Vicky Kaushal Vs Ayushmann Khurrana: Who Will Win the Box Office Battle This Weekend?
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Vicky Kaushal Vs Ayushmann Khurrana: Who Will Win the Box Office Battle This Weekend?

Ayushmann Khurrana’s Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Vicky Kaushal’s Bhoot Part 1 will be clashing at the box office this week. Which movie are you going to watch?

2019’s two National award winning ‘Best Actors’ Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal  are all set to lock horns at  the  box-office this Friday with  Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and  Bhoot Part 1, respectively. Quite comfortably, Ayushmann has  the edge. Here’s why.

1. Vicky goes  for  the  conventional format. A horror  film with creepy sound effects and creatures pouncing  out of  the dark…really, Mr Kaushal, you are  not in touch with how far  the horror genre has gone across  the world.  Or is that Karan  Johar doing his  static tandav? Doesn’t stand a  Ghost of a  chance. Pun intended.

2. Ayushmann’s film goes the other way.  Its same-sex theme is not only a game-changer and a ceiling breaker, it is just the  kind of cinema Ayushmann has come to be identified with. By the time Ayushmann will catch  hold of his screen partner Jitendra  Kumar, that glass ceiling will lie  shattered to the ground. Aage aage dekho hota hai kya.

3. Since Ayushmann and Vicky Kaushal won the National award jointly for Andha Dhun and Uri, the scale has tilted in Ayushmann’s  favour.  Ayushmann has come to be identified with  quality work. Kaushal has not been  able to build on the  fan-following that he  accrued after Uri. His stardom has  been channelized into Page 3 linkups and  scandals. A pitfall Ayushmann  avoided. Better an artistic tramp than  belonging to a  camp.

4. This brings me to the Karan  Johar factor. Vicky Kaushal is too closely affiliated with the Dharma gang. Earlier, during his Masaan and Manmarziyan days, his strength was his independent image as an actor ready to take  risks. With Bhoot, he seems to have discovered an appetite for convenient mainstream positioning. Bhoot is a risk-free venture. Even if it is mediocre shiver giver, it will get the audience that it targets itself to.

5. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, on  the  other hand, is an out-and-out risk venture.  It is  bound  to raise eyebrows and ruffle  quite  a  few feathers . But Ayushmann is  ready to take on the challenge, stick his neck out in the real yatra even if it means getting his neck chopped  off. In other words, he is ready to venture out in the dark.

Verdict: My choice is definitely Ayushmann Khurran and  Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. As for Bhoot, Ram  Gopal Varma got there first.

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