Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 28th June, 2019
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Thappad Box Office Review: Star Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Kumud Mishra, Pavail Gulati, Ratna Pathak Shah, Geetika Vidya, Tanvi Azmi, Dia Mirza, Maya Sarao
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Producer: Benaras Media Works, T-Series
Thappad Box Office Review: Expectations
After Article 15 which was a Super Hit at the Box Office, Anubhav Sinha is back with yet another hard-hitting film Thappad. Starring Taapsee Pannu in lead the film carries some sort of expectations thanks to the trailer which made the audience curious.
Can a Thappad lead to divorce? There have been varied reactions to the idea and it’s the same reason people want to watch the film in cinemas. However, the genre of the film is extremely niche and the star value of Taapsee is also limited.
Taapsee’s previous films like Badla and Pink which took some kind of fair openings at the Box Office had Amitabh Bachchan starring alongside her. Badla took an opening of 5.94 crores and Pink’s first-day business was 4.32 crores. And it was due to strong word of mouth and little better appeal for the audience that those films proved to be huge hits. However, this time she comes solo and the subject is also niche.
The opening of the film will be on the lower side and a lot will depend on how the paying public receives the content and how much they recommend it to others.
Thappad Box Office Review: Impact
Anubhav Sinha deserves all the appreciation for dealing with such a strong, untouched yet important subject masterfully. Though the content of the film is hard-hitting, it has been presented in a very balanced way. Anubhav as a director and co-writer has gone very deep in the subject and has made a film that will need several re-watches to completely understand it.
Taapsee Pannu has nailed her character and has given her career’s best performance. She has got some really amazing dialogues but even in those scenes where she doesn’t speak at all, she has spoken a lot. Her silent eyes and body language speak so much and it will need the audience’s full attention to get that.
However, these positive points of the film only can go against its Box Office fate. Patriarchy is deeply rooted in our society and there won’t be many people who will accept the message that has been delivered through the message. I already see a lot of people coming out of the cinemas and getting angry over what message the film has to give. The problem is we have downgraded to TikTok level intellect and no one will go deep and understand what someone has to say in this important film. And this film has a message for both sides. It’s only about how much you get that.
Thappad Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Thappad will take a low opening at the Box Office and won’t go far because its content will get some really extreme reactions from the audience. The film will end its run somewhere in the 25-30 crores region. The good thing is that’s enough for it to recover costs which are not big.
Star Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sayani Gupta, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa , Isha Talwar, Nassar, Shubhrajyoti Barat, Sushil Pandey
Director: Anubhav Sinha
Producer: Anubhav Sinha
Box Office Expectations: Article 15 is one of those Bollywood releases which rely on word of mouth for it’s Box Office sustenance. Still, the interesting promos, the face value and past track of Ayushmann did the trick and the film got decent visibility among viewers.
Box Office Impact: I watched 9 AM show of Article 15 today and the theatre was mostly empty. The film belongs to a rather dark genre and has no value for masses. It concentrates more on the message and information which is good for it critically, but sadly the majority of people don’t like to spend money on such films no matter how important they are. The slow and detailed narrative of the film is yet another mass spoiler and will put off the majority of the audience.
At the same time, Article 15 will find a lot of appreciation among the high-end multiplex going audience because of its hard-hitting content.
Personal Comments: I personally liked Anubhav Sinha’s idea of directing and producing Article 15. The film will disturb you, open your eyes, will make you think and go restless. Lack of humour was a requirement of a film which is made on such a heavy and important topic and the writers Anubhav Sinha & Gaurav Solanki make a great decision of keeping it minimal in the film. Background score keeps the affairs engaging.
The slow narrative is the only thing which went against it but Ayushmann Khurrana’s spellbinding performance balances it up. He lives the character of IPS officer Ayan Ranjan and is so convincing that his performance goes among one of his best in his career. Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Isha Talwar, Nassar, Shubhrajyoti Barat, Sushil Pandey are good in supporting roles but it’s Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub who takes the cake in a small but impactful role. He is brilliant in the breakdown scene and immediately creates your connect with his character.
Anubhav Sinha has done a brilliant job as director.
Box Office Prospects: The film will find most of the patronisation in multiplexes and masses will avoid it especially when there’s a Kabir Singh in cinemas for them. Article 15 after a slow start at the Box Office will sustain well at the cinemas and can do a total business somewhere in 40-50 crores range.