If things really go as per plans for Ajay Devgn, he would be enjoying a dream run this July when his Singham releases. Such loud has been the roar of his rustic action flick that there is no film daring to release for as many as three weeks after Singham, hence giving it a free run.
“When release date of 22nd July was announced for Singham, quite a few filmmakers were wary there and then and preferred to bring their films to a later date. However, one would have never imagined that leave aside getting into a heads-on clash, no film wanted to come even a week or two after Singham. This is unprecedented”, says an industry insider.
There was Mausam which was willing to take up the challenge though. However, just a few days back even this Shahid Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor starrer decided to move away from the competition. Though the official reason stated is some additional time that the film requires for post production, the fact remains that for Singham it is a zero competition zone now.
“When biggies like Mausam deciding to stay away, what can be expected from the small films”, says a producer on condition of anonymity, “No one would want to come close to an action masala film these days, especially after Dabangg, Yamla Pagla Deewana and now Ready garnering such fabulous response. Everyone wants to protect their interest and the best way out is to stay away.”
He could well be right. After all the kind of response that the First Look theatrical promo of Singham has fetched for itself, it is all set to be yet another out and out entertainer that looks extremely positive to be lapped up by the masses. No wonder, there is not even a single notable film confirmed for release on 29th July as well as 5th August with Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan being the next big release on 12th August.
“There is no room for ego in Bollywood and I guess it is a right move made by filmmakers here”, continues the insider, “Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty combination is unbeatable and though the two have delivered comedy hits so far like Golmaal series and All The Best, Singham is just the right film for the duo to prove it’s action credentials. The film deserves an open run for itself.”
Last heard, Hema Malini who was planning to bring Tell Me O Khuda (Esha Deol’s re-launch film) face to face with Singham is undecided as well and is yet to take a final call. Will the clash indeed happen? Well, your guess is as good as ours.