Given the lacklustre journey of Bollywood in the first half of 2015, a remunerative miracle at the box office is much-awaited. All eyes are on superstar Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which delves into Indo-Pak relations, to break the dry spell, say trade analysts.
"Expectations from 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' are really huge. We are hoping that it may cross Rs.300 crore. Pre-booking of the film has been fantastic," Delhi-based film distributor Joginder Mahajan told.
Releasing on more than 5,000 screens across 50 countries, including the US, Britain, Pakistan and Australia, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in pivotal roles, is the story of a man discovering love during a journey from India to Pakistan as he takes a dumb and mute girl back to her country.
According to Devang Sampat, business head - Strategy, Cinepolis, said more than 70 percent seats are booked and he is confident the opening weekend will go houseful for the movie.
"Eid and Salman have been a lethal combination," Sampat added. Bollywood celebrities who watched the movie are singing praises, assuring that Salman's film will indeed be an hit.
Check out the reviews from celebs after they watched the movie...
Jacqueline Fernandez @Asli_Jacqueline
It's official. #BajrangiBhaijaan is Salman's bestest ever. But who really steals the scenes is little Harshaali! I'm a fan!!
Sonakshi Sinha @sonakshisinha
Watched #BajrangiBhaijaan last night n its safe to say its @BeingSalmanKhan's best movie.. Like ever. Well done @kabirkhankk, outstandinng!
Arpita wrote, "Just returned from the screening of Bajrangi Bhaijaan. Can't choose the words correctly to express how much I loved the movie. BB is one of @BeingSalmanKhan best movies. Can't wait for you all to watch it! Beautifully shot movie @kabirkhankk & he does justice to each & every character in BB Simply amazing."
Daisy Shah @ShahDaisy25
Words can't do justice to explain wat u feel abt this. #BajrangiBhaijaan is a heartfelt movie! @BeingSalmanKhan @kabirkhankk #takeabow
He tweeted, "There wasn't a dry eye at the end of the screening of #BajrangiBhaijaan....an emotional journey majestically performed by @BeingSalmanKhan!!"
Pulkit Samrat wrote, "Just watched #BajrangiBhaijaan OUTSTANDING! Fabulously shot.. @BeingSalmanKhan's best ever! Congratulations @kabirkhankk @minimathur."
Adnan Sami @AdnanSamiLive
Jst returned frm d screening of #BhajrangiBhaijaan . All I will say is that just get ready 4 d most amazing emotional roller coaster ride! OUTSTANDING!! A New level of @BeingSalmanKhan . @kabirkhankk hs made an EPIC film wch is going 2 leave u awestruck!! 👏👏👌👌#BhajrangiBhaijaan
Nikhil Dwivedi @Nikhil_Dwivedi
Those who ve always felt tht @BeingSalmanKhan does nt do meaningful films shud watch #BajrangiBhaijaan -his finest & mightiest in 20 yrs.
Kamaal R Khan-KRK @kamaalrkhan
It's interval n what a brilliant mind blowing out standing superb film #BajrangiBhaijaan 100% Salman khan will get national award for this. After watching #BajrangiBhaijaan I can say only this tat if you have not watched this film then you have not watched best film of your life.