There were two significant Bollywood films which were released today in the past years – Ayushmann Khurrna starrer Dream Girl and Akshaye Khanna and Richa Chaddha starrer Section 375. Let us check how these films fared at the box office.
Dream Girl (201)
Welcomed by glowing reviews, the Ayushmann Khurrana and Nushrat Barucha starrer Dream Girl opened big at the box office with Rs 10.05 crore. After giving solid hit in form of Article 15, Ayushmann Khurrana was back with his second film, Dream Girl which had a fresh star cast with Nushrat Barucha, Vijay Raaz, Annu Kapoor and Manjot Singh. The trailer of Dream Girl was released on 12th August and gained immense popularity. The comic scenes and funny dialogues had worked well along with the plot of the film which has never attempted before. Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, Dream Girl got appreciated by both critics and audience, beating Badhaai Ho which was the previous highest opener for Ayushman Khurrana with Rs 7.3 Crore. Dream Girl became the highest grossing film of Ayushmann Khurrana minting a staggering Rs 141.30 crore against the budget of Rs 30 Crore (Production Cost: 20 Crore, Prints & Advertising Cost: 10 Crore)
Section 375 (2019)
Akshaye Khanna returned to the silver screen after giving admiring performances in films like Ittefaq and Mom with Section 375 which was yet another powerful film based on the sensitive subject. Section 375 states that if a woman does not physically resist the act of penetration, it shall not be regarded as consenting to the sexual activity.
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Directed by Ajay Bahl (he made acclaimed film – B.A Pass). Supported by Richa Chadha and Rahul Bhat, Though Section 375 got better reviews than Dream Girl. it opened to a dull response owing to the serious subject.
At the end of its theater run, Section 375 collected Rs 17 crore against a budget of Rs 20 crore.