Expectations Since 2010 – ‘If It’s Eid It Must Be Salman Khan’s Movie’

For devoted fans, Eid isn’t complete without a Salman Khan movie hitting the screens. We rewind to see how this annual extravaganza has added to his superstardom and his box office ratings.

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2019: Bharat

Salman and Katrina returned in Bharat, also starring Jackie Shroff, Sunil Grover, Disha Patani and others. The film released on June 5, 2019, and earned Rs 42.30 crore.

2018: Race 3

Salman Khan joined the successful Race franchise in its third installment, which was directed by Remo D’Souza. Race 3 released on June 15, 2018, and earned Rs 29.17 crore. It, however, couldn’t sustain its hold and was eventually declared a failure.

2017: Tubelight

Described as a movie about a small-town man who loves his family and has an unshakeable belief in himself, Tubelight sees Salman Khan teaming up with Kabir Khan again after Bajrangi Bhaijaan, also an Eid release. He’s expected to flex his acting muscles again in this film in which he falls in love with a Chinese girl and expectations are high as for all Sallubhai’s festival releases.

2016: Sultan

The film about Sultan Ali Khan, a middle-aged wrestler, raked in Rs 584 crores worldwide and also became the seventh highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Salman delivered a mature performance playing a sportsman whose successful career creates turbulence in his personal life. Anushka Sharma was cast opposite him in the Ali Abbas Zafar directorial.

2015: Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Most critics said this was one of Salman Khan’s best performances in recent times and he showed he was an accomplished actor, not just the hero of masala flicks. In the film, Salman played a Hindu, who crosses the border to help reunite a Muslim girl with her family. The communal harmony theme was perfect for Eid and the film crossed the Rs 300 crore mark at the box office.

2014: Kick

A full-on entertainer, the promos for Kick played on the Salman Khan-Eid tradition and said, ‘Woh Apni Eidi Lene Zaroor Aa Gaya.’ The film by Sajid Nadiadwala was a typical Salman starrer and won fans over. The lavish production was Salman’s first film to cross the Rs 200 crore mark.

2012: Ek Tha Tiger

Yash Raj Films pulled off a casting coup in this Eid release and signed Salman Khan’s ex-girlfriend, Katrina Kaif, to play the heroine. The critics didn’t think much of the film, but it had a great opening. It eventually did just under Rs 200 crores at the box office. The excitement was also high because there was no Eid release from Salman the previous year.

2011: Bodyguard

Bodyguard, starring Kareena Kapoor opposite Salman Khan, firmly established the Eid releases from Salman tradition. It overtook the box office performance of the previous year’s Dabangg and was rated one of the year’s most successful films.

2010: Dabangg

Salman’s attitude as a policeman, his accent and his insane yet easy to learn dance steps, Dabangg had all the elements of being called super-entertainer.  Directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan, the film is one franchise that promises a super hit every time. Dabangg 2 was similarly a hit but did not have so much of an effect on the audience as people were accustomed to what Salman’s character is like.

Now, as Tubelight is heading for release, Salman has been able to create hype around his film and motivate his audience to book tickets in advance. People really want to know if Salman possesses a superpower in Kabir Khan’s film and if would he be able to find Sohail Khan with the power of faith.