Last week in my article where I predicted the box office fate (failure) of Manmarziyaan, people were quick to jump on my prediction. People questioned how I could predict the fate of the film just based largely on the poor box office track record of director Anurag Kashyap and actor Abhishek Bachchan. They felt it was unfair and that I wasn’t giving them a fair chance.
In my defence, my reasoning was that if a director hasn’t been able to entertain the majority of the Indian audience over a span of 15 years, how will that change with his next film? Similarly for Abhishek, who hasn’t delivered a solo box office hit in over a decade.
Alas, the results are to be seen! The writing was on the wall on Friday morning itself, when there were hardly any viewers that went to watch the film, and from those few, only half of them liked the film. As things stand today, the film’s collections fell on Monday from the already low levels, and the film is indeed heading for ‘Flop’ verdict at the box office.
Okay, enough about last week’s release…..onto this week’s release!
Let’s start with some positivity. The key players associated with this film are all returning from glorious box office results. Shahid Kapoor returns to the big screen after one of the biggest Blockbusters this year, Padmaavat. Shraddha Kapoor is back after the major box office hit Stree, which released just a few weeks ago. The captain of the ship, director Shree Narayan Singh returns after delivering the Super Hit, Toilet Ek Prem Katha.
With so much positivity, there is another big one: the fact that the theatrical trailer of the film was well-appreciated by viewers. The subject of the film is one that will appeal to a large section of moviegoers in India. The problems shown dealing with electricity will carry more appeal for the audience at the smaller centres than the audience in the bigger centres. Also, the presentation of the film is quite mass-appealing.
That is not to say, however, that the film won’t carry appeal for the audience in bigger centres….it will! Director Shree Narayan Singh’s last film Toilet Ek Prem Katha also seemed to have subject matter that would largely appeal to just the audience in smaller centres, but the film found universal acceptance. I think something similar will happen here with this film, in terms of appreciation.
Overall, this one will be a winner at the box office!
My prediction of Batti Gul Meter Chalu’s overall box office verdict: Hit
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