There were bunch of new releases at the box office yesterday – Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hain, The Tashkent Files, Manje Bistre 2 and Hollywood super-hero flick, HellBoy. Except for Manju Bistre 2 and Hellboy, none of other films could make an impact.
A remake of Saeed Mirza’s 1980 cult classic, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Aata Hai, the new version did not find any takers at all. Starring Manav Kaul and Nandita Das, the comedy-drama did not had any awareness of its release, forget about promotion. As a result, it might not even sustain in its first weekend.
The second pivotal release in Bollywood, The Tashkent Files, had a fantastic trailer which was gripping. Starring actors like Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi, Naseeruddin Shah and Pallavi Joshi, The Tashkent Files revolves around the mysterious death of India’s 2nd Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and attempts to uncover if he had actually died a natural death or was assassinated. Unfortunately, the movie opened to poor reviews and could not do much at the ticket window with a collection below Rs 1 crores (as per early estimates).
The Punjabi film, Manje Bistre 2 opened better than the Bollywood films. Though it had an ordinary start in the morning shows but picked up later, especially in North India in Punjab region with the widest release ever. As per early trade, Manju Bistre 2 collected Rs 2.20 crores on its first day.
The Hollywood super-hero flick, Hellboy, got off to a a decent start. Panned by critics, Neil Marshall directed Hellboy still collected Rs 2.25 crores on its first day at the box office.