9 Box Office Clashes Where Both Movies Emerged As Winners
From Diwali to Eid to all possible lucrative release slots that a Bollywood calendar offers, we’ve been treated with the pleasure of witnessing big box office clashes. As much as film producers, distributors and actors hate the idea of clashing on the same filmy Friday, you can’t help but admit that it is quite an exciting prospect for audiences to experience. While Bollywood has witnessed some of the historic clashes that involve films like Sholay and Jai Santoshi Maa, the norms, trends and measures of a box office clash have substantially changed.
However, there have been occasions when two potentially huge prospects have arrived together, yet none of them had to walk out as a loser. Yes, our industry and audiences have a big heart and if served quality cinema, they are more than willing to accept both.
While we’ve talked a lot about clashes where one film beat the other, let’s talk about more of the positives here. As we went across the pages of some cinematic history, we pulled out some of the epic box office battles where both films ended up as winners.
Here are 7 box office battles where both movies emerged as winners:
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai V Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
One of the most talked about box office clash happened in the late in the 90’s when David Dhawan with his team of Govinda and Big B took on Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that obviously eventually became a blockbuster. While KKHH may have left Bade Miyan Chote Miyan left far behind, it only comes with the fact that BMCM was also a box office hit. The monumental success of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai outshined its little achievement but the clash benefitted both.
Raja Hindustani V Ghatak
Another blockbuster from 90’s was this Aamir Khan starrer that got a challenge from Sunny Deol’s heavily driven action outing Ghatak. Yes, Raja Hindustani emerged a blockbuster but Ghatak didn’t end up being a failure either.
Dil V Ghayal
A memorable clash happened in the month of June in 1990 when Aamir and Sunny clashed for the first time. Interestingly enough, both films just didn’t end up being a hit but surpassed the thresholds by emerging super hits.
Lagaan V Gadar: Ek Prem Katha
There’s something about Aamir Khan and Sunny Deol, isn’t it? After having clashed twice before, the biggest one was in waiting when Aamir Khan’s Lagaan and Sunny Deol’s Gadar: Ek Prem Katha clashed on the same day. Needlessly to reveal what the fate of the clash turned out to be, both films have now registered themselves as one of the most successful films in Indian cinema.
Veer-Zaara V Aitraaz
The epic Diwali clash of 2004 that witnessed Shah Rukh and Akshay taking on each other was in the looks of Veer-Zaara V Aitraaz . Yes, the romantic Veer-Zaara led by a huge distance, but the taut thriller drama by Abbas-Mustan was also a box office success. While Veer-Zaara benefitted from its humongous hype, the Akshay Kumar starrer mostly picked later on merit.
Taare Zameen Par V Welcome
One of the most interesting and most endearing clashes happened around Christmas of 2007 when Aamir Khan’s sensitive drama on a dyslexic child Taare Zameen Par clashed with Akshay Kumar’s out-n-out comedy venture Welcome. While the entertaining comedy ended up being a super hit at the box office, we’ve all seen what impact Taare Zameen Par laid all over. That was a Friday that made us happy for all the right reasons.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan V Son of Sardar
The 2012 epic clash where neither of the films had to go through the hard taste of defeat was this. Yash Chopra’s last directorial Jab Tak Hai Jaan clashed with Ajay Devgn’s comic drama Son of Sardar. As it turned out, both films earned more than 100 crores and were almost identical with their box office journey.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil V Shivaay
While it's safe enough to say that the Karan Johar directorial got the better of Shivaay, this clash however saw both movies going past the 100 crore mark. Going by the heavy cost that Shivaay was made on, a nett gross of 100 crores wasn't too big a deal but it still recovered its cost. ADHM on the other hand was quite a Diwali success.
Raees V Kaabil
One of the dirtiest box office clashes that took place earlier in 2017 was this. While the SRK starrer was a bigger release, Hrithik's Kaabil gave it a fight to remember. The Rahul Dholakia directorial earned more than 130 crore and just about got itself safe while Kaabil on the other hand did quite well for itself.
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