Come February 7, 2014, and audiences will witness a clash between Sunny and Abhay Deol at the box office. Both Abhay’s production, One By Two, and Sunny Deol-starrer, Dishkiyaoon, are slated to hit cinema halls on the same day.
A couple of days back, producer Shilpa Shetty tweeted: “Finally Tweetos…proud to announce my debut production with Eros #Dishkiyaoon on 7th of Feb. Let the Action Begin (sic).” When we contacted Shilpa and asked her about the clash of dates, she sounded surprised but not worried. “Sunny didn’t tell me anything about this. I discussed the release date with him before deciding on it. Anyway, why should I be worried? I am very excited and confident about this action film,” she says.
Trade experts also feel that even though the films are set to release on the same day, they have completely different audiences. “If you see the genres the films belong to or the kind of fans Abhay and Sunny have, you will realise there can be no clash of audiences. A
person who likes a film like Gadar: Ek Prem Katha (2001), for example, will never go for a film like Dev.D (2009),” says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.
While One By Two is a rom-com which will also star Abhay’s girlfriend, Preeti Desai, Dishkiyaoon is a heavy-duty action film. “I believe that while Sunny’s film will rule the roost in single screens, Abhay will win the race in the multiplexes,” adds Rathi.