Ajay Devgn must be heaving a great big sigh of relief… His Diwali release Shivaay has crossed the deciding line to enter the Rs 100 crore club. This comes a month after its release. There is a general consensus that the film would have accomplished this feat earlier, had it not clashed with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
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However, the fact that is catching up with the Ranbir-Aishwarya-Anushka film’s business, is good news indeed for the Devgn camp. When Shivaay when released on October 28, it had won praise for its superbly-choreographed action scenes, its stunning visuals and its father-daughter emotional quotient.
The film’s excessive length was the only factor that had come in for criticism. This problem too, the actor-director-producer addressed, as he went on to cut out a good 12-15 minutes of the film. It worked and the film has been coasting along at the box office.
Like we said, the relief has been sweet for Devgn, who has completed 25 years in Bollywood. His latest Rs.100 crore prize comes on the heels of many whopping hits he has enjoyed, such as SINGHAM RETURNS (2014) which netted Rs.140 crore, Golmaal 3 (2010) which garnered Rs.108 crore, Bol Bachchan (2012) which had raked in Rs.103 crore, Son Of Sardaar (2012) which closed at a Rs.102 crore, Shivaay (2016) which has collected Rs.100.05 crore and Singham (2011) which had hit the Rs.100 crore target.
His considerable star power has sustained over these 25 years, as Devgn is one of the few superstars of Bollywood to have delivered several Rs.100 crore hits. Think about it, if there is Salman Khan topping the list with ten Rs.100 crore-plus hits, next in line are Shah Rukh, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn at the second spot with six whoppers each.
That figure could just change to 7, as the Devgn will be seen in Milan Luthria’s upcoming Baadshaho, followed by Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again, and Sons Of Sardaar, which is based on the battle of Saragarhi, where 21 Sikh soldiers fought with the army of thousands Afghans. Nice going, Mr. Devgn!