Amitabh Bachchan is one of the biggest superstars Bollywood has seen. In fact, his popularity across India is massive. He has been acting in Indian cinema for several decades and over time, he has become quite the bankable star. In fact, the megastar commands a huge following and can guarantee an opening even today. If you look at his last five releases before Badla, you will understand that he can assure you a considerable amount of money and profit even today. Just that everything depends on the script, the story, the actors and the size of release!
Looking at his last five releases and analysing them, you will realise that he is a pretty bankable star. In fact, with a limited release and low buzz, he could still garner Rs 20 crore for a film like TE3N (2016). And even though Sarkar 3 (2017) did not work due to the poor screenplay, he could make it earn Rs 10 crore. He delivered stand out performances in Pink (2017) and 102 Not Out (2016). And both of them had a fantastic lifetime collection. Pink, with a limited release, managed to collect Rs 70 crore. 102 Not Out, on the other hand, raked in Rs 50 crore. Thugs of Hindostan (2018) was his biggest release in the last decade. And though it was not good enough, it gave him his biggest collection, with a box office total of Rs 150 crore.
Talking about Amitabh Bachchan’s stature, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) mentioned, “Mr Bachchan is a legend in his own right. He’s been one of the biggest superstars the country has ever seen! But I really feel it is unfair to put the onus of the film’s recovery on him, because he is the pricey jewel on the crown. He decorates the film like no other actor can. So I guess as big a legend he is, I really feel it is unfair to draw parallels to his popularity in the business to the amount of money his films draw. He is like a MF Hussain painting today, you cannot really put a value to it. He is a thing to watch. Let’s not try and read into his stature. He is beyond that! He is priceless!”