A Gentleman starring Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez is lagging behind in terms of box office collection. After a slow start, its performance remained lackluster over the weekend and continues to be on weekdays too. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh called the film a ‘dud’ and tweeted its total collection till Tuesday. “#AGentleman is a DUD… Fri 4.04 cr, Sat 4.36 cr, Sun 4.73 cr, Mon 2.03 cr, Tue 1.60 cr. Total: ₹ 16.76 cr. India biz,” he wrote.
A Gentleman suffered due to the turmoil surrounding Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s verdict on the same weekend it released. The film released on August 25 and earned Rs 13.13 crore on its opening weekend.
While the film has considerably better numbers compared to its peers like Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, the latter film is also of much lower budget and was released on a limited number of screens. A Gentleman has Sidharth Malhotra doing a double role for the first time. The 32-year-old actor had previously told told indianexpress.com about the film, “Yes, it is a ‘popcorn action’ film. It’s a stress-free watch, you can come with your families. It has action, comedy, good locations, dancing, two versions of me.”
#AGentleman is a DUD… Fri 4.04 cr, Sat 4.36 cr, Sun 4.73 cr, Mon 2.03 cr, Tue 1.60 cr. Total: ₹ 16.76 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 30, 2017
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had given an average review of the film. “Some of the proceedings, especially the light-hearted banter between Malhotra and his colleague, played by Dalal, are fun: that’s when you see the skills of the directors being utilized fully. And while we are fully O-ding on the eye-candy on display (there’s ample evidence that Malhotra and Fernandez both possess washboard abs, and other whistle-worthy attributes), we also wish that there was some more comic-book energy in the plot, which keeps sliding and slowing,” she had said.
It’s clear that to turn the tables, A Gentleman needs consistently good performance on weekdays if it wants to cover its budget, let alone earn profit.