseas.

  • again some fool has used my name to support srk.but i am still saying that sos will be blockbuster in india,superhit in overseas.jthj all time disaster in india,all time super duper disaster in overseas.

  • @vishal this diwali only son of sardar.no jthj kind of bakwaas and boring rona dhona type of movies.in diwali,people wants to smile.not cry.diwali is the biggest festival of india and people wants to be happy.so they will watch sos.a fun film

  • Salman Khan: If I go to Hollywood, Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt become jobless. Audience: we know what you can do with foreign director & foreign heroine as you have showed with the film Marigold. Nowadays even Bhojpuri films & south Indian films do better business than Marigold. So we don’t want to see you go to Hollywood & break the record of Marigold

  • SRK fans,Ajay Devgn fans,Akshay Kumar fans,Aamir fans,never get afraid. Your films will always get better box office collections of Salman Khan’s films Marigold,Main Aur Mrs.Khanna & Yuvraaj.

  • SRK owns Bollywood industry for last 22 years on behalf of his soulful act. many comes & banged in front of SRK. the aura is eternal and never losting. He is an actor in the convene of Brad Pitt, Joerge clooney. so all SRK haters go to BACK TO BASIC of acting. Aamir somehow comes near to SRK but rest are garbage in in front this iconic man. LOVE U SRK……another Blockbuster at this diwali…….& plz dont compare AJAY with SRK ……its like comparison between professor & play way kid.

  • some stupid srk haters
    claim salman/ amir as the king of hindi cinema
    but when we someone write king khan rocks or rulez they give it dislike
    this shows that srk is the king forever

  • i ve many movies by ajay
    utter crap dont watch sos
    i trust only srk in acting
    ajay and saif bought national awards
    the reality is that they cant act + salman khan

  • Dear SRK fans, you may tell SOS may e flop or disaster,but pls don’t tell Ajay Devgn don’t know acting.The two national awards for best actor he won competing with the actors like Mohan lal,Kamal Hassan is the testimony of his acting abilities.

  • Dear SRK fans, you may tell SOS may be flop or disaster,but pls don’t tell Ajay Devgn don’t know acting.The two national awards for best actor he won competing with the actors like Mohan lal,Kamal Hassan is the testimony of his acting abilities.

  • You can say Ajay Devgn have acted in films containing weak scripts & some useless RGV films. But SRK have produced & acted in film like Raone.

  • Dear SRK fans,I have some doubts about script of Raone 1) How the characters in the video game get life as human being? 2)First Raone is destroyed outside India,then how he regenerates in India 3)If Raone know the way to the office of the video game company directly at the moment he regenerates in India then why he could not directly go & find Kareena in Bangalore? 4) When Rajnikanth came in the film Kareena calls him superstar & SRK calls him Chitti,which is correct?

  • again my mistak but sorry friends i will corect it .jthj will all time super duper mega blockbuster in india and overseas. and ajay kaalu devgans sos will all time super duper biggest disaster in history of india and overseas. sos will set a bench mark for all disaster movies.after this comment i will not comment. if i comment anything about srk or jthj than i will becom son of shakti kapoor.

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