Hrit-Kat’s bang bang! scorches box office

He values critics’ opinion but at the same time Hrithik Roshan says that surprisingly all the movies which opened to mixed reviews managed to gross over Rs.100 crore. Happy and contented, the star now plans to have at least two films in a year.

Case in point is his just released Bang Bang, which banged the box office by earning Rs.200 crore in just five days despite not so overwhelming response from the critics.

It not only had a tremendous run at the box office, but also minted Rs.201.51 crore in five days.

‘Every opinion matters to me personally. Whichever films have crossed Rs.100 crore in Indian cinema has got mixed reviews, so I respect them,’ he said. Although the box office was not too crowded when Bang Bang came out, it had to share the space with Haider. The grim and gritty tale was in total contrast to Hrithik’s typical pot-boiler laden with flying bullets, racing cars, etc. So far, most of his successes came from his father and filmmaker Rakesh Roshan’s stable.

But this Sidharth Anand’s directorial venture, which has been produced by Fox Star Studios at a budge of Rs.140 crore, broke the opening day record of Krrish 3 by earning Rs. 27.54 crore on the first day.

And the success brings satisfaction for Hrithik. ‘We did not increase the ticket prize, our film was not a solo release and still it has surpassed the collections of Krrish 3, so I am very happy,’ said the 40-year-old.

Asked what is his father’s reaction on Bang Bang surpassing the box office collection of Krrish, he said: ‘I am very happy, but I don’t know what my father is thinking.’

‘It’s a one step ahead for me and it’s a growth. Start has been great, it crossed Rs.100 crore mark and that’s a big victory.’

What adds to his joy is that his children - sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan - have given it a thumbs up. ‘I wanted my children to like the film. They were so excited that I had to prepare them before making them watch the film’. Known for being choosy and taking a break after each film, Hrithik has changed the rules now.
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