By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Will Salman Khan’s upcoming Jai Ho break the Rs 300-crore mark? Trade analysts and film personalities opine.
Anonymous: “I saw the film at a trial. Both the pre and post interval halves have that jolt that dhakka that makes you sit up and watch when you are least expecting any kind of upheaval. That is the USP. Salman’s presence is ekdum dhamaakedar. My verdict. It’d be bigger than Ek Tha Tiger but not as big as Dabangg. Eros would find it hard to recover the money they paid Sohail for the film.
Vashu Bhagnani: “I have not forgotten the stupendous opening Salman got for my Biwi No.1.Jai Ho would definitely open very well.Salman has the full public support. His ardent fan-base would definitely go see the film. It should cross the 300-crore mark specially seeing the number of screens it’s being released on.”
Vindoo Dara Singh: “I am a big Salman supporter.I think it will touch the 300-core mark. It seems to be a film made for our times with good politicians and bad politicians. The bad politicians need to be wiped out . Besides the film’s topicality his fan-base is amazingly strong. They would never let him down.This is his first release in 16 months.Salman ke fans bhookhe hain.”
Taran Adarsh: “Jai Ho Should open very very well, thanks to Salman’s star-power and also his absence from the screen for an entire year. The craze for the film is building up with each passing day. As far as making Rs 300 crores goes, that would depend entirely on the strength of the content.”
Amod Mehra: “As Salman is enjoying such a huge fan-following, a bumper opening is assured. However the promos and music are dull. Reaching Rs 200 crores may prove to be a Herculean task.”