It is a known fact in Bollywood that if the Bhaijaan of the industry, Salman Khan backs a film, it tends to do well. But surprisingly this time things are different. Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Freaky Ali, which has been directed by Salman’s brother Sohail Khan has been unable to stay tuned with the box office numbers.
Salman’s films, be it when he acts in them or produces, don’t take long to enter the 100 crore club. But Freaky Ali is an exception with a low business. It’s collections saw a major drop by Monday, leaving the makers disappointed. The film which opened to low figures on Friday managed to rake in only Rs 8.50 crore at the box office after its first weekend. Even by Sunday, one of its crucial days for business, Freaky Ali’s occupancy did not increase, as compared to its first-day occupancy of only 10-15%. The film has been made on a low budget of Rs 19 crore. All this despite Salman promoting the film rigorously.
The only saving grace was Nawazuddin’s performance. The audience has applauded his acting one more time, who is apparently pulling the entire film on his shoulders. Sohail Khan’s Freaky Ali is a comic drama which also stars Amy Jackson and Arbaaz Khan. It’s based on a common man trying to excel in the game of golf, which is mostly considered a rich man’s game. The film probably would have gained more profit had it been based on cricket, which is almost the second most followed religion in India. the audience seems probably unable to relate to the game of golf since very few have actually played the game.
Monday was expected to give better figures considering the Eid holiday but that did not happen. Let’s wait for the figures for Tuesday now. Even Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhtora-starrer Baar Baar Dekho is leaving the audience disappointed, though it has raked in better profits as compared to Freaky Ali.