Shah Rukh Khan’s latest avatar as a gangster in 1980’s Gujarat seems to be working. The film is weaving magic at the box office. Raees comes after Dilwale and Fan, SRK’s films which failed to do well at the box office. The actor’s attempt to give a commercial colour to an otherwise dark, serious tale has his fans going gaga over the film. All elements of a plot around smuggling of contraband, the nexus between politicians and criminals and a larger-than-life hero are stacked in Raees. On Monday, the film earned about Rs 4.75 crore to cross the Rs 150-crore mark in India. The SRK film has also made Rs 91 crore gross worldwide, which brings its worldwide gross collection to Rs 304 crore.
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Trade industry watcher Ramesh Bala tweeted, “Day 13 (Feb 6) #Raees crosses ₹150 Cr Nett in #India and ₹300 Cr Gross WW 👏 N: ₹151.25 C, G: ₹213 C. Overseas $13.5 M [₹ 91 C], ₹304 Cr.”
Earlier, trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted,” #Raees has smashed box-office records in Singapore by collecting USD 226,000! Highest Ever Weekend for any Bollywood film.”
N: ₹151.25 C
G: ₹213 C
$13.5 M [₹ 91 C]
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) February 7, 2017
In a blow to Raees, the film was banned in Pakistan. “The portrayal of Muslims is negative and the film’s content undermines Islam, and a specific religious sect, (while also) portraying Muslims as criminals, wanted persons and terrorists,” an official source in the Pakistan censor board said. The distributors of Raees, Hum Films had last week submitted the film to the censor board for clearance to release in the Pakistani cinema halls after the government allowed screening of latest Bollywood movies last week.
Kaabil, the Hrithik Roshan film which clashed with Raees at the box office on January 25, started showing in Pakistan from February 3. The film has made Rs 121.11 crore in India till now.
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Meanwhile, Shah Rukh Khan is gearing up for his next film with Anand L Rai. The duo will be working for the first time together in a film. The actor says his look in the movie will be very different from that of Appu Raja. “My look is very different from Kamal Hassan’s in Appu Raja. We have done the test, we are through with the trailers. We will be releasing it (look) properly,” the actor said in an interview with PTI.
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“It’s important that the audience accepts our effort. I think we will begin (prep) work in a day or two,” Shah Rukh told PTI when asked if his look will be on the lines of Haasan’s popular character. SRK said that the team will start filming the project next month. “I think we will start shooting fromMarch 21 and it will go on for five-six months or maybe take some more time,” he added.