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Kabali, Sultan, Pulimurugan & Kasaba: India's biggest superstars to faceoff at the Box Office this Eid

Sree Prasad Nair | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Indian film aficionados will be spoiled for choice this Eid, with films helmed by four superstars all set the hit the big screen.

Eid 2016 is being touted as the mother of all film clashes in India. And with good reason. The day will see the release of Rajinikanth's Kabali (Tamil), Mohanlal's Pulimurugan (Malayalam), Mammootty's Kasaba (Malayalam) and Salman Khan's Sultan (Hindi).

An interesting fact about the Eid clash is that the films of all the superstars in question - except for Mammootty - will be their maiden release this year.

Here is the Catch round-up of big budget films, helmed by superstars that will release this Eid:

1. Kabali (Tamil)

Director: Pa RanjithStar cast: Rajnikanth, Radhika Apte, Dinesh Ravi, Nassar, Dhansika Genre: Thriller

Rajinikanth's first film of 2016 will see him play the role of an ageing gangster - one that seems to be tailor-made to include some of the superstar's popular mannerisms. The official teaser of the film, revealed on 1 May, became the first teaser of an Indian film to cross the 15 million views mark on YouTube - in under eight days.

Kabali was scheduled to be released in April but was postponed in lieu of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections.

2. Pulimurugan (Malayalam)

Director: Vyshak Star cast: Mohanlal, Kamalini Mukherjee, Namitha and Jagapatti Babu Genre: Thriller

Made at a budget of Rs 18 crore, Pulimurugan is touted to be one of the most expensive Malayalam films to be ever made.

The first look of the film was released on 6 August 2015.

The makers roped in renowned action director Peter Hein to direct the stunts.

Mohanlal had lost at least six kilos to play the character of a hunter in the film. The superstar performed all his stunts himself, including few high-voltage fight sequences with a real tiger. Most of the scenes were shot in Vietnam, a first for Malayalam cinema.

Pulimurugan is slated to release in over 2,000 plus screens worldwide on Eid - yet another first for a Malayalam film. According to reports, the teaser will be unveiled on Mohanlal's birthday, 21 May.

3. Kasaba (Malayalam)

Director: Nitin Renji Panicker Star cast: Mammooty, Neha Saxena, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Sambath Genre: Comedy-thriller

The Malayalam Box Office eagerly awaits clashes between films helmed by Mammooty and Mohanlal. And Eid 2016 will be one such occasion.

Kasaba, written and directed by debutant Nithin Renji Panicker, the son of screenwriter-turned-actor Renji Panicker, is produced by Renji Panicker and Anto Joseph under the banner Good Will Entertainments.

The film has been labelled as a comedy thriller and will see Mammootty play the role of a good-natured Circle Inspector named Rajan Zachariah.

Nithin, who has earlier worked as assistant director to Shaji Kailas, said his film will be an action flick, but different from his father's style of films, best known for their memorable dialogues.

4. Sultan (Hindi)

Director: Ali Abbaz Safar Star cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda Genre: Sports drama

The Salman Khan-Anushka Sharma wrestling drama is one of the most anticipated Bollywood films of the year.

Eid is known to be a lucky slot for Salman Khan. And six of the actor's 12 films - namely, Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ek Tha Tiger (2012), Kick (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) - were released on this auspicious occasion.

What's more, these films have all emerged as Box Office blockbusters. Salman's first film of the year, produced by Yash Raj Films, revolves around a Harvanyi wrestler named Sultan Ali Khan . The teaser of Sultan crossed the 10 million views mark in under six days of being released on YouTube.

It looks like viewers in India will have a tough time picking the best Eid release among the four. Which one will you choose?

First published: 10 May 2016, 3:08 IST