Confirms a close associate of Madhur Bhandarkar, "Yes, Jail is positively coming on 6th November. After some pondering, it was eventually decided to bring Jail on this date. It's a good day to bring on the film."
Trade is expected to be upbeat with the clash of the two films since both Jail and Raj Kumar Santoshi directed Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani have good credentials to boast of. While Neil made people stand up and take notice of him all over again with the release of New York, the film that brought industry out of a slump after ending a six month long draught, Ranbir too had shone in Bachna Ae Haseeno that released last year.
Both actors did face some hard times at the box office in the early stages of their career though. Even though Neil and Ranbir were immensely appreciated in their debut films (Johnny Gaddaar and Saawariya respectively), box office wasn't too kind at them. Neil did face a setback in Aa Dekhen Zara though Ranbir bounced back with Bachna Ae Haseeno. Meanwhile, Neil too was soon back in the reckoning with New York.
This makes Jail and Ajab Prem.... really crucial releases for both Neil and Ranbir. While Neil has given it all to this hard hitting drama by National Award winning director Madhur Bhandarkar, Ranbir too has been having an eventful season with Wake Up Sid (arriving on 2nd October) preceding the release of Ajab Prem.....
An industry follower comments, "Since Imran has suffered two back to back setbacks in Kidnap followed by Luck, the battle line is now drawn between Neil and Ranbir. Of course Imran has it in him to bounce back and he certainly will eventually. However, as of now, all eyes are on Neil and Ranbir."
"Stakes are particularly high for Neil because Ranbir still has some back up in the form of Wake Up Sid, Rocket Singh - Salesman Of The Year and Rajneeti. For Neil, Jail is a crucial film since he hasn't signed anything else and has placed all his bets on Jail. The film has to work for him by all means. Given the fact that Madhur has decided to take on competition with Ajab Prem...' it shows his confidence in the product. This will certainly be a clash to look out for this season", he concludes.