Looks like 2015 is going to be an exciting year for movie buffs. Several big-ticket productions have already blocked their slots, but what is interesting is that most films won’t be able to enjoy the benefits of being solo releases.From Ranbir Kapoor to Amitabh Bachchan, and Deepika Padukone to Sonam Kapoor, several big stars are set to battle it out with each other nearly every other month.
Trade experts and industry members reason out the clashes and explain the effects it will have on the business.
Trade analyst Amod Mehra confirms that the new year will see such a situation as film-makers are left with fewer date options, especially because of the upcoming cricket World Cup. "Clashes are bound to happen and, as a result, the business of each film will be affected. The bigger film will naturally benefit. Besides, there’s a lot of cricket next year, which will affect the business of the films further. So, in order to avoid too many releases during the cricket season, film-makers have taken the risk of releasing their films with others because they’re not left with much choice."
That’s not all. The race to book the long weekend slots seems to be adding to the rush as well. Admits trade expert Atul Mohan, who explains that since the business of films is more dependent on holidays nowadays, the makers now lock the release weekend much before the movie actually goes into making. "Though it’s not advisable to clash, thanks to an increasing number of multiplexes, there is still room for more than one release," he says.
However, does this situation make makers insecure? Not really. Most are confident that in spite of the clashes, the business of each film will not be affected by the other. "Baby and Dolly Ki Doli are releasing on the same day, but the genre of both the films is different, and won’t overshadow each other’s business," says producer Bhushan Kumar.
Similarly, director Nishikant Kamat, whose next, starring John Abraham, is set to clash with the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, Shamitabh, is not perturbed by the fact that the two films will hit the marquee on the same day. "If they’re clashing, then it’s okay because I don’t see it as a major issue. The other film will have its own audience as it’s in a different genre," he says.
Box-office face off
January 23: Baby vs Dolly Ki Doli
February 6: Rocky Handsome vs Shamitabh
March 6: Bank-chor vs NH10
April 3: Gabbar vs Phantom
December 25: Bajirao Mastani vs Tamasha
*Disclaimer: All the release dates are subject to change.