Rani Mukerji Credits Pathaan's 1000 Crores+ Box Office Glory For Ending Depressing Dry Spell At YRF
Rani Mukerji Recalls How Pathaan Turned Out To Be A Game-Changer After Streak Of Failures For YRF!(Photo Credit –Instagram/IMDb)

Like most industries, even cinema faced a difficult phase during the post-pandemic era. Major Bollywood biggies were witnessing failures at the box office, and many were convinced that the Hindi film industry was nearing its end. Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, changed the perception and how! Rani Mukerji is now recalling how the dry spell ended for YRF. Scroll below for more details.

YRF released a streak of films after the COVID era. No one could have ever thought a film starring Akshay Kumar could badly tank at the box office after the actor delivered consecutive successes recently. But it happened with Bachchan Pandey. Similar was the case with other YRF releases, including Ranbir Kapoor’s Shamshera, Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerji’s Bunty Aur Babli 2 and The Great Indian Family starring Vicky Kaushal in the leading role.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Rani Mukerji revealed her husband and YRF head Aditya Chopra was getting a lot of money for releasing Bachchan Pandey, Shamshera, and other films on OTT. However, he stuck to his decision of releasing those biggies in theatres.

After the box office failures, the YRF team was in shambles. Rani Mukerji revealed, “It was like complete depression. People in our company were sad. The whole conviction of Adi that my films will be released theatrically… We thought that there would be divine intervention and he would be rewarded for his conviction of releasing his films theatrically… Pathaan changed the entire thing for Yash Raj and it became the highest grossing film. Pathaan stood the test of time, and it opened the floodgates for people going into cinemas.”

Pathaan Box Office Collection

Pathaan revived the Indian theatres in a way never seen before. The action drama directed by Siddharth Anand made a box office collection of 543.22 crores in India and gained the hit verdict. It was also extra special as Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan made his comeback almost five years after the Zero debacle.

It is also the third highest-grossing Bollywood film at the worldwide box office, with lifetime earnings of 1069.85 crores.

More about Pathaan

Apart from Shah Rukh Khan, the action flick starred Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in leading roles. Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana were also seen in pivotal roles. Salman Khan also made a cameo appearance, building a connection in the YRF universe.

Pathaan 2 is currently in the works, and production will begin towards the end of 2024. It will set the timeline of the biggest clash in history, Tiger vs Pathaan, starring Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.

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