The year 2018 proved to be a bumpy ride for Bollywood films
in Pakistan. Two of the biggest films of the year were released in 2018 i.e. Aamir
Khan starrer Thugs of Hindostan and Shahrukh Khan starrer Zero. Both the films
were ambitious high budgeted projects with sleek VFX. Both the films also had a
hugely talented star studded cast and much acclaimed film makers. However, Thugs
of Hindostan and Aanand L Rai’s film Zero failed miserably in their domestic
markets while they also underperformed in Pakistan.
This Boxoffice debacle came as a huge shock while the Khans met with immense criticism from prominent critics. This year, Ranveer Singh emerged as the saving grace for Bollywood films. The Rohit Shetty film Simmba featured Ranveer Singh alongside Sara Ali Khan. The actor gave a full on entertainer in form of Simmba which is still running in cinemas. The film beat Zero within 16 days of its release. The SRK starrer had released a week before with a strong opening but began to see a drastic fall as soon as Simmba hit the cinemas.
So far the film has raked estimated 19.15 crore at the box office. It will soon hit the 20 crore mark by the Weekend beating both the Khan films with ease. This will make Ranveer the only actor to have two films which cashed in 20 crore at the box office within the same year. Previously, Ranveer Singh Padmaavat ruled the cinemas. The film starred the adorable pairing of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. The film raked in 20 Cr and rightly so. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film was a cinematic marvel.
Ranveer Singh has set a first of its kind record in Pakistan by giving two hits within one year! Padmavaat and Simmba marked the rise Ranveer Singh’s stardom in Pakistan with a bang while also setting a record for Ranveer Singh.
In fact Ranveer Singh is the only actor who has managed to give two 20 Cr achievers within a year, neither a Lollywood nor a Hollywood star has been able to set this record in Pakistan. Pakistani super star Humayaun Saeed has given several hits. His films have made records of being the highest grossing films in Pakistan however even Humayun Saeed has not been able to give 2 hits that breach the 20cr mark in the same year.
Ranveer Singh’s upcoming film, Gully Boy is also showing promise. The film stars Alia Bhatt alongside him. Unlike Simmba, this film targets a niche audience. The film is based on street rappers and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In comparison, Simmba was a commercial film laden with fun, masala, emotions and inculcated a typical filmy hero that targeted the masses.
Gully Boy is still anticipated to take a good start as
Ranveer Singh has now made his mark. His star power is anticipated to pull the
masses to the cinemas once again. The film may not be able to maintain its hold
due to its content, however we are yet to find that out! Film’s content will
have a determining impact on its performance. So far, by assessing how Ranveer
Singh’s performance has been in Pakistan, the film is anticipated to do well.