While 2018 was the year of clash, 2019 was the beginning with yet another clash. The interesting thing was that clash is based on the real life and it is in between URI – The Surgical Strike and The Accidental Prime Minister at the box office on 11th January 2019.
URI – The Surgical Strike
While 2018 saw the hard-hitting patriotic drama, Parmanu-The Story Of Pokhran starring John Abraham, which opened to a decent response but due to strong word of mouth reviews, it went on to collect Rs 66 crores(approximately). URI – The Surgical Strike opened to solid reviews thanks to the punching dialogues and solid promotion that worked in its favor.
As the content of the war-drama was good, it was an icing on the cake for the film which did an eye-popping business at the box office.The Vicky Kaushal, along with Paresh Rawal and Yami Gautam, which is based on the 2016 Indian Army’s surgical strikes on Pakistan Administered Kashmir as a retaliation for the URI attack, collected Rs 244.14 crore against a budget of Rs 42 crore.
The Accidental Prime Minister
The much controversial and bold subject, The Accidental Prime Minister, was based on the life of stars Manmohan Singh, the economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The political drama starring Anupam Kher and Akshaye Khanna in pivotal roles and was based on the 2014 memoir of the same name by Sanjaya Baru.
As the film is in news for its portrayal of Congress leader in different shades, the negative publicity benefited the film. However, the film could not sustain well at the box office as URI took the box office by storm. The political drama collected Rs 20.22 crore against a budget of Rs 25 crore.