Box office: ‘Banjo’, ‘Parched’ struggle against Big B’s ‘Pink’

Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri starrer ‘Banjo’ opened on a slow note at the box office yesterday (September 23). The movie released across 1,200 screens.

The musical drama saw an occupancy of only 10-15 percent in the morning shows, but picked up gradually. It reportedly collected approximately Rs. 2 crores on its opening day. It is lower Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Pink’ which hit screens the previous week on September 16. ‘Pink’ collected approximately Rs. 2.75 crore on its second Friday at the counters.    

‘Banjo’ has been directed by acclaimed Marathi director Ravi Jhadav and also stars Nargis Fakhri.  It was expected that film will have a good start, considering that it is about street musicians and celebrates the spirit of Mumbai. It is doing relatively well in Maharashtra as compared to other states in the country.

However, it is expected that the movie will witness a growth in its business over the weekend. In fact, the collection of ‘Banjo’ is better than the other films that released on the same day, viz. Radhika Apte’s ‘Parched’, Shreyas Talpade and Manjari Phadnis starrer ‘Wah Taj!’ and ‘Days of Tafree’.  

Despite ‘Parched’ getting rave reviews across various film festivals, it could not manage to pull audience. It minted only about Rs. 0.18 crore on day one. The movie which also features Tannishtha Chatterjee and Adil Hussain, was also in news for Radhika’s leaked scenes.

Ajit Sinha-directed satirical drama ‘Wah Taj!’ received mixed reviews from critics, but saw very low occupancy of 4-5 percent. The movie earned Rs. 0.20 crore (approx.).

Surprisingly, Krishnadev Yagnik’s directorial youth-centric comedy ‘Days of Tafree’, which received mostly negative reviews from critics, did better than ‘Parched’ and ‘Wah Taj!’. It recorded an occupancy of 5-8 percent and brought in around Rs. 0.45 crore in its account.

Meanwhile, the dull response to the new releases has greatly benefited Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Panu starrer court room drama ‘Pink’ which is still ruling the box-office. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh had earlier predicted that ‘Pink’ will continue to do well in the second week also. "#Pink enjoys TREMENDOUS word of mouth and is expected to dominate at plexes in Week 2 as well, despite a plethora of new releases," he had tweeted.