Box-office: Vidya Balan’s ‘Begum Jaan’ makes a decent Rs 3.94 cr on opening

Vidya Balan starrer ‘Begum Jaan’ hit theatres yesterday and got off to a slow start, but its opening day business was on expected lines. The movie minted an opening day collection of Rs 3.94 crore at the domestic box-office.    

Noted trade analyst shared the figure on his Twitter timeline. “#BegumJaan biz needs to multiply on Sat + Sun to come up with a decent weekend total… Fri Rs 3.94 cr. India biz,” he wrote.

The movie released in around 900-1100 and saw an occupancy of 15 percent in the morning shows. Trade pundits has earlier predicted the opening day figure to be between 3-4 crores, ant that’s how much the film actually raked in on its first day.

According to reports, ‘Begum Jaan’ opened on Saturday to an audience response of 12 to 14 percent occupancy in morning shows. The movie’s day two collection is expected to be between 4.0- 4.50 crore.

‘Begum Jaan’ is set during the tumultuous times of India-Pakistan partition of 1947 and revolves around a group of sex-workers who rebel against the administration to save their brothel which falls exactly on the line drawn for the partition. The film has been rated with an ‘A’ certificate due to excessive use of expletives, thus restricting it to a certain kind of audience.

‘Begum Jaan’ is the Bollywood directorial debut of National Award winning Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji. It is an adaption of his own acclaimed Bengali film ‘Rajkahini’, which won critical acclaim in various national and international film festivals. ‘Begum Jaan’ was made on a low budget of around Rs 14-15 crore, and featured an ensemble of talented actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Rajit Kapoor, Ila Arun, Gauhar Khan, Pallavi Sharda, Vivek Mushran, Ashish Vidyarthi, Pitobash Tripathy, Chunky Pandey among others.

While the movie was criticised for its inconsistent screenplay, Vidya Balan and all other actors were praised for their brilliant performance.