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Q. Bhatt said that their first choice for Aashiqui 3 was Hrithik. Do you think Hrithik’s remuneration must have been the issue for not casting him, as 2 more Aashiqui’s can be made in lone money Hrithik would have charged for the film?
Ans. Hahaha well said. But probably that was not all the issue as it was Bhushan Kumar who expressed his desire to work with Hrithik after the super success of Dheere Dheere song video. Initial it was just a random talk but later on, they may have discussed the idea. Bhatts like to work with younger actors so they can talk to them upon their own terms. Hrithik has a completely different persona on the screen and off the screen too. And yes it would have cost them 50 crores more if they cast Hrithik.
Ans. The film collected 511 crores in India with a distributor share of 254 crores. It is too early to talk about predictions for its second part. But going at the craze and hype, it will rewrite the box office history.
Ans. Mohenjodaro will have no effect at all. Dangal can face some issues but if it turns out to be excellent film then this controversy will only aid its box office numbers to increase manifold.
Ans. No, the film is postponed for extensive post production work.
Ans. It is your choice and is quite fine. But there is a major section of the audience who like these kinds of comedies. The dialogue promos have been liked. Now we all have to wait for the film to come out to find out what it has to offer.
Ans. That makes a lot of sense. But for some strange reasons Zee Studio is trying to release the film as soon as possible. There was news that Rustom will be preponed to 5th August. We don’t know what is their startegy.
Ans. To be frank Hrithik’s choice of directors is becoming poor. Every director and production house wants to work with him but instead, he opted for Sanjay Gupta who is famous for making gangster films from South Korean films. Now we just hope that this news about Sajid Khan is not true.
Ans. So do we ?
Ans. No, it will only appeal to the fans of Anurag Kashyap and will do little to improve Anurag’s public image as a director.
Ans. Absolutely. There is only one difference that Sultan can emerge highest grosser even with the mixed response. But both Dangal and Mohenjodaro should have something special to do so. Shivaay can also surprise but its clash with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will limit its potential.
Ans. We cannot rate this as the film is yet to come out. But in our personal choice, a fresh pairing would have been better.
Ans. 15-20 crore. With music, it can go higher than 15 or lower than 20.
Ans. Obviously, he can. With a good film having universal appeal and holiday release, 200 crores will not be a tough task. With Airlift, he just collected 130 crore which was a niche film. It shows that now audience wants content and superstars can only bring initials (weekend). So the combination of star power and a universally appealing film will prove deadly at the box office.
Ans. Raees is unlikely to be preponed. It will be Gauri Sinde’s next which can release on Gandhi Jayanti.
Ans. It was probably Shahrukh Khan who maintained his star power throughout his journey. Unlike Salman or Aamir he did not have to go a long dull phase. Just recently he has started to struggle with films like Dilwale and Fan. It can be called SRK’s dull phase.
Ans. The cops have to be called by theater owners to control the huge crowd outside to get tickets. It would have shattered each and every possible record. Indians love tragic love stories and the recent Marathi blockbuster Sairat is proof of that.
Ans. If they were confident of their product they should have clashed with Sultan on Eid. As despite having a lower opening, it should have done better in the longer run as word of mouth will help the audience to choose between better films.
Ans. Santoshi has currently two scripts. One is written himself and other is a remake of a South Korean film, Ode To My Father. Salman will choose one of them.
Ans. This question has been answered many times.
- Salman Khan
- Aamir Khan
- Shahrukh Khan
- Hrithik Roshan
- Akshay Kumar
- Ajay Devgn
- Ranbir Kapoor
- Ranveer Singh
- Varun Dhawan
- Sidharth Malhotra
Ans. It would be 70:30 in favour of Mohenjodaro. Even if Housefull 3 emerge blockbuster, it will have limited effect on the later clash. Only one thing can let down Mohenjodaro and that is poor trailer and promos. It has nothing to do with the star power of both actor but the major difference is the genre. Mohenjodaro is a historical adventure film, a genre which is doing wonders at the box office recently. On the other hand Rustom is more looking like a niche film and Akk’s biggest fan following is in masses.
Republic Day – Baadshaho, Kaabil, Raees
Eid – Salman-Kabir’s next
Independence Day – No official announcement
Diwali – Sons of Sardar, Robot 2
Christmas – Aanand’s next (SRK), Bhansali’s next, Sanjay Dutt Biopic (Ranbir Kapoor)
Ans. No, because there are many holidays in the next days of Eid-ul-Fitar. It has become a tradition for Salman to release his films on Eid. For most of the poeple, Eid means Bhai’s film so it does not need massive promotions as there is already awareness.
PS, you may see SRK’s film this year but not Raees.
Ans. Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Kick were also released before Eid. By doing so the makers first want to cash out star power of Salman and then boost of Eid holiday. For example Ekk, Tha Tiger collected 33 crores on its opening day but its collection was down to 12 crores next day. In today’s time, this will result in negative reports unless it has extra ordinary content.
Ans. The delay will result in increasing the budget for obvious reasons. But it is not the budget that we are concerned about. It is the buzz and hype which is dying out after the delay and the negativity created by the delay.
Ans. The buzz has picked up but the promotions are not on a grand scale. We were informed that the film will be promoted big time in last 15 days, especially in IPL. If the marketing and music could have been better, it should have crossed 20 crores. Currently, we are expecting the film to collect in the range of 19 crores.
Ans. Aashiqui 2 Blockbuster, CE All Time Blockbuster, Krrish 3 All Time Blockbuster
Ans. The makers have to release the film even if there were be cuts. Udta Punjab is produced by Anurag Kashyap and Balaji Films and both of them having financial issues lately. If they halt the release they have to suffer from huge losses. With the release, they would have some kind of recovery. Though controversy can help the film to get better initial.
Ans. The buzz for Sultan is higher than all films except Ekk Tha Tiger and Happy New Year. It may not be possible to come close to the craze for Ekk Tha Tiger. But with chartbuster music, it will overtake Happy New Year. Just to clear PK has good buzz only and took the opening entirely on the star power of Aamir Khan. Dhoom 3 did so because of franchise value.
Ans. It looks in doubt now. The film will be a historical war drama and needs a lot of researching for the script. Then the shooting will also take longer than usual. Ajay Devgn will be free only after Diwali and then has to promote Baadshaho (which can also delay). We don’t think there will be enough time for Ajay to complete Sons of Sardar. Anyway, it will not clash with Salman-Rantoshi’s film as both enjoys a strong bond.