In the clash of two big budget Diwali releases, the verdict is out. Shah Rukh Khan's
Om Shanti Om
seems to have clicked with the audiences across the country while Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
- launchpad for Bollywood's new star kids, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor is trailing behind.
Theatre owners and multiplex's officials across the country point out that though the initial bookings for both the films have been exceptionally high, the winner in the long run would be
"If one goes by the pre-booking figures, then both the films have been able to get the initial euphoria right with packed houses from the first show and weekend booked completely. But in terms of reactions from the audience, we can say that it is mixed," says Shalu Sabharwal, Vice President, Marketing, PVR Cinemas, leading multiplex chain in the country.
is more commercial whereas
is a classic. People first prefer watching
. The clear winner would be known only by the middle of the coming week," she adds.<b1>
seems to be a favourite down South too with people thronging the halls in big numbers. "The clear winner in terms of audience reaction is definitely
. The demand for the movie is higher than Bhansali's
. The former is a well packaged movie with Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone wooing the audience in perfect 70's style," says Vinod Babu, General Manager, Inox Cinema, Chennai.
"Shahrukh Khan looks amazing in his six-pack abs. He seems to be springing around with his new packed zeal. He is no doubt the Bollywood King," gushes Priyanka Hoon, 54 a housewife is Gurgoan who watched the first day first show on Friday.
Shah Rukh Khan said he would like to make films which will be watched by the world. "You give me any role, I will try to make it memorable role," he said, adding "we are here to sell hope and dream."
He described Deepika Padukone as a supermodel.
Answering questions, Deepika said she could not have asked for a better launch. "Personally, I could not have asked for a better launch. Shah Rukh Khan is my favourite actor and I got a lot of tips from him during the shoot," she said.
Asked whether she was nervous on the eve of the release of her maiden film, Deepika said "I'm not nervous. This is the most exciting Diwali for me."
Om Shanti Om
is Deepika's first Bollywood film though she had acted in
, a Kannada film last year.
Arjun Rampal said he would not mind acting as a villain, particularly if he has a heroin like Deepika.
Kishore Lulla, Chairman and CEO of Eros International, distributors of the film, said: "Eros has always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Shah Rukh Khan and we are looking forward to the release of the film during the festive season of Diwali."