The Eid weekend has once again helped Bollywood star Salman Khan reap gold: his latest drama Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which released on Friday, July 17, in the UAE, raked in 365 million rupees (Dh21 million) on day two, after collecting nearly 280 million rupees on opening day.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, tells the story of an Indian man (Khan) on a mission to take a Pakistani girl, who is dumb and mute, back to her country. It chronicles his adventures and experiences faced during his road trip.
According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the film might surpass the opening weekend collection of Salman's last film Kick, which was released during Eid 2014.
“#BajrangiBhaijaan Fri 27.25 cr, Sat 36.50 cr (Eid). Total: 63.75 cr. FANTABULOUS... Should surpass #Kick opening weekend biz: 83.83 cr,” Adarsh tweeted on July 19.
Co-produced by Salman Khan Films with Rockline Venkatesh, Bajrangi Bhaijaan is the 49-year-old's first release since he was sentenced in May to five years in jail in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case. He is out on bail while waiting for his appeal to be heard.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which was released on more than 5,000 screens across 50 countries, including the US, Britain, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia, is making a mark overseas as well.