Shahid Kapoor's Haider and Hrithik Roshan's Bang Bang are both releasing on the same day -- October 2. On Gandhi Jayanti. Ironically, both films have violence. One in the title (Bang!) and the other in content. Lets look at the pros and cons.
Old pair: Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif have worked together in Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara and they sizzle on the screen.
Holly inspired: The posters of the film show this to be a multiplex-friendly film. It has speed, guns, glamour and thrills. But this is a remake of a Hollywood film, Knight and Day, which has already been watched by the janta. Will it still lure them to the theatres is the big question.
Behind the camera: This film is being directed by Siddharth Anand, whose last film crashed and burned. Also, this two-film-old director has a loyal audience.
Fresh pair: Shahid Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor are facing the camera for the first time. Will they work the magic on the big screen?
Shakespearean: An adaptation of Hamlet. The trailer is dark, gloomy and disturbing. This will hold appeal to a niche audience. It will be more critic-friendly than cash-friendly at the box office,
Behind the camera: This is Vishal Bhardwaj's film. He has his loyal audience. Though his last film was rejected by the cinegoers, he is known for his brand of cinema and has his followers.
The big clash
Trade analyst Akshay Rathi says, "Haider had announced its release date a year back, while Bang Bang kept on getting delayed and they finally finished the film and decided to release it on October 2. So Haider is at no fault. Also, the two films will have a very different audience base. I don't think trade will get affected, because people who will watch Haider will not be able to stand Bang Bang and vice versa. However, UTV and FOX Star Studios are backing the two projects respectively and therefore they will make sure that the two films get enough number of screens to release. Haider is more for the classy audience whereas Bang Bang, a remake of Knight and Day, will be more for the masala-loving single screen audience."