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Clash of the titans: How Bajirao Mastani won the match against Dilwale

What seemed like a David versus Goliath story in the first three days has become a classic case of underdog winning the game.

bollywood Updated: Dec 30, 2015 08:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Bajirao Mastani,Dilwale,Shah Rukh Khan
Dilwale received bad reviews while Bajirao Mastani garnered positive reviews. (YouTube)

It all started in 2007 when Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya went head-to-head with Shah Rukh Khan’s Om Shanti Om. The super success of OSO ensured a forgettable debut for Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.

But the tables have been turned after eight years, and this time the result is different. Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani has achieved the unthinkable – it has stopped Dilwale’s chariot.

What seemed like a David versus Goliath story in the first three days has become a classic case of underdog winning the game. Slowly and steadily, Bajirao Mastani has placed itself in a strong position. It’s at a point where one can safely say Bajirao Mastani has almost won the clash of the titans.

Dilwale opened to mixed, mostly bad reviews, while Bajirao Mastani garnered positive reviews, but the audience decided to back Shah Rukh Khan’s superstardom. The results were phenomenal for Dilwale.

Dilwale ruled the roost in the first weekend. But then began the magic of Bajirao Mastani’s good content.

The first Monday hinted towards the future when Dilwale grossed Rs 10.09 cr and Bajirao Mastani earned Rs 10.25 cr. And then it became a neck and neck fight between the two. This was a commendable feat by Bajirao Mastani, which was released on far fewer screens than Dilwale.

Read: Dilwale review

Read: Bajirao Mastani review

By the end of the first week, it was quite clear Bajirao Mastani was going to sustain its momentum. The team behind Dilwale tried to project it as a result of protests against their film in certain cities. It was a case of a bad defence because Bajirao Mastani too faced similar protests, but its business kept expanding. Also, none of the protests was organised enough to hamper Dilwale’s business.

The difference in the gross collection of both films had narrowed by the end of the second week.

According to Taran Adarsh’s report on Sunday, Dilwale had mopped up Rs 123.88 cr while Bajirao Mastani pocketed Rs 120.45 cr (in India). A simple analysis of the trend suggests Bajirao Mastani will race past Dilwale’s entire domestic business by Wednesday.

Given SRK’s sustainable brand value in the overseas markets, Dilwale’s total collection may surpass Bajirao Mastani’s, but the latter is a definite winner in India. A well deserved revenge for Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

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First Published: Dec 29, 2015 15:53 IST