Rajinikanth's Darbar, Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak and Ajay Devgn's Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior are all set to clash at the Box Office in the first half of January. The three movies -- belonging to three completely different genres -- will release around January 10, making it exceptionally difficult for the viewers to choose one. While Chhapaak is based on the real-life story of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivour, Ajay Devgn's Tanhaji is based on the life of a historic Maratha soldier.
"Rajinikanth’s film was initially supposed to release around January 15. But the date was later changed to January 10 and now, it is releasing on January 9. His films have always created a lot of buzz, although some of his last films have not done exceptional business, they did open well. This particular film will definitely pose a challenge for both Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji and Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak. Both the films are going to clash at the box office and now they will have to share screens with Rajnikanth’s film at least down south," a source was earlier quoted as saying.
#Announcement: Reliance Entertainment will release #Darbar in *North India theatrical markets* in three languages: #Hindi, #Tamil and #Telugu... Release date: 9 Jan 2020... Stars #Rajinikanth, #Nayantara and #SunielShetty... Directed by AR Murugadoss. pic.twitter.com/n0ju2Uud3W— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 15, 2019
Film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the clash and wrote, "Clash CONFIRMED: #Tanhaji: #TheUnsungWarrior versus #Chhapaak versus #Darbar [#Hindi]... #AjayDevgn, #Kajol, #SaifAliKhan versus #DeepikaPadukone versus #Rajinikanth".
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 15, 2019
Deepika’s film is set in the North, while Ajay’s film has Maharashtra’s backdrop. It will be interesting to see which of the three films is able to transcend these boundaries and do well.
The theatrical trailer of Chhapaak has impressed the critics and audiences alike.
So has Tanhaji's trailer.