Kangana Ranaut has finally seen success after four years. Her last biggie was Tanu Weds Manu Returns  which had emerged as a Blockbuster.
Back in 2000, Hrithik Roshan had emerged as the heartthrob of the new millennium when his debut flick Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai had emerged as a huge Blockbuster. The film had opened well but then showed rapid momentum in weeks to follow that allowed a major run for it in theaters. Ever since then many a newcomer emerged on the scene but couldn't replicate this kind of success with their very first films.
Now as a relative newcomer, Vicky Kaushal has broken the record set by Hrithik Roshan 19 years back. In his first role as a leading man in a commercial film, he has scored an All Time Blockbuster with Uri - The Surgical Strike. The film has gone past the 200-crore mark already, a feat that no new entrant in the industry has ever achieved.
If one looks at the members of the 200 Crore Club, the list is dominated by the three Khans [Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh]. This is followed by Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan. Each of these superstars has been the veteran in the business and scored their first 200 crore or 300 crore film after spending a good time in the industry.
However, Vicky Kaushal has achieved this in the quickest possible time and that brings him a huge standing in the industry. Thankfully, in recent times, there has been a flurry of new entrants making their mark in Bollywood. Ayushmann Khurranna [Badhaai Ho], Rajkummar Rao [Stree] and Kartik Aryan [Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety] have scored a century each too and the onus is now on them to take a step forward to the 200-crore mark, something that Vicky Kaushal has achieved now.
Meanwhile, last week's release Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga has not done well at all. The film has barely managed to cross the Rs 20 crore number and it won't even reach Rs 25 crore lifetime. This is a very poor result for the film considering the fact that Sonam Kapoor was leading the show along with Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao.
The film did have its moments but then audiences chose not to even give it a chance. Critics were still supportive of the Shelly Chopra Dhar's directorial outing but there wasn't much buzz around the film and while the opening wasn't good, the follow through wasn't there either and as a result, the footfalls just fell flat right through the week.
This is now a rare flop for Sonam Kapoor since otherwise she has been having a largely good run with Veere Di Wedding [Superhit], PadMan [Above Average], Neerja [Superhit], Prem Ratan Dhan Payo [Hit], Dolly Ki Doli [Below Average] and Khoobsurat [Average] as her last six releases.
Her last flop was Bewakoofiyaan  which was five years back, and even before that she had two back to back successes in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag [Superhit] and Raanjhanaa [Hit], which makes it a very impressive overall run for Sonam Kapoor.
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut has finally seen success after four years. Her last biggie was Tanu Weds Manu Returns  which had emerged as a Blockbuster. However, I Love NY [Disaster], Katti Batti [Flop], Rangoon [Flop] and Simran [Flop] were all commercial as well as critical disappointments. Now Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi has managed to succeed.
The film has gone past the Rs 85-crore mark after two weeks and is now heading for the 100 Crore Club. Though the film did fall briefly after scoring an impressive weekend due to the Republic Day holiday, it still continued to sail along. That was evidenced even more in the second week when the collections stayed stable.
Now that the third week has started well too, the film would just about manage to scrape through the 100-crore mark. This would be a huge moral victory for Kangana Ranaut as she also finds mention as a director on the credits, and with this, she is the only female actor-director to manage such a feat.
Due to the costs involved then, the film is still not a clean Hit. However, the fact that it has come so far is no mean achievement either. Now one waits to see what does Kangana Ranaut bring on board with her next two films, Mental Hai Kya and Panga.(Joginder Tuteja is a trade expert and film critic, and loves to talk and write about anything that is related to films. He loves the word 'Bollywood' and truly believes that it has a ring to it that is sweeter than 'Hollywood'.)The Great Diwali Discount!
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