There were three significant Bollywood films which were released today in the past years – Salman Khan and Sonkashi Sinha starrer Dabangg, Salman Khan, Arbaaz Khan and Rani Mukherjee starrer Hello Brother and Aamir Khan, Rahul Khanna and Nandita Das starrer 1947 Earth. Let us check how these films fared at the box office.
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Directed by debutant, Abhinav Kashyap, Dabangg was a kickass action film full on masala entertainment. Brilliant music composed by Sajid-Wajid, electrifying performances by Salman Khan, Sonu Sood and Sonakshi Sinha and amazing direction ensured the movie was a “Blockbuster” at the box office. Dabangg was also the first film of Salman Khan to enter the 100 crores mark, ending with Rs 142 crore against a budget of just Rs 41 crores.
Hello Brother (2000)
After the success of Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, audience were expecting from the Khan brothers – Salman, Arbaaz and Sohail. However, not only Hello Brother was a commercial failure but even panned by critics for toilet-jokes and bad acting. Even the superb music by Sajid Wajid could not help comedy drama from being a “flop” at the box office. The comedy drama minted Rs 10.67 crore against a budget of Rs 9 crore.
1947 Earth (1998)
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Based on Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel, Cracking India, 1947 Earth was the second installment of Mehta’s Elements trilogy, preceded by Fire (1996) and followed by Water (2005). 1947 Earth was India’s entry for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Brilliant direction and brilliant performances by the star cast, especially Aamir Khan, who played the negative role did not turn into a good box office numbers. The movie collected Rs 3.79 crore against a budget of Rs 4.75 crore was declared a “flop” at the box office.