Krrish 3: Hrithik Roshan proves that he still can’t beat Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan!

Yes, Krrish 3 has entered the much ballyhooed 100 crore club by collecting some 36 crore yesterday to aggregate 108 crore. However, the fact remains that despite the hype, it failed to break the Chennai Express opening weekend record

Krrish 3 collected 72 odd crore on its opening weekend; meant that it came in a distant sixth in the highest opening weekend stakes. Shahrukh Khan holds the top spot for the Chennai Express 100.42 crore collections, with Salman Khan being a close second with 100.16 crore for Ek Tha Tiger. SRK is in third spot for the 92 crore collected by RA.One with Sallu close being in fourth spot with the 88.75 crore collections for Bodyguard. King Khan is in the fifth spot for Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s 80.72 crore opening weekend. Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 and Agneepath bring up the sixth and seventh positions.

The real question is, will Krrish 3 break the all time high aggregate of 227 crore collected by Chennai Express? It is difficult, but not impossible, simply because you, the Indian public, have time and again demonstrated a high tolerance for garbage and have voted with your wallets. It is not difficult to see why. Turn on the television and all you see is a litany of woes. The economy is in freefall, not that you care. Pakistan is constantly invading one border and China the other. Sri Lanka simmers away down under and Nepal and Bangladesh are always irritants. That takes care of the without.

For the within, life is a box of chocolates. Gangrapes happen everywhere, not just in Delhi. Add corrupt politicians, fake godmen, digging for nonexistent gold and a general feeling of malaise and there shakes a perfect cocktail for which there is only one solution – escapism. It is a public holiday, the mood is festive, you are tired of acres of Ram Kapoor on television and the air is loud with Chinese firecrackers and the atmosphere filthy with the same, with the added flatulence from your mithai excesses. The only solution is to escape into the cool confines of a cinema where Rakesh Roshan gratefully relieves you of your hard earned rupees and belabours you with a Bournvita commercial in the name of superhero cinema.

As always, since Krrish 3 is a shoddy take on several Hollywood sources, let Hollywood have the last word. Bollywoodlife’s sister publication, the trade bible Variety, gave the film a kind but condescending review, calling it a “silly, square and charming Bollywood superhero picture.” It drew 14 comments. A Hollywood rag, which shall not be named, said, “Only viewers with low standards will be impressed.” Hundreds have trolled that site, because, in that one line, the audience recognised themselves being named and shamed. Hie thee to a cinema showing Krrish 3. The Roshans await.