Five years ago, a song released from a flop film, Agent Vinod. The song’s name, happened to be Raabta.
Five years later, a film’s title is named after the song. Sure, that’s fine and all, if the name seems more coincidentally than anything else, and if the title doesn’t have a particular relation to that song. But….what happens when you see that the title song promo is a remixed version of the song from the flop film that just released five years ago, features Deepika Padukone just as a way to attract eyeballs without her even having a role in the film itself, and features similar scenes of the lead couple running away together from baddies, as was shown in the song promo of the original song?!
Does any of the above sound confusing? Don’t be confused, because that, ladies and gentlemen, is a nutshell of Bollywood in 2017! Week after week, a film releases. Flops. Seriously, how much energy can I really put into analyzing this “film” if you even want to call it that?
The trailer released some time ago to a mixed response. It failed to create much buzz. That title item song, featuring Deepika (who as I said, is not even in the film) has probably created more buzz for the film than the trailer itself. But then, that’s exactly what shows that this film likely has nothing to offer. The Ik Vaari Aa song has also become popular, but it will add little benefit to the film’s opening, nothing else.
Also, the ancient theme portion that the film carries rarely works, as seen with recent box office disasters like Mohenjo Daro and Mirzya.
Sushant’s last film M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story garnered a huge 20 crore opening…but that was because of the Dhoni brand more than anything else. I expect Raabta to have opening day collections of around 25% or even less of that film. Sushant’s film before that, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, opened at around the 4 crore mark, so it will be a similar region. There is the Sant Guru Kabir Jayanti holiday in a few regions which will slightly boost collections as well.
My Box Office Predictions for Raabta:
- Opening Day: 4.75 crore net
- Opening Weekend: 15 crore net
- Lifetime Collections: 23.75 crore net
- Overall Box Office Verdict: Disaster
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