The battle that had started when Imran Khan's debut flick Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Naa had tripled the business of Ranbir Kapoor's Saawariya has further intensified now. Once down and out after couple of back to back flops, Imran's fortunes have now shot further up with Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu being his fifth straight film that has done well at the box office too. Icing on the cake is the fact that this is now Imran's biggest opener overseas as well.
"Imran is going through a great patch and after I Hate Luv Storys, Break Ke Baad, Delhi Belly and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, he has now enjoyed patronage from audience yet again with Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. This is superb because not many actors have seen such consistent run. Amongst the young brigade, his only competition is Ranbir Kapoor", informs an insider.
Though Imran (Luck, Kidnap) as well as Ranbir (Rocket Singh - Salesman of the Year) have suffered their fair share of flops, Bollywood's confidence in the duo has stayed intact through thick and thin. Moreover, with Imran ensuring good returns for his films and Ranbir gaining accolades for his performance in films as diverse as Rockstar and Raajneeti, it is a healthy battle that has ensued.
"However, what Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu has now done is establish Imran in overseas as well. In places like USA, UK, UAE, Australia etc., it is Ranbir who has held fort over the years while Imran's presence was in its infancy. That has now changed with Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu which has overtaken not just Imran's own films but even Ranbir's Rockstar in certain markets", the insider adds.
Says an official release from UTV which has distributed the film overseas, "In UK, despite bad weather, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu has opened at GBP 67,465 which is higher than I Hate Luv Storys and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan. Rockstar had opened at GBP 57,000. Even in North America, the opening has been fabulous while in Gulf too it would be Imran's highest ever."
With Imran's next release Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Man Dola still a while away and Ranbir getting ready with Barfi and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in the interim period, it would be interesting to see which of the two youngsters races ahead.