Time for yet another ‘Question and Answer’ session. In the last 7 days, we have received a record 3000+ questions related to Shahrukh Khan’s Fan. Most were about release dates and others were about VFX.
We answer 5 questions from our readers, do read. You can also ask your questions using the form at the bottom of the article.
Q. “Sir, Is Fan going to release this year? As YRF has delayed Fan release date due to heavy VFX work, what kind of VFX we can expect? It’s a double role but we’re not quite sure of the genre of the film!” another reader ‘Sibaram Sabar from Odisha’ asks “What could be the reason to push the release date again & again of SRK starrer FAN?”
A. FAN was indefinitely postponed, Yash Raj Films doesn’t have a release date yet. It was previously announced for release on August 14th. All other release dates of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ etc was pure speculation. As for the VFX, Shahrukh Khan is most probably playing a much younger character in the film. The younger look will be achieved with visual effects. In fact, in one interview, SRK himself said that he’s playing a 17 year old in FAN. Later denied it. There have been quite a few slip-ups, but YRF are very secretive and rightly so. FAN will be very different, a film that will pleasantly surprise the audience and SRK fans. Too many leaks will spoil the fun.
Q. SRK produced Happy New Year and it earned over Rs 350 crores worldwide. Does SRK take most of that home? How is collection of movies divided and be profitable for everyone? Who is everyone? – Indu
A. Shahrukh Khan produced ‘Happy New Year’ and Yash Raj Films distributed it. We don’t really have any idea about their mutual contract, they are close friends after all, so it was all in-house. But we will try to keep it simple and explain so that you can better understand how it works. The figure of Rs 350 crore is the worldwide gross. From this amount, the entertainment taxes and exhibitor share (money that the theatres get for screening the film) will be deducted. So after deducting everything, the share what SRK / Yash Raj Films get from the film is around Rs 146 crore (theatrical business only). This does not include satellite rights, music rights, home video, shooting subsidies etc.
Q. Will any film clash with Diwale? Is it a wise decision to clash against a Shahrukh Khan film? – Sunitha
A. Currently, Bajirao Mastani is also scheduled to release on the same date as ‘Dilwale’. Recently, in an interview, Ranveer Singh re-confirmed the same. Is it a wise decision? Well, we all know what happened when ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Saawariya’ clashed. It’s not just about Shahrukh’s presence, but the genre of the two films too. Generally, people tend to like commercial entertainers with a huge star cast, action and good music. Also, budget-wise, the risk factor is too high. And no, you don’t clash with a commercial Shahrukh Khan film. He doesn’t like it, especially when it’s his own production!
Q. What will be the opening day collections of Bajrangi Bhaijaan? Your predictions were almost 95% correct. What will be the first weekend, first week and life time collection prediction of Bajrangi Bhaijaan? – Joseph
A. Our predictions are updated everyday. Our final predictions for the opening day i.e #IndicineFBO are updated a day before release. We first post predictions after the trailer is released, then we update it depending on how well the music is received. Having said that, Bajrangi Bhaijaan should easily take the biggest opening of the year. If the trailer is good, it could even be 30 crore plus during Pre-Eid.
Q. Isn’t it too early to brand Bombay Velvet as flop? I mean it did started with low occupancy but how can a film be marked as flop just within two days of its release? – Sanket Vyas (Question was asked 3 days ago).
A. Be rest assured that we are very careful before giving the lowest verdicts (i.e flop or disaster) to films. Only when it has absolutely no chance of recovering costs, do we call a film a failure. Like we said in one of our daily box office reports, Bombay Velvet was a disaster on Friday morning itself. The film had to open at around 50-60% and grow from there. Instead the occupancy was around the same level as films like Shamitabh. Also, the reports from theatres was negative.
Q. I am a Siddharth Malhotra fan and I usually see that when it come to Brothers, you and everybody call it Akshay Kumar’s Brothers. Agreed that Akshay is a superstar, but still Siddharth also can give 15 cr+ opening and 100 crore movie, then why is he not considered as a main lead? Please answer Indicine – Vicky
A. The film belongs to everyone – Director Karan Malhotra, Producer Karan Johar, Akshay Kumar, Sidharth Malhotra, Jacqueline Fernandes and all others who are creatively involved in the project. So Brothers is Sidharth’s too. But when it comes to the 15 crore opening of Ek Villain, it wasn’t only because of his presence. Ek Villain took a fantastic opening because of chartbuster music, Mohit Suri (just after Aashiqui 2), trailer worked big time and the fresh pairing of Sidharth and Shraddha. Sid is a promising star, but has a long way before he can even guarantee a 10 crore opening on his own. His previous release ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ opened at 4 crore.
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