As November 8 approaches, there is one question in the minds of every Bollywood fan - will Aamir Khan manage to beat the collections of his Dangal with his upcoming movie, Thugs of Hindostan? With every entertainer released, Aamir has managed to beat the collections of his previous film, with Dangal currently being the highest grossing Bollywood film in India, as well as the highest grossing Indian film worldwide. Thugs of Hindostan Music Review: Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Katrina Kaif's Film Deserves a More Epic Score.
So what about Thugs of Hindostan? Does the period saga, seemingly inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean series, has in it to beat Dangal? The movie does have a lot for the fans of masala entertainers. It has Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan coming together for the first time and the action scenes look good, even if inspired. Katrina Kaif is in a sizzling avatar and the theme of pirates vs British is something novel for purists of Hindi cinema. Good News for Aamir Khan! Thugs of Hindostan Will Release in Pakistan Without Any Cuts.
However, the trailer and songs have only managed to eke mixed reactions. Also, the budget of the film is quite high and the movie needs to make at least Rs 250 crore to call itself profitable. To its advantage, Thugs of Hindostan doesn't have any major competition from Bollywood (in South, it faces Thalapathy Vijay's Sarkar). Also the advantage of being released during the Diwali holidays. With ticket prices being on the higher range, the trade experts are predicting a Rs 30-35 crore opening day collections for Thugs of Hindostan.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, trade expert Akshaye Rathi has this to say, "First, the day after Diwali is always considered the best day of the year for the release of a film. Second, look at the elements that have come together in this film: Aamir, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina, YRF, the spectacle – all of these put together make it a very exciting package for people to come and watch in cinemas. Third, the ticket price that the movie would be fetching will be among the highest that has ever been for any Hindi movie. That will eventually give the film a spike in the figures to come. By Saturday, it will easily run past the 100 crore mark." Quite manageable!
The question, though, still remains about whether TOH can beat Dangal. To which Akshaye replied, "The elements that have come together for Thugs of Hindostan, they totally stand a chance to go beyond Dangal. But it eventually depends on how the audience reacts to the content. If the story is elusive and entertaining enough and the people have a good time watching it, I certainly think it can go beyond Dangal. God forbid if the film suffers at the level of the story and the script, then it may become an uphill task."
So what do you think, folks? Can Thugs of Hindostan live upto Aamir Khan's box office streak and turn out to be Bollywood's highest grossing film of all time? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.