Glorious run of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ is coming to an end and Ranbir Kapoor has missed entering the 200 crore club by a mere 10 odd crores. Now that’s still a feat, very huge one at that, as until now only Aamir Khan (3 Idiots) had scored a double century and Salman Khan (Ek Tha Tiger) had come precariously close to that.
While one waits to see who would score the next double century, it can be comfortably stated that top superstars indeed have a task in hand. Though Salman Khan won’t really be competing with others due to no release this year, there are huge expectations from Shahrukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan to deliver before the end of year.
Shahrukh Khan (Chennai Express)
His last three films have been 100 crore grossers. However when it comes to ‘Baadshah Khan’, the challenge is to create records than match or meet the ones set by others. It has been a while since he had the topmost grossing film of the year against his name. While competition is going to be immense this year too, there is a lot riding on ‘Chennai Express’. The film appears safe but that is the least of what one expects from Shahrukh Khan. There has to be more, a lot more!
Akshay Kumar (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara)
It was a dream 2012 for Akshay with the only downer being ‘Joker’. For someone who plays in volumes, there have been a few 100 crore affairs and others in the 70-80 crores range in the recent past. However, ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again’ isn’t one of those many films in a year which means expectations are tremendous. His first hardcore commercial film of the year, there are special results expected from the film.
Ajay Devgn (Satyagraha)
Post ‘Himmatwala’, Ajay needs to have a biggie against his name. The good part though is that just like Akshay Kumar, even Ajay plays in volumes. While this means that he can afford to have a stray flop or two against his name in the middle of some average and excellent performing films, ‘Satyagraha’ is special since it brings him back with Prakash Jha in a role which is central to the affairs. With big names like Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor in there, he has a commercial set up in place which is waiting to be exploited.
Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3)
If there is one film which is expected to be next in line to break into the 200 crore club, it is ‘Krrish 3’. The film has everything going for it and with good enough awareness around it already, ‘Krrish 3’ could release in a month from now and still emerge a huge success. It’s release timing is just right too and with advantage of a long Diwali holiday season and Rakesh Roshan at the helm of affairs, Hrithik can well be assured of a biggie up his sleeves.
Aamir Khan (Dhoom 3)
Other than ‘Krrish 3’, it is ‘Dhoom 3’ which would definitely be eyeing the 200 crore club. For Aamir Khan, it would also be redemption of sorts since his much hyped ‘Talaash’ couldn’t quite cover the distance last year. Aamir, who was the first to score a century (Ghajini) and then a double century (Dhoom 3), could well be dreaming further higher up for ‘Dhoom 3’. While one waits to hear about those numbers, for now he and his fans & followers would be content with a 200 crore affair.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder
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