Trade buzz: Will Shahid Kapoor’s box office status change with R…Rajkumar?

Prabhu Dheva’s new film co-starring Sonakshi Sinha will hit the screens this week. While the trailer has been received positively and the peppy music has already become a hit, will the action flick bring back Shahid in the race and revive his sagging career?

R…Rajkumar starring the hatke jodi of Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor is looking well poised to do magic at the box office. Prabhu Dheva’s newest offering has all the elements needed for it to be a blockbuster – quirky songs, great action, quirky stunts, dhansoo dancing and, of course, his vision, which has always worked its charm. In fact, the choreographer-turned-director has his favourite heroine Sona in the film and two have already made one hit together in Rowdy Rathore. But this is the first time the filmmaker is working with Sasha, who hasn’t been lucky at BO for a while now and desperately needs a hit. So will R…Rajkumar be that one? “After delivering only three clean hits (Ishq Vishk, Vivah and Jab We Met) in a decade long career, it’s about time Shahid Kapoor got his act right and R… Rajkumar is his best chance to score. With a director like Prabhu Dheva, who has had a dream run at BO so far, a supporting cast that looks interesting, music that has caught on and a good release period, the film has all that it takes to be a draw. It has been sold in a few territories for a fairly high price and I hope it can live up to expectations,” says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.

As far as performances are concerned, astro-numerologist Bhavikk Sangghvi believes that this is going to be Shahid’s film. He predicts, “No prizes for guessing it will be Shahid’s show all the way and he would strike with a vengeance and will finally be back in the reckoning with this film.”

Also, music has always played a major role in making a film a hit. With R…Rajkumar songs being popular with mass audiences, will it prove to be an advantage for the Sonakshi-Shahid starrer? “Hit music is a factor that always helps in taking a good initial, after which the product has to deliver in order to sustain. I’m quite certain the opening weekend should be fairly good, after which the merit of the film will let it take its course,” believes Rathi.

With no competition at the box office – apart from Club 60, which is in a different league – R…Rakjumar should be able to get cash registers ringing. At least we hope so…for Shahid’s sake!