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Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Aankhein 2’ to clash with ‘Golmaal 4’ next Diwali?

In what could turn into a big box office clash, director Anees Bazmee has said that he may release his forthcoming film ‘Aankhein 2’ next year in Diwali, a festive slot which will also see release of Rohit Shetty’s ‘Golmaal Again’. “We will start shooting next month. We are planning a Diwali release next year. It’s a big film so it has to come on a special day,” Anees told PTI. The fourth instalment of the hit comedy franchise ‘Golmaal’ will also open in theatres on Diwali next year.’Golmaal Again’ will feature Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Rimi Sen in lead roles. All the three previous films – ‘Golmaal’ (2006), ‘Golmaal Returns’ (2008) and ‘Golmaal 3’ (2010) were released during Diwali and were box office successes. Makers of ‘Aankhein 2’ last night announced the star cast with Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Ileana D’Cruz, south actress Regina Cassandra in the lead roles.A heist drama, ‘Aankhein 2’ is a sequel to 2002 release ‘Aankhen’, which beside Bachchan and Rampal, had Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen. In 2012, Ajay Devgn’s ‘Son of Sardaar’ and Yash Chopra’s last directorial venture ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ got into an ugly battle for the number of screens. Ajay had filed a complaint with the Competition Commission Of India (CCI). This year too, two big films are locking horns at the box office on the festive occasion, with Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ and Ajay’s ‘Shivaay’ scheduled to release on October 28. Last three years, Diwali saw solo releases with ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ (2015), ‘Happy New Year’ (2014) and ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram-Leela’ (2013).