My Name is Khan:
Just before the release of this movie I had discovered Wikipedia. I did not know how else to go search for info on movies, but Wikipedia was a treasure trove of information, and I revelled in it. Around the time MNIK released, I would go to its Wiki page every day and see the box office section. I did not really know distinction between domestic and overseas, only saw the worldwide figures. I was happy that it was doing so well, as it was maybe the second biggest worldwide movie after 3 Idiots. I did read a section about its lower performance in comparison to 3 Idiots. Near the end of its run, I clicked on a reference and discovered the BOI website. But I didn't pay much attention at that time.
Huge hype and craze for this movie. I started going to BOI website around the time it released. I don't remember much of what I read, but I do remember getting excited by what I was seeing. I was finally able to see box office as it was happening, something that I had always wanted. I also remember going through the BOI archive pages and reading a report about Ready had a big hold on Monday and was set for a huge run.
For Don 2 and JTHJ, I mostly continued to depend on Wikipedia and BOI. Eventually one day I opened the Wikipedia page of Chennai Express and saw that poster with SRK and Deepika on the bike, I really loved it and was eager to see the movie. I think CE was my first FDFS, as Eid holiday allowed me to see it ASAP. I liked it, and did a Google search for the movie, thus discovering KoiMoi. I was then confused about how exactly numbers are tracked, as KoiMoi and BOI showed different figures. I enjoyed KoiMoi as a site, but decided to follow BOI figures.
Happy New Year:
Still continued to follow KoiMoi and BOI. HNY was my first FDFS without a holiday. I attended my classes on Friday and then directly went to HNY first show. I saw it with my the guy who would become my best friend later (another SRKian), beginning a long association of watching SRK movies in cinemas together. I remember not understanding why the movie failed to do even better business, as SRK did such a huge marketing campaign, and I liked the movie at that time. I really wanted it to beat Dhoom 3. Anyway, I accepted the lower BOI figures and moved on.
From the day that first pic of SRKajol released, I was crazy for this movie. Of course I wanted to know more about it. KoiMoi and BOI weren't enough. Again through Google, I discovered Indicine. I remember back in those days the idea of an SRK movie losing a clash was alien to me, I got into the world of box office discussion and dissection through Indicine comments section. I also really learned the big difference between domestic and overseas with this movie. Dilwale also introduced me to the term WOM.
Fan and Raees:
Continued to use BOI, KoiMoi and Indicine for these movies. Fan helped me understand the role a genre and songs play in the success of the movie, while in between these two movies I discovered the forum.
Jab Harry Met Sejal:
In the time since Raees, I really learned about footfalls, verdicts, inflation, true importance of release dates, and so much more from the forum. There was a post on the forum about a trade analyst (Vishek Chauhan) not liking JHMS' marketing campaign. From then I started visiting his twitter page for more updates, but he rarely posted anything. Eventually I saw some other analysts in the "see more" section. Those were Sumit Kadel, Rohit Jaiswal, and a few more. I would go to only these pages and read whatever they posted, plus comments. When JHMS released, I used the hashtag for the first time. After it's UAE debut, I searched #JHMS on twitter to gauge early reactions. I realised there was so much more to twitter than a couple of analysts that day. This was actually good, because Indicine closed down soon after, and Twitter replaced it for me, though I still miss it.
And finally, I now search #Zero on twitter every day for a few minutes, seeing the top and latest posts. It has gotten to the point that I actually have a twitter ID (post forum closing) and was actively refreshing as Zero's trailer dropped. I had access to it within seconds, something I could never think of back in 2010. I think I have read almost everything posted about Zero on Twitter since the title was announced. The only was I could get crazier about box office and movies is if I somehow become a critic myself and start attending media functions, though that would never happen.
How I discovered the forum: was searching for Farah Karimae after Teraa Surroor trailer dropped, and found an image posted on the forum through Google Images. I was a visitor for months, then finally decided to make an ID.