First day Box-office: ‘Dilwale’ wins over ‘Bajirao Mastani’

The opening day box-office collection of ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is neck to neck. Both are big budget movies, made on huge scale, mammoth set, made by noted directors of Bollywood and above all it stars promising stars of Bollywood. It is touted as the clash of the titans. Both ‘Diwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ opened amidst protests. In many parts of the country the screening of the movies were cancelled but still the audience showed huge love for their favourite stars Shahrukh, Deepika, Kajol and came in groups to see first day first show of ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’.

 ‘Diwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ are two different genres of film. Rohit Shetty’s ‘Dilwale’  is an amalgamation of romance, comedy and action while Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, is a historical romance saga.

“‘Dilwale’ has opened to an occupancy of 70 per cent while ‘Bajirao Mastani’ opened at 30 per cent. The opening day collection for ‘Dilwale’ will be somewhere around Rs 21-22 crore. ‘Bajirao’ might settle for a Rs 10-12 crore opening day figure,” Girish Wankhede, of production-distribution company Entity One, told PTI.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said that ‘Dilwale’ opening will be within the range of “very good to excellent.”

“‘Dilwale’ has opened better. It is too early to give a number now but it is in the range of very good to excellent. ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is slightly slow and is within the range of ordinary to good.”

Adarsh feels positive word of mouth for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ will help the film to firm its ground.

“The word of mouth for ‘Bajirao Mastani’ is very strong, it will gain momentum by the evening shows, but the masses are loving ‘Dilwale’. Both the films will continue to do well as we have Christmas weekend followed by New Year. It is an open ground.”

Manoj Desai, exhibitor and owner of G7 Cinemas here, said both the films are doing well in his properties despite their different genres.

“Both ‘Dilwale’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’ opened to 100 per cent occupancy here. The shows are full and the audience response looks very promising as of now.”

Adarsh feels the clash of the two big movies hampered the collection.

“Not only the audience gets divided because of the clash but also the screen and show timings. Having said that, two good films can co-exist as has happened in the past too.”