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Imran challenged by Neil

When Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh entered the Bollywood scene around the same time, industry was of opinion that the trio would turn out to be a similar phenomenon as the Khans (Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh) had turned out to be 20 years ago.

bollywood Updated: Oct 16, 2012 13:28 IST
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Ranbir

Imran-Khan

When Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Neil Nitin Mukesh entered the Bollywood scene around the same time, industry was of opinion that the trio would turn out to be a similar phenomenon as the Khans (Aamir, Salman, Shah Rukh) had turned out to be 20 years ago. While Ranbir raced ahead with unconventional choice of roles, Imran managed to put his act together after the twin debacle of

Kidnap

and

Luck

. However, Neil Nitin Mukesh wasn't as lucky as the others around him kept running faster. Now, he has pretty much announced an open challenge, what with his

David

taking Imran's

Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

heads on.



"What makes this clash all the more interesting is that

Matru

... was announced a year ago and its release date too was fixed six months back. Still, for Neil's David to suddenly decide January 11 as the D-day is nothing less than surprising", comments an insider.



Incidentally, the two films are as different from each other as chalk and cheese.



"While

Matru

… is a fun film and has a rural base to it,

David

has an urban set up and expected to carry darker shades, considering director Bejoy Nambiar's reputation after

Shaitan

", the insider adds, "The clash is going to be really interesting since it won't just set the tone for year to follow, the challenge thrown by Neil to Imran would be at the forefront as well and definitely make headlines. After all, Imran has to continue his winning streak while Neil has to make this one big for him."



Other actors whose fortunes are really waiting to take shape with

David

are Vikram and Vinay Virmani. While former couldn't justify his South superstar status in Mani Ratnam's Hindi version of

Raavan

, for young Vinay Virmani this would be his first mainstream Bollywood outing after an impressive debut with Indo-Canadian

Breakaway/Speedy Singhs

which released last year.

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