Superstar Ajay Devgn on Tuesday said that he wants every film to be a super hit and is happy that Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathan is on the way to register pre-order. Devgn whose thriller-drama Drishyam 2 emerged as one of the biggest Hindi blockbusters of 2022 with earnings of over Rs 280 crores worldwide, said the film industry needs more superhit films to revive the culture of going to cinemas after the pandemic.
“After the movie (Drishyam 2), became a super hit, I would say we need more three-four super hit films. Because after the pandemic, things have slowed down. We have to inculcate the habit among people to come to theaters to watch a movie. So let’s cross our fingers.
“I want every movie to be super duper hit. Now Pathan publisher and whatever reports we read about the advance booking, it seems amazing and I am very happy about it from the bottom of my heart,” said the actor during the teaser launch of his upcoming film Bholaa.
A Yash Raj Films project, Pathan is directed by Siddharth Anand and also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles. Industry experts are confident that the film will open somewhere between Rs 45 and 50 crore at the box office.
Devgn is also excited about the winning streak of SS Rajamouli’s RRR (Rise Roar Revolt). The film has won a Golden Globe for Naatu Naatu. The song was also named the winner in the Critics Choice Awards, where RRR was named the best foreign language film.
Devgn, who appeared in the film in a special appearance, said he feels proud that Rajamouli has brought so much recognition to the Indian film industry. “When a film works, the entire industry benefits. Similarly, Rajamouli has taken the film internationally. Today we read reports in newspapers about how James Cameron and others are talking (about the film).
“Through RRR our industry is being recognised, which is a great thing and we feel proud. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it gets as many nominations and awards as possible and that will be good for us,” the actor said.
RRR is a pre-independence fictional story that follows two real-life Indian revolutionaries – Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) and Komaram Bheem (Jr NTR) – in the 1920s. Devgn played the role of Charan’s father in the film.
The Telugu film is part of the Oscars shortlist in the Best Original Song category for Naatu Naatu. Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday.
Devgn’s latest Bholaawhich he has also directed is the Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Kaithi. It also has Tabu in a pivotal role.