'Dabangg 2' gets fantastic opening at the box-office

Dabangg 2” was under a lot of pressure, as all eyes were set on whether this Salman Khan film is able to break all records of “Ek Tha Tiger”- the highest grosser of all times. Interestingly, both these films are of Salman Khan, thus establishing the fact that Salman is his only competition.

“Dabangg 2” released on the 21st of December, an unlikely date for a Salman Khan film, as he always chooses Eid over any other release date. With this film Arbaaz Khan has debuted as a director. The film’s plot has been written by Dilip Shukla.

Arbaaz had earlier specified that only his brother could play Chulbul Pandey, whereas Salman said modestly, “Chulbul is a larger-than-life character, a hero. Any of the other Khans could have been in my shoes”.

When he was asked about the fate of this film, he had said, “The audience decides how big a hit each film is going to be. I just ensure that I continue to do ‘hero’ characters, because I know everyone goes into the theatre to see a winner. No one roots for a loser.”

“Dabangg” was set in a village of Uttar Pradesh however this film is set in the metropolitan cities. The sequel presents Chulbul Pandey associating with the elite but it also shows him hold his simplistic values.

The first installment of this film had Malaika Arora Khan perform on “Munni badnaam hui”. This film also has Kareena perform on the item number “Fevicol se”. This song has garnered more interest than ever.

Sonu Sood had earlier been part of “Dabangg” and was also chosen to play the villain in its sequel but then he cited date issues and opted out.

This film is made with a budget of 50 crores, and has been released in 3000 screens all over. After two big releases “Jab Tak hai Jaan” and “Talaash”, all the attention was on “Dabangg 2” to see how well it fares at the box-office.

All the theatres in the north and south of India, be it single screens or multiplexes, are running packed houses. The first-day records have not been a smash hit like “Ek Tha Tiger”, but has been the second biggest opener of all times. Its box-office collections have been around the figures that “Agneepath” had set. It had scored this year 23 crores.

Trade analyst, Taran Adarsh, tweeted "#RowdyRathore holds record for being biggest opener on a non-holiday Fri [15.1 cr]. #Dabangg2 should be 20 cr +, might even touch 23-25 cr."