The sky rocketing business figures of her latest release Bodyguard alongside actor Salman Khan, has left her awestruck. “We did expect Bodyguard to be storm but this is a tornado (at the box office). I’m super happy to be a part of three films in my career that have crossed the Rs 100 crore mark,” says the actor, who is certain about Bodyguard being an equal or a bigger hit than 3 Idiots and Golmaal 3.
Kareena, who will turn 31 on September 21, reveals the film’s hit mantra. “Bodyguard truly rocks because of the crackling chemistry that I share with Salman, be it the Teri Meri song or twist in the end of the love story. It’s a rocking start to my birthday month, and the best birthday present that Salman has given me,” she says.
Kareena isn’t the only one who is missing Salman at this time of celebrations.
His brother-in-law and the film’s co-producer, Atul Agnihotri too, is saddened with Sallu’s absence. “Salman’s medical treatment lasted for eight hours on Wednesday, and he is now under observation. God willing, he will be with all of us soon,” says Agnihotri. “The movie earned 21.15 crore on its opening day, and as the trends show, it will incur more or less the same in the days to come,” he adds.
Though critics have yet again ripped apart the movie like they did with Salman’s other releases, — Ready and Dabangg — the audience is going gaga about it. “Audience is the final critic and if they like it, nothing else matters. Also when it is Rajinikanth and Salman, there are no questions… whatever they do, they win whistles from their fans,” says trade analyst, Taran Adarsh. Film expert Atul Mohan, however, disagrees and says: “The drop in the business is inevitable as the movie is below average. Festive season is the only reason why it got such a great opening.”
The film is running full houses and has strong advance booking figures as well. “The numbers are fantastic… 80-90% of occupancy. So the film looks robust at the box office,” says Shirish Handa of Fun Cinemas. “The film was almost houseful at all the centers, even on a Thursday (a working day). The business will definitely shoot up over the weekend,” says Jayendra Banerji of Satyam Cinemas.