Latest buzz is that there is going to be a big clash between Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar for the next Independence Day.
Reports have emerged that Akshay's "Gabbar", a remake of Tamil film "Ramana", will be releasing on 15 August next year. Directed by Telugu filmmaker Krish, "Gabbar" will have Akshay playing the role of a professor who forms an anti-corruption force with the help of his students to abolish corruption in various government departments. The Tamil version was critically acclaimed and was also commercially successful.
The Hindi remake is slated to get released for next year's Independence Day. On the other hand, Ajay Devgn's "Singham 2", a sequel to 2011-blockbuster "Singham", is also expected to get released on the same day. Ajay will be seen reprising the role of the righteous cop - Bajirao Singham.
"Singham" was also a remake of Tamil film "Singam" (Lion), starring Suriya. The sequel to the Tamil version was recently released and did good business at the box office. It was expected to be remade in Hindi as a "Singham" sequel. But the film's director Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn announced that their sequel will be an original story and not a remake from the Tamil version.
Interestingly, there are similarities between the characters played by Akshay and Ajay in their respective films. For instance, both actors will be seen appearing as virtuous men who take on the criminals.
In 2014, Independence Day falls on a Friday, which means the long weekend will be perfect to get a good opening for films. But two big films clashing on the same date might hamper each other's business. This year, Akshay's "Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai Dobaara" had a solo release for the Independence Day weekend.
It remains to be seen if Ajay and Akshay's films will release on the same date or if one of them will back out.