Is Ranveer Singh The Next Big Thing At The Box Office?


In a career spanning six year hitherto, Ranveer Singh has seen some incredible highs and abysmal lows. He debuted with a bang in Band Baaja Baarat when nobody had heard about him. Then, he was being written off by the trade after both his next releases flopped badly, but came soaring back with a smash hit in Ram Leela followed by another box-office smash with Gunday. Suddenly, Ranveer Singh was box-office gold, and then, disaster struck.

The actor hit his lowest trough with his next release, Kill Dil – a film that was perplexingly nothing but a rehash of his previous release, Gunday, and a bland rehash at that. His next film, Dil Dhadakne Do, too, didn’t meet monetary expectations, and once again, this time with greater vigor, he was being written off. But everything was about to change, and how. In a span of a few months, Ranveer went from box-office obscurity to box-office darling, courtesy, Bajirao Mastani.

Seldom has a film been so instrumental to the arrival of an actor and a star. Bajirao Mastani minted money at the ticket window, garnered awards hither and thither for Ranveer’s performance, and placed him firmly on the path to superstardom. Suddenly, he became all the rage in Bollywood. Today, he stands right up there as the next-big thing of Indian cinema along with his contemporaries like Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan. But before, we discuss the potential impact films, let’s take a look at how Ranveer Singh has fared so far as a box-office draw.

Films Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
Band Baaja Baaraat 24 crore Hit
Ladies vs. Ricky Bahl 38 crore Flop
Lootera 31 crore Flop
Ram Leela 115 crore Hit
Gunday 78 crore Hit
Kill Dil 32 crore Disaster
Dil Dhadakne Do 77 crore Above Average
Bajirao Mastani 187 crore Superhit
Total 582 crore  
Success Ratio   50%


As you can see, Ranveer’s performance at the box-office mirrors that of his own career so far – an equal distribution of ups and downs, giving him exactly a 50% success ratio after eight films. However, considering the wave of popularity he’s riding at the moment, there’s a strong chance that his success ratio could skyrocket after the release of Befikre and Padmavati.

Let’s now see how Ranveer fares before two of his contemporaries, who also happen to be his closest competition – Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan.

Actor Disasters Flops Average Above Average Semi-Hits Hits Superhits Blockbusters Success Ratio
Ranveer Singh 1 2 1 3 1 50%
Ranbir Kapoor 1 5 1 1 2 2 2 50%
Varun Dhawan 2 3 2   100%


Varun is clearly ahead at the moment purely from a box-office perspective. However, both Ranveer and Ranbir have delivered monstrous 150-crore+ grossers, proving that when their films click, they generate more footfalls. Furthermore, the race is bound to get closer as all three add more films to their kitty. The coming two to three years is going to be damn interesting in terms of who or if all three of them emerge as the next superstar of Bollywood.

What could tilt the scales in Ranveer’s favor are his next two releases. Both films are being made by Directors known to deliver award-winning blockbusters, and both are coming off mega-successes. Moreover, both films fit right in with the filmmakers fortes.

Romance is Aditya Chopra’s expertise, and though Befikre is a detour from his usual style, it still belongs to a genre that Adi could direct in his sleep. Plus, the modern vibe he seems to have given the film could work wonders for Ranveer’s appeal with the youth. Coming to Padmavati, it’s exactly the kind of lavish big-budget epic story that brings out the best in Sanjay Leela Bhansali. So, if both these films strike the right cord with the audience, it could herald an era of box-office supremacy by Ranveer Singh.

Image Source: Yash Raj Films

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