Q. I have just one question that is regarding Actual and real.box office collection of DDLJ as according to me it is not possible to be remain on 61 crores from last 20 years. I think I will get my answer this time around as I already asked this question several time but till now didn’t get the answer – Sameer
A. Ticket prices are as cheap as Rs 20 even for the balcony tickets and the film is running only one show in a day. So even though it does go houseful once in a while on Sunday, Yash Raj Films is funding the screening of DDLJ. It’s not for money or box office collections, it’s about the legacy of DDLJ as the longest running film in the world.
Q. How did Abhishek Bachchan’s career go off the track so badly when he was apparently doing reasonably well till 2008 (Dostana in 2008, Guru in 2007)? – Siddharth
A. Abhishek Bachchan was never a bankable star. The two solo-hits of his career are ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ (2005) and ‘Guru’ (2007). The former came when almost every Yash Raj Films was working at the box office and Rani Mukerji was at the peak of her career. The release of ‘Guru’ was perfectly timed with Aishwarya and Abhishek’s engagement and marriage announcement, so that helped the opening of the film. We don’t mean to be too harsh on him here, but as a solo hero he was never a crowd-puller.
Q. Do you think Prem Ratan Dhan Payo will do very less business at box office? It stars Neil Nitin Mukesh, Arman Kohli and Sonam Kapoor who are not A-list actors. Moreover, Sooraj Barjatya has returned to direction after 10 years, people have become more modern now for his films? – SK
A. It’s difficult to explain the craze that Salman Khan is commanding currently. Kick didn’t have a popular heroine and the director (Sajid Nadiadwala) was making his debut. It still managed a huge opening at the box office. Jai Ho was a complete washout as far as the production values, music, director and it didn’t have a particularly ‘stunning’ looking or established heroine either. Even then, it collected Rs 26 crore on its 3rd day, which is huge because the word-of-mouth did come into play, but people still came to watch because of Salman. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo will take a record-breaking opening. If the music, trailer and other promos work, then sky will be the limit as far as the opening is concerned. Lifetime, obviously, will be content dependent.