First day box-office collection of ‘Humshakals’

Sajid Khan’s ‘Humshakals’ released on Friday opened with a mixed review and it is touted to be another disaster of Sajid Khan after ‘Himmatwala’. Starring Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor, Tamannah Bhatia, Esha Gupta and Bipasha Basu ‘Humshakals’ promises nine times the fun and entertainment as the lead heroes enacts triple roles but result is highly disappointing. The film registered a low occupancy of 30-35 percent in the morning shows.

The multiplexes and single theatres show low occupancy but it fared well in the northern India. Being a single release, ‘Humshakals’ is likely to pick up over the weekend. In overseas markets alone, the film got released in 500 screens. "#Humshakals gets a wide release Overseas with 525 screens in 40 countries," film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

‘Humshakals’ might face tough competition from ‘Holiday’ as it is going strong at the box-office. The well promoted movie earned a handsome 4.5 crores in the opening day.

 "I wasn't sure if Saif would agree to let his hair down and go so much beyond his usual performances for Humshakals. But he has surprised me with his acting. Directing him made me laugh out loud so many times. In the process of making this film, Saif and I discovered that we are very similar in a lot of ways," Sajid was quoted as saying.

Sajid is quite anxious about the audience response for the film. "I am not concerned about how much money it will make. I think when the going is good everyone will accept whatever you do. People know Sajid Khan's films as comic capers which make them laugh. They expect a comedy film from me and now I will give them only what they want," the director told PTI.

The film is expected to pick up good numbers in the coming days.