Diwali – the festival of lights, colors, togetherness and a big Bollywood release. Diwali is indeed one of the most important festivals for all the industries in India, especially for Bollywood. Be it the paparazzi news or famous parties it has always kept our eyes glued to the screen somehow.
But what’s most important is the “Diwali” movie time. Every year all the major production houses and stars fight for “Diwali Release” because it ensures a certain amount of business even if the product is not that great.
But this is also followed by controversies, fights, and drama to that “Diwali Dhamaka”. Sadly there can be only one rocket in the basket of crackers.
Here are some great “Diwali dramas” of industry in past few years. Some made news, some wore flops, and some welcomed controversy and fights.
Ae Dil Hain Mushkil Vs. Shivaay (2016)
Both the movies individually created a lot of headlines over past few months. A lot of games were played in front and even off cameras to gain public attention.
Ae Dil Hain Mushkil prior to the whole “Anti-national” controversy only was in the news for it cast and Karan johar’s comeback after 4 years. The teaser and dialogue made our hearts sink.
Shivaay, on the other hand, is the dream project of Ajay Devgn. Shivaay’s trailer promises a fabulous action thriller with never seen before visuals. We could have anticipated some drama between both movies –makers as soon the teasers were out.
The issue got highlighted when Ajay Devgn accused Karan johar of demeaning his movies though third sources. But after that the series of accusations started, eventually, both the films are doing fairly well at the box office right now.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015)
Last year Diwali was marked as the comeback of the “Rajshri production” and Sooraj Barjatya with their favorite character – “Prem”. The Prem we loved in “Hum Aapke Hain Koun”, “Hum Saath Saath Hain” and ” Maine Pyar Kiya”. It was the times of “Sansakar” all again. A fully fledged old family drama with the Rajshri’s touch. Salman Khans’ fan following made it one of the highest-grossing film of the year. Not to forget the song “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo” welcomed a lot of memes and funny dubsmash videos. Though many of the critics believed that film was not up to the mark and did business because of it’s Diwali timing only. It was also a rumor that Salmaan Khan has forced other filmmakers to not release any film near to Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. We all know why.
Krishh 3 (2013)
Rakesh Roshan brings back the Indian Superhero Krishh back on the cinema screen in 2013. Hrithik fought well as Krishh against the set of villains all inspired from the characters of famous X-men series. Though There was no Krishh 2, Krishh 3 kind of become a set of a joke for the critics. In spite of that Krishh did fairly well at the box office and Diwali turned out to be a real celebration for the Roshans.
Jab Tak Hain Jaan Vs Son of Sardar (2012)
Jab Tak Hain Jaan was already the talk of the town because of none other than the legendary Yash Chopra who was directing the movie after a decade-long gap. His last directorial was Veer Zara. It was the fourth time when the director of romance came along with the king of romance (Shahrukh Khan).
However, after the death of Yash Chopra the value of movie was increased as then it became the last project of Yash ji and the industry lost a gem. At that point, Ajay Devgn movie “Son of Sardar” was also releasing. He claimed that Yash Raj Production is being unprofessional and are using the sad demise of Yash Chopra as a way to earn more profits and wider release. They actually had a legal fight over the number of screen shared between the two releases over the Diwali. He even went to the competition commissioner of India then.
Though it was one of the most beloved projects of Shahrukh Khan but that didn’t make it a good movie. Though I still love the fact that how Shahrukh Khan showed courage to make such a movie which doesn’t fall in his genre at all. From technology to music he got everything from the best of the industry. Sadly, the execution and story felt flat and it didn’t do the magic for the Indian audience. But, we all still move our booties on “chamak challo!”
Sawaariya Vs Om Shanti Om (2007)
2007 was a time of good movies. Jab We Met, Taare Zameen Par, Chak De India, Life In a Metro and the list goes on.
It was during Diwali when the audience really faced the battle between two biggies of the Industry. On one hand, it was the Jodi of Shahrukh Khan and Farah khan who earlier gave us “Main Hoon Na” came together. On the other hand, it was the cinematic master- Sanjay Feela Bhansali who had movies like Black, Devdas and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam in his pocket. Also, he was launching two stars – Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.
Om Shanti Om was a fully commercial movie and it experimented with 70’s style. It was quite an experience to see that era of the film industry in a film itself. As a result, the audience loved it. It was a blockbuster of the year.
Saawariya was an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story “White Nights”. The movie was complicated to follow plus the experimental treatment of Bhansali becomes little indulgent and results into a beauty on-screen that skips the brain. However, Om Shanti Om can be tagged as Logical either.
However, that Diwali gave Bollywood three young actors who are actually doing great in the industry still. Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.
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