It’s going to be a crowded affair at the box-office this weekend with three films – Banjo, Days of Tafree and Parched – clashing at the box-office. On paper Banjo and Parched look really solid while Days of Tafree has newcomers as its cast. Surprisingly, Parched has received extremely less number of screen numbers as compared to the other two films despite being backed by Ajay Devgn. Let’s analyse how these three films stand head-to-head against each other.
The movie sees the Hindi directorial debut of talented Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav of Timepass fame. He has joined hands with his trusted ally, Riteish Deshmukh for his Hindi venture. Backed by Eros, the movie deals with a brand new topic that of street music and street musicians. The novelty of the subject and Ravi’s ability to keep his viewers engrossed should make viewers excited to watch the movie. The beauteous Nargis Fakhri plays herself in the film which is a relief. At the box-office, the movie has managed to grab an average of five screenings per multiplex, which should give it a great head start. Finally, it will depend on the content and word of mouth publicity if Banjo has to take off well.
The movie has received its share of publicity courtesy the leaked sex scenes of Radhika Apte. But controversies apart, Parched has garnered rave reviews in the many film festivals it was screened. Director Leena Yadav also got a shot in the arm when actor Ajay Devgn got onboard as the producer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have exactly boosted the film as it has only managed to get an average one screen per theatre especially in PVR. At a few other multiplexes, the screen numbers range between 1 to 3 which is again few and far in between. Another minus point is the A certificate that the movie has received which will keep kids at bay. But on the brighter side is the power-packed performances that one will get to see from some fine actors of Bollywood. And if the content attracts viewers, one can expect screen numbers to jump up in week two.
Days of Tafree
After a star-studded premiere producers Anand Pandit and Rashmi Sharma have pulled in good screen numbers for their movie, Days of Tafree- almost an average of five in number of multiplexes. On the content front, the movie is a college caper and should take the young and old alike on a joyride back to the best days of their lives. The starcast is relatively new and that is the only sliding point. But if the newbies can deliver well enough, this could be the sleeper hit of the year.