The first big clash that has been confirmed at the box office for 2021 as far as Indian cinema goes is that between Ajay Devgn starrer Maidaan, and Jr. NTR and Ram Charan starrer RRR, directed by one of the country's most celebrated filmmakers, SS Rajamouli. Incidentally, Ajay Devgn will also be playing a vital role in RRR (thought he's not one of the leads), making it the first time at the domestic box office, where two movies, featuring the same A-lister, would be clashing on the same day. And now, it looks like the going is going to get tougher as Daniel Craig's last James Bond film, No Time to Die, is also set to release on the same date as Maidaan and RRR.
The closest any big-name star has come to clashing with his own film on the same day at the box office is Amitabh Bachchan when Toofan and Jaadugar had released and flopped within two weeks of each other as to this day the trade believes that they ate into each other's business. And now, an industry insider within distribution as also exhibition circles has revealed to BollywoodLife that No Time to Die is set to clash with both Maidaan and RRR. The source narrates that with Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond already postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its Indian distribution network is keen to release the film on a big holiday weekend given the following of Bond movies in the country since decades, which is why the Dussehra weekend has been zeroed in on.
The source further discloses that as is producer Boney Kapoor and Zee Studios weren't happy with the clash with RRR after having previously taken the Dussehra weekend, and now, their happiness has been doubly affected with the possibility of a 3-way-clash after No Time to Die has thrown its hat in the ring. And if the 3-way-clash were to transpire, the main parties involved with Maidaan are seriously considering shifting the release date of their movie.
Phew...lots of behind0the-scenes stuff happening right now, eh? Let's see how it all pans out.
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