As expected, Hero started off well at the Box Office and had a good opening weekend that came up to 21 crore. This was on the same lines as Heropanti, another film with absolute newcomers, and also was the best of the year when it came to a film starring debutants. The collections did see a dip over the weekdays and though the film didn’t crash per se, a steady momentum would have held the cause.

Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi in a still from movie 'Hero'
Athiya Shetty and Sooraj Pancholi in a still from movie ‘Hero’

As a result, the Nikhil Advani directed film currently stands at a little under the 31 crore mark.

The film can take solace from the fact that it has managed to surpass the lifetime collections of Nikhil’s last release D-Day [30 crore] within one week flat. Also, unlike numerous newcomer films that gets lost in the oblivion without much of a fight, this one – albeit being backed by Salman Khan and Eros – has managed to make some noise en route its release at the least.

Moreover, the industry too now has newer options for leading hero and heroine in the form of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. Yes, a clean HIT would have pleased all involved with the film but still, it isn’t a bad deal after all for Hero to head for that 40 crore mark.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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