There was a time when Saif Ali Khan was riding high as a solo star. That period was from Hum Tum (2004) until Love Aaj Kal (2009). With the excellent openings of Race and Love Aaj Kal, it wouldn’t be wrong to state that he was one of the top stars in the industry in the 2008-2009 period.
Things changed drastically 2010 onwards. With the exception of Cocktail and Race 2 (coincidentally, both films had connections to Love Aaj Kal and Race respectively, his last major solo hits before 2010), all of his films have failed at the box office, one after another. Can Chef get Saif Ali Khan out of this dismal stage?
Chef seems like a film that would find decent appreciation with family audiences in big cities/metros/multiplexes. Families look for a light-hearted family-oriented film would come to watch this film and would like the film as well, with the director (Raja Krishna Menon) being a plus point. With that being, it seems like this section of the audience would be the only takers for the film. On weekdays (when it’s mostly the youth that come to watch films), I feel that the collections will be extremely dismal.
Another point to note is that Chef is a remake of the American film Chef (2014). Generally, Hollywood films remade into Bollywood films don’t work well in India.
Although I did mention director Raja Krishna Menon as a plus point (taking into consideration the huge success of Airlift), it’s also important to note that his two directorial ventures before that (Barah Aana and Bus Yun Hi) were both disasters at the box office, which somewhat takes away from the plus point.
Overall, this will not be the box office success that Saif Ali Khan needs to resurrect his career!
My Box Office Predictions for Chef:
- Opening Day: 3 crore nett
- Opening Weekend: 12 crore nett
- Lifetime Collections: 25 crore nett
- Overall Verdict: Flop
The article has been written by Bobby Sidhu who is a box office enthusiast and have an internship in a tax firm in Canada. You can follow him on Twitter Bobby Sidhu.
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