Dismal first weekend collection of ‘Hawaizaada’


The Vibhu Puri directorial ‘Hawaizaada’ made quite the buzz before release. The audiences were looking forward to it for several reasons. After all, Aayushmann Khurrana was to appear in a never seen before avatar. Most importantly, the theme of the film- biography of an eminent scientist- was quite unique.

But the film didn’t meet the expectations of fans when it hit the screens on 30th January. It has suffered what is called a failure at the box office. The cast and crew might have started the project on wings of hope. But ‘Hawaizaada’ suffered a terrible crash on the first day itself. The film is even being called the first disaster of this year! And this failure is apparent from the meager box office collections of the film.

As the distributor Rajesh Thadani told the media, ‘Hawaizaada’ collected just about Rs 57 lakhs on the first day of its release- that is on Friday. The first day itself saw very low occupancy rate in theatres all over India. It was surprising to see such empty theatres for an Aayushmann Khurrana starrer. The situation grew worse in the later parts of the day.  The evening shows saw even lower occupancy as by then people had understood that the film was not worth the watch.

The dull performance continued the next day. Even on Saturday, it was a great disappointment to the filmmakers on seeing the poor figures of box office collection. The second day was no less gloomy than the opening day, and the film collected just Rs 65 lakhs. Sunday was somewhat brighter for the film and it went on to gather Rs 1.05 crores. Adding the collections of these three days, ‘Hawaizaada now stands at a poor 2.27 crores.

The film is a biopic on the Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, the man who envisioned the first unmanned aircraft even before the famous Wright brothers. The confused plot of the movie is the major factor being blamed for its failure, as the filmmakers have been unable to show clearly, the very story of the movie. The theme is not doubt great and the filmmakers could have come up with a beautiful plot. Actors Aayushmann Khurrana, Pallavi Sharda, Naman Jain and Mithun Chakraborty have done a good job, if not superb. Aayushmann has suffered a significant failure as his recent films ‘Nautanki Saala!’ and ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ weren’t much of success either. As for Pallavi Sharda, it is her next big flop after the 2013 release ‘Besharam’.