Years of hard-work and tons of effort went into creating a super-hero franchise which eventually resulted in coming together of more than 20 super-heroes in a single film. The writers and creative team at Marvel Studios spent day and night to make this dream become a reality, with Avengers: Infinity War.
It took 18 films and 10 years to build the base for Avengers: Infinity War and the outcome of this is the fact that the film has not just taken a glowing start at the Box-Office across the globe, but also won tremendous critical acclaim. The film has emerged the biggest Hollywood opener of all time in India as the day one estimate fall in the range of Rs 28 to 29 crore.
Over the years, each super-hero i.e. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman, Black Panther to name a few built a loyal fan-base in India and fans of all the super-heroes came together in huge numbers to watch Avengers: Infinity War, thereby resulting in some unbelievable opening at the ticket window. Now that gets us to the point i.e. why is Bollywood shying away from making cross-over films. It isn’t that we don’t have the characters that can come together in a single film to save the country.
Although Ra One failed to live onto the massive hype and expectations, one can’t deny the fact that it was an attempt to take the sci-fi franchise to the next level. A cross-over between Ra One and Krrish or Ra One and Robot is another potential for a blockbuster Indian film. And who knows, with the right script and screenplay, this well might be the only super-hero cross-over franchise of India.
Leaving the cross-over films aside, we don’t even see a lot of two-hero films being made in this industry. When was the last when two major stars teamed up for the same film? You will take a lot of time to think about the same. Blame it on the star-egos or the lack of creativity in the industry, but the concept of two hero films has gone from bad to worse in last 15 years. Rohit Shetty recently revealed that he had to shelve the Ram Lakhan remake as no actor was ready to essay the character of Ram due to insecurity and fear of getting overshadowed by Lakhan. This speaks enough as to why two hero films are not made in Bollywood.
Just like cross-overs, even two hero films can generate tremendous buzz among the audience. Who wouldn’t want to see major stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan or Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar or Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan or Aamir Khan and Ajay Devgn or even Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in the same film?
I am quite sure that as an industry, we have a lot of writers who would put in the efforts and research to come up with both cross-over as well as independent two hero films. It is about time that the actors leave their insecurities behind and team up for a film that excite the Pan-India audience and producers support their writer at all stages so that they come up with a film that lives onto the audience expectation.
When we as an industry start going a little away from conventional solo hero films, I am quite sure the results would be extremely encouraging and beneficial for all, as far as the film business is concerned. Let’s see, if the things change for good and we see several cross-overs and two-hero films being made in the future.