It looks like this is going to be another explosive Diwali for Ajay Devgan this year. Last year he warred with Karan Johar over the Diwali release of Devgan’s Shivaay and Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
This year Devgan is all set to take on Aamir Khan and his Secret Superstar.
Don’t let the public declarations of camaraderie between Ajay Devgan and Aamir Khan fool you. There is a war brewing between the two, what with Aamir using his clout to get more theatres and screens for his Diwali release Secret Superstar than Devgan and his Golmaal Returns.
Apparently Aamir’s friendship with the PVR multiplex chain’s owner Ajay Bijli has held him in good stead.Secret Superstar has wangled more than 50 percent of the nation-wide screen in the PVR chain.
This move has not gone down well Ajay Devgan and his producers Reliance Entertainment who have threatened to not release Goldmaal Returns in the PVR chain.
Says a well informed source, “Devgan and his producers’ logic is simple. Why should the other film which is far smaller budgeted, be favoured as compared with Golmaal Returns, which is being given a larger percentage of the screens when it is financially far bigger . Devgan is not only unwilling to accept 50 percent of the PVRscreens, he feels Golmaal Returns should be given a larger share of screens than Secret Superstar.”
With the release just days away this face-off between the two Diwali releases could blow up into a major issue pertaining to the number of shows and screens allotted to films as per their budget and anticipation among the movie-going public.