Yet another Friday, and yet another (largely) dry run at the Box Office. Unless there is a big blockbuster film that excites audiences for weeks in advance and then turns out to be promising as well from the first day itself, films currently are becoming more and more dependent on Saturday instead of Friday numbers. This is what’s happening with this week’s releases Simran and Lucknow Central as well.


Let’s talk about Simran. The film was never super-hot and thankfully for those associated with it, there was some awareness around it during last couple of weeks. Hence, it was expected that the film would open in 2-3 crore range. Well, this is what happened as the Kangana Ranaut starrer netted 2.77 crore on its first day. The number is not huge but then considering the fact that the opening shows were quite poor and still such collections eventually came in, there is hope that today and tomorrow would hold on as well.

Simran Box Office : 2
Simran Box Office : 2

Simran has mostly been shot in the USA. It has been in the news recently for it will be the last collaboration of Mehta and his writer-editor Apurva Asrani. They reportedly parted ways owing to creative differences, particularly after Mehta announced Ranaut as the co-writer of the film without consulting Asrani. It is co-produced by Bhushan and Krishan Kumar’s T-Series Films and Mehta’s Karma Pictures.

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Ranaut’s character Praful Patel is a divorcee caught between the social stigma surrounding broken marriages and the refreshing independence of singledom. On the work front, Kangana was last seen in Rangoon alongside Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. The movie was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and the movie tanked at the box office.

Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources

Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder




  1. Dear komal Sir, you are one of the few people to say it as it is. Having seen the film it needs to be called out here that the film’s story is as good or bad as any Bollywood movie. But Kangana’s performance is SUPERB. The only person who can touch this level of excellence in India in Mr. Amitabh Bacchan. Yes, she is THAT good. There is no need to say now that India does not have Meryl Streep..This kind of film in a first world country would sweep all acting awards. This needs to be SAID.

  2. People who are watching the film are loving it! Mainly because of Kangana’s extra ordinary performance. She deserves a fourth national award. Such an act in any first world country would have received greatest reception. But in our country, the movie mafia has slyly acted. Nasty articles on assorted platforms are being released, Roshan fans are looking desperate like never before to add shallow tweets to praise-filled twitter-verse and an attempt in being made to match Lucknow Central with Simran. I went for the evening show of Simran and the theatre was packed. A parallel show of LC was empty.


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