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Fastest Centuries

Quiz time: which batsmen have scored the fastest hundreds in test cricket, ODIs and international T20s, respectively? Given our national obsession with cricket statistics, I will not be surprised if many of you immediately answered some of the questions correctly, if not all.

Films, of course, are our country’s other shared passion, and in recent times, there has been a similar upsurge in interest in numbers and statistics relating to the trade and commerce of Indian cinema. And I say this not only for our core readership, the film fraternity, but also the general public… going by the number of collections-related queries we get from the so-called aam aadmi.

So, given the affinity for film-based numbers, and also the fact that Rs 100 crore at the domestic box office seems to have emerged as the new gold standard, we thought it would be interesting to see how many days it took for each of the films in the Rs 100-crore club to get there.

So here are some numbers that should provide some fodder for conversation, for both the trade and the general audience alike:

Well, the numbers speak for themselves, and I will leave you to interpret and re-interpret the numbers above to draw your own conclusions. However, I just want to point out that there are various ways of making sense of data. For example, it could well be argued that a film that took, say, eight weeks to reach the landmark, in fact had greater content strength/repeat value than a film that rocketed to the mark in 8 days on the back of star power and then disappeared from theatres due to not-so-great content.

Regardless of how you look at it, the fact is that there are no winners or losers in this case. To use a sporting cliché, they literally are all winners for amassing such fabulous numbers.

That said, yeh dil maange more and here’s hoping that the next time we look at an updated list of fastest centuries, the number of films is so lengthy that we need much more space than this edit note to accommodate the table!

P.S. For those of you wondering, the records for fastest hundreds in cricket are held by Viv Richards (56 balls) in Test cricket; Shahid Afridi (37 balls) in one-day internationals; and Richard Levi (45 balls) in international T20s.

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