Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathaan hit theaters on January 25. The craze for the movie is booming, with fans of the actors from all over the country queuing up to watch the action flick. Even actor Kangana Ranaut spoke about Pathaan at the closing party of her upcoming movie Emergency. Speaking to the media alongside her Emergency co-stars Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik, Kangana said she wants the film to “definitely work” while praising the action flick, which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham. Read also: Karan Johar says Shah Rukh Khan ‘wasn’t going anywhere, waiting for the right time to rule’, names Pathaan as ‘biggest blockbuster’
Kangana said: “Pathan acha kar rahi hai. Aisi films chalni chahiye aur I feel ki jo hamare Hindi cinema wale piche reh gaye hain, har insaan apne level pe koshish kar raha hai (Pathaan is doing very well. I think this kind of films should definitely work. Hindi cinema is lagging behind others film industries, and we are all finally trying to bring back the business in our own small ways).” Anupam Kher also said in Hindi, “It (Pathaan) is a huge movie, made on a huge budget.”
Days before its release, Pathaan had created a buzz among fans, with a huge number of pre-bookings. According to a PTI report, industry experts had backed it Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan to open somewhere in between €45-50 crore at the box office. The Yash Raj Films project marks Shah Rukh’s return to movies in a lead role after his 2018 film Zero, which was released a day before Republic Day on Wednesday, giving the Hindi film a five-day extended opening weekend.
The pre-bookings for Pathaan were opened on January 20. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Pathaan will revive Bollywood and mark the beginning of a fantastic 2023 for the film industry, which has been going through a lean period in recent years starting with the Covid-19 pandemic. The film is set to make a historic start at the box office with opening day collections of €45-50 crores. The resurgence of the box office starts with Pathaan, especially when looking at pre-booking, which is very rare. Despite being a working day, it’s a great start to 2023,” Adarsh told PTI.
Earlier, trade analyst Atul Mohan had said that a total of 90,000 tickets were sold on the first day of pre-booking. According to him, PVR has sold 35,000 tickets, INOX 30,000 and Cinepolis 25,000 until 9 p.m. on January 19. day before release. We can safely say that the shows are good. In most buildings such as Cinepolis, PVR and INOX etc, four of the five screens are given to Pathaan.”