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Baahubali effect: Pint-sized Khans upstaged

Published : May 16, 2017, 12:12 am IST
Updated : May 16, 2017, 12:12 am IST

While Aamir, Salman and Shahrukh Khan have been silent over Baahubali success, stories of Dangal earning Rs 1000 crore now resurface.

A poster of Aamir Khan’s film Dangal
 A poster of Aamir Khan’s film Dangal

Remember back in school when your friend scored more than you in a math exam and you couldn’t stand it? You went back to the teacher with silly arguments to try and score some extra grace marks, even though the incorrect answer was staring right at you. Simply put, your insecurity was riled up and you wanted to do what it takes.  

Cut to the Hindi film industry. Sample this. It was Aamir Khan who began the Rs 100 crore club for Ghajini when his AR Murugadoss-starrer released at the Indian box office in 2008. The film grossed Rs 116 crore at the turnstiles. Many other films followed suit from the other Khans.

In 2009, Aamir Khan then went on to break the Rs 200 crore barrier with his film 3 Idiots directed by Raj Kumar Hirani. The film made Rs 202 crore at the marquee. More films came to cross the Rs 200-crore barrier after that.

Five years later in 2014, it was Aamir Khan again who got to be the first entrant to the Rs 300 crore club when his film PK directed by Hirani again breasted the tape and went on to collect Rs 340 crore.

However, when it came to first breaking the Rs 400 crore club in Bollywood and the Rs 1,000 crore across the world, the pint-sized Khan was upstaged by the gargantuan effort of SS Rajamouli’s film Bahubali 2: The Conclusion. Aamir’s last release Dangal fell Rs 13 crores short of the Rs 400-crore mark ending up at Rs 387 crore.

While Aamir has been pushing news about the success of his film Dangal around the world — now claiming to have collected Rs 1000 crore —  Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have stayed away from making any comment on Baahubali.

Baahubali

Agreed that Dangal is a fabulous film and that it has indeed brought about a wave across the country and outside.

News about the film’s superb run at the Chinese box office (in over whopping 9,000 screens) and then the film crossing Rs 1000 crore across the world has now emerged. While the Aamir Khan film becomes the first Bollywood film to touch Rs 1000 crore, it is only the second Indian film to do so.At the time of going to press, the figures are real close, with Baahubali at Rs 1,330 crores and Dangal at 1146 crore!

Add to the fact that the other two Khans — Salman and Shah Rukh — who are normally very active on their social mediums, have not even remotely spoken about the film on any platform. Shah Rukh Khan was present at an event for a multiplex chain recently, but avoided questions because he could have been asked questions about Baahubali. Salman Khan, who last attended Asha Parekh's book launch, has stayed away from media interactions and is now shooting in the UAE and hence unavailable. But then, his Twitter has no word about Baahubali when almost the entire movie industry is talking about the film.

Are we seeing traces of insecurity in Bollywood, because a film with people they had hardly even heard of, made the world notice Indian cinema, and not the one with its Badshahs?

Tags: aamir khan, raj kumar hirani, bahubali 2, ss rajamouli, salman khan