Other than Salman Khan, even Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have been left stranded in the 90s once each during their illustrious career
Ask any batsman – to get out in the 90s is the most painful feeling of them all. It gets even worse when you are left stranded at 99. This could well be the case for Bollywood heroes as well, what with John Abraham’s Batla House turning out to be 10th such film which would end its lifetime total just shy of the Rs 100-crore mark. After Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger, which ended its run at Rs 199 crore, this is the closest that a film has reached near the Rs 100 crore mark but fallen short by a mere few lakhs.
The Nikkhil Advani directed film clashed with Mission Mangal on Independence Day but still managed to bring in Rs 15.55 crore on the first day. It could well have been Rs 1-2 crore higher if not for the legal issues in which it got embroiled just before release, as a result of which the advance booking couldn’t open on time and at certain centers the prints didn’t reach either. If not for that, Batla House could just have scraped past the mark in the final run.
For John Abraham, the feeling isn’t new, though it is heartbreaking nonetheless. A few years ago, his Welcome Back too came quite close to the Rs 100 crore club, only to fall short by Rs 3 crore. The film was directed by Anees Bazmee and now the actor-director ‘jodi’ would soon be seen in Paagalpanti. Rest assured, they would be looking at taking care of this shortfall by leaps and bounds with their latest outing.
As for Salman Khan, Ek Tha Tiger saw a record opening on its Eid release [Rs 33 crore]. It continued to gather momentum in days to come as well, but somehow the Aditya Chopra production couldn’t cross that final frontier. It stopped just a little behind at Rs 199 crore.
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