Dangal shows Aamir Khan is Bollywood's biggest superstar, not SRK, Salman Khan

When his films release, they set a new record at the box office.

 |  2-minute read |   13-01-2017
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Hardly any fans are spotted outside Aamir Khan’s house trying to catch a glimpse of the actor or taking selfies as often seen at Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan’s residences. He has fewer followers on Twitter compared to the abovementioned actors. And yet when an Aamir Khan film releases, it sets a new record at the box office. Ghajini led to the launch of the Rs 100 crore club. Three Idiots was the first to cross Rs 200 crore mark. PK hit a new milestone of Rs 300 crore.

Dangal surpassed PK to become the highest-earning film of all-time, taking only 17 days to cross Rs 340.8 crore. It’s also the first film to enter the Rs 350 crore club. Dangal’s performance beckons the question: will it take another Aamir Khan-starrer to set a new record of Rs 400 crore? Aamir’s next big film comes in December 2018. The stakes are high for that project which sees Khan and Amitabh Bachchan collaborate for the first time. Surely, many will flock to see two of India’s finest actors together.

dangal_011317061909.jpg When an Aamir Khan film releases, it sets a new record at the box office. [Photo: Indiatoday.in]

Enough has been said and written about how Aamir is a perfectionist. But in that label what is often not mentioned is how hardworking he is. And this goes beyond the physical transformation for the part. This was an Aamir Khan production which meant that Khan looks into each and every aspect of the film. Khan took composer Pritam and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya to his holiday home in Panchgani to brainstorm, which is where the latter came up with the words for the hugely enjoyable ‘Haanikarak Bapu’. While meeting him on set in Ludhiana, Khan spoke of how a film can fall apart if not edited well. No wonder then the editor Ballu Saluja was working during the shoot. Director Nitesh Tiwari mentioned how he had not met an actor who knew as much about camera angles as much as Khan did.

It’s this involvement that has seen Dangal enjoy the outstanding success it has. Watching the film on in a single screen in Kottayam, Kerala, where the audience laughed, clapped and cheered enthusiastically, and many shed tears, there is no denying the universal appeal of Aamir’s Dangal.

(Courtesy: Mail Today)

Also read - Will Dangal become Bollywood's biggest blockbuster by earning Rs 400 crore?


Suhani Singh Suhani Singh @suhani84

The writer is Senior Associate Editor, India Today.

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