The gang is back! After three films in the Golmaal series, Rohit Shetty and his team are back again with Golmaal Again!
Golmaal is one of Bollywood’s popular franchises. As a matter of fact, the track record of the films in this series speak for itself: Golmaal (Hit), Golmaal Returns (Hit), Golmaal 3 (Blockbuster). It’s quite evident, that this is one comedy franchise that the Indian audience really laps up!
Golmaal Again is an important test for Rohit Shetty. From 2008-2015, he used to direct atleast one film a year. Suddenly, he’s been missing for the last two years, and that may be due to the debacle of his last directorial, Dilwale. In this decade (2010-present), Dilwale is the only film of Rohit Shetty’s that didn’t perform upto expectations at the box office, and that was largely because he was not in control of his film (as he admitted himself). He changed the original script to suit SRK/Kajol fans, and as a result, the film didn’t work as the audience felt he was not in his element.
However, with Golmaal Again, Rohit Shetty returns to the style of filmmaking that he is comfortable with. This is his zone, and there is no doubt that this film will be appreciated more by the audience than Dilwale. I feel that the horror angle in particular will work pretty well with kids, and they will end up bringing their families to the theatres which will be a huge plus for the film.
Having said that, there are always problems of expectations, and when the fourth instalment of a franchise is being released seven years after the previous instalment, some things may not connect with the viewer in comparison to what they found better and enjoyed years ago in the original instalments. For example, Dhoom 2 was more appreciated by the audience than Dhoom 3 (there was a seven year gap between the two film), and Krrish was more appreciated by the audience than Krrish 3 (again, there was a seven year gap between the two films). I was watching a public review filmed in Mumbai of Golmaal Again’s trailer, and the feedback appeared to be mixed, although more towards the positive side.
The film will release on Friday (the day after Diwali Puja) which is arguably the biggest holiday of the year. As a solo release, the film would’ve easily been a 30+ crore opener, but the clash with Secret Superstar and screen allocation between the two films (which seems will be 50/50 at multiplexes, although Golmaal Again will have more single screens) means that the opening day number of Golmaal Again will not be as strong as it could’ve been. Nonetheless, the opening day will still be excellent, and will easily be the biggest opener of the year thus far. Furthermore, I also feel that the film will be the biggest grosser of the year thus far!
My Box Office Predictions for Golmaal Again:
- Opening Day: 21 crore nett
- Opening Weekend (Fri-Sun): 60+ crore nett
- Lifetime Collections: 140 crore nett
- Overall Verdict: Super Hit
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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