Box-office clashes on Gandhi Jayanti in the last 10 years

Nowadays, almost every national holiday is taken seriously by producers and Gandhi Jayanti (2 October) is no different.

Keyur Seta

A decade ago, national holidays like Diwali, Christmas and Eid were the only ones when big films would release. But nowadays, almost every national holiday is taken seriously by producers. October 2, which is Gandhi Jayanti, is no different.

Here are films that clashed at the box-office in last 10 years. 

Kidnap and Drona (2008)
Kidnap was an important film for Sanjay Gadhvi as this was the first time he was moving outside the Yashraj banner after Dhoom (2004) and Dhoom 2 (2006). The Sanjay Dutt and Imran Khan-starrer clashed with Goldie Behl’s Drona, which starred Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra. There was no competition at the box-office as both films flopped. 

Wake Up Sid and Do Knot Disturb (2009)
Govinda and David Dhawan have been a powerful force most of the time whenever they have collaborated. Do Knot Disturb was their last outing together. A young Ranbir Kapoor clashed with the heavyweights with Wake Up Sid. The veteran duo didn’t prove to be a threat since the audience accepted Wake Up Sid and did knot disturb the other.

Force and Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster (2011) 
This was yet another year when two films with diverse genres clashed at the box-office. Although Force, starring John Abraham, met with mixed reviews, it managed to sail through at the box-office. On the other hand, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster enjoyed rave reviews and a decent success at the ticket windows for an unconventional film.

Haider and Bang Bang (2014)
This has been the biggest Gandhi Jayanti clash so far. Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider gained mammoth appreciation. It also saved the career of Shahid Kapoor, who was highly appreciated his act. But the film only managed above-average collections at the box-office. It was affected by Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif-starrer Bang Bang. Interestingly, this film too couldn’t do much at the ticket window due to its high cost.

Talvar and Singh Is Bliing (2015) 
This wasn’t a clash in the actual sense as one film was for the classes and the other for hardcore masses. Based on the infamous Aarushi Talwar murder case, Meghna Gulzar’s Talvar received immense appreciation and just managed to recover the cost. Singh Is Bliing too couldn’t enter the profit arena despite it being an Akshay Kumar-starrer.