Arms Act case verdict: Rs 200 crore riding on Salman Khan

Since his 1999 superhit ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, the authorities and Salman Khan have been close together - though it hasn’t exactly been friendship between the two. The actor probably didn’t know how much danger, the endangered deer could put him into. Salman is waiting for 3rd March – or might be wishing that it never comes! The Arms Act case verdict has been delayed until 3rd March. Salman is not the only one wishing that things go in his favor on the judgment day. Besides his uncountable well wishers, the filmmakers too hope for the best. After all, the success of their film heavily depends upon Salman.

The actor is done with the shooting of Kabir Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. Though Kabir might not need to worry, with the shooting wrapped up and all, Sooraj Barjatya is one who should definitely be concerned. Salman is currently filming for the Sooraj Barjatya directorial ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. He is in Gondal, near Rajkot for this purpose. Other than the shooting, Barjatya no doubt has his eyes on the court’s decision. The shooting is still to be completed and the 3rd of March is near at hand.

With these two films alone, the actor has a whopping Rs 150 crore riding on him! But this is not all. Salman has signed some other films too, and this accounts for another Rs 50 crores. So together, it amounts to a massive Rs 200 crore. Komal Nahta, the Bollywood trade analyst, did the math, “If you take Rs 75 crore each for these two films, it comes to a total of Rs 150 crore. And then if you add another Rs 50 crore for the projects that he has signed, it comes to Rs 200 crore. There is some amount of tension but the actor has the option to further appeal his case.”

But the 200 crore might just be the minimum. Looking at Salman’s history, it is easy to guess what mark his upcoming films might cross- 100 crores. Both ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ may join the 100 crore club. Since the 2010 film ‘Dabangg’, Salman has enjoyed a flood of his films winning the 100 crore race. The last year ‘Kick’ raked in more than 231 crores. ‘Dabangg 2’ grossed 157 crores- but these are just two examples. With the gigantic 200 crore riding on Salman, it would be interesting to see whether the court is concerned about the big money or about justice.