The last time a festive Salman Khan release was NOT a blockbuster was when ‘Wanted’ released during Eid 2009! Since then, the superstar has released 6 films during one of the three major festivals (Eid, Diwali, Christmas) and all 6 films have gone on to be blockbusters or better.
5 of those films (Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Kick, Bajrangi Bhaijaan) released during Eid and one film (Dabangg 2, arguably his ‘smallest’ blockbuster) released during the Christmas weekend.
Interestingly, no Salman Khan film in the last 6 years has released during Diwali. The last film that released for Diwali was ‘London Dreams’ in 2009.
Why are we talking about this now? Well, the kind of response that ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ has received both in India and Overseas, has taken the pre-release expectations from ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ to an altogether different level. The film is by far the hottest in trade circles and there are realistic expectations that the Sooraj Barjatya directed film will take a much bigger opening than the Kabir Khan classic.
Also, the Rajshri directed film reunites Khan with Barjatya, the director-actor duo of all-time grossers like ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’ and ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’. What sort of response will ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ get?
Meanwhile, Anupam Kher has completed shooting for the film. He tweeted a few pictures.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) July 29, 2015