New Delhi: The showdown of the year is officially set as Prabhas starrer “Salaar” prepares to clash swords with Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dunki” this Christmas season. “Salaar” has been generating an unprecedented buzz, directed by Prashanth Neel of “KGF” fame and boasting an ensemble cast that includes Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan, and more. Produced by Hombale Films, the powerhouse behind blockbusters like “KGF” and “Kantara,” the film’s anticipation is palpable.
Amidst growing excitement, the release date of “Salaar” was recently shifted from its initial date of September 28 to an undisclosed slot. However, industry insiders and social media murmurings suggest that the film may light up screens on December 22, just ahead of the Christmas festivities. If this speculation holds true, it paves the way for a cinematic battle of epic proportions as “Salaar” clashes with the much-awaited “Dunki,” featuring the “King of Bollywood” Shah Rukh Khan and directed by the illustrious Rajkumar Hirani.
Unveiling the World of “Salaar”
“Salaar” marks the Telugu directorial debut of Prashanth Neel. The film assembles a stellar cast including Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Shruti Haasan, Jagapathi Babu, Ramachandra Raju, Sriya Reddy, Easwari Rao, and more. The decision to postpone the film’s release stemmed from reported issues in the VFX department, with nearly 600 VFX shots yet to be finalized. Additionally, speculations circulated that the “KGF” director had reconvened the cast and crew to reshoot certain scenes, including the climax, in pursuit of elevating the cinematic experience.
Crucially, all stakeholders, including the film’s creators and actors, were seemingly aligned in their commitment to reshoots, provided it translated into an enhanced cinematic spectacle for the audience. This united front underscored their shared determination to deliver a blockbuster.
On the other side of the ring, “Dunki” is a social comedy-drama film orchestrated by the master storyteller Rajkumar Hirani. This cinematic gem features Taapsee Pannu, Dia Mirza, Boman Irani, and Dharmendra alongside the legendary Shah Rukh Khan. The film benefits from the cinematographic brilliance of C.K. Muraleedharan, marking his third collaboration with Hirani after “3 Idiots” and “PK.” The soul-stirring melodies of Pritam add another layer of depth to this eagerly anticipated project.
As the release date approaches, fans of Indian cinema can hardly contain their excitement, for they are about to witness a titanic collision of two cinematic giants. Prabhas’s “Salaar” and Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dunki” are poised to deliver an exhilarating end to the year, providing moviegoers with an unforgettable Christmas showdown that will reverberate throughout the industry.