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Jai Salman, fans hail big Friday release

- Will one Khan beat another, wonder Bolly lovers as Aamir’s Dhoom 3 sets a record of records

Superstar Aamir Khan calls fellow superstar Salman Khan the bigger star. With Aamir’s Dhoom 3 becoming Indian cinema’s biggest blockbuster, every film buff in India, including Jharkhand is curious to see if Salman-starrer Jai Ho, releasing Friday, will steal its thunder.

On January 6, Yashraj Films issued a statement saying Dhoom 3 was officially the first Indian film to “cross Rs 500 crore worldwide”, making it a tough act to follow for all Bollywood superstars.

Salman, the founder of the Rs 100-crore club that rewrote Bollywood trade volumes and box-office equations, will have Jai Ho as his first release after Dabangg 2 (2012).

The film, directed and produced by brother Sohail Khan, will see Salman pair up with debutante Daisy Shah. Acclaimed actress Tabu plays his sister.

A remake of Telugu flick Stalin, Jai Ho is the story of Major Jai Agnihotri, played by Salman, who creates a people’s movement. It may strike the right chord with the aam aadmi in an election year. Promos and songs are already a hit on TV and YouTube.

In Ranchi, advance booking for Jai Ho started from Wednesday evening, with 200-400 tickets booked at each of the four multiplexes — Popkorn, Glitz, Eylex and Fun Cinemas. All the plexes will screen between 10-16 shows.

“Salman is the biggest crowd-puller,” said Prakash Kumar Sinha, an executive of Popkorn Cinemas at Galaxia Mall on Ratu Road. “We will have 10 shows daily.” Love Kumar, manager of Glitz at GD High Street Mall, said demand was “awesome”. “We will altogether have 16 shows,” he added.

Manager of Fun Cinemas at Spring City Mall, Hinoo Vimal Kumar, said they would screen 14 shows. “It will be a super-duper hit,” he said.

Jamshedpur theatres also started advance booking from Wednesday.

“Advance booking was stronger for Dhoom 3. But Salman films always have a craze,” Amrita Kumari, assistant manager of Eylex Fun N Films, said.

Payal Cinema will screen five shows from 9.15am onwards; GT Cinema will screen four from 11am, while the city’s sole multiplex Eylex will screen 14 shows from 10am.

In Dhanbad, Puja Talkies, Ray Talkies, Inox multiplex and Deshbandhu Cinema Hall (Jharia) are all gearing up for Jai Ho. Gopal Agarwal, owner of Deshbandhu Cinema Hall, said: “We have over 30 per cent advance booking for the first day at our 600-seater. Salman’s name is enough to sell a film.”

Jamshedpur resident Tuli Sengupta, who works in XLRI, agreed. “I never miss a Salman film. I don’t care about the story but Salman should be there,” said the associate for global MBA programme.

Is Salman the biggest Khan today? Tell ttkhand@abpmail.com


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