Here’s breaking down what this battle of the babes will look like in 2017…
2017 will be an interesting year to watch out for. Women will be on top and that too two of the hottest females of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. Both their debut Hollywood films, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Baywatch respectively will release next year and everyone is already taking sides. We are excited because it won’t be an ordinary battle but a historic one. More so because it will be fought on a foreign land. So no home turf advantage. This how we feel the battle will be fought and conquered. We have divided into rounds for ease of understanding…
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – Vin Diesel, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Deepika Padukone
Baywatch – Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, David Hasselhoff, Priyanka Chopra
From the names you might have guessed which side the star power scale is leaning. Vin Diesel is an international star. He not only enjoys a loyal fan base abroad but has a sizeable one in India too. His films hardly fail and Furious 7 was a proof. It is one of the highest grossing Hollywood films in India. Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose is popular as well, thanks to the show and Nina Dobrev as Elena from The Vampire Diaries is already a hit. So many familiar faces in one film is enough to heighten the interest. Plus, it’s a franchise which has been a profitable one in the past and has Diesel returning for this gig. Deepika Padukone is one of the actresses in the film even though she stars opposite Diesel. She definitely adds to the ensemble and it kind of ends there.
If we talk about Baywatch, Dwayne Johnson is enough to pull crowds to theatre. We don’t have to spell it out how popular he is in India. You can ask Varun Dhawan, his biggest fan. It also has Zac Efron, the heartthrob, whose boyish looks are still a rage. The masterstroke was of getting Baywatch veteran David Hasselhoff for the film. And guess what? There’s Pamela Anderson too. Talk about star power! Add to it the ever gorgeous evil woman Priyanka Chopra who will spin her devilish magic. That’s Hollywood with Bollywood tadka… MIND IT!
Box office Battle
Both Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel last biggest hit was Furious 7. It is one of the most successful franchise. Everytime a movie from this series releases it becomes huge. But if you remove that film from the actors’ resume, you can see who’s emerging the boss here. Johnson’s next release San Andreas was a huge draw and earned a whopping ($414.2mn) and so was this year’s Central Intelligence ($195.6 million) which has become the biggest live action original of the year. If we talk about Vin, Furious 7 remains the only hit that he can look back at with The last Witch Hunter faring miserably with just $140.4 million. Johnson thus has become quite bigger than Diesel.
Coming to our ladies, Deepika’s last release Bajirao Mastani was a huge hit (184.2cr) while PC’s Jai Gangaajal tanked (32.63 cr). Who has the edge here people? Facts don’t lie!
Publicity vs marketing
XXX as a franchise is huge popular which means the makers will leave no stone upturned to give it a huge push. Plus, it is returning after many years with their first choice Diesel in the lead. All the more reason for it to have an amazing marketing drive. The teaser trailer has already released and left everyone amazed. The buzz has already been created and people are very interested in it as well. As for Baywatch, it has a bit of nostalgia attached to it as the 80s show it is adapted from was one of the highest running TV shows which everyone loved to watch. There is already much buzz around it and we hear the marketing campaign around it will be massive. The on the set pictures created a lot of debates and discussions. Deepika in black garb doing some stunts was good but the screentime was a major concern. In case of PC, we have already seen a few pictures where the lady is looking gorgeous.
Priyanka vs Deepika
Priyanka Chopra has already made American viewers her fan with her successful debut stint in Quantico. They just love to love her. They love her acting, her smile, her hair… everything about her. She clearly has a fan base now which will only grow wider with Baywatch. Clearly, that’s one of the reason why her Victoria in Baywatch will be meaty and very important. No one to overshadow her. As for Deepika, the actress has to win over the audience with this film from scratch. She doesn’t already have a fanbase to focus on which might make things tougher for her. Remember the time when a UK tabloid couldn’t identify her when she went for dinner with Tennis ace Novak Djokovic and called her a leggy brunette. They even called her, Novak’s female companion, failing to get her name. That proves not many know about her in the West and that will be DP’s real challenge.
After watching XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage‘s trailer people cribbed about Deepika Padukone’s screentime, which we agree was really short. But in the big picture, there are more pressing concerns for the lady. In the film, she is part of a group which also has two other actresses Ruby Rose and Nina Dobrev, both big in their own right. She will jostle with them for audience’s attention. Rose and Nina already have a fan following while Deepika has almost nothing to bank on. It’s a crowded film and we wonder how she will get noticed.
Priyanka Chopra on the other hand is the main villain in the film. There is no one above her. Imagine the screentime she will get! There is no one to overshadow her in the film and she wouldn’t have to compete with other actors with similar character sketch either.
Here’s how we are looking at the films of these actresses which will release next year. Who do you think will win the battle here?