The disappointment around Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala has been the talk of the town. The film that was expected to register a flying start failed to do so, with the trade and critics alike panning it.
The collections of the film stands at Rs 28.14 crore with Friday being Rs 12.14 crore, Saturday being Rs 7.5 crore and Sunday being Rs 8.5 crore. Contrary to the dismal reviews, the collections are pretty decent. Last week’s release Aatma closed at Rs 8.26 crore, Rangrez closed at Rs 5.92 crore in its first week with no significant business in the second weekend. However Jolly LLB raked in one more crore in its third weekend, bringing its total up to Rs 28.83 crore.
Trade expert Amod Mehra says, “Himmatwala is a disaster. The chances of any improvements are very remote and it seems that the film will sink further. It has no entertainment quotient and it proves that you cannot make a film on your whims and fancies. It can be best termed as overconfidence on the part of the director (Sajid) and one cannot take the audience for granted. Overall, a very bad week for the box office, as no other film worked either.”
On the other hand, Atul Mohan, trade analyst states, “It seems that the big talks about the film making Rs 150 crore, etc has gone against the director. It is only the public who decides the fate of the film and Sajid might have learnt the lesson after everyone panned his film. There have been remakes of many films recently but this can be termed as the worst remake of all times. It is not good to be overconfident.”
(Figures courtesy -- Box Office India)