There were always doubts around whether Bullett Raja would indeed take a rollicking start at the box office. As hinted in this column last week, rejection of many masala movies in the last few weeks and absence of chartbuster songs in Bullett Raja were always expected to be hindrance for the Saif Ali Khan starrer. Still, a start of 40%-50% was still expected at the bare minimum.

Saif Ali Khan in a still from Bullett Raja
Saif Ali Khan in a still from Bullett Raja

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Now this is the sad part because the footfalls on the opening day were only half of these minimal expectations. With just around 25%-30% opening, the writing was clear on the wall that for this Tigmanshu Dhulia film to succeed at the box office, word of mouth as well as reviews had to be nothing less than terrific. This didn’t really turn out to be the case though since reviews were largely average to good while word of mouth too was on the same lines. That mighty escalation which could have taken the film to a different level was missing though, as a result of which Bullett Raja struggled right through the weekend.

The first day collections were just around 7 crore which is one of the lowest that has been seen for a big film this year. With no real jump on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend collections too settled around the 23 crore mark, hence proving to be below average. The weekdays aren’t really expected to turn the tide and since there are only four days to bring on moolah, considering Shahid Kapoor’s R… Rajkumar arriving next, Bullett Raja hasn’t quite turned out to be a speedy bullett that could rule like a raja.

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder

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5 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not surprising at all to see these flops in the bollywood industry and later on in the Hollywood industry. Give me a break, all this time you thought that more is good, is it obligatory to release films all weekends in a month. Cleary this tradition of releasing films each weekend needs to be eliminated or else say good bye to the bollywood film industry!

  2. What’s the point of making movies if people don’t appreciate it. Bullet raja is a good movie and yet ppl are not coming to theatres. Very sad time for indian cinema. However tomorrow were elections in rajasthan so drop in collection in rajasthan was expected

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