Is Ranbir Kapoor in the Top 3 after Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani?

5 questions by Indicine readers answered by Film Critic and Trade Analyst Joginder Tuteja

Q. Is Ranbir in Top 3 now after the super success of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? – Shruti

If one looks at the kind of reach he has managed to show with ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, it is tempting to place him in Top-3. However, there are so many other factors involved before an actor can consolidate his positioning amongst the bigwigs. While consistency is of course one major factor, it is also the kind of business that an actor brings to industry as a whole which makes him tower over anyone else. Fortunately for the industry, there are men in the Top 3 who have been doing quite well for more than 20 years with their current run being terrific. Ranbir is doing quite well but would have to wait for the crown.

Q. What would be the opening of Chennai Express and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara? – Rizwan Khan

With the clash being prevented and both films arriving on a holiday, sky is the limit for both films to open exceedingly well. It is still early days to put a number against the opening day or weekend though since only theatrical promos are out yet and songs are yet to be unveiled, except for a bit or two. It can be safely said though that Eid record of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (33 crores) would be most definitely challenged by Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Chennai Express’. As for ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara’, it would be the second best opening ever for a film released on the Independence Day (last being ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ itself).

Q. How is the response to Satyagraha teaser? – Nakul

It has been ordinary. Since the entire revolution angle, which is (currently) the USP of the film has died down (post Anna Hazare’s disappearance), need of the hour is to bring in newer angles to the film’s promotion. These are still early days though and it is possible to bring a huge turnaround since there are quite a few strong pillars (Prakash Jha, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpai, Arjun Rampal) that the film enjoys. Once the theatrical promo is unveiled, there could be a huge perception change in the offering.

Q. Is Aditya Roy Kapur in big league now? Especially since he has been signed by YRF? – Kavitha

These are early days to make any such declarations. Yes, he has obviously taken huge strands from the ‘supporting actor’ tag that he had against his name since his ‘London Dreams’, ‘Action Replayy’ and ‘Guzaarish’ days. Blockbuster success of (particularly) ‘Aashiqui 2’ and (bonus) ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ has brought to him the kind of recognition that is truly well deserving. In fact Yash Raj signing him for a film is an icing on the cake. Now if he manages to score a success in that and also bags at least two or three more solo hero films, he would indeed be in the big league.

Q. I just heard that Roshans have moved Krrish 3 to 4th Nov as it is Diwali on 3rd. Will that help the movie? – Zubeir

First and foremost the final release date of ‘Krrish 3’ is not yet decided. It is all hearsay and Roshans are yet to close on one. Releasing the film on Diwali i.e. 3rd November is definitely not a good move. Though the film will still enjoy the best Diwali day ever, it would not be a record making day by any distance. In the times when so much business is driven based on screaming headlines around ‘Best Day’, ‘Best weekend’, ‘Best holiday release opening’ etc., it would be sacrilege for a biggie like ‘Krrish 3’ to aim for anything lesser. The film should release on either 4th November or even better, on Friday i.e. 8th November.



  • everyone forgot that ett firstday record was on independence day not on eid.
    eids best opening was 21cr by bodygaurd and its already beaten by hrithik (ap)
    no chance for ce to do 33cr in first day.
    if ouatimd manages 3500 screens like ett ,sure it will break ett record.
    just it is over estimating srk.nothing is possible with him

  • What will be the business of krrish 3 if it releases on 1st november i.e. Friday? Will it be helpful to make a record?

  • Ranbir still has to wait fr anthr 10 yrs to b in tp 3.
    At dat tym he wll compete wid-
    a) aditya roy kapur
    b)sushant singh c)ranveer singh d)varun dhawan e)siddharth malhotra

  • 1.Opening fr CE will dfntly be in 27 – 33 crores and
    2.opening fr OUATIMD wll be 20-25 crores.still it lrgly dpnd on hw mny scrns it wll gt after the rlease of CE.

  • ranbir is an overrated over-actor he himself confessed that media make him a superstar
    much ado about nothing
    its just a typhoon in a cup
    as they say which soon will fade away the same as hrithik roshans post kaho na pyar hai craze

  • Everyone is chasing Aamir khan’s “3 idiots” lifetime collections record and Salman khan’s opening day record but only “Dhoom 3” and “Krrish 3” has potential to break these records this year.

  • no chance…dis year belongs to amir
    if mental will release dis year then salman will take d first position

  • One film blockbuster doesn’t means that he in top 3 position. The top 3 postion is for srk, salman and amir. They gained their position level so high that anyone can’t take it after one or two blockbuster. But it can be said that he will be in top 3 position after 3 khans retire.

  • right now ranbir is in the second place after salman. but after the release of CE, K3, and Dhoom 3 he will be at 5th place after 3 khans and hrithik.

  • After the yjhd sucess ranbeer should be in top 3 because he give three top class movie rockstar, barfi and yjhd and he is defiently in top 3
    currentely top 5 star
    1. Salman
    2. Ranbeer
    3. Akshaya
    4. Ajay
    5. Hritik

  • No. .now even top 3 are 1.salman 2.hrithik 3.srk. . .though ranbir is my 3rd fav actor,but 1 movie cant change . . Well,he is at fifth now if amir is in 4th. .

  • I want to clear first that c.e don,t brake ett first day box office record and it also failed to brake agnepath record and after the yjhd sucess ranbeer would be in top 3 clearly no dout

  • The top 4 actors are Aamir, Salman, Hrithik and Akshay, not in any particular order ofcourse. For one to mention that these 4 superstars have had BIG Blockbusters and potential upcoming Blockbusters in an understatement…! Next few years will see the aforementioned biggies have many Big Releases so I cant see their ranking slide down.
    For me Ranbir is in 5th position now and well ahead of any other actor. Next few years Ranbir has big releases and I feel ‘Besharam’, ‘Bombay Velvet’, Anurag Basus next will only cement his place in the top 5 as these films dont look ordinary films but each looks unique which suits Ranbir as of now. His USP is his diversity in accepting challenging roles and excelling in them. Good luck Ranbir.

  • I fear for Srk though as the Titanic Mans Career is sinking without a trace. His position in the Top 5 was gone years ago before his memory loss act in JTHJ and nowadays Srk is being offered father roles in movies like Chennai Depress where he plays a 40 year old cradle snatcher…! :-(
    My fear is John Abraham and Aditya Roy Kapoor with their recent success and upcoming releases will evict Srk from the Top 10…!
    Its possible so what all Srkians need to do is conduct another online poll and by working together can create enough IDs to ensure King scrapes past Shahid Kapoor and reclaims Tenth Spot…! :-P

  • to be frank ,star rankinbg now
    .it will change after the release of ouatimd.and akshay will be no2.again

  • @boss now i undestand you are a srk hater. Ce release 3500plus screen and universal film, it should break ett 33cr record. Ce get 7days free run but ouatimd face compitition 1st week by ce and 2nd week by sattagraha. So stop sprade negativity about ce. Mark my words ce col 140cr in 1st week, if ce failed then i realise that ranbir replace srk and rite now top3 actor
    1 salman
    2 aamir
    3 ranbir
    now lets see can srk join top3 position with ce?

  • those who saying from one movie ranbir can’t be no.1, they have forgotten that for aamir it only took one huge hit (gajini) to become no. 1 and salman became no.1 after a huge hit dabangg. and the only thing which keeps ranbir away from being the no.1 is salman’s back to back 5 blockbuster streak.

  • Krrish 3 on November 4! That’s a non-holiday. Such a biggie should be definitely released on a holiday.

  • Chennai Express can break ETT’s opening!! Oh wait, it is quite difficult.
    My predictions: Less than 25 cr opening.

  • Ranbir gave a blockbuster after 7 years from when his career started.
    SRK gave an ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER film within 4 years of his career.

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