Salman Khan compensates Rs 32.50 crore to Tubelight distributors
In what is a very rare occurance in Bollywood, Salman Khan has refunded Rs. 32.50 crores to the distributors after his last release Tubelight flopped at the box office. The Kabir Khan directorial was released amid massive hype but failed miserably at the box office all across the globe.
Salman Khan, who was also one of the producers of the movie, had announced that he would be compensating the distributors for their losses. Salman’s father Salim Khan earlier said, “When a distributor suffers a loss, the producer needs to show some responsibility and share the burden. We, too, have done the same thing. We met a few of them and are trying to find a middle ground. We will pay back the distributors.”
Tubelight, released on June 23 was expected to be a big blockbuster especially since Salman was teaming up with Kabir Khan after the blockbuster success of Bhajrangi Bhaijaan. Audience, including hardcore fans, were disappointed to see an emotional family drama as Salman is popular for his larger than life characters and mass masala flicks. The film was expected to gross around Rs 300 crores but had to settled at less than Rs. 120 crores.
Right now, the talk in Bollywood medias is about the future of this trend of compensating the distributors. Shah Rukh Khan’s last release Jab Harry Met Sejal has also tanked the box office and it is to be seen if SRK will also reimburse the distributors.
Salman Khan is currently shooting for Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to his 2012 blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger. The movie, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is scheduled for a Christmas release this year.