Veer to Take on Rann?

Image: This has been a year of clashes and collisions. And this a trend which is likely to be carried over...
Veer to Take on Rann?
This has been a year of clashes and collisions. And this a trend which is likely to be carried over onto the next year. According to sources, Ramgopal Varma’s ‘Rann’ and Anil Sharma’s ‘Veer’ are both slated for a January 22 relaese. It seems that Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Ishqiya’ too was supposed to join them but has now decided to release a week earlier.

There was a time when Salman Khan, the hero of ‘Veer’ and Amitabh Bachchan, the protagonist of ‘Rann’, were on quite good terms with each other. But of late, after Aishwariya became the Bachchan bahu, equations have changed slightly. And now their films are set to clash at the box office. While ‘Veer’ is a period film, mounted in epic style by the Gadar director Anil Sharma and produced by Vijay Galanai on a mega budget of Rs 40 crore, ‘Rann’ is a film by Ram Gopal Varma and is produced by Mandhu Mantena and Sheetal Talwar on a much smaller budget. It seems that ‘Rann’ was initially set for a release on October 2, but after the strike fresh dates were set by the United Producers and Distributors body and the movie was pushed to January 22, which coincides with the Republic Day week. All the film’s promotions are being planned keeping that date in mind. As for the makers of ‘Veer’, January 22 suits them fine as their movie is patriotic in tone. As of now, both parties are making light of the clash and talking rather nonchalantly about ‘Veer’ and ‘Rann’ releasing on the same day. But as everybody knows, clashes like this , do no one good. Of course, going by track records, Ramu has been in rather indifferent form these days and hence nothing can really be predicted about him or his movies. As for Sharma, his last film, ‘Apne’, starring the Deols, crashed at the box office. Both directors need a hit desperately. And ‘Rann’ and ‘Veer’ may be the best chance for them.:thumbup:

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