Bang Bang and Haider released on the same day, October 2nd, 2014 and both had their own share of dedicated fans that rooted for them. The content and style of both the films were different as chalk and cheese.
Bang Bang is a bigger success, having crossed the coveted Rs. 200 crore mark. The film has also smashed all previous records of a Bollywood movie in the international market, as it has become the highest opener of 2014, across US, UK, Australia, Pakistan and Middle East. This is also Hrithik Roshan’s biggest opener ever, beating his previously set records in the form of movies like Krrish 3 and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. It is the second biggest Bollywood hit in the Middle East after Dhoom 3. For Katrina Kaif, this is the third biggest opening after Dhoom 3 and Ek Tha Tiger. The cost of production of the movie was Rs. 140 crore.
Haider on the other hand, met with a very low budget of just Rs.24 crores, has gone to amass Rs. 50 crores, earning the double the cost of investment. One thing to note that is that Bang Bang after recording fabulous initial showed a decline in the figures, while jumping up again in the weekend. On the other hand, Haider’s figures began to increase consistently after the 2nd day.
Bang Bang received a lot of praise for its style and chutzpah (nothing related to Haider here). Hrithik Roshan’s well toned body, his Greek God looks and the action got the movie, loads of brownie points. On the flip side, the movie was devoid of all-logic and the story-line was wishy-wash.
Haider on the other hand, was strong in content but had slow execution. The performance of Shahid Kapoor and the ensemble cast, comprising Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Narendra Jha and others, has got rave reviews. But one wished that the movie was brisk when it comes to editing.
A person who did not like both the movie remarked, “While Bang Bang was bad, Haider was boring. Between bad and boring, I may choose bad though.”