After a week of great box office
action, mainly due to the runaway success of Rajinikanth-starrer
is back to a dismal crawl. Last Friday (May 30) saw the release of just two flicks – Hansal Mehta-directed
and newbie film-maker Aman Sachdeva
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi
(well, this one is produced by Ekta Kapoor
, Shobha Kapoor
and Bejoy Nambiar). Although both are
movies in a way and the former has earned enough critical accolades, none could manage an impressive showing at the domestic box office
and recorded only 5-10% occupancy on debut day.
, however, did considerably well after collecting just Rs 70 lakh on the opening Friday. The movie hit 500 screens and went on to earn Rs 3.57 crore at home in the first three days, according to producer
figure (trade figure puts it at Rs 3.18 crore). But the crucial first Monday collections dipped again to Rs 60 lakh (approx). However, keeping in mind it is a low-budget movie
and cost around Rs 7 crore including P&A,
may just avoid losses.
On the other hand,
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi
, a rom-com drama with a quirky title
and an unmistakable Delhi flavour
, has garnered a paltry Rs 1.60 crore over the first weekend, against an estimated budget of Rs 6 crore. In addition, it has landed into further trouble as a resident of Bhopal
has reportedly filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL
) against Balaji Motion Pictures
, claiming that the film’s title has hurt the sentiments of the Kayastha community.
was released across 700 screens but going by its performance, it can be a clean washout at the box office.
But what has gone wrong with
? For one, the movie gives you a taste of unsavoury reality that is bound to jolt viewers. Inspired by the British film
by director Hansal Mehta
fame) pieces together the gripping tale of an uprooted family
and their desperate struggle to survive in the ruthless city of Mumbai. The storyline
unveils a touching human document, superbly portrayed by the lead couple – Rajkummar Rao
) and debutante Patralekha
. Even the crime drama blends well with the colourful kaleidoscope – gentle, sombre, harsh and tragic at times. The ending is undoubtedly filmy, but the rest shines with a rare sensitivity that saves
from being a cliché.
is a light comedy
, telling the story of two fast friends
– Kuku Mathur (Siddharth Gupta
) and Ronnie Gulati
) – and their coming of age. This one is Sachdeva’s debut film and there are the usual hiccups in terms of plot and characters. But the lead duo and Amit Sial
, the baddie uncle trying to influence Kuku) have put in some fantastic acting; the humour is quite subtle
at times and the Delhi backdrop
adds some endearing local colours. Kuku’s culinary aspirations bring in a fresh touch
, but a crisper storyline and engaging screenplay
could have improved the film vastly. Overall, an average movie with a few ‘wow’ moments and that partly explains the poor box office response.
But in case you are longing for another smash
, wait till you get to watch Akshay Kumar-starrer
Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty
, to be released on June 6. It is a remake of the Tamil hit
and also stars Sonakshi Sinha
. Let us wait and see if ‘Akki’ can break the box office jinx.