Q. It is written a few times on this website that Aamir Khan is behind Salman Khan because he has less volume of work but surely the highest grossers every year makes a difference?
A. Its not every year but some years. Every year would make a big difference but look at it now, Salman Khan could have three blockbusters or maybe even an All Time Blockbuster before Aamir Khan has a release. Not counting Secret Superstar as that is competing more with likes of Dear Zindagi and does not for a big superstar. Salman Khan does not really have competition right now. Aamir Khan is hardly there in terms of volume of films and Shahrukh Khan films are not getting the right results. This does not look like changing for sometime yet.
Q. What would be the business of Dangal if it had releases when Raees and Kaabil did?
A. Its impossible to judge if it clashed with another film but as it did 15% more than films like Bajirao Mastani and Dilwale combined released the Christmas before. Here you can say 30-40% more than Raees and Kaabil combined as Bajirao Mastani did find acceptance in some parts while Raees and Kaabil did not. 300 crore would probably be the upper limit.
Q. You are reporting on the website that the budget of Kaabil is 89 crore and Jolly LLB 2 is 84 crore but others are claiming just 40-50 crore for both films. There can't be such a gap between real and fake budgets?
A. When films with Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan can be made for 50 crore then everybody will run to this business but sadly we have studios shutting up shop because this is not the case. Its all common sense but sadly film journos don't have it. Actually its degrading the stardom of these actors when there films can be made under 50 crore.
Q. Is it possible that a hit film from the eighties like Andhaa Kanoon or Mr India would have had more footfalls than a film like Dangal or Bajrangi Bhaijaan?
A. Andhaa Kanoon was much more than a Hit and Mr. India was not a hit but taking the gist of the collection its unlikely that a hit film of 30-40 years back would have footfalls matching the likes of Bajrangi Bhaijaan or Dangal. Some of the blockbusters would have more though.