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Box Office: 1921 surprises, Mukkabaaz is ordinary, Kaalakaandi emerges a disaster

By Joginder Tuteja

Three distinct films had released last Friday – 1921, Mukkabaaz and Kaalakaandi. Amongst these, the only film which actually managed to do some sort of business is 1921.

The Zareen Khan and Karan Kundra film started slow due to issues regarding multiplex release. However, it did make some strides over the weekend and then stayed stable during the weekdays. As a result, it has now gathered Rs. 11.58 crore in one week. These are fair numbers since the Vikram Bhatt flick is moderately priced. Moreover, it has also given the film a shot at the second week and closer it manages to come towards the Rs. 20 crore mark, better it would be to gain decent profits as well.

Mukkabaaz saw good media hype going for it, especially during its release build up. The reviews were largely favourable too, something that must have pleased Anurag Kashyap, especially after Bombay Velvet and Raman Raghav 2.0. However, even this kind of positivity didn’t really result in substantial numbers for the Vineet Kumar Singh film. The opening was low, the weekend didn’t see a great rise and then weekdays were ordinary too. As a result, the first week numbers stand at Rs. 6.73 crore. Multiplexes have retained the film in a fair number of shows during the second week too and that could be somewhat helpful.

Kaalakaandi was a disaster from the word go. The opening was very poor, the weekend was low too and then during the weekdays there was no headway whatsoever that the film could make. For Saif Ali Khan, this has turned out to be yet another major disaster after Chef. The first week numbers are a miserly Rs. 6.50 crore* and from here even a lifetime of Rs. 10 crore is out of question. This is indeed unfortunate for Saif since he has been performing well and also trying to make different choices of films. However, the films aren’t supporting him as an actor and the result is indifference from the audience.

*Estimates. Final numbers awaited

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