December is usually a festive month for the Indian film industry, as many big-budget and star-studded movies are released to cash in on the holiday season. However, this year, December also seems to be a month of clashes, as several highly anticipated films are set to face off at the box office. Here is a brief overview of the three major clashes that are expected to happen in December 2023.
The first clash is between Animal and Sam Bahadur, both scheduled to release on December 1. Animal is an action thriller directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Rashmika Mandanna. The film is about a psychopathic protagonist who has a troubled relationship with his fatherAd1 Sam Bahadur is a biopic based on the life of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw, who led the Indian Army during the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar and stars Vicky Kaushal as Manekshaw, along with Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Neeraj Kabi2 Both films are expected to appeal to different segments of the audience, but they may also face competition from each other for screens and shows.
The second clash is between Merry Christmas and Yodha, both slated to release on December 8. Merry Christmas is a comedy-drama directed by Sriram Raghavan and starring Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi. Yodha is an action thriller directed by Sagar Ambre and Pushkar Ojha and starring Sidharth Malhotra, Disha Patani and Raashii Khanna. The film is about an airplane hijack where a soldier helps the passengers and fights against the terrorists4 Both films are expected to offer high-octane entertainment to the viewers, but they may also cannibalize each other’s business.
The third clash is between Dunki and Salaar, both scheduled to release on December 22. Dunki is a social comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Taapsee Pannu. Salaar is an action thriller directed by Prashanth Neel and starring Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Shruti Haasan. The film is about a gang leader who tries to keep a promise made to his dying friend and takes on the other criminal gangs6Both films are expected to have a huge fan following across the country, but they may also face a tough fight at the ticket windows.
These clashes may prove to be beneficial for the audience, as they will have more options to choose from. However, they may also affect the profitability of the films, as they will have to share the revenue with their rivals. It remains to be seen which film will emerge as the winner in each clash, and which film will dominate the month of December at the box office.