In the world of Bollywood, where Shah Rukh Khan reigns as the undisputed king, his upcoming release, Dunki, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, is creating ripples that are expected to surpass even the monumental success of Jawan. Atlee Kumar, the director of Jawan, who has witnessed his film shattering records, shared his insights into this cinematic rivalry that has the industry buzzing.
Dunki: The New Box Office Contender
As the excitement builds for Dunki’s release this Christmas, fans are eagerly anticipating another cinematic masterpiece from the King of Bollywood. Shah Rukh Khan’s previous venture, Jawan, has already stormed into the record books as the fastest Hindi film to enter the coveted 400 crore club, leaving even Pathaan trailing in its wake.
Jawan’s Phenomenal Success
Jawan, the high-octane action thriller directed by Atlee Kumar and starring Shah Rukh Khan, has set new benchmarks in Bollywood. After a thunderous opening day, it has achieved an unprecedented feat, grossing a staggering Rs 800 crores worldwide. As fans throng theaters to bask in the SRK magic, the film is poised to breach the monumental 1000 crore mark, firmly cementing its place in cinematic history.
Atlee Kumar’s Vision
Director Atlee Kumar, basking in the glory of Jawan’s monumental success, believes that Rajkumar Hirani’s Dunki is destined for even greater glory. In a recent interview with Koimoi, he articulated his vision for the Indian film industry, saying, “Dunki is going to cross everything. That’s how the eco-system should be. We should grow. We should keep our peaks growing in every film. I have to surpass my previous film, of course, I have to surpass Jawan in my next. It’s realized with every technician and every actor and everybody in the eco-system.”
A Promising Future
Atlee Kumar’s optimism about Dunki’s success knows no bounds. He stated, “Once we are growing, the system is growing, so it’s a good sign, and I think Dunki is going to do wonders. I am really happy for Mr. Khan, and I don’t think anyone in the world will have this record. I am also praying and wishing for that.”
Shah Rukh Khan’s Perspective
Shah Rukh Khan, during the press meeting celebrating Jawan’s success, shed light on the timing of Dunki’s release. He stated, “We started with January 26 (Pathaan), it was a good auspicious day. Then Janmashtami, on the occasion of Krishnaji’s birthday, we released this film (Jawan). Now there is the New Year, Christmas. We will bring Dunki at that time.”
The iconic actor further added, “I think of national integration. Jis din meri film release hoti hai, uss din Eid hota hai. (And whenever my film is released, it’s Eid anyway). I’m working harder than I worked in the last 29 years. I will keep working hard because now I’m the happiest when people get happy after watching the film.”