August 11, 2023 was leading up to a massive box office clash already with Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal and Sunny Deol led Gadar 2 releasing on that date. Now, it has gotten a whole lot bigger as Akshay Kumar has joined in too. The actor announced the release date of his next Oh My God 2 (OMG 2) to be August 11 as well. So, this Independence Day weekend will see Akshay vs Ranbir vs Sunny at the box office.
Akshay’s OMG 2 to release on August 11
On Friday morning, Akshay Kumar took to social media to announce the release date of OMG 2 with an intriguing poster. The actor is seen in a fierce avatar sporting long locks with a man bun, reminding of Lord Shiva. He has a damroo in his hand with ashes all over his body as he stands in a tandav pose.
Along with it, he announced that the film will release theatrically on August 11. Earlier, there were some reports that the film might go direct-to-digital. However, this announcement has quashed those rumours.
Ranbir Kapoor locked August 11 first for Animal
Ranbir Kapoor was the first one to lock the Independence Day weekend for his gritty dark thriller Animal. The Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial will see Ranbir in a never-seen-before avatar. The story follows a father-son duo and how their relationship darkens over time. The leaked footage from the film’s shoot has left the fans curious, especially with Ranbir’s look. The film also features Rashmika Mandanna, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Triptii Dimri.
Sunny Deol to arrive with Gadar 2 this Independence Day weekend
After 22 years of one of the most successful Hindi films, Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, Sunny Deol is returning with its sequel. The film will see him reunite with Ameesha Patel and Utkarsh Sharma, who played his young son in the first film. To create curiosity for the sequel, the makers re-released Gadar in theatres on June 9.
Akshay vs Ranbir vs Sunny
August 11 has now become one of the biggest dates at the box office this year. Three big stars are bringing much-awaited releases of theirs on this day. Last year, Akshay arrived the same weekend with Raksha Bandhan, and clashed with Aamir Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha. Unfortunately, both films underperformed at the box office even after boasting huge names.
This year’s clash is between 3 films of different genres. While Animal is a dark thriller, Gadar 2 is a patriotic drama while OMG 2 is expected to be a social comedy. Even though the genres might differ, but with such huge names and expectations attached to all 3, they will eat into each other’s business for sure. Alia Bhatt will also make her Hollywood debut on the same date with Heart Of Stone, but that will have a digital release.
While 2 films would have been easier to manage for the audience, the addition of one more will make things a little tricky. Here’s to hoping that all 3 films become successful, but it remains to be seen how this clash affects the Hindi film business in general. Is it going to be a huge celebration or an opportunity wasted, only time will tell.