Rohith Shetty’s Golmaal Again has earned more than Rs 150 crore worldwide in less than a week. The multi-starrer is perhaps the first horror-comedy that has entered the Rs 100-crore club.
As we all know, Bollywood has not been churning out money-spinners this year. Be it Salman Khan’s Tubelight or Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, superstars have not been able to hit the jackpot, proving time and again that content is king. However, Golmaal Again has broken the dry spell, and has given Bollywood the much-needed respite.
Speaking exclusively to India Today Television, Ajay Devgn analyses the pattern of flops in 2017. He said, “There’s no such good film which hasn’t worked. If the film is good, it’ll work. Take for instance, a film like Baahubali. For the North belt, it didn’t have known stars, it didn’t have great music, and it has crossed Rs 500 crore in Hindi. You can’t get more commercial than Baahubali. It’s a completely commercial film. You can compare it to a Mahabharata, to a Ramayana. It’s completely melodrama, so how can you turn around and say it doesn’t work anymore? Golmaal Again proves just that.”
While Aamir Khan more often than not has claimed the Christmas holidays for the release of his films, Salman Khan is synonymous for an Eid treat. However, Diwali has undoubtedly been dominated by Ajay Devgn. Be it his Golmaal series, All the Best, Shivaay or Son of Sardaar, Devgn lights up the Diwali for his fans. This year was no different, with Golmaal Again proving to be a firecracker. However, the actor confessed that it isn’t a conscious decision.
“There’s always a time for a film. You don’t decide you want to come on Diwali every year, you decide whether this film is a Diwali release and will you be ready by Diwali, will you have to sit long or rush, all that is taken into consideration, it’s not that you need to mark a date. This year also, when we started the film, Diwali wasn’t decided. We thought, if we are ready, we will come on Diwali, and luckily we got the space, otherwise, 2.0 was to release on Diwali, Rohit had decided not to clash with that film, so it wasn’t that we have to come on Diwali. 2.0 didn’t get completed, it got delayed and the space opened up and we got lucky,” he said.
This year, Golmaal Again released alongside Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar, but Ajay isn’t a stranger to box office clashes. Last year, Ajay Devgn’s directorial Shivaay was pitted against Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and it is no secret that their clash turned ugly. There was bloodbath before their arrival, daggers were drawn, which led to attacks and counter-attacks galore, so much so that Karan Johar stopped talking to his good friend Kajol, after Ajay accused KJo for sabotaging his film in the media.
Back in 2012, Devgn’s Son of Sardaar, co-starring Sonakshi Sinha, was up against legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra’s swan song, Jab Tak Hai Jaan. “You cannot avoid clashes,” Ajay Devgn clarifies, adding, “There are 52 weeks, and we churn out more than 300-400 films a year, you have to clash with someone or the other. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. If you have to clash because you don’t have a choice, then it might as well be on a holiday period, because both the films can benefit.”
So what next for the hit actor-director duo, Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn – will it be Golmaal 5 or Singham 3? “Mostly we’ll go with Singham, we’ll give a break to Golmaal for a while. The break, however, will not be 7 years for sure, like last time,” said filmmaker Rohit Shetty.
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