The prediction came true to the T as the box office script of Chashme Baddoor pretty much unfolded in the manner which was expected. After a 30%-40% start, which was good considering the fact that the film was given a very wide release, this David Dhawan affair went on to pick momentum by Friday night and then the rest of the weekend. The film was always dependent on word of mouth doing the trick and with that being largely on the positive side, the Ali Zafar-Divyendu Sharma-Sidharth-Taapsee Pannu starrer has managed to score.
With over 19 crores coming in the opening weekend, the film has taken one of the best starts of the year. The kind of collections that have come in are all the more heartening since this is also a true comeback affair for David Dhawan who had seen some flak coming his way for Rascals and Do Knot Disturb. However the veteran of 40 odd films has shown that he has it in him even today to entertain audiences of all age groups across the entire country. This is also the first time that he has worked without stars and hence the success is even sweeter.
While the film enjoyed the status of being the solo release of the week, a good part of this benefit was also diluted by the fact that there were a few heart stopping matches played during the IPL due to which a segment of audience stayed home. However, since the film has been accepted, it has an entire week to enjoy the riches. The film is all set to stay stable at the box office and then even enter the second week with its head high.
Same can’t be said about Rise of the Zombie though which was neither released properly nor saw any reviews coming its way. The film is a washout as there is hardly any awareness around its arrival, leave aside any word of mouth setting in.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder