News|September 2, 2011 11:29 am

Bodyguard turning out to be a big hit

Salman Khan, film bodyguard opened with housefull theatres.He might be away in the US undergoing surgery for his nerve problem, but he’s got his Eidi from his audiences. The actor’s Bodyguard is turning out to be such a hit across the country that tradesmiths peg the initial numbers at 20 per cent more than his biggest blockbuster, Dabangg.
Before the day ended, talk was that the film would net at least Rs 18 crore on the first day. And that’s R 3.5 crore more than Dabangg’s first day figures.
Calling it “mind-boggling and earth-shattering,” trade analyst Komal Nahta attributes it to a heady combination of Salman and Eid. Not to forget, a dearth of releases during Ramzaan. “Only Aakarshan released, but that didn’t do well. So audience is hungry for a Bodyguard kind of entertainer. The five-day weekend will generate at least R 60 crore net, and that is a record,” he enthuses.

Indore-based distributor Aditya Choksey is optimistic that the film will break all possible records in most of India. “It’s a remake of a proven south Indian film, so the subject has worked in regional cinema. But for the Hindi version, 90 per cent of the audiences will go for Salman,” he says.

“Salman is larger than life, people want entertainment and he delivers. Reports might be mixed, but even Amitabh Bachchan’s films got mixed reports. Nonetheless, they went on to become big hits. And that’s happening with Salman’s films, too,” he further adds.