There is a misconception in the minds of the public and also among some trade people that Farhan Akhtar’s Don was a roaring hit. The truth is that Don did extremely well in the Overseas circuit but was a fair earner in India. However, it was definitely not a runaway hit. Either because a film goes on to become a hit later, on the television circuit, or simply because the general media keeps referring to a successful film or even an average grosser as a hit, some films tend to be remembered as hits even though they weren’t.

Don, Jab We Met, Hera Pheri and Golmaal Fun Unlimited weren't hits when they hit theatres
Don, Jab We Met, Hera Pheri and Golmaal Fun Unlimited weren't hits when they hit theatres

Jab We Met and Hera Pheri (of Priyadarshan) are two more such examples. While Jab We Met did not fetch much overflow, it is perceived as a super-hit because it almost became a cult film on the television channels. As for Hera Pheri, it may surprise many even today to know that it fared quite badly in the cinemas except in a few big cities. It came to be referred to as a hit simply because it became a hot favourite on TV after its run at the theatres was over. There are many such examples and two more films that instantly come to mind are Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal – Fun Unlimited and its sequel, Golmaal Returns. Both were not hits at all but they are termed hits, especially after the second sequel, Golmaal 3, became a blockbuster.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Yes we know Don is semihit,Don 2 is flop & original Don is blockbuster.

    Big B is real Don of Bollywood.

    Unake baad kitne bhi CHICHORE ACTORs don banane ki koshish kare nahi ban sakate.

  2. Sorry, komal sir bt A/C to Box office India farhan akhtar’s Don collected nett 52Cr. In India & 38Cr. In Overseas means Total 90Cr. So Distributor share is appro. 42-45Cr.! Films budget was 35Cr. So film has 8-10Cr. Profit from Theatrical business & atleast 15Cr. Came from Music, Satelight & home video Rights… That means film has Profit around 25Cr.! So the film made at 35Cr. Budget giving 25Cr. Profit at a time when film is released with only 1200 screens & having low price of tickets compare to 2011 films… In my opinion its a surely SUPERHIT & i dnt know abt any other films bt Farhan Akhtar’s Don is a surely Superhit!

  3. Yes Komal saab! I agree wiz u, espicially on my actor film Hera Pheri, d film is not a Hit but nowadays every1 be it media n audiece r declared it as a Super Hit. And yes every1 knws Don, Golmal 1&2 r not a Hit status at boxoffice, but d surprise came frm d Jab We Meet. I read that film did good trend at boxoffice wiz small cost… so Sir plzz can u clarify us d real business n d success of d film at boxoffice. Lastly is that be acceptable to use d non thearitical n overseas business to tag a film as Hit in Domestic boxoffice? Plzzz answer this question, Sir!

  4. GOLMAAL ,GOLMAAL RETURNS ARE BIGGER HITS THAN THE just above average don, HERAPHERI,JAB WE MET ARE ALSO IN FRONT OF sharuk’s don. even if sharuk’s movies fopped he publicise it as hits by spending money.all knows that. sharukh’s last hit was farah khan’s om shaanthi om.publicity hungry sharuk,other khan’s are better than him.

  5. srk last three movies mnik 190 crr apprx ra 1 a180 crr aprx and now don 2 200 crr apprx estimated so the avg is 190 crr
    sallu last three dabang 165 crr ready 150 crr and bgurd 190 crr aprx wid the avg 168.5 crr
    its a net total worldwide collection..s while the salman movies are of full of mass oriented masala movies and srk gives last three for target audience and u also know what the critics done with these srk movies and if we take comparison beyond these movies so the there are so many flops of salman while its difficult to find 2 flop movies of srk from last 10 years..so why the hell trade is doing that kind of sluggish act now a days there are very much negativity around trade for srk ..sir pls rigth me if i m wrong

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