It is a clash between John Abraham and Salman Khan-Aayush Sharma, this weekend. John’s Satyameva Jayate 2 launches today, and is expected to have an excellent opening. However, he will block the horns with Antim: The Final Truth by Salman-Aayush. Both movies are great commercial artists and commercial analysts are expecting a battle at the box office. Antim sees Salman as a righteous cop, who is ready to do whatever it takes to correct all mistakes, an avatar that generally works wonders for Bhai fans. Aayush plays the role of a hardened gangster, who is a far cry from his romantic avatar in his debut film LoveYatri.
Business analyst Girish Johar told Indianexpress.com, “Antim, director of Mahesh Manjrekar, is highlighting Aayush Sharma with Salman Khan. It’s a hardcore commercial movie, and it’s a very different look for Aayush, compared to his first movie. This is a new avatar. To start with, I expect around 5 million rupees, and then it can add up. “
Meanwhile, Satyameva Jayate 2 is a vigilante drama, in the vein of the 2018 film Satyameva Jayate. Also starring Anup Soni, Harsh Chhaya, Gautami Kapoor and others, the film marks the acting comeback of Divya Khosla Kumar. Nora Fatehi also appears in a dance number. Plus, it has undertones of fierce patriotism, which is another crowd-pleaser for the masses these days.
“Both movies can work well. Satyameva Jayate 2 has John Abraham, and we know he’s a full-blown action star. The first movie did a fantastic business, so we really hope it does well at the box office. I expect Rs 6 crore to Rs 7 crore at the box office on day 1. Let’s see how it works. Milap Zaveri has put on record that it is an ode to the cinema of the 80s and 90s, ”said Johar.
The theater business is slowly returning to normal. While Sooryavanshi, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif, wreaked havoc at the box office, crossing Rs 180 crore, Bunty Aur Babli 2, starring Rani Mukerji and Saif Ali Khan, failed to make a splash.