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Pathaan to enter Rs 1000-crore club soon! KGF 2 to RRR, here are films that surpassed the mark

As Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan continues to mint money at the box office following its successful run, the film is expected to cross the 1000-crore mark soon. Take a look at all the films in the past 5 years that have surpassed the mark.

Pathaan was released in theatres on January 25. Ever since the film has been released in theatres, it is on a rampage mode not just in India but worldwide, too. Pathaan recently surpassed the Rs 600-crore mark globally. We can easily describe it as a legit blockbuster. The actioner is on track to deliver one of the all-time best first-week collections. Trade expert Ramesh Bala spoke to IndiaToday.in and weighed in on the film’s prospects. Given the popularity of the film, the film is likely predicted to cross Rs 1000 crore in another week.

As Pathaan continues to enjoy a successful run in theatres currently, let us take a look at films in the last five years that had minted Rs 1000 crores.
Dangal

The 2016 Bollywood film Dangal, featuring Aamir Khan is a biographical sports-drama film directed by Nitesh Tiwari. Other than Khan, the film also stars Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, and Zaira Wasim. The film collected Rs 1357 at the box office. The blockbuster hit shows Aamir playing the role of an ex-wrestler Mahavir Phogat, the father of Indian women wrestlers Geeta and Babita Kumari Phogat.
Baahubali: The Conclusion

SS Rjamouli’s Bahubali 2 aka Baahubali The Conclusion is a sequel to the 2015 Indian film Baahubali: The Beginning. The film that stormed the box office, continues to remain everyone’s favourite till date. This movie features an ensemble cast of Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah Bhati, and Anushka Shetty in significant roles. Baahubali 2 which also joined the bandwagon of films ruling the box office, minted Rs 1788.06 crore.

Another blockbuster film, RRR, directed by SS Rajamouli has brought immense pride to the country. Not just the box-office records, the film won international acclamation after it bagged a Golden Globe award for the foot-tapping song Naatu Naatu. The magnum opus features Ram Charan and Jr NTR playing revolutionaries. Apart from winning the Golden Globes 2023, the film has even bagged a nomination at the Oscars 2023. RRR collected over 1200 crores at the worldwide box office in its initial run during its release in March 2022 and now the film is continuing where it stopped its record-breaking journey. The box office collection of the film in India has made Rs. 902 crores. As per various trade estimates, RRR earned Rs. 1144 crore globally.

KGF 2

Adding to the list of all-time blockbuster lists is Prashant Neel’s 2022 directorial KGF 2. The film, which gave the limelight to Tollywood star Yash, had a blockbuster run at the box office. One of the biggest achievements of KGF 2 is that it targeted the huge potential of the box office market in Karnataka. While the box office in the state was always undervalued compared to the market size of the movies in neighbouring Tamil Nadu and the Telugu states. As per cinetrak, KGF 2 which drew huge crowds to the theatres across the country, collected over Rs 1100 crore globally.

Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is fastest Bollywood film to enter Rs 400-crore club worldwide!

Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is a mega blockbuster! The film has entered the Rs 400-crore club worldwide.

In Short

Pathaan released on January 25.
The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.
It is directed by Siddharth Anand.

By Grace Cyril: The audience’s verdict is loud and clear – Pathaan is a blockbuster of epic proportions. Shah Rukh Khan’s return to the cinemas after a hiatus of four years has been received well not only in India, but worldwide too! Pathaan registered yet another strong day at the box office on its first Saturday in the theatres. The film has crossed the Rs 400-crore mark worldwide. Meanwhile, it entered the Rs 200-crore mark in India. Pathaan continues breaking records!
PATHAAN ENTERS RS 400-CRORE CLUB WORLDWIDE

Pathaan, that released on January 25, is running a riot at the box office. Also starring Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, the film took a bumper opening at the box office! On Day 4, January 28, Pathaan sailed past the Rs 400-crore mark at the global box office! Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, “#Pathaan crosses Rs 400 Crs gross at the WW Box office in 4 days (sic).” Till Friday, January 27, Pathaan had earned Rs 166 crore in India and Rs 316 crore gross worldwide. According to early estimates, the film is expected to have put in more than $6 million (Rs 49 crore) overseas, which means its worldwide total is above Rs 420 crore.

The overall jump in occupancy was around 35 per cent on Saturday. This is expected to go up further on Sunday, January 29. It’s the third time since Pathaan’s release that the film has collected over Rs 50 crore in a single day. On Sunday, Pathaan is expected to cross the highest-grossing Shah Rukh Khan film by going past the collections of Chennai Express.

Meanwhile, Box Office India reported, “Pathaan is looking at collections of around 52 crore nett in Hindi as it hits another 50 crore nett which will be the third since release and only Friday missing out. It also crossed the 200 crore nett mark in just four days with 212 crore nett up on the board. The jump on day four is going to be around the 40% mark with even better jumps for the biggest multiplexes in the big cities. The film will go up further on Sunday as mass centres go back up in a big way. It will be no surprise if some circuits hit the numbers of the Thursday again on Sunday. Actually it will be no surprise if all India hits the Thursday total even though it maybe asking for a lot but till date it has always exceeded expectations.”
ABOUT PATHAAN

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham have come together for the first time in Pathaan. The film is written and directed by Siddharth Anand and bankrolled by Yash Raj Films. It is the fourth installment in the YRF Spy Universe. It is the fourth installment in the YRF Spy Universe, and is Khan’s comeback film after Zero (2018). The movie released on January 25, 2023, along with dubbed versions in Tamil and Telugu. Shah Rukh Khan is seen as Pathaan, a RAW field agent, in the film. The music of Pathaan is composed by Vishal–Shekhar and score is composed by Sanchit Balhara and Ankit Balhara.

Pathaan crosses Rs 20 crore in national multiplex chains till 3 pm. Will it cross Rs 50 crore on Day 1?

Pathaan has been doing great business despite releasing on a regular day. The film has already collected Rs 20 crore in national multiplex chains till 3pm.

In Short

Pathaan released in theatres today, January 25.
The film has already collected a whopping Rs 20 crore by 3pm at national multiplex chains.
It had also broken several records even before its release.

By India Today Web Desk: Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan is one of the biggest releases of the year. The entire nation had been waiting for the superstar’s comeback with bated breath. The craze is already showing with the advance collection. Now, the collection from major multiplex chains is now out and the film has already managed to collect a whopping Rs. 20 crore by 3 pm itself.
PATHAAN ALREADY COLLECTS RS 20 CRORE

Pathaan has already set records even before its release. Now, the collection of Shah Rukh Khan’s film in major multiplexes till afternoon is out. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has revealed that the film has already set the cash registers ringing at major multiplex chains. PVR has recorded a collection of Rs 9.40 crore while Inox collected Rs 7.05 crore and Cinepolis Rs 3.90 crore. This was till 3pm. The total collection stands at Rs 20.35 crore.

ABOUT PATHAAN

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham have come together for the first time in Pathaan. The film is directed by Siddharth Anand and bankrolled by Yash Raj Films. It is the fourth installment in the YRF Spy Universe. The movie released on January 25, 2023, in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Shah Rukh Khan is seen as Pathaan, a RAW field agent, in the film.

Salaam Venky box-office collection Day 2: Kajol’s film struggles to do business at ticket counter

Kajol’s Salaam Venky was released in theatres on December 9. The film, directed by Revathy, is struggling to do business at the box-office.

In Short

Kajol's Salaam Venky released in theatres on December 9.
The film is directed by Revathy.
The film that witnessed a slow start at the box-office, is slogging for business.

By Prachi Arya: Kajol’s Salaam Venky, which hit the theatres on December 9, could not meet the expectations of the moviegoers with its plotline. The film is directed by Revathy, which saw a poor start at the box office, and could not earn good business. The film stars Kajol in the lead and talks about a serious problem called Duchenne muscular dystrophy.


SALAAM VENKY BO COLLECTION

Salaam Venky features Kajol who plays a mother to a 24-year-old son who is suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The film, which failed to resonate with moviegoers, earned Rs 0.7 Crore at the box office on Day 2. Hence, taking the total tally of business to Rs 1.3 crores. Salaam Vdenky is receiving tough competition from other major releases, including Drishyam 2, Bhediya, An Action Hero, and many more. However, the best part about the movie’s release is that it is doing far better than the other two releases, Vadh and Marrich, at the box office. It will be interesting to see how the film fairs over the first weekend despite the cutthroat competition.

ABOUT SALAAM VENKY

Salaam Venky is bankrolled by Suraj Singh and Shraddha Agrawal. As far as the music is concerned, it is composed of Mithoon. The film also stars Prakash Raj, Rajeev Khandelwal, and Rahul Bose. Aamir Khan has a special cameo in the film. Salaam Venky is a wonderfully made dark movie despite not hitting the right notes on all fronts. Based on the novel The Last Hurrah by Shrikant Murthy, the film touches upon the grave subject of euthanasia, which, in simple terms, means the act of deliberately ending a person’s life to end their suffering.

Salaam Venky Movie Review: Kajol, Vishal Jethwa will teach you life is short and you should value it

Kajal and Vishal Jethwa’s Salaam Venky is a film that celebrates life and embraces passion. It talks about the sensitive topic of euthanasia and organ donation. Read our review.

In Short

Salaam Venky releases on December 9.
The film stars Kajol and Vishal Jethwa in lead roles.
It is directed by Revathy.

You may feel overwhelmed seeing the number of heartfelt emotional dramas at the moment, and we totally understand! But Kajol and Vishal Jethwa-starrer stands apart from the rest. Directed by Revathy, Salaam Venky is a wonderfully made dark movie despite not hitting the right notes on all fronts. Based on the novel The Last Hurrah by Shrikant Murthy, the film touches upon a grave subject of euthanasia, which in simple terms, means the act of deliberately ending a person’s life to end their suffering.

When Kajol’s character Sujata finds out that her son Venky, played by Vishal Jethwa, has a rare health condition, she is heartbroken. Based on a true story, the film is about Venky suffering from a terminally serious problem called Duchenne muscular dystrophy which makes him bedridden. His mother battles the challenges thrown at her with a brave face. Sujata has always granted her son’s wishes, but a mother can’t grant her child’s request to die now, can she? This is where the story starts. Venky wants to donate his organs by opting for euthanasia, but it’s illegal in India (FYI, passive euthanasia has been legal in India since 2018.)

In the first half of the film, we see Venky being rushed to the hospital where he is hooked to machines. The boy remains positive throughout and even calls it ‘decorations’ on him. Kajol says that he’s back to the hospital in just a week, indicating that Venky’s death is near. Several flashbacks are thrown in where we get a glimpse of Venky’s childhood, his troubled relationship with estranged father, his list of wishes, and his bond with her peers. Though the film moves at a slow pace, it is worth the time.

The second half focusses on Kajol’s Sujata finally accepting her son’s will to die. She runs pillar-to-post to allow her son to get euthanised so that he could donate his organs. Rahul Bose and Priyamani play opposing lawyers while Aahana Kumra impresses as the television reporter who is giving the mother-son duo some positive media coverage.

Venky is filmy guy who loves Bollywood. He swears by Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand’s line, “Babumoshai, Zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin!” And when his love interest is leaving the hospital room, Venky whispers Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘palat, palat, palat’ with his earnest eyes. For a boy who knows he’s going to die, Venky teaches you to make the most of life.

Vishal Jethwa has given an incredible performance in Salaam Venky, probably one of his best. He brings in multi-layered emotions and wit with so much life. This is ironical for a person who so desperately wishes to end it. Vishal should be given a standing ovation for making everyone cry and smile at the same time, and he barely had to lift a finger to do it. While lying on the hospital bed, he won our hearts with his raw emotions. Watch out for the scene where he is crying out for his mom helplessly because she won’t speak to him.

Kajol has once again proved that it is her world when it comes to movies, and we are just living in it! For a mother who knows her child is going to die, she has the toughest job. Her expressions will leave you in tears. Her banters with her dying son is immensely cute.

Revathy’s affection for her film’s characters is evident, and balanced equally by her respect for them and her filmmaking process. Three cheers for the screenplay though. From the four corners of the hospital room to the beach shots, Salaam Venky’s scenes are visually hypnotic and will keep you hooked.

However, the film isn’t one without faults. The first half of the film could have been written tighter. It drags on that you momentarily lose interest. Aamir Khan’s cameo looks forced because the makers wanted another star appearance. Another thing where the makers went wrong were the songs. Salaam Venky almost looked liked a musical. In one of the scenes, Venky’s team decides to make a video montage of him to show the court that he is mentally stable to express his wish to die. The film failed to overlook that the judge might see it as a sign that Venky is not in pain. The tragedy in this film is that it is based on a true story, so it didn’t really need all this ‘masala mirchi’. The intention might have been right, but it failed evoke positive emotions in some parts.

One side character which was beautifully written was of Aneet Padda’s Nandini, who is Venky’s love interest. She is visually impaired, and she sees the world through Venky’s eyes, whereas she is his legs. When Venky is on the verge of dying, and he can’t speak, he communicates with Nandini by writing on her hand. It’s so beautiful how even the most strained of love stories can be revitalised by a human touch. Prakash Raj, Kamal Sadanah, Anant Mahadevan and Parvathi T’s also give commendable performances.

Salaam Venky is a film that celebrates life and embraces passion. It fully encapsulates human spirit and in an unique way, shows how it’s the birthright of everyone to choose their own journey in life. It stands out with its beauty, intellect and spirit. The film will teach you that life is short, so if you are upset, sad or feeling dejected, get up, rise and shine! Let’s see that smile on your face like Venky.

An Action Hero box office collection Day 2: Ayushmann Khurrana’s film steadily picks pace

An Action Hero is steadily picking pace after a slow opening on Day 1. The Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat film has been directed by Anirudh Iyer.

In Short

An Action Hero released on December 2.
The film has picked pace after a slow Day 1.
The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat in lead roles.

By Anindita Mukherjee: Apart from Adivi Sesh’s HIT 2, An Action Hero had no major clash on December 2. The film, which saw a slow growth on its opening day, has steadily picked pace on Day 2. Early estimates suggest that An Action hero earned double from its opening day.
AN ACTION HERO DAY 2 BO COLLECTION

Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat’s An Action Hero released on December 2. The film is Ayushmann’s first full actioner. Early second day estimates are here and it suggests that the film has picked pace after a slow Day 1. A Sacnik report suggests that the film minted about Rs 3.01 crore (India nett) on its opening day. On Day 1, the film earned Rs 1.50 crore (India nett).
FIRST-LOOK POSTER OF AYUSHMANN FROM AN ACTION HERO

The first-look poster of Ayushmann Khurrana from An Action Hero was unveiled on November 9. Ayushmann held a gun in his hand as his face appeared wounded. The background of the poster offered a glimpse of a chasing sequence from the film.

ABOUT AN ACTION HERO

Ayushmann Khurrana and Jaideep Ahlawat-starrer An Action Hero is an action thriller. High on slick action and a satirical sense of humour, the film released on December 2. The film is directed by Anirudh Iyer and produced by Aanand L Rai, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar.

Bhediya box office collection Day 2: Varun Dhawan’s film needs to pick up pace

Varun Dhawan’s Bhediya released in the theaters on November 25. The film is doing decent business at the box office.

In Short

Bhediya released on November 25.
It stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon.
The film is directed by Amar Kaushik.

By India Today Web Desk: Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon’s horror-comedy Bhediya hit the screens on November 25. Seeing Varun turn into a werewolf had the audience’s interest piqued, however, its box office numbers are just decent. According to reports, on Day 2, Bhediya’s collection in India were up by 35-40 per cent as it collected in the range of Rs 9.25-9.50 crore. This brings the two-day nett to Rs 17 crore. Bhediya is competing with Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam 2.

BHEDIYA BOX OFFICE COLLECTION

Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan’s werewolf drama Bhediya is directed by Amar Kaushik, who brought the horror-comedy genre back with Stree (2018). While Stree wrecked havoc at the box office, Bhediya’s numbers don’t look too promising yet. It opened with just decent numbers on Day 1. It raised over Rs 12 crore in gross box office collection worldwide on its opening day.

For the second day, Box Office India stated, “Bhediya (Hindi) has decent growth on Saturday of around 35-40% as it collected in the 9.25-9.50 crore nett range. It probably needed higher growth on Saturday due to the low first day but this 35-40% is decent and keeps the film in the race if Sunday can show a good jump. The two-day collections of the film will be 15.50-15.75 crore nett which remains low but after the opening, it is really about making ground post the weekend.”

Talking about the poor quality of Bhediya’s VFX, BOI wrote, “The film is also released in 3D so this should have also helped the bigger centres but the response to 3D is also poor. Bhediya also seems to be set in the North East which takes away a lot of relatability compared to a rural film set in the heartland. Obviously, this is done for fresher locales and a more a picturesque look for the film but the characters become less relatable for the core audience.”

ABOUT BHEDIYA

Bhediya is a comedy horror film directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan. The film stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles. This is Kriti’s second film with Varun after Dilwale (2015). Bhediya is actually the third installment in Vijan’s horror-comedy universe. It hit the theatres on November 25. Set in Arunachal Pradesh, the storyline of Bhediya follows a young man named Bhaskar who gets bitten by a wolf in the forest. Eventually, he starts transforming into a werewolf too. The music of the film is composed by Sachin-Jigar while the lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

Drishyam 2 Movie Review: Ajay Devgn’s film is high on thrills but it’s still not Drishyam

Ajay Devgn’s Drishyam 2 has plenty of nail-biting moments but it will somewhere leave you missing 2015 film, Drishyam. Here’s our review.

In Short

Drishyam 2 released on November 18 in theatres.
Ajay Devgn returns as Vijay Salgaonkar in the film.
The film also stars Shriya Saran, Tabu, Akshaye Khanna, Ishita Dutta, Mrunal Jadhav in key roles.




Drishyam 2 isn’t a film we recommend to those who haven’t watched the first part. It is a continuation in its truest sense. And it’s made evident with screenshots from the 2015 film Drishyam panning across the 70mm with opening credits. We are soon taken inside Vijay Salgaonkar’s somewhat okay-ish new life with his family amid all the haunting rumours from the past surrounding them. Well, that’s reality. People don’t forget drama and that is what is depicted in the film. Vijay and the Salgaonkar family, consisting of his wife Nandini (played by Shriya Saran), and two daughters, Anju and Anu (Ishita Dutta and Mrunal Jadhav), are trying to swim through their past and are attempting to start a new life. However, little do they know that they are far from closure. At least, until the end.

The director tries to set in the brevity of the situation with constant rain and storms that somewhat depict the seriousness of the scene and it works too. Also, Ajay shines as Vijay in this one. He is smart, ‘chalak’ as the police describe him, and futuristic. And he is a man who knows his sin and is ready to deal with the aftermath of it.

Shriya Saran plays the innocent Nandini who hasn’t had a single peaceful night’s sleep in the past seven years because the past haunts her. Anju is now dealing with epilepsy that aggravates every time she senses stress. Anu is all grown up but we don’t see a lot of substance to her character. Peace is short-lived for the Salgaonkars after IG Tarun Ahlawat (played by Akshaye Khanna) replaces Tabu. No, not in the film, but in her role. And Akshay does a great job too, with the taunts and grit of an officer, but we wanted more of Tabu. She is sparsely spread across the film and Akshay couldn’t create the dread that Tabu as IG Meera Deshmukh did in the first part.

In case you are wondering why there’s no mention of Gaitonde (played by Kamlesh Sawant) yet, you have nothing to worry. You’ll hate him in this part too, and there’s more edge to his character than the first one, and this only proves he has been successful in his endeavour. For instance, we love one of his dialogues where he says “Biwi ka birthday bhool sakta hoon, October 2 aur October 3 nahin.”

And there are multiple references to Drishyam in its sequel. For instance, the incidents that happened on October 2 and October 3 in the first part have become a national meme. The makers know it well and have utilised it in the same aspect. Every time Tabu or anyone else on screen utters these two dates and how they had pao bhaji and attended a satsang together, the audience would clap and break into bouts of laughter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxA2y9Tgl7o

However, there were a few things that defied logic. For instance, the Salgaonkars were shown as a middle class family in Drishyam. The second part depicts him as a theatre owner. He has now moved into a fancy bungalow but his profession remains the same – owner of Miraj Cable and now owner of a theatre. Why and how the change would remind you of Suneil Shetty’s unbelievable rags-to-riches story of Dhadkan.

Gaitonde hits women as a part of the interrogation in front of a former female IG and talks about maintaining law and order at the same time. Was it an attempt to make the audience detest him more? That's a question we leave to the makers. Also, it would be safe to say that Drishyam was a lot more gripping. Drishyam 2 is no less, but still, not like the first one.

Drishyam 2 is the Hindi adaption of Mohanlal’s film of the same name. Ajay Devgn had promised us a different storyline. Don’t go with that mindset for you will be disappointed. There are a few plot twists here and there, but the majority remains the same. Not to forget, punched with Ajay’s magic.

Uunchai box office collection Day 3: Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher’s film roars on 1st weekend

Uunchai stars Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Boman Irani in lead roles. The film did exceptionally well at the box office on weekend.

In Short

Uunchai released on November 11, 2022.
The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Danny Denzonpa.
It is helmed by Sooraj Barjatya.

By Grace Cyril: ‘Content is king,’ and Sooraj Barjatya has proved that with his latest release, Uunchai. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Boman Irani, Uunchai released on November 11. Even since, it has been successfully running in the theatres. It’s first weekend collections were a major hit too. Needless to say, Uunchai has won the hearts of the audience.
UUNCHAI BOX OFFICE COLLECTION

In spite of opening on limited screens, Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Boman Irani and Danny Denzonpa’s Uunchai minted Rs 1.81 crore on its opening day. Gradually, over the weekend, it got the audience’s approval through positive word-of-mouth. The film skyrocketed in its box office collection on Day 3, November 13. It’s single day collection was Rs 5.05 crore, according to trade estimates. Hence, the total collection now stands at Rs 10.50 crore. Meanwhile, Uunchai had an overall 50.63 per cent Hindi occupancy on Sunday.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had tweeted, “Have a look at the advance bookings of #Uunchai on Day 3, it’s an eye opener… Forget mid-range films, not many biggies can boast of having #HouseFull/fast-filling shows in advance these days… Reiterates yet again, CONTENT IS KING AND AUDIENCES ARE KINGMAKERS (sic).

ABOUT UUNCHAI

Uunchai has been directed by Sooraj Barjatya, who is known for making family dramas. This film marks his return to direction after his 2015 film Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which featured Salman Khan and Sonam Kapoor Ahuja. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Boman Irani and Anupam Kher in lead roles, Uunchai released on November 11, 2022, in theatres. The film is produced by Rajshri Productions, Boundless Media and Mahaveer Jain Films. The storyline of Uunchai follows three aged friends who take a trek to the Everest Base Camp, to fulfil their fourth friend’s last wish. A simple trek turns out to be a personal, emotional and spiritual journey for the three of them. The songs of Uunchai are composed by Amit Trivedi. The lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil. The film score is composed by George Joseph.

Thank God Review: Ajay Devgn-Sidharth Malhotra Starrer is a Decent Watch

Thank God, featuring Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh, makes the audience laugh thanks to a bunch of good actors doing crazy things to amuse you.

Whether it’s a thriller, comedy or romance, Bollywood has drawn inspiration from Hollywood and other language films on numerous occasions. Sometimes, they remake a film and just make a Hindi version, and in other instances they have altered the story to incorporate issues which are more relevant to the Indian audience.

Filmmaker Indra Kumar’s Thank God featuring Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra and Rakul Preet Singh – inspired by the 2009 Norwegian film called Sorte Kugler – falls somewhere in between, where some part is lifted straight from the original while the rest has been altered.

Welcome to the world of Indra Kumar. This is our desi, lowbrow comedy, not to be taken seriously. Frankly, the premise is very simple. It revolves around an egoistic debt-ridden real estate broker (played by Sidharth Malhotra) who has a wife (Rakul Preet Singh) and a daughter. He lands in Yam Loka after meeting with an accident. As he gains consciousness, CG (Ajay Devgn) appears in front of him and informs him that he will have to play a “Game Of Life”. If he manages to win, he will be sent back to earth and if he loses, he will be sent to hell.

Once you adjust to that, you will find yourself laughing at a lot of stupid gags that keep flowing out of the Indra Kumar factory. Never one to have claimed that he is peddling anything but stupidity, the filmmaker, who has constantly made mainstream cinema, continues to keep churning out potboilers. No attention is paid to the screenplay and the dialogue is pedestrian; the WhatsApp sort of forwards, which rarely managed to brings a smile on your face. But in all fairness, some of the jokes do have you laughing out loud. It’s the kind of reaction that comes involuntarily when you watch a bunch of good actors doing crazy things just to keep you amused. The film is a mishmash of garish sets, mindless action and screeching actors.