Race 3, starring Salman Khan, is one of the worst reviewed movie of the year. It has been derided by the critics for its bad acting, dialogue, direction from choreographer, Remo D’souza and songs written by Salman. It has also recieved a lot of flak from the fandom of Salman Khan. On social media, fans are collectively hating on the movie, and asking Salman to never make a movie like this again in his career. Some have even gone on to hurl abuse at Salman’s co-actress, Daisy Shah, whose dialogue, “Our business is our business, none of your business”, broke the internet and became a popular meme. They are abusing her for bad acting, and ruining the movie, even though none of the actors, except Anil Kapoor, have gotten any kind of praise for their performances.
The movie has collected 132.44 crores till now, according to the tracking site, BoxofficeIndia.com. It collected Rs 8 crores on Wednesday, and has experienced drop in its collection compared to Salman’s other movies. The reason here is that people didn’t like the movie, and there was negative word of mouth. Salman’s hardcore fanbase was able to give the movie highest opening day of the year, but its difficult to sustain momentum when the movie is not getting good response.
Race 3 is not a good movie, but it has still done better business than other content driven movies that have failed in the past, Jagga Jasoos, Fan and Padman for example. Parmanu, directed by Abhishek Sharma and starring John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani was able to perform decently based on an the real life incident of Nuclear testing in 1998, in Pokhran, but didn’t get the traction it deserved. It has made Rs 51 crore gross since its release in India. Even as it was liked by critics and general audiences alike, John has many fans around the country, but it didn’t make a bright splash, like Alia Bhatt’s Raazi did.
Alia, whose stardom has grown, starred in movie with an interesting topic, and gave a critically acclaimed performance. The credit should also be given to the director, Meghna Gulzar, whose storytelling was subtle, and didn’t resort to cheap attacks on Pakistan to sell the story of patriotism and sacrifice. Parmanu and Raazi are two different movies, and while the former has petered out, there is still much interest in the latter.
Movie watching is a subjective opinion, but most people agree that Race 3 is a bad movie. Salman Khan fans aren’t even defending it on social media. But the movie is still ahead of worthier stories in terms of Box office. Salman is a star, but his stardom goes only so far that people will agree to support something unwatchable just for their love for him. The movie isn’t an all time blockbuster. It has shown that people have started changing their perception about movies, and might give chance to some, but when it comes to big stars, they still hold power over Box office.