If Rajesh Khanna was the first ‘Superstar’ and Amitabh Bachchan the first ‘Megastar’ then a new word would have to be coined for Salman Khan as his latest movie ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ collections went past a whopping 210 crore in mere 11 days. Salman Khan should be called the first ‘Gigastar’ of Bollywood as the word ‘Giga’ takes the word ‘Mega’ to higher level.
After making an easy entry into the Rs 100 crore club ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ went on to become the first Bollywood film to cross Rs 200 crore mark after ‘3 Idiots’.
Confirming these astounding figures film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#EkThaTiger 12-day total of *approx* Rs 175 cr nett is from India alone. #EkThaTiger India + Overseas combined biz *after 2nd Weekend* is Rs 210 cr +. ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER…(SIC)”.
Super star Salman Khan’s charisma and star power has once again worked at the box office. His latest release ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ was released on August 15 and in five days flat the movie has crossed the highly coveted 100 crore mark. Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ opened with a bang inspite of mixed reviews from cine goers and critics.
Noted film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted today, “#EkThaTiger – India *actuals* Sun 23.06 cr. Total: 100.16 cr nett. SUPERB. Fastest 100 cr grosser ever – 5 days [Hindi films]. NEW RECORD!”
“#EkThaTiger is @BeingSalmanKhan ’s 4th century [100 cr], the other three being #Dabangg [147 cr], #Ready [122 cr] and #Bodyguard [148 cr],” he added.
It seems Salman Khan has established himself as the most saleable Bollywood star and the kind of business and response his movies generate at the box office is a testimony to his star power.
(By Akshat Sharma )It is festive season and Salman Khan knows how to take advantage of such charged environment. His latest release ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is one of those movies which work only because of media hype and star presence. No one doubts that Salman Khan has one of the most loyal fan following in India but his movies give a clear impression that he is working in some of the most idiotic movies of modern era.
Fairly speaking movies like ‘Wanted’ and ‘Dabangg’ had some entertainment value and these movies had showcased Salman Khan’s star power in a better way. But ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ treat your commonsense with contempt. No matter how big your stardom is you need to deliver on screen.
Salman Khan is a Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) Agent working for India. When you build a character around spying and use Indo-Pak relations in the backdrop you need to put something into the script which connects with the subject. If the film maker was not serious about RAW and India-Pakistan tension then what was the need to even mention it. He could have easily been a private detective trying hard to protect a woman.
Even Saif Ali Khan did a better job in ‘Agent Vinod’ as he was atleast working on some kind of a mission which forced him to travel thirteen different countries. But Tiger (Salman Khan) doesn’t need such basic plots. We see him on a mission in Iraq. His next assignment is to spy on a Professor who could be playing into the hands of the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence agency.
Following the College professor Tiger reaches Ireland where he meets (Zoya) Katrina Kaif and it doesn’t take long before he falls in love with him. Since he is a RAW agent he can not afford to fall in love. This eternal dilemma of to be or not to be forces Tiger to take a escape route along with Zoya. The end of the movie has to be favourable to Salman Khan so no surprises here.
Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ is a below average movie which works only in certain patches. These patches are few and far between. Salman Khan looks lost in most of the scenes and only when he is doing action or comedy he looks natural. His chemistry with Katrina Kaif had potential but the director was not able to tap this to the fullest and they looked like an odd onscreen couple.
Music is the only saving grace in the movie as it packs some of the foot tapping numbers. Yashraj Films spend nearly 80 crore in production so the even if the movie crosses 100 crore mark it would only be a nearly 25 percent return on the investment. Keeping the number of prints, shows and increased ticket price in mind the movie is almost certain to cross 100 crore mark. But the fact remains, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ has nothing to offer to cine-goers who want to be entertained by a good film. So if you are not a pukka Salman Khan fan then it is better to watch a sensible movie than to watch this nonsense in the name of cinema.
Mumbai: (PTI) After three back-to-back hits, Salman Khan is at the peak of his career in Bollywood but the actor says it is a dangerous place to be in as one does not know what to do next. “I am happy that my films are doing well. But it is a very dangerous position to be in, as we don’t know what to do in the next film. I don’t know what to do right now,” Salman said in an interview.
“If there is a larger than life character in films that I do, then it looks like no one can kill him which will get boring. If you take a film to a larger level then it is like too much is happening, if you don’t take it to that level then it feels like first was better. You don’t know what to do,” the actor said. After three consecutive Eid blockbusters – ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Bodyguard’, the 46-year-old actor is now ready with yet another promising film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’.
Post his back-to-back hattrick with ‘Dabangg’ (Rs 215 crore), ‘Ready’ (Rs 180 crore) and ‘Bodyguard’ (Rs 230 crore), not only the audience but even the producers are pinning their hopes on Salman’s forthcoming film. If there is any pressure of delivering another hit at the box office, Salman is not showing any signs of it.
“I don’t feel the pressure…if it does not do well then it does not. We will see it in next film. If a film is good it will do well. If it is a bad film, it will bomb at box office. I believe audience is always right,” he said. Talking about the trend of the Rs 100 crore bracket, the actor said, “The Rs 100 crore club is just a PR workshop. The person who has come to watch a good film, if he likes it he will come again either with family or friends.
“The number of times he watches the film is good for all of us, for the movie as a whole, the producers, theatre, exhibitors and artists,” he added. The actor credits his success in films to luck. “I think I have been lucky to have got good films. It is the passion that keeps me going. I like my job and it has turned into my hobby and I enjoy doing it,” he said.
In his 24-year-old career in Bollywood, it is for the first time that he has teamed up with Yash Raj Films for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. On the association, Salman says, “There is right time for everything. And ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ came at right time and place. Why I took so long, it is like asking why you are born now, why not later on?”
The story of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ lured Salman towards the film.”It was the script that attracted me to do this film. The script, Kabir Khan as a director and Katrina Kaif in the main lead, title ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, then I play a RAW agent, Yash Raj production, all these things were enough for me to go ahead with the film,” he said.
Yashraj Films has released the first teaser trailer of Salman Khan’s forthcoming movie ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. It is one of the most eagerly awaited movie of the year and cinegoers, specially Salman Khan’s fans expect it to be a huge hit.
Directed by Kabir Khan this movie is scheduled for this year’s Eid release. Starring opposite Salman in female lead is no other but Katrina Kaif and this pairing has got the entire movie industry excited. Watch the trailer featuring Salman Khan as Tiger: