Every actor in Bollywood likes to release his film during the festive season as it guarantees a bumper opening at the box office. Diwali, Eid and Christmas are favorites amongst the Bollywood stars and these slots are booked almost a year or two in advance. Generally, one of the Khans or Akshay Kumar have their movies releasing on big festivals. While Christmas is supposedly lucky for Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan’s movies that hit theatres on Diwali mostly fare well. When it comes to Eid, it is Salman Khan‘s all the way. In fact, here are some of his films that released on the auspicious day, and yes, all of them were blockbusters.
This is the film that started it all. Bhai’s career got a huge boost with Wanted as fans loved to see their idol in an action-packed film. Directed by Prabhu Deva, this film was one of the biggest hits of 2009.
Box office collection: INR 136 Cr.
Now who doesn’t love Chulbul Pandey? He is one of the funniest cops that we have seen in Bollywood films and since the character got so popular, the makers went to on create the second part of the franchise. Unfortunately, the sequel of this 2010 release, Dabangg 2, didn’t do as well as the original film.
Box office collection: INR 145 Cr.
By 2011, all the producers and directors working with Bhai reserved Eid releases for this actor. Even other filmmakers in the industry would refrain from releasing movies on this day so as to not clash with Salman. Bodyguard was his hattrick Eid release and fared better in the box office than Dabangg, which was a commercial film.
Box office collection: INR 142 Cr.
EK THA TIGER (2012)
In spite of being in the industry for over two decades, Salman had never worked with Bollywood’s biggest production house, Yash Raj Films. This changed when Khan gave his nod to Kabir Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger that was backed by Aditya Chopra. The movie did exceptionally well, and its sequel Tiger Zinda Hai did even better.
Box office collection: INR 198 Cr.
Sajid Nadiadwala is known as one of the top producers in Bollywood and Kick was the first film that he directed. Nadiadwala and Khan were friends for years so it was easy for Sajid to get the superstar on board for his directorial debut.
Box office collection: INR 233 Cr.
BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN (2015)
This was Bhai’s second film with Kabir Khan. Bajrangi Bhaijaan had a heart-warming story and Khan’s character, Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, won many hearts. The critics, too, gave it a thumbs-up. This Eid release was the second Bollywood film to earn more than INR 300 crores at the box office at the time, the first one being 3 Idiots.
Box office collection: INR 970 Cr.
Salman Khan’s seventh Eid release had a bumper start at the box office and went on to become one of the highest grossing Bollywood movies of the year, before Aamir Khan‘s Dangal knocked it off the perch. It also starred Anushka Sharma opposite Bhai for the first time.
Box office collection: INR 589 Cr.
Gear up for yet another Eid release this year starring your favorite Khan. Bharat brings back the superhit jodi of Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif and is all set to hit theatres on the 5th of June, 2019. Watch the lead actors’ cute banter in the video below.