Q: Can a film starring Ajay Devgn or Akshay Kumar collect Rs 200 crores in India if they get solo Eid or Diwali release? (Vyas Vivek)
A: Even films starring the Top 3 stars would struggle to cross 200 crore, if the film is not packaged well or the content is rejected by the audience. A star can only bring his audience to theatres in the first 2 or 3 days, after which a film relies on word-of-mouth. Stars like Akshay and Ajay would rely a lot more on content than someone like Salman Khan, but Singham Returns did take a record opening earlier this year. The film would have earned a lot more if the content was liked.
Q: Will Deepika Padukone be top actress if she does films like Finding Fanny and Piku? Wouldn’t it affect her box office collection average compared to other actresses who are doing more commercial films? (Jagga)
A: She can experiment once in a while. In a male dominated industry, female stars very rarely get to do meaty roles. When films like Finding Fanny or Queen come along, they grab it. It’s not just about box office collections, but also about critical acclaim and earning that respect from the audience – which is difficult in glamorous roles that they play in male-centric films. Finding Fanny may not have earned Deepika acclaim, but it didn’t affect her career one bit.
Q: Will PK earn Rs 300 crore? (Sohail, Neeraj, Dikshit and many more)
A: I think we have already answered this. PK will take a very good opening. But 300 crore is something that no film has managed to cross so far. If the content manages to find the appreciation that 3 Idiots did, 300 crore is definitely on. The problem for an Aamir Khan – Rajkumar Hirani film is, the expectations are way too high. To match those expectations will be difficult, but it’s Hirani after all. Early reports from within the trade and those who have seen the film is highly positive, but that is always the case with most films.
Q: Please Indicine, can you make an article on the verdict of every film and maybe its collections for 2014 and it can carry on and be an article for the others years to come. It’s a suggestion. (Indu)
A: Sure. This is something that we are already working on. 2014 list will be published after PK. From 2015, we will have a page with collections of every film released. Thank you for your suggestion.
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