Shah Rukh Khan‘s Raees clashed with Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil on January 25. SRK avoided it once (Read: Sultan) but couldn’t do it for the second time. As of now, both the films are doing decent business at the box office. Perhaps the fact that box office has been kind to him whenever his film clashed with another, might have given him hope. Yes, Shah Rukh Khan almost has a 100 percent track record when it comes to clashes except for one instance. May be he felt he could take on Kaabil as well and the latest reports suggest, he is right. Raees has already made a record by collecting highest number on Republic Day. But without getting into the technicalities of this clash, let us tell you how SRK has mostly managed to come out victorious at the other end except for one account.
Baazigar Vs Bedardi (1993)
Baazigar saw an anti-hero get crowds into the theatres which was a rare phenomena. The way SRK goes about his revenge in this film is simply spine-chilling. And the audience found it so good that Ajay Devgn’s Bedardi didn’t stand a chance.
Ram Jaane Vs Akele Hum Akele Tum (1995)
Winner: Ram Jaane
In those days, Shah Rukh and Aamir were still becoming the humongous star that they are today and so, it wasn’t a much publicised clash. While Ram Jaane managed to do good business to be an average hit, the same can’t be said about Aamir’s film.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Vs Yaarana (1995)
Winner: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
In the same year, Shah Rukh Khan clashed again and this time with Rishi Kapoor with whom he had begun his Bollywood journey (Deewana). We all know what became of DDLJ. It’s the favourite film of the entire nation, a classic!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Vs Bade Miyan Chote Miyan (1998)
This is one of those clashes where both the parties earned well to be declared a hit. Of course, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai made a lot more money than Amitabh Bachchan-Govinda starrer but both of them managed to entertain the audience just right.
Mohabbatein Vs Mission Kashmir (2000)
Shah Rukh Khan was fighting a young blood at the box office that year, someone who had created a storm with his entry. A craze nobody had seen before and he is called Hrithik Roshan. But the latter didn’t stand a chance in front of SRK. But point to be noted here is that, Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai had released a week after Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani the same year. While SRK’s film tanked badly, HR’s debut film was the biggest blockbuster that year!
Veer Zara Vs Aitraaz (2004)
Yet again there was a clash which left everyone happy. Akshay Kumar’s Aitraaz and SRK’s Veer Zara were big hits at the box office which prove that if the content is good, two films can actually co-exist at the box office and shine.
Don Vs Jaan-E-Maan (2006)
It was a huge clash. At one hand there was Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar in one film and on the other, it was SRK playing a stylish Don, a remake of AB’s classic film. Both had potential to rise and shine but it was only Don that left the audience and the makers supremely happy!
Om Shanti Om Vs Saawariya (2007)
Winner: Om Shanti Om
A debutant Kapoor or rather two debutant Kapoors took on the mighty King Khan on Diwali and rest is history. SRK’s superb comic timing and some really funny scenes helped it become one of his biggest grossers while Ranbir and Sonam’s first film tanked badly.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan Vs Son of Sardar (2012)
Winner: Jab Tak Hai Jaan
It was one of the ugliest clashes Bollywood had ever seen. It had opened the pandora’s box of what goes behind such clashes at the box office. But whatever it was, SRK’s film managed make good money.
Dilwale Vs Bajirao Mastani
Winner: Bajirao Mastani
This is perhaps the only instance where the film starring actors much junior to Shah Rukh Khan managed to leave him behind in the box office race. SRK’s film opened big but couldn’t carry on the momentum in the coming days while BM started slow and stayed steady. In fact, its numbers started getting better with every passing day making it a winner.
Now it is remains to be seen what happens to Raees and Kaabil. What do you think?