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Monday, July 06, 2015

How Salman Khan verdict affects Bollywood business

May 6, 2015 will indeed be marked as a dark day for Hindi cinema, as superstar Salman Khan was sentenced to 5-year jail term in relation to the 2002 hit-and-run case. The verdict was pronounced by the Mumbai sessions court.

On the night of September 28, 2002, controversial star's SUV ran over a group of people in Bandra. One person was killed and four others were injured on that ill-fated night. Khan has been convicted of driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

He was charged under IPC Sections 304 part II (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) which attracts up to 10 years in prison; 279 (rash and negligent driving); 337 & 338 (causing hurt by act endangering life and causing grievous hurt respectively), and 427 (mischief causing damage to property).

The star who won over the hearts of millions with 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun' is possibly one of the most bankable actors in the Hindi film industry today. He has stood the test of time, even when his films were not doing well at the Box office. Salman is most loved especially in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, where he is popular as 'Bhai'. His career is marked with a number of hits, with producers clamouring to associate 'brand Salman' to their respective projects. No wonder this heartthrob charges a bomb (reportedly close to Rs 20 crores as acting fees and then a share of profits) of an amount.

Several film projects now run at the risk of bearing the brunt. Kabir Khan's 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' is in its post production stage and will probably do well at the Box Office owing to the hype as well as the success of their previous venture 'Ek Tha Tiger'. But, Sooraj Barjatya's 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' will probably suffer quite a lot as the shoot for the movie is still on. There are several other projects in which Salman has been reportedly cast as the lead, but the shooting has not yet begun. The biggest of which is Karan Johar's 'Shuddhi', the movie has already suffered losses owing to Hrithik and Kareena's signing out due to various issues. Now, it remains to be seen who will replace Khan, if that need arises.

Another big loss would be faced by the biggest television reality show 'Bigg Boss'. The show is to see its ninth season in 2015 and many believe that the reason of the show’s popularity is the presence of Salman as its host. It was made even more evident by the lowering TRPs post his exit last season.

A leading daily reported the loss of Rs 500 crore to the industry if Salman was to be jailed. This figure cannot be confirmed but speculations are that it may not be a far cry from the actual figures considering that there are several sequels also in the pipeline including 'Dabbang 3', 'No Entry Mein Entry' and a second installment to the 2014 hit 'Kick', reportedly.

Salman is considered as one of the top three stars, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir being the other two. But he definitely tops the list of the sheer number of fans coming especially from small cities. He rules the single-screen theatres, whereas both SRK and Aamir cater to the classes and NRI film audience.

The 49-year-old actor has a painful yet rare nervous condition called trigeminal-neuralgia. Apart from the medical condition, the 'Jai Ho' star is also going to be nearing 55 when he is back and to restart his career then would probably be quite a task. Furthermore, young guns like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh will be competing to take his place. No one can possibly challenge the 'Bhai', but it would be a slot open for the next actor who can find a place in the fans' heart.

As the court pronounced 5-year jail term for the actor, his absence can toss the dynamics of a multi-crore industry, all we can do is speculate. Both 'Dabangg' Khan's fans and critics know that his influence on the industry is huge, and his shoes are indeed too big to be fit in by someone else.
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