Prediction came true to the T as 2 States opened to 50%-60% occupancy at multiplexes on its opening day. Well, that was good enough for the Sajid Nadiadwala and Karan Johar production to register a very good first day total, which only paved the way for consistent footfalls on Saturday and Sunday. As a result, the film’s opening weekend stands around the 38 crore mark which is simply superb. For 2 States, which has a three film old hero (Arjun Kapoor) and a two film old heroine (Alia Bhatt), these are indeed fantastic results.

As a result, director Abhishek Verman is now all set to be the newest entrant in the 50 crore club and it would be interesting to see how much further does the film travel now. The reviews as well as word of mouth range from above average to very good which means the film would enjoy patronage from audience for next few days at the least. Currently it is next only to Jai Ho and Gunday as far as opening is concerned and in terms of the lifetime total, it would be in the third position soon as well by edging past 61 crore total of Queen.

Alia Bhatt in a still from movie '2 States'
Alia Bhatt in a still from movie ‘2 States’


For Sajid Nadiadwala as well as Karan Johar, this is a much welcome money spinner. On the other hand it is an interesting phase for the industry too where newer entrants like Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra and Sunny Leone are finding audience for themselves with Kangna seeing a resurgence too.

Dekh Tamasha Dekh was the other release of the week and found a niche release for itself. The number of shows was restricted too and though the film fetched some good reviews, the collections weren’t notable. Third release of the week was Lucky Kabootar, which after quite a few unlucky delays, saw a poor release with zero promotion, buzz and hype, hence getting lost in oblivion.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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