The Big Box Office Clash – Akshay Kumar’s Gold Vs John Abraham’s Satyamev Jayate
Come Independence day, there will be some serious storm in the box office. Two major big budget movies are going to lock horns and fight to win the love of the fans, which in this context, translates to money. So they are going to fight over the wallets of the fans. The big question is, who is going to win!!! We will try and get somewhere close to answering that question.
We have seen some epic box office clashes in the past. The most recent one was family clash. The famous Kapoor-vs-Kapoor siblings clash. Veere Di Wedding and Bhavesh Joshi Superhero was unique in the sense that it was a war between three siblings. The winner of course was Veere Di Wedding with sisters scoring a big one over the brother. Honestly, they should have managed different release dates.
The two movies are as unlike each other as can be. One is a period sports history drama and the other is an action thriller. That makes the clash even more interesting as the audiences will have clear choices to make.
Gold is based on a true story. The protagonist was part of a team that won Independent India’s first gold and created history. Gold‘s real strength is that it’s based on an extraordinary true story that when stated even in a single line, can be awe-inspiring. Imagine how awe-inspiring the movie can be. Gold however, is not an easy movie as far as making is concerned. Period dramas are particularly challenging as far as art direction, costumes and make up are concerned. Director Reema Kagti has to make sure that the movie not just looks from that era, but feels it as well. As far as we can tell from the trailer, she has done a good job.
If you have not already, scroll straight down for the trailers.
Read also: AKSHAY KUMAR’S GOLD – TRAILER REVIEW
Satyamev Jayate on the other hand is a pure and intense action thriller. It’s the story of a vigilante that dons a cops uniform and unleashes his own brand of violent and fatal justice on corrupt cops. To say that the movie is intense is an understatement. John Abraham looks the part and has a worthy adversary in the versatile Manoj Bajpayee. The clash between the two is definitely enticing.
Both movies have one thing in common – they infuse and appeal to patriotic sentiments.
Gold is directed by Reema Kagti. She has two earlier movies to her credit as director. Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. starring Ameesha Patel and Abhay Deol released in 2007 and was her debut as a director. The movie did mediocre business at box office, collected Rs 11.80 crores nett.
Her second movie was a big starter psychological thriller, Talaash: The Answer Lies Within, starring Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee. The movie was a success both critically and commercially. It grossed ₹930 million domestic and US$8.5 million overseas.
Reema Kagti has also four credits as assistant director –Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Lakshya, Dil Chahta Hai and Lagaan. All big movies. She has four credits as story writer – Dil Dhadakne Do, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. and Made in Heave, the last one being an Amazon Prime web series.
Fun Fact: Reema Kagti also has one acting credit in Rock On.
Satyamve Jayate director Milap Zaveri has four credits has a director – one of them is a short film, one a short video and two feature films. The two feature films are Jaane Kaha Se Aayi hai from 2010 and Mastizaade in 2016. Jaane Kaha se Aayi hai received poor critical response, and we do not have any particular box office numbers for the movie. Mastizaade was an adult comedy that received poor critical response and moderate box office response at 38.44 crores as total lifetime collection of the movie.
As a writer though Milap Zaveri has as many as 30 credits starting from 2002.
So, for Milap Zaveri, it remains to be seen how he does as his third venture as a director. He is yet to make a mark either with the critics or with the box office.
Akshay Kumar is an absolute box office stalwart. His recent movies have done well, though have not been part of the highest grossing ones. His recent Toilet Ek Prem Katha crossed world wide 300 crores. Though Padman did not achieve similar success, it was a moderate hit. Akshay Kumar has delivered some really huge box office hits in a very long career lasting a quarter of a century. He has been successful in all kinds of roles – action to comedy to romantic and even tragedy. That’s some really strong star power right there.
Between the male leads, Akshay Kumar wins this round
The female leads of both movies, Mouni Roy in Gold and Aisha Sharma in Satyamev Jayate are relative new comers and really do not pack any punch as stars yet. Mouni Roy comes from a strong television background starting a decade ago. She does not have many credits in Hindi movies. In fact Gold is her first movie as a female lead.
So, the female leads of the movie do not add much in the form of star power as both are new comers.
The support cast of Gold are good, but do not pack any star power that can made a difference to box office sales.
But Satyamev Jayate does score some serious points when it comes to the antagonist. Manoj Bajpayee‘s charter is of paramount importance in the movie. He is definitely not a villain as he is an honest and ferocious officer. But he does stand tall as the perfect nemesis for the protagonist. The clash between the two is what makes the movie special and Manoj Bajpayee as noting less than a lead in the movie.
Gold on the other had does not have an antagoist – simply because it does not need one. The story is about a victory, not against anyone, but for the country and against odds and situations.
Satyamev Jayate wins this one hands down.
Gold has leads that can flaunt some serious glamour, but we seen almost no glamour from the looks we have got so far. We seen one trailer and two songs and the glamour quotient is low in all of them. Both Akshay Kumar and Mouni Roy have been seriously limited by their characters. In fact, Akshay Kumar‘s character is rather an antithesis of glamour. The song Chadh Gayi re, where he dances rather un-glamorously, while high on spiked alcohol. Mouni Roy, very capable of packing some serious glamour, but is tied down in her character again. She looks really beautiful in her typical Bengali costume, but the real glamour aspect is seriously toned down.
Now, it’s understandable that the story does not require glamour at length, but the fact remains that the glamour quotient does matter in India when it comes to box office response and that is exactly what we are discussing here.
In contrast to Gold, Satyamev Jayate does not hold back on the glamour aspect. Debutant Aisha Sharma is a stunning beauty and she unleashes glamour in full power. Then of course the song Dilbar, already making the waves on social media is another power dose of glamour.
So, on this one, Satyamev Jayate wins.
Both movies have given away most of their storylines to the extent that if you have watched the trailers and followed the news, you know the broad story long before you walk into the theater.
Gold is based on true events. Though it has been fictionalized to some extent for the purposes of entertainment and creative freedom – otherwise it would have been a documentary – it still gives the chills as you watch it because you know that a large part of it did happen in reality. It takes the stakes much higher. The hero of the movie did exist, the odds did exist and the impossible looking triumph did happen – in reality.
While the story is interesting and does promise an emotional journey with a fulfilling ending, does it promise enough entertainment to entice people to opt for it in comparison to a pure entertainer like Satyamev Jayate?
Satyamev Jayate also has a strong story and a very interesting one indeed. But it does not bring anything new or unique to the table. It’s a story you have seen before, in some other form in some other way. It’s a mix of many things tried and tested, not just in Bollywood, but elsewhere as well. But isn’t tried and test good? If you are looking to sit back and just be entertained, Satyamev Jayate seems to be the perfect choice.
On story, neither one really wins over the other.
This one is a no brainer. There is action in Gold, in the form of sports, but we have not seen much of that. There is no promise of exciting action yet.
Satyamev Jayate however has a solid dose of action. The movie is all action from beginning to end.
Tough one this. Akshay Kumar has been put in a spot in Gold as an actor. The typical look, speech and accent ties him down and sometimes even makes it comical. Actually, special care has been taken to make him look comical which is probably a result of overplaying the underdog aspect.
He brings tremendous energy and enthusiasm to many of the scenes. There is a wide array of emotions on display and you can sense the passion in the ambition he harbors to make his country proud. Mouni Roy has been seen for a few scenes in the trailer and the video songs, but not enough to showcase any particularly spectacular acting. Other characters we have seen so far are not bad, but do not add a great deal either. A lot more will be revealed when the movie releases and a great deal of expectations are associated here. But for the purpose of this story, by what we have seen so far, it could have been a lot better.
Satyamev Jayate takes a lead in this one, thanks to both the protagonist and the antagonist. John Abraham is not really known for his superior acting talent, but he can hold his own, especially in a character like this. He feels at home looking all macho, intense and non-smiley. This is the kind of role where he really looks cool and at ease.
What takes Satyamev Jayate higher in the department of acting though, is the antagonist played to perfection by the versatile Manoj Bajpayee. He is definitely the best actor among all the actors from both the movies combined. He .looks the part with ease and it’s his part actually that adds layers to the story and the movie. He is just perfect.
Character artists and female leads do not have much scope to showcase their acting talents. Aisha Sharma looks good for a debutant. Mouni Roy is a season actress with a long television career behind her, but so far we have seen nothing that shows her acting talents well. We hope to see more of her when the movie releases.
Both moves have some nice dialog, delivered well and effectively. Both movies are actually quite dependent on dialog. As is the trend, the best of lines are usually exposed in the trailers these days. Keeping that in mind, it would seem that both movies are almost at par. The one-liners are interesting. While Gold inspires, Satyamev Jayate creates for interesting banter full of promise.
Music these days is an interesting aspect of a movie and especially in a movie’s marketing. And in this department, it seems to score higher than Gold – both in the quality of music and choreography. Gold has released two video songs so far and both are average in music. The songs will be comfortably forgotten within days.
Satyamev Jayate has released two video songs as well. They are not going to make history either, but are catchy and well choreographed, especially Dilbar featuring the super hot Nora Fatehi.
Songs of both movies are accumulating impressive numbers on youtube. Dilbar of Satyamev Jayate has accumulated an an stounding 115.5 million views in less than 9 days and rising by the hour. The songs will stay on the charts for some time comfortably.
It’s a significant point.
All the promos, the video songs and the marketing of a movie is done to create enough curiosity in the minds of viewers to compel them to go and watch the movie. This is the single most significant point of the whole clash and can influence the box office outcome by majorly impacting the initial viewership.
Gold again has the advantage of portraying an awe inspiring true story. This is the single biggest advantage that Gold has. While the story is clear and predictable, people will have an overwhelming desire to go and experience the journey of Tapan Das up close. What remains to be seen is how much real hockey we will get to see and how exciting the games will be.
Satyamev Jayate has set up a very interesting clash between the two characters. While the broad story is again clear, there is an open possibility of twists and turns. What makes the clash all the more interesting is that fact that both the characters are righteous in their own ways. How the clash will happen and how the movie ends definitely builds enough curiosity.
Here is wishing both movies all the best and waiting to see how the contest plays out.
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