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Shocking! Sanjay Leela Bhansali praises Shah Rukh after Dilwale-Bajirao Mastani clash

New Delhi: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose magnum opus Bajirao Mastani clashed with Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale, said that the actor is a 'bigger star' and will definitely have a good opening at the box

PTI Updated on: December 27, 2015 16:58 IST
shocking sanjay leela bhansali praises shah rukh after
shocking sanjay leela bhansali praises shah rukh after dilwale bajirao mastani clash

New Delhi: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, whose magnum opus Bajirao Mastani clashed with Shah Rukh Khan's Dilwale, said that the actor is a 'bigger star' and will definitely have a good opening at the box office.

"Shah Rukh is a bigger star. He is such a big star that even if he would have come on any day, he would have got a good opening," Mr Bhansali told PTI.

"We are happy creating it and seeing it (Bajirao Mastani). It was magic. There was some blessing of God constantly on the film so I knew it will start a little slow but we will eventually catch up," he added.

Dilwale had collected Rs 75 crores in its opening weekend and including Monday collections, with its opening day collections being Rs 21 crores.

On the other hand Bajirao Mastani on the day of its release earned Rs 12.80 crores, and saw an upsurge in its collections on day two as it collected Rs 15.52 crores and Rs 18.45 crores on the third day.

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The Black director is happy that word of mouth has helped Bajirao Mastani gain momentum at the box office, whose box office score after running at the theatres for a week is Rs 98 crores. (Also Read: Dilwale Scores a Full Century, Bajirao Mastani is Almost There)

"It is heartening to know that people are loving our film so all that numbers and mathematics eventually collapse when you like a film or you don't like a film. So, when I have more number of screens but if people don t like the film it doesn't matter," he said.

"The repeat value is important. Love of the people to experience this world of Bajirao Mastani is important," he added.

Bajirao Mastani is the love story of Peshwa Bajirao and the half-Muslim princess Mastani, which also features Bajirao's first wife Kashibai as a significant character, while the Rohit Shetty film is an action comedy.

"Both Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale are of different genres. This is a full family big screen experience. I am not sure about the genre. The genre of both the film is different, there are different actors and two different directors," the 52-year-old director said.

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