Big Screens Or TV Screens? It's Bollywood Vs Cricket; Which Side Are You On?

Will the 2019 Cricket World Cup affect the big Bollywood films releasing?

Movies clashing with the other movies has become a routine process in the industry. But this time Bollywood faces a much bigger clash that might cause some serious damage to the box-office numbers.

In the age of online content, it has become very tough to attract audiences to the movie theatres. Things go from bad to worse for the makers if an event like the cricket World Cup clashes with their films.


The biggest cricket carnival is about to begin and players and fans are all geared up to feast on this marvellous event.

While all others are happy, Bollywood might be the one that would be worried about the World Cup occupying almost two months of the calendar. The biggies releasing in this time span might not be able to attract a large number of audience. The following are the films that might be affected by the World Cup storm:

1. Bharat

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A calendar year in Bollywood is incomplete without a Salman Khan film releasing on Eid. Like every year, 2019 is no different. Eid is around the corner and Bhai Jaan is ready with his next, promising to entertain all of us. His most awaited film 'Bharat' is set to hit the screens on Eid 2019.

Usually, when Salman Khan releases his film, it doesn't clash with anyone. But this time his film Bharat might face not one, but three different hurdles.

Bharat releases on 5th June, which coincides with the day when India begins their World Cup journey as they face South Africa in their first league game.

The second hurdle comes from Hollywood, as Marvel’s 'X-men Dark Phoenix' releases on 7th June. With Marvel’s reputation and X-men’s fan base in India, this film could be a tough competition to Bharat.

The third hurdle comes with team India playing their second league game in the World Cup as they lock horns with defending champions Australia on Sunday, the 9th of June. This would be the first Sunday and the final day of Bharat’s extended weekend where it could draw the maximum number of audiences but the match might affect it.

2.  Game Over

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A thriller that looks very interesting in its teaser features Taapsee Pannu. 'Game Over' looks like a very promising experience and it releases on 14th June. Game Over might face the biggest blow of the World Cup season as its first weekend Sunday is also the same day when Kohli’s men battle arch-rivals Pakistan.

No matter what the occasion, the Indian fans will never miss an Indo-Pak encounter, let alone a cricket match. This film will have to be really good and the word of mouth should be very strong in order to attract the audience to the movie theatres.

3. Kabir Singh

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The remake of the amazing ‘Arjun Reddy’, 'Kabir Singh', featuring Shahid Kapoor has grabbed many eyeballs and is trending even before its release. Kabir Singh releases on 21st June, comparatively a better time of release than Bharat or Game Over.

In this time span, the men in blue face only Afghanistan and the Windies, which are the lesser competitive teams compared to the others. The adult drama also features Kiara Advani as the female lead.

4. Malaal


Malaal is also going to be affected by the World Cup as India take on hosts England on 30th June the first weekend and first Sunday for the film. This encounter against England would be a crucial one as India and England begin the tournament as top 2 favourites.

Malaal is produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Its trailer could not impress the audience, but definitely, a section of the audience would be looking forward to watching this love story on screen. Introducing Meezaan Jaaferi and Sharmin Sehgal the film releases on 28th June. 

No matter what the outcome may be, the audience is the real winner here. Treated with a variety of options to choose, this monsoon promises to be an eventful, entertaining and memorable one.

So who do you think will win? Movies or cricket?

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