Mumbai, Nov. 28 -- Salman Khan's last five releases - Wanted (2009), Dabangg (2010), Bodyguard (2011), Ready (2011) and Ek Tha Tiger - have all crossed the Rs. 100 cr mark at the box-office, making him the champion of the much-coveted club. But steady competition is coming his way. Closing in on Salman is now Ajay Devgn.
Ajay's last four films - Golmaal 3 (2010), Singham (2011), Bol Bachchan and the recently-released Son Of Sardaar (SOS) - have all surpassed the Rs100 cr mark at the box-office as well. If trade and industry sources are to be believed, Ajay is fast becoming the most sought-after actor in Bollywood.
An informer says, "The film is also doing well in regions the makers didn't expect it to perform in. Late director Yash Chopra's Jab Tak Hai Jaan had released in 500 screens more than what SOS launched with initially. This is why it took the film some time to hit the mark, otherwise going by the current response, it would have happened much earlier. He is an unexpected entrant into the Rs. 100 cr club."
Having released this Diwali, there was a lot of buzz about how SOS would fare as it was up against the Shah Rukh Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer. But interestingly, it went ahead and hit the R100 cr mark at the box-office faster than any other film starring Ajay has, in the past.
Producer of SOS, NR Pachisia says, "In a 16-day period, SOS has also crossed the lifetime regional collections of all of Ajay's films. This gives us a whole new reason to celebrate. We're happy with the response."
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