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Raees Vs. Kaabil
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The first big battle of this year at box office will happen this week with Shahrukh Khan 'Raees' taking on Hrithik Roshan 'Kaabil'. There has been a war of words between both the production houses on release of date. The decision to not change the date has led to this clash. Two big films releasing on same day has not helped any of them in past. We have history of it in the last few years. The big film with a superstar actor in solo release can expect to earn between 200 to 250 crores net in Indian box office today. With two real big films clashing, this will get divided. When your film can earn more money with solo release then why not averting such clashes? We only have few big stars in Bollywood then why releases of film not planned well.

It is worse for the big star if such film clashes. Aamir Khan and Salman Khan's films earning more than 300 crores at the box office on consistent manner. They were solo releases. The bar at the box office has been raised for other big stars of Bollywood. It has been quite a while since Shahrukh Khan gave a bumper blockbuster hit at the box office. His last few releases 'Dilwale', 'Fan' and 'Dear Zindagi' were average successes at the box office. The success of these films did not match the expectations of his standards. He was the king of box office few years back but suddenly he has lagging behind Aamir Khan and Salman Khan at the box office battle. Hrithik Roshan's last release 'Mohenjo-Daro' lost to Akshay Kumar's 'Rustom' at the box office. Whoever loses this clash at the box office will suffer on their stardom. It is a test of stardom of two big actors Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan at box office.

Shahrukh Khan's 'Raees' looks total commercial film set in the eighties. Nawazuddin Siddiqui presence in the film adds lot of weight to the film. In the film's trailer, it looks they are on the opposite side of the law and clashing each other. The dialogues of the film between these two actors is the biggest strength of the film. 'Raees' has been one of the most awaited films of Shahrukh Khan recently. His looks in the film is stylish. The film looks a stylish action entertainer but music could have been much better. 'Raees' is the big litmus test for Shahrukh Khan at box office. Can his movie match the box office success of Aamir Khan's 'Dangal' and Salman Khan's 'Sultan'?

'Kaabil' looks interesting as he is playing blind in the film. The film looks like an intelligent action drama. The chemistry between Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in the films looks beautiful and fresh. The music of the film is good. The brothers Ronit Roy and Rohit Roy are playing villains in the film. They are strong actors. The film is directed by Sanjay Gupta who has several action based thrillers to his credit. The film will have intelligent action scenes as the main lead is blind in the film. Hrithik Roshon has been underrated superstar. His movies have also consistently done well at box office but he has not marketed his success well. He needs to open up more with media and his fans. Will 'Raees' and 'Kaabil' box office clash will make new history at box office is to be seen? Logically such box office clashes of big stars should be avoided.

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