Two big movies that released on a holiday-weekend turned out to be a big disappointment and failed to cheer the box office. Aamir Khan-starrer Laal Singh Chaddha and Akshay Kumar-led Raksha Bandhan was way below than anticipated by movie analyst and critics.
Released on Thursday, both the much-anticipated films received mixed to negative reviews amid boycott calls on social media.
As per movie critic Taran Adarsh, Aamir Khan’s “Laal Singh Chaddha” was a big disappointment at the box office, while Raksha Bandhan collection further dipped on Day 2.
Expressing disappointment from Aamir Khan’s movie, Taran Adarsh wrote, “Aamir Khan’s comeback vehicle LSC runs out of fuel midway. Lacks a captivating screenplay to enthrall you [second half goes downhill]… Has some terrific moments, but lacks fire in totality.”
#LaalSinghChaddha falls flat on Day 2… Drop at national chains… Mass pockets face steep fall… 2-day total is alarmingly low for an event film… Extremely crucial to score from Sat-Mon… Thu 11.70 cr, Fri 7.26 cr. Total: ₹ 18.96 cr. #India biz. Note: #HINDI version. pic.twitter.com/9hwygm6Jrm
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 13, 2022
As far as collection of Laal Singh Chaddha in the last two days are concerned, Forest Gup adaptation made 18.96 crore, while Akshay Kumar’s ‘Raksha Bandhan’ earned Rs 14.60 crore on Thursday and Friday.
#RakshaBandhan declines on Day 2… National chains remain extremely low… Mass belt is driving its biz… 2-day total is underwhelming… Needs to have a miraculous turnaround from Sat-Mon… Thu 8.20 cr, Fri 6.40 cr. Total: ₹ 14.60 cr. #India biz. pic.twitter.com/WaJtvW8SJY
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 13, 2022
In conversation with news agency PTI, Mumbai-based exhibitor Akshay Rathi, who runs theatres in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, said these are “turbulent times for box office”.
We all think that films of superstars like Aamir and Akshay should do better but these are turbulent times for box office. There is not enough equilibrium in the consumption patterns of audience, it is haphazard.
“These guys have the potential to open with big numbers but we haven’t seen such strange figures come out for them in a long time. They are dismally low, Rathi told PTI.
In his theatres, Rathi said Laal Singh Chaddha opened at about 25 per cent and Raksha Bandhan at 15 to 20 per cent occupancy.
Rating: #AamirKhan’s comeback vehicle #LSC runs out of fuel midway… Lacks a captivating screenplay to enthrall you [second half goes downhill]… Has some terrific moments, but lacks fire in totality. #LaalSinghChaddhaReview pic.twitter.com/rTuYfJT629
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 11, 2022
Directed by Advait Chandan, Laal Singh Chaddha is the official remake of the Tom Hanks-starrer Forrest Gump (1994), and follows the titular character’s journey and how he overcomes many challenges of life, which coincides with the many iconic events from the Indian history.
Raksha Bandhan is a story about Lala Kedarnath (Kumar) and his relationship with his four sisters. It focuses on his efforts to get his sisters married and tackles issues such as dowry and body shaming.
Reportedly, Laal Singh Chaddha” released in 3,500 screens across the country and “Raksha Bandhan” opened in 2,500 screens.
Rajasthan-based distributor Raj Bansal of Entertainment Paradise, a multiplex chain in Jaipur, said the response has been below expectations and the numbers might drop further.
Raksha Bandhan being a big holiday we had some expectations but the opening for both the films has been low. Besides, there is a negativity for Hindi cinema but if a film is good then the negativity doesn’t matter. We were hoping Laal Singh Chaddha’ would open at Rs 17-18 crore and Raksha Bandhan’ at Rs 10-12 crore but the numbers are less, Bansal said.
Popular single screen theatres in Mumbai such as Gaiety, Gemini and Maratha Mandir, have also witnessed a lacklustre performance despite affordable ticket prices, said executive director Manoj Desai.
We have low ticket rates such as Rs 130 for stall and Rs 160 balcony but still the shows are not housefull. People are saying ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is lengthy and slow while with Raksha Bandhan’ people think the film did not justify the theme, Desai said.
“Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan join the list of recent star-led Hindi movies such as “Shamshera” (Ranbir Kapoor), “Jayeshbhai Jordaar”(Ranveer Singh Ranveer Singh), “Runway 34” (Ajay Devgn) and that have had a dull run at the box office.
Alia Bhatt’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and Kartik Aaryan-starrer “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2” were the only Bollywood films to cross the Rs 100 crore mark.