Mediocre films fail to create fireworks at box office

MUMBAI: The pre-Diwali period being the worst in the calendar for new films to release, it used to see re-runs or dubbed films in the old days. Now, there is a horde of nondescript films releasing which, otherwise, would not get playtime at multiplexes. Last week saw a number of such films releasing, all to disastrous results. All of them faced the ‘no audience, no show’ status. 

For Charlie Ke Chakkar Main, Naseeruddin Shah was the only USP, whereas the rest were a total at loss for the viewers. The film about a cop investigating into a drug hijack case, decides to be complicated and loses track. Shah in top billing is no help thereafter and the film performs poorly. The film has collected about Rs 70 lakh for its opening weekend.

Four Pillars Of Basement, a poor adaptation of the Hollywood film P2, is lost in transition to such an extent, it is insufferable. Despite being based on just two characters hogging the footage, it’s them, these two untalented characters and the makers’ lack of qualification that sinks the film in the first place. The film is very poor with just about Rs 15 lakh to show for its first weekend.

Ranbanka, another UP Baahubali film comes a cropper. Such cases don’t even merit a paragraph coverage in urban newspapers, what would justify a feature film on such themes? The film managed a poor Rs 25 lakh for the weekend.

Yaara Silly Silly is another loser with collection of around Rs 40 lakh for its opening weekend.

The last week faced the same situation as the only hope of the week, Main Aur Charles, boasting of a saleable star cast and decent promotion, failed badly. The film had a below par weekend of Rs 3.65 crore and just about managed to hold on as it finished its first week with approximately Rs 5.6 crore.

Titli, the other release, produced by Dibakar Bannerjee and marketed by Yash Raj Films, fared poorly. The film managed to collect merely Rs 1.6 crore in its first week. 

Guddu Ki Gun collected Rs 1.9 crore in its first week. 

Shaandaar collected Rs 2.1 crore in its second week taking its two week tally to Rs 39 crore.

Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 has collected Rs 6.8 crore in its third week to take its two week total to Rs 58.7 crore. The film is super hit.

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