By Pankaj Sabnani
With Ranbir Kapoor's 'Barfi!' and Kareena Kapoor's 'Heroine' releasing back-to-back, the stage is now set for a family feud at the box office. Bebo’s movie will release on September 21, just a week after Ranbir's 'Barfi!', which is scheduled to release on September 14. It’s also interesting to note that both the films are being produced by UTV.
Obviously, the timings of the films have raised quite a few eyebrows, because both are touted as landmark films in the careers of the two star cousins. Kareena Kapoor became industry's highest paid actress after signing 'Heroine' and Ranbir Kapoor has decided to shelve his glam image and play a differently-abled person in 'Barfi!'.
So, what’s the logic of one film releasing just after another? We all saw how 'The Amazing Spider-Man' ate into the collections of 'Gangs of Wasseypur'. What happens if the same thing happens with Ranbir too, where a glamourous Kareena decides to cut into the second week collections of 'Barfi!'?
When we asked the same question to Ranbir, he appeared unperturbed and ruled out any requests to the producers to shift release dates, even though this would be easy because both movies are being made by the same production house.
"There is no question of shifting any date and there is no question of any kind of clash," said Ranbir as journalists suggested that it is a bad idea to have both film release back-to-back.
"Heroine is a different kind of film and Barfi! is another. So there's no fight as such (between Kareena and me) with respect to our films," clarified Ranbir.
According to Ranbir, the media shouldn't portray it as two famous cousins clashing at the box office. "Rowdy Rathore was also produced by UTV and we all know now that it was a different kind of a film. If they are good films, they'll work irrespective of whose cousin is starring in which film," the actor added sarcastically.
Even though Ranbir Kapoor refuses to admit, trade pundits say that it's very likely that 'Heroine' will affect the second week's business of 'Barfi'. Let's wait and watch how things actually shape up!
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