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Salman Khan’s ‘Tubelight’ opens with Rs 21.15 cr

MUMBAI: Over the past few years, Salman Khan’s strategy of releasing films on festival weekends of Eid or Diwali has paid off handsomely.

Counting on the upcoming long Eid weekend, Khan’s latest venture ‘Tubelight’ has finally hit the theatres. Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘Tubelight’ is off to a good start and has registered Rs 21.15 crore on its opening day at the domestic box office.

Though the film has received average reviews, it is hoped to pick up pace during the extended weekend as Monday is also a holiday, for Eid. The fact that there are no big Bollywood releases lined up for the next two weeks will further help ‘Tubelight’ to earn big at the box office. The next big release is Sridevi-starrer ‘Mom’, which will release on 7 July.

‘Tubelight’ is the official Bollywood remake of the 2015 American war drama ‘Little Boy’. It also marks the second outing of Kabir Khan and Salman Khan, after the 2015 hit ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, and is the last film of the late Om Puri.

Set in the hilly region of northern India, ‘Tubelight’ revolves around two brothers Laxman (Salman Khan) and Bharat Singh Bisht (Sohail Khan). Laxman is a little slow on the uptake due to which he is often made fun of. He is extremely attached to his brother, and is devastated when his brother is made to join the army and be part of the 1962 Sino–Indian War. The film follows Laxman’s struggle to bring back his brother.

However, the opening-day collection registered by ‘Tubelight’ has been Salman Khan’s lowest Eid opening in recent times.

Khan’s 2015 box-office blockbuster ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’, which was released during Diwali, has been his biggest opening film, having collected Rs 40.35 crore. This was followed by the 2016 hit ‘Sultan’, which registered Rs 36.54 crore. Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ recorded Rs 32.93 crore, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ minted Rs 27.25 crore and ‘Kick’ collected Rs 26.40 crore. All these films were released around festive weekends.

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Given, the popularity of Salman Khan and the long weekend, trade analysts have predicted ‘Tubelight’ to cross Rs 100 crore over the weekend. This optimism notwithstanding, critics have panned the film for being a poor adaptation of Alejandro Monteverde’s ‘Little Boy’.