Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Clash of the Titans!


[Pic Courtesy Rediff]

As this and many other articles have pointed out, this Tamil New Year will see movies from both Kamal and Rajni releasing on the same day. The last time this happened was Diwali 1991 when Thalapathy and Gunaa were released. Since then, both actors have mentioned in interviews that they had mutually decided not to release their movies on the same day to avoid clashes between their fans. One wish of mine(and many other Tamil cinema fans, I am sure) is to see Kamal and Rajni act together in a movie. But with that not looking like its going to come true, I guess their movies releasing on the same day is the next best thing!

Off the top of my head, I can recall three other instances when Kamal and Rajni movies released on the same day. Surprisingly, in all those cases, only one of the two movies released the same day was successful while the other ended up a resounding flop.

The three instances I remember are
  • Gunaa and Thalapathy - with Thalapathy walking away with box-office honors
  • Thevar Magan and Pandian - with Thevar Magan turning out to be a huge hit
  • Aboorva Sagodharargal and Siva - with AS deservedly becoming a blockbuster
I am curious... Have there been cases where the actors both had hits released on the same day? If not, lets hope the jinx is broken on April 14th!

19 Comments:

At 3:11 AM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Well, my money is on CHANDRAMUKHI beating MUMBAI EXPRESS, since there is zero buzz on the latter one and the former reportedly starts with twice as much copies in Indian cinemas. Any way, I'm looking forward to seeing both films...

 
At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Gopi Rajaseharan said...

Kamal does face the danger of overexposure with so many more recent movies than Rajni. I can't help comparing his recent streak to what Clint Eastwood has been achieving in Hollywood. But I agree. Chandramukhi should start off better than Mumbai Express. My take is Mumbai Express will provide a better overall experience. I hope that Chandramukhi will have more consistency in its screenplay (IMO, Baba sucked in that area after the first hour). But we got Nayanthara now so I probably won't notice (wink)...

 
At 7:16 AM, Anonymous rekhs said...

Asokan,for all u know kamal mayb the dark horse!!!i wld place my bets on M.E!
W/o dissent I.R is the ace in his deck of cards:)
Gopi,kamal looks lots younger than rajini!!with due apologies to rajini fans!!!and is def more versatile!!!:)
kamal kalakkal kamal dhaan:)
toes crossed,rekhs

 
At 10:07 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

Hmmm... i was hoping to get some statistics on their movie releases and instead this looks like another Kamal vs Rajni chain! But no problems there! That debate is always an interesting read :-)

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous ram said...

Balaji,
Thottiliyum Killi Uttu Kuzhandhaiyayum Aatriye, Maams!
I have no statistics with me...just remember that Kuruthi Punal was released a week before Muthu...also remember having llllllloved Kamal's styles (Ray Ban glasses, his body language, etc) more than well-you-know-whos! Let the war begin...and, let the best team win! ram
(BTW, Tamil error intended...line from "Vasool Raja").

 
At 3:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One instance of a simultaneous Kamal & Rajini hit - Kaakkhi Chattai (super hit) and Naan Sigappu Manithan (hit)

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one more...

Vetri Vizha (hit) & Mapillai (hit)

 
At 4:09 PM, Anonymous ram said...

somebody told me this joke on the condition of anonimity!! i think its a decent one...
Whats the difference between Rajnikanth and Vijaykanth?
Answer: Rajnikanth bayangara karuppaa irupaaru...Vijaykanth karuppaa bayangaramaa irupaaru...

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

so i guess there is no jinx after all! lets hope both movies are good and set the cash registers ringing too.

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous flipside said...

Rajini Kamal released their home productions on the same day (Maaveran and Vikram). Both were directed by the late Rajashekar. Both were flops.

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger Zero said...

Pandian vs Thevar Magan (1993) was after Guna vs Dhalapathi (1991).
And still we got Kuruthippunal vs Muthu in 1995.
jus thot to quip this in.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

zero, pandian vs thevar magan definitely could not have been 93 cos I saw both in Chennai while I was already in the US for Diwali 93.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger Zero said...

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At 10:06 PM, Blogger Zero said...

oops! typo there. 1992!

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there was another such clash in the 70s.... Rajini's Johnny and some movie of Kamal's... with Johnny emerging victor

 
At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did you find it? Interesting read » »

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Raju said...

Wanted to post it when I saw it first time itself.. sorry konjam late ayiruchu.. ;)

1995 - Batsha and Sathi Leelavathi
1992 - Muthu and Kuruthipunal
1991 - Thalapathi and Guna
1989 - Maappillai and Vetri Vizha
1987 - Nayakan and Manithan
1984 - Thoongathey thambi thoongathey and Thanga magan

 
At 3:03 AM, Anonymous Vishal said...

Varumayin Niram Sivappu and Polladhavan
(Hit/Flop)
1995 - Batsha and Sathi Leelavathi
(Blockbuster / Superhit)
1992 - Muthu and Kuruthipunal
(Superhit/Hit)
1991 - Thalapathi and Guna
(Superhit/Flop)
1989 - Maappillai and Vetri Vizha
(Superhit/Hit)
1987 - Nayakan and Manithan
(Blockbuster/Superhit)
1984 - Thoongathey thambi thoongathey and Thanga magan
(Blockbuster/Hit)
1985 - Khakhi Chattai and Naan Sigappu Manithan
(Blockbuster/Hit)
1992 - Thevar Magan and Pandian)
(Blockbuster/Flop)
2005 - Chandramukhi and Mumbai Xpress
(Blockbuster/Flop)

Also Kalyanaraman and a Rajini movie were released on the same day. KR was a big hit and the other movie was below average.

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger karthik said...

@ vishal

Kalyanaraman vs aarulirindhu aruvathu varai (6-60)

Both were blockbusters produced by panchu arunachalam directed by s.p. muthuraman

 

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