Bollywood thriller "Talaash", which stars Aamir Khan in the lead role, opened to a good start on Friday and is still drawing audiences.
In just five days, director Reema Kagti's movie collected ₹59.6 crore at the domestic box office. The film also features Rani Mukherjee and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles.
"Talaash" is Aamir's much-awaited film after his 2009 blockbuster film "3 Idiots" and fans expected it to be another one of his unique productions. The actor has acted in almost all film genres and with "Talaash" he experimented with suspense for which he got mixed reviews.
Despite the reactions, the movie is making good business at the box office, affecting previous releases like "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and "Son of Sardaar". Since the release of "Talaash", the business of "JTHJ" and "SOS", both of which were released on Diwali, has gone down drastically.
The main reason for the declining business of both movies is the less number of screen counts across India and also in the overseas market.
"Aamir is seen as a messiah for the multiplexes just like some other heroes are seen as single-screen heroes," The Times of India quoted a trade source as saying.
"Talaash got off to a good start. The fact that an Aamir flick is in theatres after such a long gap makes it even more special," film producer Aman Gill told TOI.
"Talaash" had almost stopped the business of "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and "Son Of Sardaar". Both movies earned fewer collections in their third weekend at the box office.
Shahrukh's "JTHJ" collected ₹1.80 crore in the third weekend, while Ajay Devgn's "SOS" earned ₹1.97 crore.