Release Date: 25th October, 2022
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrratt Bharuccha
Writer/Director: Abhishek Sharma
Ram Setu Box Office Review-
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Nassar, Satyadev Kancharana, Jacqueline Fernandez & Pravesh Rana
Director: Abhishek Sharma
Producers: Aruna Bhatia & Vikram Malhotra
Ram Setu Box Office Review: Expectations
Akshay Kumar is going through one of his worst years at the box office. After back-to-back 3 flops, fans have been hoping a lot from Ram Setu but it’s the makers who completely let them down. Despite being a Diwali release, there has been a very low buzz and blame it on the film’s team for showing poor marketing and promotional strategy.
The trailer did some talking with a glimpse into interesting concept, but that’s only one aspect of making people aware or excited for the film. Akshay Kumar and the team never invested themselves much into promotions, which was clearly reflected in low advance booking.
For Akshay, it was seemingly turning out to be another underwhelming box office grosser which was left ‘Ram bharose’ by the makers before its release.
Ram Setu Box Office Review: Impact
Low promotions and marketing had left the fans in worry but once again it’s Diwali which has come to rescue for Akki. His previous Diwali releases- Housefull 4 and Sooryavanshi were box office smashers. Even though Ram Setu isn’t even close to these biggies, it has good enough job considering a clash situation with Thank God.
After initial slow start on day 1, the film witnessed a good boost in evening and night shows. Even mass pockets picked up really well through walk-ins. This is really a good sign as Akshay’s recent films failed to show any positive trending in mass pockets. Call it a Diwali effect or whatever, there’s at least a start on board now.
So far, the reports from the neutral audience have been average to decent but has a theme that works in its favour. In today’s time, there’s a trend of films where portrayal of Indian culture is being appreciated. The audience is pouring love on a content which is connected to our roots, thus giving Ram Setu a chance.
Speaking about the competition, there are Kantara and Thank God playing alongside in theatres, but other than that, the film has an open run until Phone Bhoot and Mili arrive on 4th November.
Ram Setu Box Office Review: Final Verdict
On the whole, Ram Setu ticks enough boxes to become Akshay Kumar’s highest-grosser of 2022 by surpassing Samrat Prithviraj‘s 68 crores. But as there’s nothing great or extraordinary in the film, it would fail in hitting the much-awaited 100 crore mark for Akki.
It is expected to wrap its theatrical run somewhere between 75-90 crores at Indian box office.
Ram Setu Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Satyadev Kancharana, Jeniffer Piccinato, Nassar, Pravesh Rana
Director: Abhishek Sharma
What’s Good: Throughout the film I did try extremely hard to find something that was done well, and the only thing I can come up with is that this helped me to use enough sarcasm in my review
What’s Bad: Ram Setu is the worst thing that happened to Ram Setu since it apparently got submerged in water
Loo Break: If you don’t voluntary take it, you’ll be forced by your soul to take a few!
Watch or Not?: You haven’t even started to read the review yet & already know my answer, so decide for yourself!
Available On: Theatrical Release (Don’t go, please?)
Runtime: 144 minutes (Quote Of The Day: Bad news is time flies, the good news is you’re the pilot)
Aryan (Akshay Kumar) is a renowned atheist archaeologist who is chosen to research about Ram Setu’s construction & give the verdict on whether it’s man-made or a natural phenomenon. While doing the same he faces the wrath of the general people for calling Ramayana a ‘Maha-Kavya’ and questioning its existence.
The big bad billionaire (Nassar) spots his research & tries to use him for his benefit in proving Ram Setu a natural phenomenon existing way before Shri Ram. He appoints Aryan, providing him with every possible thing to do the research but how all of this takes a u-turn is what the film is all about.
Ram Setu Movie Review: Script Analysis
This part of the review, this little part, is called ‘script analysis’, which is completely skipped by the makers of this film because dafuq they were smoking while penning this? (Especially, the second half). You get all about Abhishek Sharma‘s story in the trailer itself, and the film is not exactly what you’d imagine but way worse.
Side note: Every film ever created has been made with ‘genuine intentions’ so let’s please keep that angle out of the frame, because I never doubt the intention of any creator but only question & criticise the final product so there could be some hope left for a better attempt next time.
Sharma’s story is as predictable as Popatlal’s marriage angle in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, it’s as predictable as a puppy growing up to be a dog, as predictable as Mumbai’s summer getting humid (you get the point, right?). The second half burns your brain to a level that you’d want to dive into the hideous CGI-filled sea to never return.
Ram Setu Movie Review: Star Performance
Okay, I’ll admit, I was such a die-hard Akshay Kumar fan once that I changed my FB name to ‘Tees Maar Khan’ back in 2010, and this was the time when FB allowed to change your name just 3 times. I used 33.33% of the chances of changing my profile name on Akshay. I was 15 when Housefull was released, had minimal money in my pocket & fought with my parents to go watch the film alone (in a new city) only because I wanted to see that on the first day itself. Spending the only 80 bucks I had on the ticket, I walked 6 kilometres (return) to watch Housefull in a city I wasn’t even aware of. Why am I telling you all this? Because each of those memories is officially scarred today. Dear Akki, you’ve overturned things before, just think about your die-hard fans while you sign your upcoming films.
Nushrratt Bharuccha & Jacqueline Fernandez make zero impact on what’s happening in the film, a sad state (and film) to be in. Satyadev Kancharana’s character is the most illogical among the lot only pretending to be redeemed by a jarring twist in the end. Jeniffer Piccinato, Nassar & Pravesh Rana add to the mediocrity of the supporting cast.