One expected an average opening of around 60% for Main Tera Hero. While at an all-India level the footfalls were a tad lower than this, the collections were still good enough to ensure that around 21 crore came over the weekend for the Balaji production. Of course the film deserved more, considering the fact that the content warrants much higher occupancy. However, and as expected, cricket played a major spoilsport on Friday as well as Sunday, what with India playing all important Semi-Finals and Finals.
The good news for the film is that word of mouth amongst the audience is good and current generation has woken up to David Dhawan brand of music. That lends ample promise for the film to stay stable right through the weekdays, more so since it is the solo release of the week and there isn’t much competition from the past either. However, it would have to do really well in these days since on the coming Friday Bhoothnath Returns arrives which would find its own set of audience.
The biggest takeaway of the film is emergence of a star in the form of Varun Dhawan. The youngster has done everything which is required from a hero and Main Tera Hero is a showreel which brings him in the zone from where he can soon catch up with Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.
As for the other release of the week, Jal, it was a non-starter from the word Go. With reviews too being largely mixed and the critical acclaim too not of the kind that helps films of this genre to find some foothold at multiplexes, ‘Jal’ can’t expect a long run for itself.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder