Will Saif give Bollywood its first 100 crore musical rom-com?

By Hindustan Times

Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan - Each of these Top-6 actors in Bollywood find themselves in the elite 100 crore club, what with at least one film each of theirs scoring a century at the box office. Though Saif Ali Khan had all the right reasons to believe that he had his brightest chances to join the club with Agent Vinod (which didn't quite happen), all eyes are on whether his Cocktail would manage to achieve this feat for him.

"The film is carrying wonderful vibes and after Love Aaj Kal, if there is any film that Saif can be most confident about, it is Cocktail. Kurbaan, Aarakshan and Agent Vinod didn't do too well at the box office and though Saif was appreciated, the box office told a different story. Obviously Saif wants to strike hard with Cocktail. Now his reunion with Deepika Padukone in this Homi Adajania musical rom-com should do the trick", says an industry insider.

However, there is a twist in the tale here. Even though close to a dozen odd films have done a business of over 100 crores just in India, none of these have boasted of a rom-com musical genre. Most of these films have been action comedies or hardcore 'maar-dhaad' affairs which means that if and when a film like Cocktail enters the league, it would be a first.

"Romance as a genre is popular but history shows that no such film has made it to the 100 crore club yet. The business has ranged from 60-90 crore mark. In fact Love Aaj Kal itself finds itself in that zone and so does Shah Rukh Khan's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Imran Khan's Mere Brother Ki Dulhan and Ranbir Kapoor's Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani, each of which has fallen in this range", adds a veteran, "With Saif aiming at 100 crores here, it's a huge milestone to cross."

Not an impossible one though if response to the promos and music are any indication. With the film fetching good attention to itself and debutant Diane Penty too standing out as a fresh face, there are many inside the industry and amongst the 'junta' who are positive that this is one film that could well achieve the feat.

"Well, one can only wait and watch to see if this is indeed possible", adds a trade source, "For starters, the film is expected to see the biggest and widest ever release for a Saif starrer and record number of prints would be floated around. Now if the 100 crore target is indeed met, Saif can well expect to wipe off the disappointment of Agent Vinod and celebrate with some 'cocktails' on the house."

We will see.

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