Bollywood has been fretting too much about 100 crores in the last few months. With every film making this as their ultimate benchmark of achievement, following similar formulae of providing entertainment, films are designed stereotypically to attain the membership of this club more than focusing on the quality of film’s script and performances. As a result of which there has been deterioration in the quality of stars’ work precipitating into a speed breaker in their thriving career.
Koimoi takes this cue to analyze the 100 crore club and meticulously study how have the crucial superstars of Bollywood maintained themselves in this club.
Beginning with Salman Khan, who has so far ascribed himself to 5 films in the 100 crore club. With that record it is hard to dispose off this undisputed king of 100 crore club from the list. Both Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 reached the coveted club in a matter of 6 days. While ETT had a total collection of 198 crores, Dabangg 2 made a lifetime collections of 158.50 crores. It was with Dabangg and then Ready that Salman joined the 100 crore club. While Dabangg took 10 days to reach 100 crores and made a total collection of 145 crores, Ready made a lifetime collections of 120 crores after entering the 100 crore club in 12 days. With Bodyguard, Salman stabilized his position in the 100 crore club with a lifetime collections of 142 crores, that entered the club in 8 days. Salman won’t have a release this year, but the domestic box office is looking forward to his next films which are already much hyped up, with Mental’s theatrical rights having already been sold out at 150 crores!
Shah Rukh Khan:
Similarly Shah Rukh Khan too has had a smooth ride in 100 crore club. Entering the club with Ra.One, the film entered the 100 crore club in 10 days and made a collection of 115 crores. Following up his achievement with Farhan Akhtar’s Don 2, which entered the club in 13 days, the film made an income of 106 crores! However, his best performance in the club came with Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan which entered the club in 11 days and earned a lifetime collection of 120.65 crores. Shah Rukh’s next film Chennai Express directed by Rohit Shetty is scheduled to be released in August this year and is expected to maintain his smooth run at the 100 crore club.
Ranbir Kapoor entered the club with Anurag Basu’s delightful film Barfi!. The film that took 17 days to reach the 100 crore mark went on to earn 120 crores at the domestic box office. He furthered his journey in the club with the recent release Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The film that almost leveled Salman’s record of reaching 100 crores in the least number of days is still earning at the domestic box office and has neared its collections to the 150 crore mark. Having had a smooth sail so far, the actor is holding his ground in the club packed with veteran superstars.
While the above actors had an undisrupted journey in the club, there were others whose ride was hampered by a sudden low film which missed the 100 crore mark. Their pace got restricted and with one film losing out the 100 crore benchmark resulted in their diminished status in the club.
The most prominent one who faced this at the box office is Ajay Devgn. While the Himmatwala fiasco is still fresh in our memories, his previous films that had maintained him strongly in the club also suffered a blow. The actor who had 4 films in the 100 crore club saw a break with Himmatwala! Son of Sardaar took 16 days to reach 100 crore and raked up an income of 105.03 crores at the domestic box office. Golmaal 3 that reached 100 crores in 17 days made 107 crores! Singham that reached 100 crores in 37 days barely scraped through its collections into the club by earning 100 crore, whereas Bol Bachchan which took 45 days to make 100 crores, earned 102 crores of lifetime collections!
The other actor who suffered the same fate is Akshay Kumar, by the miss of Special 26, OMG and Khiladi 786 reaching the club. Entering the club with Houseful 2 which surpassed 100 crores in 17 days and made 114 crores, Akshay upped his position with Rowdy Rathore that reached the club in 11 days and earned 131 crores. However with the failure of his subsequent films, especially this year’s Special 26 he lost his stronghold on the club.
The master of perfection Aamir Khan is still a record holder at the 100 crore club. Though his Talaash wound up its lifetime collections with 93 crores, he still has a well founded position in the club. His 2009 film 3 Idiots is the only one in the club that has a collection of above 200 crores with an income of 202 crores. Despite Salman’s ETT nearing the 200 crore mark, the film’s lifetime income fell short by 2 crore to reach the 200 crore limit. Besides 3 Idiots, Aamir has Ghajini in the club as well. Reaching 100 crores in 16 days, the film made 114 crores in total. This year as Dhoom 3 is all set to hit the screens, Aamir can expect another of his entrants in the club.
Hrithik Roshan has left his 100 crore club fate sketchy. Focussing single mindedly on Krrish 3 since his last film Agneepath that is his only film in the club, he is perhaps eyeing another 100 crore film with the third edition of his Krrish series! Agneepath that reached the club in a matter of 11 days made 123 crores at the box office. Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 that has slated itself for a Diwali release should be able to up his standard in the 100 crore club with a good performance at the domestic box office going by its good technical premise and superhero theme should be able achieve it easily.
However, the concept of 100 crore does challenge the qualitative values of films by basing their benchmark on numbers more than the strength of their scripts. Yet, the faulty concept is still a raging trend now and the glories of the club are here to stay, for now!
India Box Office – Bollywood’s Fastest 100 Crore Grosser of All Times
(all-India net collections) (in Rs. crores)
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