Can ‘Khiladi 786’ outdo ‘Talaash’ in final box office numbers?

First part of the weekly special ‘Ask Joginder’. Film critic and trade analyst Joginder Tuteja answers 5 questions from Indicine readers.

Do you see audience fatigue kicking in? Would it not be difficult for the audience to turn out in huge numbers for ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘Son Of Sardaar’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Khiladi 786’ and ‘Dabangg 2’ given they release so close to each other? – Taha

  • Excess of entertainment is never bad, especially in the last quarter of the year when there are festivities and celebrations all around. Moreover, when the films are indeed entertaining, audience don’t mind stepping in theatres week after week. It has been proven a number of times. So yes, each of the aforementioned films is guaranteed to take very big opening at the box office.

Can ‘Special Chabbis’ cross 100 crores and regain Akshay Kumar’s spot in the big league and win him a Best Actor award since it is a drama based on real life heist? – Amar Talla

  • Popular award and real life drama don’t really have a correlation. Also, in any case, Akshay Kumar doesn’t make films for fetching awards; they are an added bonus. He doesn’t have to ‘regain’ spot in the big league as he is already there. As for ‘Special Chabbis’ crossing the 100 crore mark, it would be redundant by the time of film’s release since Bollywood would have already seen five more films entering the club – ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘Son Of Sardaar’, ‘Talaash’, ‘Khiladi 786’ and ‘Dabangg 2’. The stakes would be even higher.

Why is Shahid kapoor so obsessed with his physique and bodybuilding? I never read about Ranbir, Ranveer, Imran, Emraan or Arjun doing some body building or making six-packs, but I am reading news about Shahid’s bodybuilding for various roles. Do you feel that he’s trying a bit too hard and often falling flat on his face? Do you think he is trying to emulate Aamir Khan who is so far ahead of him in every sense? Why can’t he simply concentrate on character of the role rather than physique? – Asim

  • Hmmpph, too many questions! To structure this a little better, to begin with nothing that Shahid is currently doing suggests that he is trying to go an Aamir way. As for him focusing on his physique then well, something has to be fed to audience when an actor is waiting for a right project to start. After ‘Mausam’ and ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’, no news would have been bad news. As for concentrating on his character, he is an able actor. It is a matter of picking a right script and this is the reason why there was a long wait before ‘Phata Poster Nikla Hero’ and ‘Namak’ were announced, both of which are looking good on paper.

What is the maximum business a film can do (in present conditions) having full star power, excellent response and hit music? – ARQAM

  • This is a very hypothetical question as so many factors go into making a film successful. If star-power and music were the only criteria then we would have had far bigger number of successes! Also, by ‘excellent response’ I presume that you mean response towards the First Look. However, to still answer your question, taking into other considerations a holiday period as well as solo release along with aforementioned factors, it is possible for a film to fetch 80 crores 3 day weekend just in India.

How much can ‘Talaash’ fetch at the Box Office as just a week later ‘Khiladi 786’ is coming which has a brilliant response and is creating a great buzz. Can ‘Khiladi 786’ outdo ‘Talaash’ in final numbers? – Abhishek

  • ‘Talaash’ would be arriving more than two weeks after ‘Son of Sardaar’ and ‘Jab Tak Jai Jaan’ which means audience would be waiting to catch a flick by then. Moreover this is Aamir’s first commercial release in three years. While the opening would be humungous, it would further enjoy great run till ‘Dabangg 2’ release. To enjoy three weeks of run with only one film (Khiladi 786) as competition in the times when two biggies (JTJH v/s SOS) are clashing with each other is any day a better preposition. To answer your question, both films would open well and the final total would be based on the actual content, not reputations.

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  • akshay and srk. fans are facin criticism the reason they are alway in defend with their actor but both ignored by others is such a shameful thing.
    I only seen better fans friendship between akki fans and srk fans.

    that’s why so much negativity against akki and srk on every post.

  • akshay has bigger buzz than aamir.

    talking about jthj, sos,d2.
    jthj looks better choice for indian auidence on paper but content will be important. if the content like vicky donor, kahani,agneepath,omg,barfee. then as a salman fan I say it will break records. no matter about content if ur film is better.
    look what srk has out of 9 ,he has 2atbb,5blockbusters ,1superhit,and 1above avg
    on paper srk looks much stronger.

    where as talaash vs k786. akki is bigger star than manupulator aamir.

  • I think both jab tak hai jaan & talaash will fail & rest of the three will rock at the boxoffice.Mark my words.Meet u on Dec 22.

  • dabangg2 will be become no.1 movie of indian cinema break record of 3 idots.and sos will be superhit.other 3 movies will be avrage/hit.diwali ajay rocks.and in christmas salman break all records

  • A condition was imposed on us, on each theatre, at the time of the release of Ek Tha Tiger, that they will only supply that film if we also screened Jab Tak Hai Jaan exclusively at Diwali. There was a single agreement for both films. We said that there will be other films also releasing at that time, but they said it had to be exclusively this film if we wanted Ek Tha Tiger. In Hyderabad, big films get about 20-25 single screens and about 10 multiplexes. Now, JTHJ has 15-18 single screens out of these. I have only two single screens left because at the time of ETT, YRF didn’t want them, even though I’d offered them; they didn’t release ETT there. Those are the only two single screens where I can run SOS.
    The same pattern has been followed in Aurangabad, which is also in the Nizam territory. Out of five single screens there, YRF has taken four. Of these, two are mine, two they negotiated directly, and the one they left is only because it is one of two theatres in the same compound! In Bidar, Karnataka, out of three single screens, I gave them one, they got the second also, and the third only screens Kannada movies — so Son Of Sardaar will see no release there! This is definitely unfair practice. It completely kills the business of the distributors of Son Of Sardaar, and fortunately or unfortunately, I’m both a distributor of SOS and an exhibitor. The aim of this practice by YRF was to corner any film releasing around this time — agar doosri film ko screens milenge hi nahin, toh woh release kaise hogi?
    – Dilip Tandon of Hyderabad,distributor of SOS in the Nizam and Andhra territory, which includes Marathwada

  • akshay kissed kareena,amisha,raveena,pooj bhat,mink singh,kashmira shah,sonali bendre,priyanka,pooja batra,mamata kulkarni and many more…out of top 5 actors cheap and vulgar actor akki upto 2000 is b-grade actor after mrg how com akki becom outsider married first superstar of bollywood daughter? @rowdy 786 akki is biggest pornstar and half selfmade star…govinda is selfmade better thn half baked akki

  • Disagreed will not change the truth SRK fans that’s how it is happening they are using Bhai name to run JTHJ. But SOS will do PO PO PO PO to JTHJ.

  • plz akki compared to emraan hashmi not with srk out of govinda,anil kapoor,salman,akki,ajay…..akki made more remakes to survive in bollywood…most comedies hit becoz paresh rawal lik hera pheri,omg

  • @Ankur,if Akshay was the sexiest actor & all the top heroines agreed to kiss him,then it was not Akshay’s fault. Then Akshay was not the producer or screenplay writer of those movies. Then actors like Kamal Hassan & Naseerudin Shah act better than any of the Khans. In India,would you name any other actor who did more daredevil &death defying stunts without stuntman & computer graphics other than Akshay Kumar?

  • Jthj had took al screens by doing cheating. . Its totally unfair to sos . . So we people should not watch such gatiya planned movie and when jthj fails then the theatre owners wil file a case against yrf for threating them . . Fu ck jthj teams . .

  • M a die hard bhai fan but i was in plan of watchm movie jthj too . . But when i came to knw that yrf used such fu cking schemes . . I decided that in any cost i will not watch jthj Bcoz we salman fans do not support unfair things. . So i request al bhai fans not to watch jthj in any cost. . And when jthj fails in box office then the theatre owners should file a case against yrf for doing unfair to them and sos too. . . . .

  • @sunil lama but akshay choose those movies to sign today so much fuss abt emraan hashmi and making fun of him thn why not akki?doing daredevil stunts anyone can do with safety evn srk jumped for a scence in don2 and hritik,salman can do it..action is not abt daredevil stunts evn daniel craig uses body double man…before mrg akki is b-grade actor how u can compare him to worldwide superstar srk?

  • @fake ankur this wat we can expect frm b-grade actor fans who does kissing with 10-15 heriones and sex scence wid aged herion lik rekha

  • @Ankur,John Abraham & Vidyut Jamwal can do stunts better than SRK.Here I mention about death defying stunts without stuntman. What your SRK had done in Maya Memsab after his marriage?If Akshay is a B- grade actor,then why one of the all time best directors of India Yashji chose him for Dil To Pagal Hain with SRK? Whatever Akshay fans say,can you pls tell me an instance where Akshay insulted any actors like Khans or Hrithik.Akshay is the actor who took the action films in Bollywood to the next level without stuntman & computer techniques(not the actions in K-786 or RR)

  • salman khan is d most cheap actor..promoted sos
    just 4 his rivalry wid srk..srk is a true self made
    superstar..salman, amir,hrithik,ranbeer all were
    destined to be stars bt it was all d hard work nd
    talent of srk due to which today he is d king of
    bollywood…for those who think sallu is best just urself search on google how many people knw him
    outside many awards 4 acting he has
    won,all his controversies like drunk driving nd killing
    people,torturing aish rai..hunting extinct black
    deer..nd u will find out who is d bigger star of them
    all..just thnk y only srk is compared wid amitabh bacchan n nt sallu nd aamir..d reasn is simple srk is d
    breakout star of dis generation nd has joined d list of
    all time greats of bollywood..
    In these 2-3 yrs sallu might have given hits bt his
    career is nt very good who cn forget movies like
    main aur mrs.khanna,marigold,saavan,veer,god tussi great ho,kyon ki..etc…
    Guyzz say whatevr u wanna say but d reality is dat
    srk is d best nd all u sallu fan club wale r just jealous
    of this fact nd r always saying negative thngs abt srk
    n his movies…!!!

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