Shah Rukh Khan’s highly anticipated film “Jawan” was released amid great fanfare, with audiences flocking to theatres across the country. However, the film quickly fell victim to piracy, as it was leaked online just hours after its release. This unfortunate incident has left Shah Rukh Khan’s fans disappointed and concerned about the impact of the leak on the movie’s box office performance.
Fans took to Twitter to express their dismay, with one fan tweeting, “Shah Rukh Khan, it’s too bad. Someone leaked your new movie Jawan today. I think it’s too bad for collection and record, so please do something. Jawan movie available on the internet.” Some even tagged Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur and Shah Rukh Khan in their tweets, questioning the effectiveness of existing laws against online piracy and highlighting the significant losses suffered by the film industry due to such leaks.
Despite the piracy setback, “Jawan” is still expected to perform well at the box office on its opening day. Early estimates suggest that the film may earn ₹75 crore nett in India across all languages. The Hindi version is anticipated to contribute ₹65 crore nett to this total, with the Tamil and Telugu versions expected to earn ₹5 crore nett each.
Before its release, a “#BoycottJawan” trend briefly surfaced on Twitter, with some calling for a boycott of the film due to its distribution by Red Giant Movies in Tamil Nadu, owned by Tamil Nadu Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin. This was prompted by controversial comments made by Stalin against Sanatan Dharma. However, the social media trend did not gain significant traction, as theatres in various Indian cities proceeded with their early morning shows to capitalize on the excitement surrounding “Jawan’s” release and the Janmashtami holiday.
“Jawan” boasts a star-studded cast, including Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Sanya Malhotra, Priyamani, Girija Oak, Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, Lehar Khan, Aaliyah Qureshi, Ridhi Dogra, Sunil Grover, and a special appearance by Deepika Padukone. Produced by Red Chillies Entertainment and directed by Atlee Kumar, the film features music composed by Anirudh Ravichander. Despite the piracy setback, the film continues to generate excitement among fans and is poised for a successful run at the box office.