After being selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars in the foreign language film category this year, Anurag Basu’s Barfi! has added another feather in its cap — the film joins the INR1 billion club of Bollywood.
The total cost of the movie has reportedly been INR300 million and since its release on September 14, the unique love triangle featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ileana D’Cruz has appealed so much to the movie-goers that it has raked in INR1 billion at the box office.
“Ranbir Kapoor joins the much-famed INR1 billion on Tuesday with Barfi! and this is Priyanka Chopra’s second ton this year, after Agneepath,” tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
The other Bollywood movies that grossed INR1 billion, this year are: Housefull 2, Rowdy Rathore, Bol Bachchan and Ek Tha Tiger.
The film, which minted INR346 million during its opening weekend and amassed a total of INR586 million over the first week, is still going strong at the ticket window.
Interestingly, the director of the film had earlier stated that it was more important for him to touch a hundred hearts than INR1 billion box-office takings.
After making it big in Bollywoood, Barfi! is likely to be remade in Tamil and a top notch southern star has reportedly shown interest in the project.
Dhananjayan of Disney UTV told IANS: “It is too early to talk about the remake of Barfi!. Although one of the leading heroes has expressed his interest to do the film and a good director has also agreed to make the film.”
“If confirmed, it will go on floors in February-March 2013,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2012.