Release Date: 02nd October, 2020
Cast: Ishaan Khattar, Ananya Panday, Jaideep Ahlawat
Director: Maqbool Khan
Writer/s: Sima Agarwal, Yash Keswani
Producer/s: Himanshu Mehra, Anup Poddar, Ali Abbas Zafa
Khaali Peeli Box Office Review: Star Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday, Jaideep Ahlawat, Swanand Kirkire, Anup Soni, Zakir Hussain, Satish Kaushik
Director: Maqbool Khan
Produced By: Ali Abbas Zafar, Himanshu Mehra, Anup Poddar
Watch On: Zee Plex
Note: It has been more than 6 months since theatres have been closed all over the nation due to ongoing pandemic. No film has released at the Box Office in this time period so our Box Office Review will take into consideration lesser factors then we take in normal conditions.
Our Box Office Review in the current situation doesn’t imply the accuracy it does in normal circumstances because we have no clue about the release size Khaali Peeli would’ve got if it had hit the cinemas on Oct 2 i.e. Gandhi Jayanti.
A film’s Box Office fate also depends on the real performance of films releasing before and after it. In the ongoing situation, we can’t take into consideration that factor too and that’s why in the Box Office Review of Khaali Peeli we will roughly predict its BO prospects and how much theatrical revenue the film may have lost because of not being able to hit the big screens.
Khaali Peeli Box Office Review: Expectations
Ishaan Khatter & Ananya Panday make an interesting onscreen couple. Both of them are newcomers but enjoy a good fan following together. While Ishaan Khatter enjoyed good success earlier with Dhadak, Ananya Panday has starred in popular films like Student Of The Year 2 & Pati Patni Aur Woh. In fact, PPAW did phenomenally at the box office last year. With a business of 86.77 crores, it proved to be a hit.
Now as Ishaan & Ananya come together with Khaali Peeli, the expectations are good only. But the expectations could’ve been better if the trailer and music of the film was also good. While the film’s teaser was impactful, it couldn’t really raise the bar with trailer. Music was also pretty ordinary and hence the pre-release buzz couldn’t gain momentum after a certain extent.
There has been certain social media negativity around the film due to ongoing nepotism debate. But that would’ve hardly mattered if the film released at the box office.
Khaali Peeli Box Office Review: Impact
Khaali Peeli does a good job in giving the audience a nice time while they watch the film for its duration of a couple of hours. The story is routine but the screenplay is enjoyable thanks to some really entertaining scenes. The film promises to be a mass entertainer and it fulfils that promise to a large extent. The comedy of the film works, emotions are well placed and action is entertaining too. Although the screenplay gets a little problematic in the second half, it won’t hurt the overall film much. I mean the audience don’t expect much while watching these films so it’s okay.
Ishaan Khatter gives an excellent performance and its a treat to watch him. Be it comedy or action, he is too good. Ishaan is a shining star who will shine even more in the future. Ananya Panday looks amazing onscreen and performs better than expected. She is good in action scenes, dances well and decent acting wise too. As she totally justifies her character requirement it makes for a good experience. Jaideep Ahlawat is also good in the negative role but it would’ve been better if his character had more meat. Rest of the star cast has also done their job well especially child stars who played the teenage versions of Ishaan Khatter & Ananya Panday. It’s refreshing to watch them on screen and it would’ve been even better if the film released in cinemas.
Khaali Peeli Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Khaali Peeli isn’t a 100 crores grosser but it would’ve faired decently if released at the box office. The film could’ve easily done business around 75 crores if it hit the cinemas today i.e. on Oct 2.
Khaali Peeli Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Ishaan Khatter, Ananya Panday, Jaideep Ahlawat, Annup Sonii, Satish Kaushik
Director: Maqbool Khan
What’s Good: Ishaan Khatter marking his entry into the ‘masala’ genre which he nails it, a superbly-timed intermission point and a few good twists
What’s Bad: It reaches to a point where everything is sailing smooth and instead of being stable there, it shakes up things by being monotonous & it’s releasing with an incredibly useless plan by Zee Plex (this rant requires a separate article). Also, it wasted my headline of “Khaali Peeli Khaali Peeli Dekhna Ki Nahi” because it’s good
Loo Break: If you’re watching legally with Zee Plex, you wouldn’t be able to pause (or even rewind, fast-forward the film) & if you aren’t lawfully watching then just skip all the songs
Watch or Not?: If you’re investing 299 to watch it, then don’t. If you’re waiting for it to come under the premium Zee5 plan, then yes!
With a very filmy name Vijay Chauhan aka Blackie we see Ishaan Khatter marking his entry by exciting from a jail. His ‘chaavi’ AKA item AKA heroine Pooja (Ananya Panday) rushes the taxi towards him and asks him to sit before getting trapped by the goons following her. Taking us to the flashback, Blackie tells the story of that one night which lead both him and Pooja to the present day.
Continuing the non-linear storytelling, we get to know about both of their background stories explaining how they did up with each other. Blackie is on the run from Mumbai Police, and Pooja gets followed by her ‘relatives’ for breaking herself out from a former marriage. She gets into a partnership with Blackie as he’s John Abraham but with a taxi. They both need each other for escaping and what happens next shouldn’t surprise you much, but it comes with its fair share of entertainment.
Khaali Peeli Movie Review: Script Analysis
Yash Kesarwani and Sima Agarwal’s script starts off exceptionally well. The first half is full of good chase sequences, performances and twists. The problem is, the second half also is full of good chase sequences, performances but not good enough twists. This just makes the whole process monotonous. Too many convincing plot-solving twists just kill the intrigue at times.
A special shoutout to Rameshwar S. Bhagat who has edited this film for one very brilliant scene. There’s this one split screen that is connected to look like one single scene. There have been few attempts at this in the past, but this one is so well polished. Adil Afsar’s cinematography is a half-baked attempt of capturing the melancholic feel of Mumbai at night, something achieved by C Vijayasri (cinematographer) in Ek Chalis Ki Last Local.
Khaali Peeli Movie Review: Star Performance
If there would’ve been a bet to play on who has a secured future in Bollywood from the current-gen stars, it has to be Ishaan Khatter. Khaali Peeli does nothing but strengthens my belief of seeing him among the popular ones very soon. He his two films (Beyond The Clouds, Dhadak), one web-series (A Suitable Boy) and one Koffee With Karan performance old, still look at his filmography (apart from KWK). This was a test for him which he has cleared with a good score. He just fits into the ‘masala zone’ smooth AF. Being a tapori of Mumbai, he maintains the lingo and its attitude without tumbling a single time.
Ananya Panday is decent enough, but she carries the Alia hangover in most of her scenes which shouldn’t have been the case. I just wasn’t being able to get the thought of ‘how well Alia could’ve done this?’ throughout the film. But, definitely, an improvement for her from Pati, Patni Aur Woh and I just hope she gets a similar jump for her next.
I won’t even mind stereotyping Jaideep Ahlawat as a bad guy because he’s so good at it. He has the ‘born evil’ looks, and now it won’t be easy to see him as a good guy. A rare quality which is possessed by seasoned actors such as Ashish Vidyarthi, Ashutosh Rana and Yashpal Sharma.
Annup Sonii doesn’t get much to do, and he’s just there. Satish Kaushik is funny, but the problem is he could’ve been hilarious. His character had every scope of taking the humour to a different level, but unfortunately, nothing happens apart from a couple of well-timed jokes.
Khaali Peeli Trailer Review: Tapori accent has been done to death in Bollywood films. But when Khaali Peeli‘s teaser came out last month, it was refreshing to see newcomers like Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday delivering dialogues in the accent. However, it seems Khaali Peeli doesn’t have much to offer other than that.
I am saying that after watching the trailer of the upcoming film which has released on the internet today.
First of all, the trailer didn’t show anything special from what we saw in the teaser, and then everything it showed comes across as quite boring. Both of the lead stars are just delivering dialogues after dialogues which totally lack any impact. Then the story doesn’t seem to offer anything exciting or something which can make the audience curious. Comedy is lacklustre and action is just about fine. A talented actor like Jaideep Ahlawat looks wasted too.
Overall nothing works in Khaali Peeli trailer and that’s going to give a huge blow to its fate. The film is releasing on Zee Plex in a Pay Per View format. And you don’t give the audience a trailer like this when you do such a huge experiment. Though I hope it’s just a case of a bad trailer and not a bad film!
Directed by Maqbool Khan, the film has been produced by Himanshu Kishan Mehra, Ali Abbas Zafar & Zee Studios along with Associate Producers Anup Poddar and Abhishek Vyas. Sima Agarwal and Yash Keswani have written the film and Vishal – Shekhar have composed the music.
Khaali Peeli will start streaming on Zee Plex from Oct 2. You can watch the film by paying Rs 299 as a ticket price. The film was earlier scheduled to release in June this year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of cinema halls.
The film is a romantic action drama and is being touted as a roller coaster ride that kicks off when a boy meets a girl one night.
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