With Raj Kumar Hirani’s Sanju joining Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat as the second 300-crore profit earner of 2018, it’s time for the film trade to pitch the two ‘Ran’s of Bollywood against one another.
According to trade experts Ranbir Kappor’s recent spate of flops have been wiped off with the stupendous success of Sanju. Ironically, Ranveer Singh was the first choice for Sanju. Producer Vinod Chopra has gone on-record to admit he wanted Ranveer and not Ranbir.
Likewise Ranbir would have been Sanjay Bhansali’s Allauddin Khilji in Padmaavat if he hadn’t broken ties with his mentor after Saawariya.
Bhansali offered all his post-Saawariya films to Ranbir who turned them down.He even told his close friends he would “never” work with Bhansali again.
Ranbir’s loss was Ranveer’s gain.
But now with Ranbir regaining boxoffice ground with Sanju the rivalry is no longer only between Ranbir andRanveer. It has moved on to Bhansali and Hirani with opinion divided on which of the two filmmakers is the most successful director of the moment.
Don’t be surprised if their next project switches heroes.