Pathaan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, premiered on January 25, and according to Deadline, it has already set a new record for the largest opening weekend in the history of Bollywood. It is also the first Film in the Hindu language to gross over 300 crores ($36.8 million) worldwide. Pathaan has been a commercial and critical success, having a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 94%.
The question is whether or not Pathaan will succeed in RRR.
The success of Pathaan is similar to that of RRR, another Indian film from the early twenty-first century. RRR, directed by S. S. Rajamouli, has won many honours in America. It was nominated for two Golden Globes and won the Critics’ Choice Award and the Critics’ Award for Best Film. The song “Naatu Naatu,” which has gone viral, has also been nominated for an Academy Award. RRR was a massive success at the box office, earning more money than the top two Telegu movies combined. Pathaan’s early success suggests it has a good chance of repeating its success in Hollywood. Even though Pathaan doesn’t have a memorable original song, the Film is expected to do well at the box office.
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Pathaan Pathaan’s success, with its intimate relationship between Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, suggests it may be Bollywood’s comeback after a spate of underwhelming releases. With its worldwide premiere in over a hundred countries, Pathaan has the potential to assist the Bollywood business in recovering after recent titles in South India have eclipsed the region’s films.
Secret Superstar, directed by Khan in 2017, was the latest in a long line of financially successful films directed by the prolific filmmaker. Khan co-starred with Zaira Wasim as Insia, a young woman who wants to be a singer but wears a niqab in her viral videos on YouTube to protect her identity. Secret Superstar, which addressed social topics like feminism and gender equality and had a more overtly political premise than Dangal, was a critical darling.