Now this is one clash that could well be the biggest of the decade. One can already sense trade salivating at the very prospect of Ranbir Kapoor and Imran Khan, two of the hottest young stars around, to be taking on each other. Reason being that their Rockstar and Mere Brother Ki Dulhan would now be clashing at the box office on 9th September.
"It wasn't planned this way though", comments a trade source, "Though Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was announced months ago and the release date too was fixed well in advance, as has been the policy of Yash Raj Films, Rockstar has actually come as a surprise. It was initially supposed to release much earlier."
This in fact is true because earlier there were talks of a three way clash between Salman, Hrithik and Ranbir when their Ready, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rockstar were expected to arrive on the same day. However, better sense prevailed and Salman's Ready was (for all the right reasons) was given a free run.
"Still one did expect Rockstar to arrive soon after Ready. That didn't happen though as the release date of this Imtiaz Ali directed has been pushed around for a couple of times already. Now that the new date is 9th September, tongues have already started wagging in the industry on whether this has been intentional.
"Though Ranbir does have an edge over Imran, it is still early days to underestimate anyone", says a prominent filmmaker, "If Ranbir had Raajneeti last year, which by the way was a multi starrer, Imran had a solo hit in I Hate Luv Storys. Both of them also had a small success each in Anjaana Anjaani and Break Ke Baad respectively. You never know in future who ends up taking an edge over the other. This is the reason why Rockstar v/s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan clash would be looked at quite closely."
Though Ranbir and Imran were unavailable for comment, the official spokesperson at Yash Raj Films was quite forthright about the production's house stand and wished both films good luck.
"How wonderful is it that two great films are releasing on the same day", he said, "The audience would love to see both Imran and Ranbir and we are sure that both will do very well. When we decide on a release date, we don't look at it as a clash of superstars. It was a date that we thought appropriate and so announced it. We still don't know if Rockstar has announced their date. If it's 9th September then it's great for the cinema going public."
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