From the seven releases this Friday, only 'Arjun' and 'Love Wrinkle Free' could gain some audience. All eyes on 'Rowdy Rathore' now.
The Friday gone by was the last Friday before the IPL came to an end. Evidently there was a mad rush at the box-office with small films using this as their last resort to release before bigger releases would eat them up after the IPL season. As many as seven films released this Friday though surprisingly none could set the box-office on fire.
Smallies like Rakhtbeej, Love Recipe, MLA and Chutki Bajaa Ke left without a trace. Raghuvir Yadav's Yeh Khula Aasmaan garnered some critical acclaim but could gain no audience. Sandeep Mohan's Love Wrinkle Free was relatively well-received for its light-hearted treatment and a fresh story. However it was UTV's animated film Arjun that turned out to be the surprise package. It had a similar fate like UTV's Paan Singh Tomar that released earlier this year. Like that film, even Arjun was delayed by almost four years and was released without much hype. But for its good content, the film won positive reviews and despite starting on a very low note, the business picked up over the weekend with the film collecting around a crore.
With new releases not doing great wonders, Ishaqzaade and Vicky Donor continued their run at the box-office. Department, however, was completely rejected.
With IPL finally coming to an end, several big films are scheduled to release in the coming weeks. It starts with Akshay Kumar's masala entertainer Rowdy Rathore which preponed itself to June 1 when Aamir Khan's Talaash was originally scheduled for release. The moviegoer's hunt for entertainment however ends and one can look forward to several big movies in the coming week.
Top Hindi Films this Week
Director: Habib Faisal
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
Upside: Good performances, strong direction
Downside: Drops in second half
Running Week: 3
Box Office Verdict: Hit
Director: Arnab Chaudhuri
Upside: Good animation, interesting storytelling
Downside: Abrupt ending
Running Week: 1
Trade Comments: Started on a very slow note but with positive word of mouth all around, this animation film picked up over the weekend and managed to collect around Rs 1 crore.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Upside: Powerful performances
Downside: Cliched story, outdated plot
Running Week: 2
Box Office Verdict: Flop
Film: Vicky Donor
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Yaami Gautam, Annu Kapoor
Upside: Fresh story, brilliant performances, good music, superb humour
Downside: Not many
Running Week: 6
Box Office Verdict: Super Hit
Film: Jannat 2
Director: Kunal Deshmukh
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Randeep Hooda, Esha Gupta
Upside: Good drama between Emraan-Randeep, good music, smart end
Downside: Dull love story, predictable plot
Running Week: 4
Box Office Verdict: Hit