Come to think of it, not many people would expect Ajay Devgn to do a film such as Raid right now. The reason why I say that is because his last release, Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again, was a blockbuster that marked Ajay’s entry into the 200 crore club. To go from a mass-appealing Blockbuster (Golmaal Again) to a film that holds relatively less appeal for the mass audience (Raid) is a risky move. But then, what is risk without reward?
Actually, this can be considered a smart decision! A mix of box office awards and critical acclaim is always welcome (and important) in an actor’s career. If Ajay scored huge at the box office last time, he will be looking more towards critical acclaim this time.
Well…who said that critical acclaim can’t also be combined with box office success?
Sure, Raid can be called a class-appealing film. After all, director Rajkumar Gupta is known for directing multiplex-oriented films, be it Aamir, No One Killed Jessica, or Ghanchakkar. Raid may appear to have some mass-appealing dialogues/scenes, but at heart, it will be a multiplex film, given the storytelling nature of the director.
The good thing is, the costs of the film are well-handled, and a lack of reach for the interiors of India will not be a problem for Raid if the film is well-appreciated by the class/multiplex audience. To be honest, given the strong viewer response to the theatrical trailer, I do feel that Raid will be appreciated by the class/multiplex audience, making the film a reasonable box office success!
My Box Office Predictions for Raid:
- Opening Day: 6 crore nett
- Opening Weekend: 25 crore nett
- Lifetime Collections: 61.5 crore nett
- Overall Verdict: Semi-Hit
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