There may be the Badshah and Mr Perfectionist in Bollywood but when it comes to the box office, no one can beat Salman Khan, proved yet again on the opening day of his latest release Kick.
Slotted for 30 shows in the city, including Cinepolis (17), Regent Fun Cinemas (5) Mona (5) and Elphinstone (3), the action packed thriller became the highest grosser in Patna according to first-day collections. It has also surpassed the earlier collection of films released during Id. Till now, Chennai Express was the highest grosser at Rs 16,85,786 but the Salman-Jacqueline combo has managed to upset SRK’s cake by raking in Rs 23,62,548 on Day-I.
“In Bihar, Salman Khan movies are always good and bring good business. I always try to get his movies but I don’t succeed all the time. He has got a huge fan following and people are crazy to watch his films. Even before the release of the film, people had decided that it was a must-watch. The film was a hit before its release and it was evident from the advance bookings. In Bihar, the film has released in 190 screens,” said Arun Mehra of Aum Moviez, the distributor of Kick in the state, who had rights of Dabangg 2 in 2012.
With the first-day collection, the film has become the highest grosser in Patna beating other movies released during Id like Chennai Express, Ek Tha Tiger, Bodyguard and Dabangg. It has collected nearly three times than what Dabangg brought home.
“Day by day, the Salman craze is increasing. Right from Chulbul Pandey (Dabangg) to Devil (Kick), he just gets better. The audience goes mad when they see him on the 70mm. Before Id, he has got his Idi from the audience, “said Suman Kumar Sinha, chairman-cum-managing director of Regent Theatre Pvt. Ltd. According to tradition, Idi is a gift given by elders to junior members of the family on Id. It is generally in the form of cash.
Salman plays the role of Devi Lal Singh (Devil) whose only aim in life is to get a kick in whatever he does. Interestingly, the lack of commitment towards his career, forces Shaina (Jacqueliine) to leave him. There is also a dedicated cop Himanshu played by Randeep Hooda who is troubled with continuous robbery by Devil. At end of film, both Shaina and Himanshu come to know that Devi and Devil are the same person. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has played the negative role in the film and people appreciated his acting.
Overall, it was a movie for Salman’s fans, who shouted and screamed in the theatre on top of their voices. “Every time, he looks more handsome with age. I don’t think any other actor can match his style of dancing and the hilarious dialogues he uses in the film. I cannot get off my eyes off him, he is a superhero,” said Roshni Kumari, a student of Patna Women’s College, after watching the movie at Cinepolis.
The biggest whistles, however, was reserved for Sallu’s dialogue Main dil mein aata hoon, samajh mein nahin (I enter hearts, but can’t be understood).