Laal Singh Chaddha, starring Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, debuted on Thursday (August 11) to mixed reviews after two weeks of controversy and boycott demands.
The film’s producers, Aamir Khan Productions, had their eyes on the extended Independence Day weekend and hoped to make a fortune, but early ticket sales revealed a different pattern. Surprisingly few people saw the movie in theatres. Bollywood Hungama reports that as of Wednesday morning, the highly anticipated movie had only sold about 30,000 tickets at national chains like PVR and Cinepolis in Tier-1 cities.
On its first day, the film was able to sell about 57,000 tickets throughout India. Despite having a great star cast, “Laal Singh Chaddha” made Rs 10.60 crore on its first day, according to film trade analyst Rohit Jaiswal.
According to the BoxOfficeIndia report, the Raksha Bandhan festivities provided the movie a joyous boost in the late afternoon, which led to a double-digit figure. According to the report, the movie performs best in Delhi and Punjab. The movie struggled to get any traction at the box office in the Hindi circuits, though. According to Sumit Kadel, another film trade analyst, “Laal Singh Chaddha” would have grossed at least Rs 20 crore on Day 1 if it hadn’t become mired in the boycott controversy.
After his box office flop “Thugs of Hindostan” in 2018, Khan made a comeback with the movie “Laal Singh Chaddha,” four years later. Along with Aamir Khan, the film also stars Naga Chaitanya, Mona Singh, and Kareena Kapoor Khan. The Telugu actor makes his Bollywood debut with this movie. In the meantime, the Thursday box office competition between “Laal Singh Chaddha” and “Raksha Bandhan,” starring Akshay Kumar, got off to a poor start. According to the film critic Jaiswal, “Raksha Bandhan” made Rs 8 crore on Day 1.
Numerous theatrical Bollywood movies since the pandemic, including the “83” directed by Kabir Khan, “Bachchhan Paandey,” “Shamshera,” “Jayeshbhai Jordaar,” and “Samrat Prithviraj,” among others, have performed miserably at the box office.
On the other side, this year’s major blockbusters in India have been Southern releases like “RRR,” “KGF: Chapter 2,” and “Vikram.” It would be interesting to watch if these new Bollywood films receive any reprieve from the long weekend.