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Akshay Kumar-Ajay Devgn Clash At Box Office On Eid: 5 Biggest Bollywood Box Office Clashes Of All Times

Ajay Devgn's much-awaited period sports drama Maidaan hit cinemas this Eid on April 11, 2024. At the time of its release date announcement, the day was already booked by Pooja Entertainment for Ali Abbas Zafar's action entertainer Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, starring Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff.

Coming to Maidaan, it is helmed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma and co-produced by Boney Kapoor and Zee Studios. It is a sports drama showcasing the golden period of Indian football with Ajay playing the role of the legendary coach Syed Abdul Rahim, who  was the coach and manager of the Indian football team from 1950 until he died in 1963. Starring Priyamani, Gajraj Rao, and Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh, the film released on April 11.

As for Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, the film is helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar, and also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Prithviraj Sukumaran. The film marks Tiger's first collaboration with Akshay Kumar. It was also released on April 11.

Now as the two films clash at the box office and the audience awaits which film would race ahead the other, here’s looking at the five biggest Bollywood clashes of all times:

'Animal' vs 'Sam Bahadur'

Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s 'Animal' released in cinemas on December 1, 2023. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, and Rashmika Mandanna, and clashed with Meghna Gulzar’s 'Sam Bahadur' at the box office. 'Sam Bahadur' based on the life of India's first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw, featured Vicky Kaushal in the lead role. While ‘Animal’ ended up collecting Rs 900 crore at the box office, ‘Sam Bahadur’ too ended up being critically and commercially acclaimed.

'Om Shanti Om' vs 'Sawaariya'

​Ranbir Kapoor’s debut film 'Sawaariya' and Shah Rukh Khan's 'Om Shanti Om' released together, and the two films launched their leading ladies, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, respectively as well. Both the films, which had Salman Khan’s cameo. While 'Sawaariya' was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, ‘Om Shanti Om’ was helmed by Farah Khan.

'Dilwale' vs 'Bajirao Mastani'

'Dilwale' starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol together clashed with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s 'Bajirao Mastani'. 'Dilwale' did perform well internationally while 'Bajirao Mastani', starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra starrer, was loved by the Indian audience.

'Lagaan' vs 'Gadar'

While 'Lagaan' was the third Indian film to be nominated for the Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film), 'Gadar' emerged to be a blockbuster and broke the box office records of 'Sholay'. 'Lagaan' was helmed by Ashutosh Gowariker, while 'Gadar' was loosely based on the life of Boota Singh, and starred Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel.

'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' vs 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan'

Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda’s 'Bade Miyan Chote Miyan' clashed with Karan Johar’s directorial debut 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' at the box office. The latter featured Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, and Rani Mukerji in lead roles, along with Salman Khan in a special appearance.