It looks like history is all set to repeat itself. In 2007, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth's Sivaji:The Boss had clashed on the same day (June 15).
This time around, Big B and Rajinikanth will again clash at the box office on April 11. It has emerged that Mr Bachchan's Bhootnath Returns and Rajini's Kochadaiyaan will hit the screens on the same date.
Interestingly, both the icons have worked together in films such as Andha Kanoon (1983), Geraftaar (1985), Dosti Dushmani (1986) and Hum (1991). While Rajinikant did a special appearance in RA.One (2011), Big B did a voiceover for the film.
Says an industry watcher, "With the release dates of their films now confirmed, it will be interesting to see the legends take on each other at the box office. The two stars have fans across the globe and their films' collections will be followed closely."
Bhootnath Returns is a sequel to Big B's 2008 horror comedy Bhootnath, while Kochadaiyaan is a period drama that has used state-of-the-art technology with Rajinikanth reprising his larger-than-life persona. In fact, the latter, which also stars Deepika Padukone, will be released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Punjabi across 6,000 screens in addition to an international version in English.
Adds the industry watcher, "It is well-known that when Rajinikanth's film releases, it is festival time for his fans. The shows begin as early as 5 am especially in South India and often people burst crackers, beat drums and throw flowers at the screen before the show. The movie's reel is also worshipped at temples. So this clash is surely an interesting development."