After months of suspense surrounding the Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer YRF romance we thought to compare and highlight the facts surrounding the release dates and scale of movies with or around ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ and ‘ Ek Tha Tiger’ which had Katrina Kaif with Salman Khan.
When Ek Tha Tiger release was announced with huge number of prints many movies changed their release dates- either postponed or preponed so as to not cross the release date of Ek Tha Tiger. The movies which released were small budget movies which sank without a trace at the box office.
Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger released on 15th August with Independence day and Eid festivities just around the corner.
Jism 2 released 12 days before Ek Tha Tiger and with the hype of Sunny Leone managed to rake in approx 33 crores in its opening week and later sank. Gangs of Wasseypur 2 which released on a Wednesday ruled 1 week at the box office before release of the Salman Khan starrer. GOW2 faced a stiff competition once Ek Tha Tiger was released and hence showed a decline in box office collections. Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikhal Padi a small release which released 10 days after Ek Tha Tiger also suffered the after effects of the hurricane.
Other big releases like Saif Ali Khan-Deepika starrer Cocktail, Kya Super Kool Hain Hum distanced their release dates from the Salman Khan release and also reaped benefits due to their soundtracks and content.
Shahrukh Khan – Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ which also has announced its Diwali 2012 release plans well in advance has got big competitors ready to eating up the screen space. Many film-makers are keen to sought out the Diwali release slots, due to the extensive holiday season.
Jab Tak Hain Jaan releases on 13th November 2012, along with Ajay Devgan’s Son of Sardaar. This will eat into screen space for Shah Rukh Khan and also give a hit on the opening numbers. The highest single day collection record is held by Ek Tha Tiger with 32+ crores and followed by Ra.One at Rs 25 crores. Ra.One didn’t have much competition to lose out for.
Around 2 weeks after SRK’s and Ajay’s movie releases, comes up another mega star’s release who holds the record of highest collection. Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is currently the biggest blockbuster with 202 crores + collection at Indian box office with Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger close behind with 196crores+ as on date. Aamir Khan’s Talaash will snatch screen space on 30th November giving just around 2 weeks for SRK and Ajay Devgn to fight it out their maximum at the box office. Needless to say content of these three movies will play an important role for their collections and long run.
To summarize are the news makers right in stating that Shah Rukh Khan enjoys strong enmity among him contemporaries like Salman, Aamir and Ajay Devgn? However discussions on social media forums suggest that Shah Rukh Khan is always targeted by friends and foes to be pulled down. Or another fact that Salman Khan has now become an Icon amongst the masses who is feared the maximum and can’t be touched at the Bollywood Box Office?
Well we leave it upto the bollywood industry and audience to decide.