This week three new Bollywood offerings are ready to hit theaters, that include Bhoomi, Haseena Parkar and Newton. First two movies have decent buzz among audience, while the third one is being released almost silently. The good thing in this clash is, all are based on different genre from each other.
Talking about the biggest release of this week, then Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari, Sharad Kelkar and Sidhant Gupta starrer Bhoomi is the one which has highest pre-release buzz because of star power. Moreover, director Omung Kumar has done well with his hard hitting subjects [Mary Kom, Sarbjit] and hence one expected yet another soul stirring experience with Bhoomi. The promo has met with a decent response too and hence the stage was set.
However, one would have expected the film to be pitched as this event ‘Sanjay Dutt comeback’ release and the news could have been plastered all over. The film is seeing a release like any other regular Hindi film and one just feels that Sanjay Dutt warranted a much more hyped comeback to the big screen. Considering the facts and figures, it is expected to open in range of 3-4 crores domestically.
On the other hand, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddhanth Kapoor, Sunil Upadhyay and Ankur Bhatia starrer Haseena Parkar is based on Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, this biographical crime film is hitting on decent number of screens nationwide.
Shraddha Kapoor has seen a shaky last 12 months so far where Rock On 2 was a disaster, OK Jaanu didn’t work at all and then Half Girlfriend primarily survived on the basis of opening weekend. Since Haseena Parkar is a film that is not the kind which brings in numbers on the opening weekend, a start of Rs. 2 crore is what the film could well be looking at.
Last but not the least, Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton has very low buzz but being a black comedy film can attract enough audience toward itself if critics react in favor. So far, it seems to open in range of 0.50-1 crore at domestic box office. One just hopes that this actually turns out to be the case as well.
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