April round-up: ‘Fan’ slides, ‘Jungle Book’ shines2 min read . Updated: 04 May 2016, 05:12 AM IST
Shah Rukh Khan's 'Fan' with gross collections of Rs118.50 crore in India and Rs183.45 crore worldwide, has failed to make the connect
New Delhi: Less than three weeks ago, most trade experts and movie buffs would have happily betted their last penny on the phenomenal success of Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan. And yet, as the month rolls by, there is little doubt that the superstar’s film, with gross collections of ₹ 118.50 crore in India and ₹ 183.45 crore worldwide, according to movie website Bollywood Hungama, has failed to make the connect.
“The film has done reasonably well overall, but below expectations otherwise," said Rajendar Singh, vice-president, programming and distribution, INOX Leisure Ltd. “And it’s surprising that people didn’t come in decent numbers considering it was a good film."
Trade experts have attributed the disappointing performance of the Maneesh Sharma thriller to the absence of songs, especially the massively promoted Jabra fan anthem and the glamorous leading ladies that SRK films are known for, besides a second half that just did not work for the audiences.
In stark contrast, rewriting the rules of the game, trade analyst Taran Adarsh said, is Disney’s fantasy adventure The Jungle Book, which he calls not just the film of the month but of the year so far. At net box office collections of ₹ 164.08 crore currently, the Jon Favreau-directed venture is eyeing ₹ 175 crore in a country where the ₹ 100 crore mark is still a milestone for a Hollywood movie. Last year, Vin Diesel’s action flick Fast and Furious 7 had grossed ₹ 155 crore in India. In fact, Singh mentions that the new live-action/CGI (computer-generated imagery) film is the third-highest grosser ever at INOX after Aamir Khan-starrer PK (2014) and Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015).
Also, the upswing in the collections of the Hollywood film had nothing to do with the underwhelming performance of the SRK movie.
“Each film runs on its own merit. The Jungle Book was soaring from day one," Singh said.
To be sure, the Disney film was affected slightly the day Fan released.
“Which was understandable considering it was a Yash Raj-SRK film," Adarsh pointed out. “But the very next day, it was back on track."
Besides the two high-profile releases, the month also saw impressive performances from other films, despite a partial vacation period and the IPL (Indian Premier League) tournament.
Ki & Ka, starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor, earned ₹ 52.1 crore, computer-animated martial arts comedy Kung Fu Panda 3 minted ₹ 33 crore and Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi opened to ₹ 38.58 crore last Friday.
As far as regional cinema goes, last week’s Marathi release Sairat registered 100% occupancy on the weekend, while Tamil film Theri and Allu Arjun’s Telugu actioner Sarranoidu also held their own in the face of big-ticket Bollywood and Hollywood releases, Singh said.
The coming month, too, looks nothing short of fantastic. There is Emraan Hashmi’s sports drama Azhar, inspired by the life of controversial cricketer and politician Mohammad Azharuddin, on 13 May, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer Sarbjit on 20 May.
“Both should do well. Sarbjit in fact, could go the Neerja way with its subject and work especially for multiplexes," Singh said.
But before anything else, there is enthusiasm building up for Marvel’s superhero film Captain America: Civil War, which releases this week on 6 May. Actor Varun Dhawan dubs for protagonist Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans.
“We have our fingers crossed. The Jungle Book has taught us that one should never underestimate Hollywood," Adarsh said.