With Salman Khan’s Sultan in cinemas, the benign rivalry that has been going on between the three Khans of Bollywood at the top for the No. 1 position in the industry has received yet another friendly ‘boost’. This time the instigator-in-chief is none other than Aamir Khan. While there is no reason ascribed and everything was said in good nature, there was no doubt left that brinkmanship was at work, only the tone had changed to calmness, serenity. It was a gentle reminder to one and all about who rules the industry.
In an informal chat Bollywood megastar Aamir Khan who holds a record for the highest grossing film ever said that he had watched Salman Khan’s Sultan movie and that he had found it captivating, thrilling even. “As far as Sultan goes, mujhe koi kami nazar nahi aayi (I did not find anything amiss). I cried, laughed, it is a very moving and inspiring film. No other words,” Aamir said.
And then Aamir let drop a bombshell saying, “Everything is there what we expect from a mainstream film. I laughed, I cried and enjoyed a lot. It is an Eid gift from Salman. If there is one film which can break the record of ‘PK’, it is ‘Sultan’.”
“I watched Sultan last evening. I found it very good. Ali Abbas Zafar has made a remarkable film. Be it the story, screenplay, dialogue, direction, all are good and every artist has done well,” Aamir Khan said.
Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’ is Bollywood’s top ranked movie that earned as much as Rs 340.8 crore in India alone and according to Bollywood Hungama, it has collected a total of a whopping Rs 625.65 cr worldwide.
Now that would need some beating. Sultan box office collections added up to a significant Rs 36.54 crore on opening day. Analysts are saying it can easily earn as much as Rs 175 crore by the end of the opening weekend. Considering there is no rival on the horizon to trouble Sultan, it can break records in cruise mode. But Sultan collections filter in over the next week, here are a few numbers to chew on. Also read:
Aamir Khan’s PK box office collections added up something like this: Day 1 (Fri): Rs 26.63 cr; Day 2 (Sat): Rs 30.34 cr; Day 3 (Sun) : Rs 38.44 cr; Day 4 (Mon): Rs 21.22 cr; Day 5 (Tue): Rs 19.36 cr; Day 6 (Wed) : Rs 19.55 cr; Day 7 (Thu): Rs 27.55 cr; Day 8 (Fri): Rs 14.48 cr; Day 9 (Sat): Rs 17.16 cr; Day 10 (Sun): Rs 21.85 cr; Day 11 (Mon): Rs 10.08 cr; Day 12 (Tue): Rs 9.11 cr; Day 13 (Wed): Rs 9.05 cr; Day 14 (Thu): Rs 14.05 cr; Day 15 (Fri): Rs 6.85 cr; Day 16 (Sat): Rs 8.32 cr; Day 17 (Sun): Rs 11.58 cr; Day 18 (Mon): Rs 4.42 cr; Day 19 (Tue): Rs 4.02 cr; Day 20 (Wed): Rs 3.46 cr; Day 21 (Thu): Rs 2.96 cr; Day 22 (Fri): Rs 1.82 cr; Day 23 (Sat): Rs 2.82 cr; Day 24 (Sun): Rs 4.01 cr; TOTAL: Rs 340.8 cr.
In front of this immense challenge can Salman Khan measure up? With the three Khans, you can never tell. They have been trading places at the top of the charts with fascinating frequency. If tomorrow, Salman Khan climbs up to mount Rs 340.8 crore, it would shock, but not awe. We have seen it happen before.
Continuing the conversation smoothly thereafter, Aamir Khan said he had watched Sultan in the company of his film ‘Dangal’ co-stars. He also revealed that he spoke to Salman while watching the film, “He wasn’t there but I was in touch with Salman throughout the film. He was happy that I liked it. It is an outstanding film. He has performed so well, done everything which we expect from a star and as well as a good artiste.”
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Considering that one is as good as one’s next film, Aamir was asked whether his own upcoming movie Dangal would be put in shade by Sultan’s success. Not at all perturbed by the tough, if not disturbing query, Aamir said, “I never compare my films with others. Every film has its own story. I can only comment about how much I liked it… all films are different.”