In a year marked by Bollywood blockbusters like Jawan, Pathaan, and Animal, one film stands out for all the wrong reasons. Sannjoy Bhargv's directorial, "Panch Kriti Five Elements," released in August, failed to make a mark, earning a mere Rs 10,000 on a staggering budget of Rs 33 crore. The film reportedly sold only 50 tickets across India, marking a colossal setback for the industry.
Released amid the success of Gadar 2 and OMG 2, and facing tough competition from Shah Rukh Khan's Jawan, reports states Panch Kriti struggled to secure screenings and connect with audiences. According to media reports, the film's first-week earnings were dismal, prompting its removal from theatres. ALSO READ: WTF NEWS: Zomato Rider Beats Fuel Shortage & Long Queues with Horse Delivery; Watch Viral Video
Despite the makers' claim of a Rs 35 crore business, there is no verifiable data to substantiate this assertion. Trade sources estimate the actual ticket sales to be around 50, considering an average ticket price of Rs 200. This places Panch Kriti at an abysmal 99.99% loss at the box office.
"Panch Kriti" outshone other major 2023 flops, including "The Ladykiller," which earned only Rs 1 lakh through limited screenings. The Arjun Kapoor and Bhumi Pednekar starrer faced challenges, reportedly releasing incomplete to meet OTT release requirements. Notably, other big-budget failures like "Ganapath" (Rs 10 crore on a Rs 200 crore budget) and "Adipurush" (worldwide net of Rs 325 crore on a Rs 550 crore budget) incurred significant losses but fell short of Panch Kriti's staggering financial setback.
As Bollywood enjoys the success of its major releases, "Panch Kriti" serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the industry's unpredictable nature and the stark contrast between hits and misses in the ever-evolving landscape of Indian cinema.