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Winner, who?

entertainment Updated: Aug 30, 2008 21:16 IST
Princy Jain
Princy Jain
Hindustan Times
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The first eight months of this year saw less than a handful of hits, including

Jannat

and

Singh is Kinng

. With just four months of 2008 left, seven big banner films are lined up for release —

Drona

and

Fashion

in October;

Billo Barber

,

Chandni Chowk To China

, and

Yuvraaj

in November; and

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

and

Ghajini

in December.



Each of these films rides high on star power.

HT City

asked filmmakers which film they thought would be the biggest hit at the box office.



While Shah Rukh Khan-starrer

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

and Aamir Khan’s

Ghajini

emerged clear favourites, Akshay Kumar-starrer

Chandni Chowk To China

was nipping at their heels.



Filmmaker Siddharth Anand, whose Bachnaa Ae Haseeno had a decent box-office innings, said, “SRK and Aditya Chopra are coming together again. We are yet to get over the magic of

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

, and they are back to charm us all over again.”



Leading the pack


For Yash Raj protégé director Sanjay Gadhvi, of

Dhoom

fame, it was

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

: “It’s the comeback of the most amazing combo, SRK, Adi and Yash Raj. Can anything get bigger than this?”



Director Madhur Bhandarkar, whose own film

Fashion

— starring Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut — is slated to hit the theatres in October, said he is looking forward to SRK in

Rab Ne…

and Aamir in

Ghajini

. “They are magnets — SRK and Aamir. Enough to pull in the viewers.”



Rab Ne…

is also crucial for Yash Raj Films, which has delivered a series of box-office duds in the last couple of years, barring Shah Rukh-starrer

Chak De! India

, say trade analysts.



Boney Kapoor and David Dhawan deviated from the popular choice and picked

Yuvraaj

as the next big hit. “It’s a Subhash Ghai film, and that too starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif,” said Dhawan.



Filmmaker Satish Kaushik hoped his film

Karrrz

, releasing this month, would be the biggest success of the year. “But among the others,

Ghajini

is very different. It has a very interesting and fresh story,” he said.



The right moves

Besides the film’s cast and story, it’s their marketing strategies that would play a crucial part in their success, said producer Ratan Jain while choosing Akshay Kumar-starrer

Chandni Chowk To China

: “I have seen the rushes and the film looks promising.”



Anchor-turned-director Sajid Khan’s answer: “

Rab Ne..., Ghajini

,

Chandni Chowk…

and (Goldie Behl’s)

Drona

.” Why four? “For obvious reasons.



The cast of these films is big. They’re made by big production houses that hire the best marketing talent. These days marketing is as big a tool as filmmaking.”



Filmmaker Kunal Kohli refused to choose any film: “Why should we corner any one film? May all the films do well. Each of them is a big budget movie with equally grand marketing plans. When so much is invested in every one of these films, each filmmaker should get the maximum return too.”

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