The results of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections will be announced on May 23, and the next day, India will see the clash of two big films - Vivek Oberoi’s PM Narendra Modi and Arjun Kapoor’s India’s Most Wanted.
During a press conference of Arjun’s upcoming film in Delhi, IndiaToday.in asked him about the box office battle with Vivek Oberoi-starrer PM Narendra Modi. He said that the word 'clash' is sensationalised and that the audience is smart enough to choose which film they want to watch, after reading reviews.
"I think ye ek sensational word hai, clash-vlash aisa kuch nahi hota aaj kal. (I think clash is a sensational word, there is nothing like that nowadays),"Arjun told us.
"The films which release at the box office - be it English, Hindi or regional - they all tend to work because now, our audience is pretty intelligent, calm and sorted. Nobody runs to theatres on Friday morning. You read reviews and speak to people. Then you watch the film," he added.
Talking about whether the business of India’s Most Wanted will be affected, the actor said,"Aaj kal kya ho gaya hai na, teen-teen chaar-chaar filmein saath main lagi hui hai. Audience bahot samjhdaar hai, jo filmein dekhna chahti hai, jakar dekhleti hai. (Today, what happens is that there are many films that release on the same day. The audience is very intelligent; if they want to watch a film, they will go to theatres.)".
Starring Arjun Kapoor in the leading role, India’s Most Wanted is a story of an intelligence officer who has to track down a deadly terrorist. The espionage thriller is rumoured to be about the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal, who allegedly co-founded the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.
On the other hand, the PM Narendra Modi biopic starring Vivek Oberoi, is a much-hyped and controversial biopic based on the life of India’s current prime minister.
The biopic was supposed to release in the middle of the Lok Sabha elections, but was heavily objected to by the Opposition as it could influence the voters. On May 2, the PM Narendra Modi film got its new release date - May 24.