BIG CLASH AT BOX OF­FICE

A bunch of high-pro­file Bol­ly­wood films are about to fight it out for the most Fri­day eye­balls in H2 2017

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com ■

Bud­gets, pro­mo­tions, stakes... ev­ery­thing has been get­ting big­ger and big­ger in Bol­ly­wood. And box of­fice clashes are no ex­cep­tion. With all eyes on first week­end re­ceipts nowa­days, which film hogs the lime­light on which Fri­day is the hottest topic in the trade.

This year started with the big­gest clash when Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees locked horns with Hrithik Roshan’s Kaa­bil. Later, Ar­jun Kapoor’s Half Girl­friend lost the num­ber game to Ir­rfan’s Hindi Medium. Now the sec­ond half (H2) of 2017 is also packed with highly an­tic­i­pated films that’ll fight for the most eye­balls on the same Fri­days.

Two films about to clash on July 21 are Sab­bir Khan’s Munna Michael and Alankrita Shri­vas­tava’s Lip­stick un­der My Burkha. Sab­bir, who liked the trailer of Lip­stick, says, “I hope they do well, as in the past when two good films were out on the same day. What­ever au­di­ences watch first, they’ll have a great sec­ond choice.”

Shri­vas­tava feels both the films have their USPs. “Munna Michael seems to be a male star-driven mass film, whereas Lip­stick is about the colour­ful lives of or­di­nary women. While there’s al­ways space for the sta­tus quo, it’s nice to see that dis­rup­tors like Lip­stick have space, too,” she adds.

Other film clashes in­clude Mubarakan and Indu Sarkar (July 28); Baad­shaho and Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han (Septem­ber 1); Gol­maal Again and Se­cret Su­per­star (Oc­to­ber 18); Tumhari Sullu and 102NotOut (De­cem­ber 1).

Talk­ing about his film Haseena Parkar re­leas­ing on Au­gust 18, with Bareilly Ki Barfi, di­rec­tor Apoorva Lakhia says, “When we re­lease over 1,500 films a year in In­dia, it’s very dif­fi­cult to get sin­gle re­lease dates... [But] there are enough screens for 2-3 films of medium to small bud­gets.”

Critic Omar Qureshi states, “A good movie can ar­rive in a clut­ter, yet stand out if it passes the fine film test.”

Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha (top) clashes with Munna Michael (above) on July 21

Mubarakan (top) and Indu Sarkar (above) are both re­leas­ing on July 28

Baad­shaho (top) re­leases on Sept 1, the same day as Shubh Man­gal Saavd­han (above)

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