Amitabh Bachchan and Rajnikanth ,the two mightiest superstars of Indian cinema—with due respects to SalmanKhan—are all set to clash at the boxoffice in a most unexpected way .
Rajnikanth’s new film, the eagerly awaited Kabali opens on 22 July alongside Steven Spielberg’s childhood fantasia BFG in which the Big B lends his voice to the main character of a giant played by Mark Rylance.
While this in itself may not be seen as a direct confrontation between the two behemoths frantic efforts are on to avert the “clash’ between Rajnikanth and the Bachchan baritone.
Apparently Reliance and Fox-Star ,the distributors of BFG and Kabali, respectively, are trying to work out an “amicable compromise” so that the two films do not suffer from the impending clash.
Says a source close to the development, “Both Kabali and BFG are non-Bollywood opuses to be released in multiple languages all across India . Both are aimed at family audiences. While the USP of one is the cinematic deity of the South the USP of the other is the most famous baritone of India.”
While clashes between Rajnikanth and Amitabh Bachchan starrers have been averted in the past the two giants of Indian cinema have clashed on at least two occasions when Mr Bachchan’s Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom andRajnikanth’s Sivaji The Boss were released on the same Friday in 2007 and some years later MrBachchan’sBhootnath Returns and Rajnikanth’s Kochadaaiyan clashed on the same Friday in April in 2014.
Whether the impending clash between the two icons is averted or not remains to be seen.