The battle lines are drawn. In fact, after Welcome-Taare Zameen Par (TZP) clash (Dec 2007), this has to be the biggest clash of the titans. Stakes are at an all-time high. My views on these movies:

JAB TAK HAI JAAN: It’s a special film for more reasons than one. First of all, it has Shahrukh Khan…need we say more?! It’s directed by Yash Chopra and moreover, it marks the pairing of Shahrukh Khan and Katrina Kaif for the first time and Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma for the second time. SRK-Katrina jodi especially seems brilliant. It’s the first time that A R Rahman and Gulzar have collaborated with Yash Chopra. The album of the film however has got a mixed response…some have loved while others feel that it’s below expectations. Film has been shot in beautiful locations, specifically Kashmir. A lot of fake plots of the film are doing the rounds on the internet. The real plot of the film however has been smartly kept under wraps. No one knows what the film is all about! Yet, excitement for the film is immense!

Just around 20-25 days before the film’s release, tragedy struck when Yash Chopra passed away. He was 80 and succumbed to dengue. Film fraternity and fans were in shock since he seemed fit and just few weeks before his demise, he had celebrated his birthday by having a lovely conversation with SRK. Except a song, Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s shoot was completed and the song that was supposed to be shot in Switzerland was scrapped. The team of the film was obviously saddened by the loss of Yash Chopra but somehow is carrying on with promotions with a smile. Hope the final film of Yash Chopra turns out to be outstanding and may the film turn out to be a huge grosser!

SON OF SARDAAR: Like SRK, Ajay Devgn too has had a great track record in Diwali and Son Of Sardaar does seem to be another Diwali hit for the actor. The promos however didn’t get universal appreciation and the title song did get its share of criticism. But Raja Rani and Bichdann were loved and Pon Pon (featuring Salman Khan) has helped film create buzz. Film’s strength seems to be dialogues and action. Dialogues are funny, especially Ajay’s ‘kabhi kabhi mere dil mein khayal aata hai’ monologue. And action seems out of the world, especially Ajay riding on two horses! This is a film for the single screens but sadly, film has failed to get adequate single theatres. If reports are to be believed, YRF booked them for Jab Tak Hai Jaan during Ek Tha Tiger’s release itself. Exhibitors were threatened that they would not get Ek Tha Tiger prints if they don’t agree to screen Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Since Ek Tha Tiger was the hottest film then, many exhibitors agreed to ‘bow’ down. Hence, Ajay Devgn Ffilms, producers of Son Of Sardaar, complained to the Competition Comission Of India but they dismissed the case. However, ADF would obviously not take things lying down and hence are thinking of their next plan of action.

2 films can release on the same day, with almost equal number of screens and can still make records and excel at the box office. Welcome-TZP clash proved it. So did Gadar-Lagaan clash, in 2001. Let’s hope both films entertain viewers, get adequate theatres and make Diwali 2012 the most memorable one for the audiences! Are you READY for the fireworks?



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