While promoting his recently released Indian war drama, ‘Tubelight’, Salman Khan found himself addressing questions on the likelihood of the film outshining SS Rajamouli’s critically-acclaimed ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’. Little did he know that far from competing with the box-office favourite, ‘Tubelight’ would even fail to appeal to Bhai’s fans.
mid-day has learnt that select Indian distributors of the Kabir Khan-directed film are set to meet the actor in a bid to recover their losses. A distributor, on the condition of anonymity, told mid-day, “Salman’s films can collect Rs 100 crore in three days, but this time, ‘Tubelight’ reached the three-figure mark after a week. Single screen owners in small cities have suffered the most, with many incurring losses of over Rs 1 crore. The total loss amounts to Rs 40-50 crore. This is the first time we have faced such a situation. The distributors are hopeful that Salman will pay off their damages.”
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In a previous interview, trade analyst Amod Mehra had pointed out that distributors would suffer after Tubelight‘s debacle. “Salman is seen crying throughout the film and that’s going to be the case for the distributors as well. The cost at which the film was sold is high, so recovery is going to be difficult,” Mehra had said.
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