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Bhansali and SRK face-off after 8 years

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Once together, Shah Rukh Khan and Sanjay Leela Bhansali delivered the magnum opus DEVDAS, with Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit. The grandeur of the sets and impeccable Bengali dressing left everyone in awe of this collaboration. The year was 2002 and the after exactly five years  in 2007 SLB and SRK had an ugly face off at the Box office. Bhansali was all set to launch Ranbir Kapoor with SAAWARIYA and Shah Rukh was set to launch Deepika Padukone in OM SHANTI OM. Unfortunately, it was a setback for Bhansali’s film as it was swept away by SRK – Deepika’s onscreen chemistry.

SRK has always been particular about opening his movies at maximum screens – multiplexes or single screens. Even in the case of ‘Om Shanti Om’ which had guest appearance by as many as 30 guest stars in the song ‘Deewangi’, SRK booked 878 cinema halls in 200 prints worldwide.

And again today after eight years, Shah Rukh and Bhansali are set to clash with their respective films at the Box Office.


While one marks the reunion of the DDLJ Jodi of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol for Rohit Shetty’s DILWALE and the other has been a dream project for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. For several years, trying to make ends meet, Sanjay Leela Bhansali has finally completed magnum opus film BAJIRAO MASTANI.

Festivals have always been a special slot for film releases. A period drama and a romantic action film pitted against each other with A-listed cast from the industry, we are yet to see who stands a chance to impress the audience. In the case of Om Shanti Om vs Saawariya it was an established actor with a new comer against two young and fresh faces, whereas the competition has become tough this time with all actors having their own cult of followers.