This weekend is special as quite a lot of talent is being seen collectively at the big screen. Manoj Bajpayee is leading the show with Saat Uchakkey and while the promo does hint some humor (albeit below the belt) coming the audience way, the film may actually end up surprising. On the other hand Beiimaan Love is promising to be a different film, surprisingly the promotion has been patchy. This is all the more disappointing since the songs had potential to help the film to at least certain extent.
Irrfan Khan has earned his meatiest Hollywood role in Inferno and the promotion has been good too, especially in India. Considering the kind of fan following that Tom Hanks enjoys (primarily amongst the class segment), the film should do well in the premium multiplexes across major cities. It also has the potential to grow most and be stable with two open weeks ahead.
Same can’t be said about the other two releases, Fuddu and Anna, which are seeing a patchy arrival in theaters. Former is a delayed release with a poor promo. On the other hand latter too doesn’t boast of a promo or the set up that would have registered well amongst the audience. Both would struggle to even establish their presence in theaters.
Sixth release of the week is animation flick Motu Patlu – King Of Kings. The characters are hugely popular amongst kids, courtesy the show’s success on television, and the promo too gives an impression of an interesting ride. Unfortunately, market for animation films (especially coming out of Bollywood), is extremely meager which means the film can’t expect a rollicking start in theaters. That said, it has good potential to grow if children warm up to it. Considering the kick-start of the festive season, the release couldn’t have been better timed. It’s all there for the film to take if it indeed is a good product.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder