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Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Tapsee Pannu

Writer: Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi, Kanika Dhillon

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Producer/s: Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Khan


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Star cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Vikram Kochhar, Anil Grover, Boman Irani & Vicky Kaushal

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Producers: Gauri Khan, Rajkumar Hirani & Jyoti Deshpande

Dunki Box Office Review: Pre-Release Buzz & Impression

Shah Rukh Khan and Rajkumar Hirani – two of the biggest powerhouses coming together for a film was a dream of many movie lovers and when the collaboration was made official, it saw a crazy response. Not just fans but even neutrals were excited to see them together working on a project. Even though Pathaan and Jawan have already made their place in the history books, box office enthusiasts have been predicting the sky is the limit for Dunki.

But have the makers done their best to keep the momentum around Dunki intact? The answer is NO. The promotional material that has been churned out so far is good, but it is not exciting enough to guarantee a sensational debut at the box office. I know that the promos of Rajkumar Hirani films are often average, and they work in the longer run due to the content, but still, limited but intriguing promos could have helped create more buzz.

Apart from this, the clash talks with Salaar have also helped Dunki stay in the headlines and create awareness about its release.

Looking at all these factors, trade experts predicted a start of 35 or 40 crores on a regular Thursday for Dunki, which is very good considering the comedy-drama genre. After a good start, it is expected to take it forward based on word-of-mouth.

Dunki Box Office Review: Initial Start, Positives & Negatives

Dunki has arrived in theatres all across the country, and the occupancy reports have been good so far. It’s not a front-loaded mass entertainer like Pathaan and Jawan, so 50 crores or 60 crores were never in the picture. The film is doing well for itself and is aiming for a start of over 30 crores for sure. It can go higher depending upon the night occupancies.

Talking about the positives, Dunki has been receiving mostly positive reviews from critics, and the word-of-mouth, too, has been decent. There are some who are even calling it an average affair, but no one is outrightly rejecting the film. These talks will help the film, at least during the opening weekend.

Another thing is that Dunki has managed to get a solid screen/show count for itself against Salaar (releasing tomorrow), so the film will enjoy the benefit of an extended Christmas weekend till Monday and try to maximize its business through family audiences.

Now, coming to the negatives, Dunki isn’t enjoying extraordinary feedback from the audience, so it won’t have the kind of run that Rajkumar Hirani’s films usually enjoy. In fact, it might even happen that after the holiday season ends, Salaar might take away some screens. Of course, a lot depends on how Salaar turns out to be. If the film is good, the Shah Rukh Khan starrer will suffer a major dent in the Hindi belt, and if it’s not good, Dunki will automatically be in the driver’s seat.

Dunki Box Office Review: Final Verdict

On the whole, Dunki won’t be a box office hit of the epic level that we have been used to in 2023. Still, considering the reported budget of 120 crores and its genre, it’ll be a successful affair at the Indian box office. It is expected to earn 180-210 crores.

So, it will be a hat-trick of success for Shah Rukh Khan!

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Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Vikram Kochhar, Anil Grover, Boman Irani & Vicky Kaushal

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

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What’s Good: Rajkumar Hirani and Shah Rukh Khan coming together for a subject like illegal immigration, rather than taking a risk-free route of commercial entertainers

What’s Bad: Gives you Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots vibes but fails to match that excellence

Loo Break: Interval is enough

Watch or Not?: Since two powerhouses have come together for the first time, you should give it a try

Language: Hindi

Available On: Theatrical release

Runtime: 2 hours and 41 minutes

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Based in Laltu (a small village in Punjab), three close friends, Mannu (Taapsee Pannu), Buggu (Vikram Kochhar), and Balli (Anil Grover), are fed up with their lives and want to earn big. Their dream destination is London, but getting there isn’t an easy task. Then Hardy (Shah Rukh Khan) comes into the picture. A professional soldier and street-smart guy, Hardy, eventually develops a close bond with the trio and promises them to make their dream come true.

With Hardy’s trick, Balli manages to get a VISA for London, but for others, there’s only one option: Donkey Flight (a term used for illegal immigration). Hardy, Mannu, and Buggu go through a perilous journey but somehow reach their dreamland. But what happens next comes as a real shocker to Hardy, Mannu, and Baggu as they get to know about the dark side of illegal immigrants’ lives.

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Dunki Movie Review: Script Analysis

I’m a huge fan of Rajkumar Hirani’s films. While he has always been a phenomenal filmmaker, his writing also amazes me. If you observe closely, the stories of Hirani’s films are very simple. It’s the characters and the screenplay that take films to the next level. Characters with a back story, situational humor, and a perfectly placed emotional quotient have always been strengths of his films.

In Dunki, despite the big team of Rajkumar Hirani, Abhijat Joshi, and Kanika Dhillon, the film fails to pack a punch. They had an interesting concept of illegal immigration in hand but failed to develop it into a better story. The film seems unconvincing at points, and it could have been much better. There are some genuinely funny moments and emotional scenes that take Dunki to a high level, but overall, the momentum isn’t maintained. Even the characters don’t stand out.

The cinematography team consists of C. K. Muraleedharan, Manush Nandan, Amit Roy, and Kumar Pankaj, and their work is decent. The VFX could have been better, as, in some scenes, you can literally say that it has been shot in a studio.

Dunki Movie Review: Star Performance

Shah Rukh Khan fits in with ease in Rajkumar Hirani’s canvas. His charm and style of humor suit well for Hardy’s character. Throughout the film, his presence seems effortless, but in a couple of scenes, he looks a bit unconvincing. In a court scene, he’s brilliant, though!

Taapsee Pannu as Mannu is good, and her chemistry with Shah Rukh Khan looks breezy and natural. Vikram Kochhar, as Buggu, has also done his job well and makes you laugh whenever he’s on the screen.

Vicky Kaushal, in a cameo, has done a superb job, and his character also serves as one of Dunki’s high points.

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