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Cast: Ranveer Singh, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandez

Director: Rohit Shetty

Producer/s: Rohit Shetty, Bhushan Kumar


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Star cast: Ranveer Singh, Varun Sharma, Pooja Hegde, Murli Sharma, Siddharth Jadhav, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever, Vrajesh Hirjee, Jacqueline Fernandez & others

Director: Rohit Shetty

Producers: Rohit Shetty & Bhushan Kumar

Cirkus Box Office Review: Pre-Release Buzz & Impression

Even before bringing Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express, Rohit Shetty had a remake of Sanjay Kumar and Deven Verma’s Angoor on his mind. Back in time, there were rumours that Rohit had approached Shah Rukh for Angoor remake but the actor ended up turning it down and opted to do Chennai Express. Finally, after waiting for so many years, he churned out his idea with Ranveer Singh. Now we feel good for Shah Rukh but really bad for Ranveer! Why? Well, keep reading to know about it!

Ever since the trailer was released, I had not-so-feelings for Cirkus. It lacked the punch of typical Rohit Shetty films. Despite the presence of Shetty’s lovable supporting cast, ‘go, laugh your heart out’ factor was missing. The trailer has met with a mixed reception. Only the ‘Current Laga Re’ song managed to garner some eyeballs, otherwise, it’s all dull.

Despite Ranveer Singh and the team carrying out promotions on different platforms, there’s no excitement around Rohit Shetty’s film this time. The same could be seen in the advance booking report that we covered yesterday.

Before the pandemic, Rohit Shetty had a gala time at the box office. And in the post-pandemic period, Sooryavanshi got the advantage of the audience’s rush of watching the film on big screens as theatres were just reopened along with the factor of Simmba and Singham joining in. Now, with Cirkus, it’s the real test of Shetty and in the pre-release phase, his brand failed to evoke any excitement.

Cirkus Box Office Review: Initial Start, Positives & Negatives

From advance booking, it was clear that a huge start isn’t expected and if any turnaround happens, it’s supposed to be from evening shows onwards. And exactly the same thing happened! In a theatre, where Golmaal Again, Simmba and Sooryavanshi opened in the range of 40-60% occupancy in morning shows, I saw only 8 people including me watching Cirkus. That really speaks a lot!

Despite advance booking and initial momentum not working in favour, the brand ‘Rohit Shetty’ still has some positive working for him. The director is undoubtedly one of the most successful Indian directors and is popular for his logic-less comedies. And no matter how much you criticize him, he has a loyal fan base among the family audience. So it will be interesting to see if that set of audience steps out in large numbers to watch this film.

Cirkus also has the benefit of Christmas and new year holidays. Speaking about the competition, there’s only Avatar 2 currently playing in theatres and that too is working in 3D and other premium formats. The next big thing is Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, which will be arriving on 25th January 2023. Till then, it’s an open ground for the Ranveer Singh starrer.

Now coming to the negatives, this comedy of errors is receiving mixed word-of-mouth from the audience. In the past, we have seen Rohit Shetty’s films being critic-proof. Despite poor reviews from critics, his films were supported by the masses. This time, even the ticket-buying audience isn’t impressed by the attempt and this will harm the film’s box office. In case the Ranveer Singh starrer stays flat in the opening weekend, it might just happen that the exhibitors replace it with Avatar 2 from Monday onwards, thus shifting the 3-4 weeks’ open run in the favour of James Cameron’s film.

Cirkus Box Office Review: Final Verdict

On the whole, despite the holidays and open run, Cirkus is falling short in its box office potential. This time, even total support from the masses is lacking. In the post-pandemic time, the audience is being really blunt about their choices and they won’t hesitate to completely ignore the film even if it has a stamp of Rohit Shetty over it!

A Rohit Shetty fan inside me is very much disappointed. Just like Undertaker, who enjoyed a streak at Wrestlemania with back-to-back 21 victories, I wished Shetty to remain unbeatable with 11 consecutive box office successes already. But this time, it’s going to be 11-1!

Speaking about the collection, Cirkus is expected to earn between 50-70 crores.

Stay tuned to Koimoi for more box office stories & updates!

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Cirkus Movie Review Rating:

Star Cast: Sanjay Mishra, Ranveer Singh, Siddhartha Jadhav, Pooja Hegde, Jacqueline Fernandez, Johnny Lever, Varun Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Radhika Bangia, Vrajesh Hirjee, Murali Sharma, Anil Charanjeett and ensemble.

Director: Rohit Shetty

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Cirkus Movie Review ( Photo Credit – A Still From Cirkus )

What’s Good: Sanjay Mishra, the only funny thing in this unfunny multiverse of madness

What’s Bad: You had a dozen of the best comedians available in the country today! You could’ve put them in a room for 2 hours & their conversations would’ve been funnier than this film

Loo Break: Just do it! At any time, any scene!

Watch or Not?: Wait for someone to compile ‘Sanjay Mishra’s funny scenes from Cirkus’ on YouTube and watch that

Available on: Theatrical Release

Runtime: 138 minutes (Feels like 831 minutes)

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The year is 1942, the city is Rohit Shetty’s Bangalore & it starts with Roy Jamnadas of Jamnadas Orphanage (from Golmaal) experimenting with interchanging two sets of identical twins just to prove parvarish (upbringing) > khoon (blood relation). Yes, people were that free back in the day. Also, wow, the parents name all 4 kids Roy (Ranveer Singh), and Joy (Varun Sharma) with a respect to the founders of the orphanage.

So, now, we have got a pair of Roy-Joy shaping up their lives in Bangalore as businessmen & the other pair of Roy-Joy performing in a circus in Ooty. Trust me it looks as absurd as it sounds. Ooty’s Roy gets famous as the ‘Electric Man’ as iska “Bijli se koi rishta hai”. The whole story revolves around what will happen when both these twin pairs will face each other (Spoiler alert: Nothing interesting happens).

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Cirkus Movie Review ( Photo Credit – A Still From Cirkus )

Cirkus Movie Review: Script Analysis

Getting inspired by Gulzar’s classic Angoor which itself was a remake of Do Dooni Char which was based on William Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy Of Errors’, the hot mess created here results in nothing but momentarily funny chaos. As Rohit Shetty‘s previous comedies, even this one relies heavily on gags that compete to prove how worse it could get.

The ‘current’ gag will make you laugh at first, and smile when it appears again eventually making you furious because an average joke could only make you laugh once. Dialogues by Farhad Samji, Sanchit Bedre & Vidhi Ghodgaonkar move from ‘slapstick’ to ‘slapsick’ really soon. The emotional crux of the film to prove upbringing is more important than blood relationships gets lost when the film tries hard to be funny.

Cirkus Movie Review: Star Performance

Years from now, this movie won’t be relevant but the YouTube video ‘Sanjay Mishra’s funny scenes from Cirkus’ will have more views than the film watched. You’d fast forward the film to pause only through Sanjay’s scenes. This is something you would expect from the entire cast of Cirkus to do but only Siddhartha Jadhav comes a close second.

Apart from these 2, the whole bunch of comedians is stuffed because they boast of a lot of funny things in their filmography & Cirkus won’t be one of them. I absolutely loved Ranveer Singh in Simmba & Sooryavanshi because of the eccentricity his character serves, but here he’s a misfit of epic proportions. He acts like he had to do this as a favour to Rohit Shetty. None of the other performances deserve to be even mentioned separately.

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