Yash Raj Films
Shah Rukh Khan’s action thriller “Jawan” has shattered the star’s own Bollywood opening day record.
Record-Breaking Opening Day
“Jawan” is produced by Gauri Khan and Gaurav
Verma for Red Chillies Entertainment. It opened on Thursday and its Hindi-language version grossed $9.4 million in
India, with a further $1.3 million from Tamil and Telugu-language dubbed versions, according to numbers provided to
Variety by Red Chillies. Including overseas collections, “Jawan” enjoyed a $15.6 million opening day.
Previous Record Breaker
Shah Rukh Khan’s “Pathaan,” which released in
January, was the previous record holder for a Hindi-language film, grossing $8.32 million in India and a further
$4.5 million in overseas territories on its first day in cinemas, for a worldwide gross total of $12.7 million.
“Jawan” is directed by Atlee, who previously
delivered a trio of Tamil-language blockbusters starring Vijay – “Theri” (2016), “Mersal” (2017) and “Bigil”
(2019). The “Jawan” cast also includes Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Priyamani, Sanya Malhotra and Ridhi Dogra,
with Deepika Padukone in a cameo.
Plot and Overwhelming Response
“Jawan” features Khan in a dual role as a
father and son who set out to rectify corruption in Indian society. The film is on the lines of several
Tamil-language blockbusters tackling Indian societal ills by S. Shankar, who Atlee assisted before making his
directorial debut with Fox Star Studios’ “Raja Rani” in 2013.
“The love and response of audiences on the first