Straight to the point-
Just when Shanghai got a poor opening, people started to trash Indian audience that they cannot gallop different films like SHANGHAI. Some considering themselves as Einstein of cinema also said that Indian audience do not understand film like SHANGHAI.
Now let’s see the cases when these different and intelligent films connected well with audience.
PAAN SINGH TOMAR- Lovely a film, the audience liked the film a lot and thus despite of several stringent competitions that it faced in multiplexes with “London Paris New York” in first week and “Kahaani” in very second week, PAAN SINGH TOMAR still hit the 15cr mark after having made just 60 lakhs on day one. It took more than 100% jump on second day (Now, this is called a record) because of its terrific content. Not with a single chartbuster, and not even one such star that has staunch fan following, PAAN SINGH TOMAR went on doing 15cr which is sort of remarkable.
STANLEY KA DABBA- What a film! A film which starred all new characters except for Amol Gupte who is famous within may be just 1% of total country; this film did 5.5cr lifetime business. Many of you might be laughing that this guy is making 5.5cr sound like 100crs. No, I am not! All I am telling you is that despite of a terrible opening of I guess less than 30 lakhs, if a film does 5.5cr than that is something to cheer about. I agree that poor openers can sustain on lower side so nothing great, but even if STANLEY KA DABBA would have just sustained on lower side (with not a good word of mouth) even then it would have not made 3cr. But its 5.5cr! Later on the film was tax exempted and the ticket prices were very less. Films based on kids have never opened well in this country (even TZP had a poor opening). Here, the point is that if a film is good, it’s WOM will be speeded.
KAMINEY- Yes it had two very known faces and also couple of good songs. Here I am saying that despite of being smart and different in approach it worked with audience. It made 42cr which a good figure for the kind of film it is. It had a dark humour and also there was no spoon-feeding about the twists it had. It was all kept very confidential and audience just got it.
Yes I gave you just three instances where Audience have accepted the different cinema. This brings me to SHANGHAI, one of those rare pioneer type cinemas. If Shanghai is made well it should hit at-least 30cr, if it’s not than it won’t make even 25cr. Yes sometimes its not all box office, but if you want to see that whether audience gave a thumbs up to SHANGHAI, you cannot get better scientific answer than box office numbers.
My point is, do not undermine Indian viewers just because these films do not open well. People who spend their money on films would not like to go it waste, and films like SHANGHAI are risky to invest in for that matter.
Now for those who think Indian audience have opened up only for Star driven flicks-
Just one thing- The big star cast films like Agent Vinod, Department, Tezz, Players, Jannat 2 all together did 15cr less than what Kahaani, Paan Singh Tomar, Vicky Donor and Ishaqzaade did.
At the other hand, The Khans, Roshan, Kumar, Devgn all’s film open to huge numbers because they are on their position because of good work. If they would have continued to make bad films then they would have been nowhere in the competition. They did good work and they are standing high.
And last thing- Indian audience have become candid towards cinema. If SHANGHAI takes opening of 3cr then it may be less because of extensive release, but its a good total for the kind of film it is. Its time we should celebrate because of the kind of response even small films are getting.
Indian audience are the ultimate judge of cinema’s quality.Tags: Boxoffice Ishaqzaade Kahaani Kaminey Paan Singh Tomar Shanghai Stanley Ka Dabba Vicky Donor