Shah Rukh Khan continues his dominance in Bollywood, his latest release Jawan beats the Pathaan, achieved the milestone of record-breaking opening days for any Bollywood movie.
In what has proven to be a remarkable year for the legendary Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, popularly known as King Khan, his return to the big screen has once again captured the attention of fans and film enthusiasts alike.
With the release of his action-packed thriller “Jawan” this year, Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as the “King of Bollywood,” has once more demonstrated his ability to make a memorable comeback. “Jawan,” which hit theaters on a Thursday, has quickly surpassed the success of his previous blockbuster, “Pathaan,” at the box office.
Upon its debut, “Jawan” achieved an impressive $9.4 million in India from its Hindi version alone. Furthermore, the film was simultaneously released in Tamil and Telugu to cater to the substantial South Indian audience, where it garnered an additional $1.3 million from the dubbed versions, as reported by Variety.
In response to the overwhelming success of “Jawan,” Shah Rukh Khan expressed his heartfelt appreciation to his fans. He wrote, “Thank you for all the love and appreciation for Jawan! Stay safe and happy. Please keep sending in the pics and videos of all of you enjoying at the movies, And I will be back soon to see all of them! Until then, party with Jawan in the theatres! Lots of love and gratitude.”
Shah Rukh Khan’s global influence was evident in the international market, contributing to the remaining portion of the film’s impressive $15.6 million opening day earnings. This outstanding performance has earned “Jawan” the distinction of having the highest-grossing opening day for a Hindi-language film.
To put this into perspective, Khan’s earlier release, “Pathaan,” made waves at the box office in January, amassing $8.32 million in India and an additional $4.5 million internationally on its first day in theaters, resulting in a total opening day collection of $12.7 million.
Directed by Atlee, “Jawan” marks Shah Rukh Khan’s second official project after his announcement of stepping away from his iconic romantic roles. The film revolves around the story of Jawan, a soldier driven by an unyielding desire to combat corruption in society and deliver justice with his own hands. The film has maintained an air of mystery, with its trailer offering only limited insights into the enigmatic character of Jawan, who appears to straddle the line between heroism and darker shades.
The character showcases various facets, portraying him as both strategic and calculating while, at times, unhinged and consumed by anger. Adding to the complexity, Jawan must confront an antagonist with his own hidden agenda. Beyond Shah Rukh Khan’s magnetic star power, the film also features Deepika Padukone in a pivotal role, reuniting with Khan after “Pathaan,” along with prominent figures from South Indian cinema, Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara.