In the year 1996, the first clash happened between Ajith and Vijay with Vaanmathi & Coimbatore Maaple. Both movies had very positive feedback and scored 100+ days in theatres. Both the movies are considered as the blockbuster movies of the year.
In 1996, Ajith and Vijay's films clashed for the second time in the same year. Poovea Unakaga starring Vijay is a hugely popular movie for the Tamil audience. It is still an important film in actor Vijay's career and was screened in theatres for over 150 days. But in the movie Kalluri Vaasal, actor Ajith has acted as a second stage actor. The film, starring actor Prashant Thiagarajan in the lead role, was not widely talked about.
Vijay's Kadhalukku Mariyadhai and Ajith's Rettai Jadai Vayasu were released on the same day in 1997. In this conflict, Vijay’s movie became a huge hit that went on for 150 days, but Ajith's film didn’t farewell.