Bollywood icon Salman Khan makes a triumphant return with Tiger 3, which premiered on the festive occasion of Diwali. Movie theaters nationwide experienced a surge in enthusiastic fans, eager to witness their beloved actor in action. However, the celebratory atmosphere took a perilous turn when a group of fans ignited firecrackers within a cinema hall in Malegaon.
Videos shared on social media suggest that the firecrackers were burst inside Mohan Cinema in Malegaon, Nashik district in Maharashtra. Visuals showed spectators ducking for cover even amid stampede-like situation.
Chaos ensued as the audience ran for safety, amid rockets launching and lighting up the surroundings.
Tiger 3 was indeed a Diwali gift for fans across the country. The film, for a change, was released on Sunday instead of Friday to mark the festive celebration.
Rohan Malhotra, Vice President, YRF Distribution, told ANI the reason behind the unique strategy to release the film 'Tiger 3' on Diwali.
He said, "Whenever we take any decision in a Yash Raj film, we always think 'What effect will this bring on the total final business of the picture?' When the year started, 'Pathan' was released and at the time of 'Pathan,' we made a decision that instead of the 26th, Thursday, we would release the picture on the 25th of January."
He added, "We brought the picture a day earlier and the collection of that picture was high as business went above Rs 500 crores and became Rs 544 crores. We were confident about the stardom of Shahrukh. We have confidence in Salman Khan's stardom. Lakshmi Puja is a day when there are prayers at home. It is time people celebrate festivals with their family.
No producer has released a movie on the day of Lakshmi Puja in the last 11 years. We think that there is some part of the population that would want to celebrate Diwali by watching Salman Khan's movie because this is the third part of Tiger movie.”
Salman said, "It is always special to have a release in Diwali because I have very fond memories of how the festival has always blessed me with good luck. It is quite amazing that Katrina and I, as a pair, haven't had any Diwali release and Tiger 3 will be our first Diwali film!"
Katrina added, "This year I feel we will be celebrating Diwali with everyone all through the country with our film release and I hope we give everyone an amazing Diwali gift in Tiger 3!"
Directed by Maneesh Sharma, Tiger 3 also stars Emraan Hashmi. Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film was released in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.