oppn parties Film Industry: Golden Boy In Jail

News Snippets

  • Supreme Court approves two-child norm for government jobs in Rajasthan
  • DMK issues rocket ad with Chinese flag, PM Modi slams party
  • BJP alleges that Congress workers raised slogans like 'Pakistan jindabad' outside Karnataka assembly after the results for the RS polls were declared. CM Siddaramaiah promises stern action if claim found true
  • Calcutta HC says any agency can arrest absconding Sandeshkhali TMC strongman Sk Shahjahan
  • Himachal Pradesh Speaker suspends 15 BJP MLAs for unruly behaviour
  • Joint teams of Navy, NCB and Gujarat ATS seized a boat with 3200kgs of narcotics in high seas off Gujarat coast. Five crew members were also arrested
  • Centre tells Supreme Court that economic disaster will follow if states are allowed to tax mineral land
  • NCLT asks Byju's to keep rights issue funds in a different account
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Enterprises was conferred the honorary Knighthood by Britain's King Charles III for services rendered in furthering business relations between the UK & India
  • RIL to merge Viacom18 with Disney's Star in $8.5bn deal, Nita Ambani to lead the board of merged entity
  • Vodafone Idea shares fall nearly 15% over fears of huge fund raising
  • Stock markets crash on Wednesday: Sensex loses 790 points to 72304 and Nifty 247 points to 21951
  • BCCI gets tough, removes Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan from central contracts for missing Ranji Trophy. In a first, it starts fast bowling contracts to reward emerging players like Akash Deep and four others
  • Tennis: Sumit Nagal loses in first round of Dubai Duty Free tournament
  • WPL: UP Warriorz beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets
Bengal police arrests TMC leader Sk Shahjahan, the prime accused in the Sandeshkhali disturbances
oppn parties
Film Industry: Golden Boy In Jail

By Ashwini Agarwal
First publised on 2018-04-05 21:33:41

Salman Khan has been the most consistent hit-churner at the box office. Apart from Tubelight, all his recent films have been block-busters. His last film, Tiger Zinda Hai, entered the Rs 300cr club in just three weeks, making him the only actor with three films in that rarefied club. The other two of his films there are Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan. Even Tubelight did business above Rs 100cr but that was far short of the standards set by Khan. Any other actor would have been over the moon with that kind of collection. But at the box office, Salman Khan is something else and hence Tubelight was termed average in movie business parlance.

Hence, SalmanÂ’s sentencing has come as bad news for the film industry. More than Rs 400cr are said to be riding on Khan. If he is to serve two and a half year in jail (a five year term usually ends in that time due to various reasons), most of this money will go down the drain as movie-goers have become discerning enough not to patronize dated films.

But whatever the stakes, the industry cannot hope for leniency from judges, not even probation to complete his work. Wildlife conservancy is a big issue and with poaching on the rise, many activists have got into the act. On top of that, the Bishnois have made it their mission to get Salman punished. If the Rajasthan High Court does not acquit Salman, the activists will make sure that the sentence is not watered down. Hence, the film industry is in for a prolonged Salman-less period.