Shah Rukh Khan’s much-anticipated film, “Dunki,” dropped its trailer, igniting a whirlwind of opinions and speculations regarding its day 1 box office impact. With the colossal success of “Jawan” and “Pathaan” still fresh in memory, the stakes are high for this Rajkumar Hirani directorial, but how will it fare in the face of the formidable competition posed by Prabhas’ “Salaar”?
The initial narrative surrounding “Dunki” revolves around the observation that Rajkumar Hirani’s trailers tend to be average, a debate grounded in the dilemma of showcasing the richness of content in his films. While the trailer might not be as exhilarating as some might hope, the film’s potential rests heavily on word of mouth, a quintessential factor for Hirani’s projects.
Shah Rukh Khan, portraying the predicted characters Hardy & Hardiyal Singh Dhillon, has injected curiosity into the narrative with the prospect of a double role – a departure from conventional expectations. Despite the trailer’s averageness, the film’s signature blend of emotions and humor, characteristic of Rajkumar Hirani’s work, may prove instrumental in captivating audiences.
The looming clash with “Salaar” raises questions about the impact on “Dunki’s” day 1 collection. While the trailer may not be perceived as a crowd-puller on its own, the festive season and the combined appeal of Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani could potentially turn the tables, especially in the Southern states where Prabhas holds significant sway.
Acknowledging the clash with “Salaar,” it’s anticipated that “Dunki” may contend with fewer screens and a divided audience. The clash, however, could attract cinema enthusiasts willing to experience both films during the festive fervor.
In terms of expectations, the “Dunki” trailer has tempered the initial day 1 projections, which were initially set at a lofty 40 crore+ following the success of “Pathaan” and “Jawan.” The average trailer has adjusted expectations to a range of 30-35 crore, a respectable figure but one that leaves fans yearning for Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani to exceed these limits. The stage is set for a captivating clash between “Dunki” and “Salaar,” promising an exhilarating start to their box office journey.