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Bajrangi Bhaijaan: 5 Years On, 10 Facts

By JOGINDER TUTEJA
July 17, 2020 09:09 IST
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit the screens on July 17, 2015.

Released a day before Eid, the film not only took an excellent start at the box office, it was also hailed by the critics.

One of Salman Khan's top films, this Kabir Khan directorial ended up emerging as an all-time blockbuster.

As the film turns five, Joginder Tuteja brings up 10 interesting facts.

 

1. When Bajrangi Bhaijaan released, Salman Khan was on a winning streak with seven back-to-back hits -- Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Jai Ho and Kick.

No wonder all eyes were on the superstar to deliver once again.

While all the seven films were actioners, Bajrangi Bhaijaan was an emotional tale.

 

2. Salman had collaborated with Director Kabir Khan on Ek Tha Tiger, which missed entering the Rs 200 crore club by just a crore.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan entered the Rs 300 crore club.

The next film they did, Tubelight, was deemed a flop because it only earned Rs 100 crore.

 

3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan was written by Vijayendra Prasad, Baahubali Director S S Rajamouli's dad.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan released a week after Baahubali: The Beginning's blockbuster success. That movie was also written by Vijayendra Prasad.

 

4. Though Kareena Kapoor didn't have a lengthy role, she did the film because of her long association with Salman.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan was their first film after the massive hit Bodyguard in 2011.

 

5. After playing the villain in Kick, Nawazuddin Siddiqui stole the show in Bajrangi Bhaijaan playing Chand Nawab, a Pakistani television reporter.

 

6. Harshaali Malhotra, the child actor who played Munni, has not faced the camera since.

 

7. Pritam composed the music and the opening track -- Selfie Le Le Re, picturised on Salman Khan -- was a huge success.

Sung by Vishal Dadlani, Nakash Aziz and Badshah, the track became especially popular among kids.

 

8. The film took a very good start at the box office with Friday collections of Rs 27.25 crore.

The weekend was even better, allowing Bajrangi Bhaijaan to enter the Rs 100 crore club in just three days.

 

9. Bajrangi Bhaijaan narrowly missed entering the Rs 200 crore club in a week by netting Rs 184.62 crore in its first seven days.

But it soon crossed the lifetime numbers of Salman's previous release, Kick, which stood at Rs 232 crore.

 

10. Only the second time in the history of the Bollywood box office that a film went past the Rs 300 crore mark.

PK had achieved this feat a few months before Bajrangi Bhaijaan's release ago when it collected Rs 340.80 crore.

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