Saif Ali Khan’s recent release Baazaar is moving at a snail’s pace at the box office. The film opened with Rs 3.07 crore and performed slightly better on its second and third day with Rs 4.10 crore and Rs 4.76 crore, respectively. Now, the film’s total collection stands at Rs 11.93 crore.
Going by the pace in its first weekend, the chances of the film surviving the weekdays look bleak. On top of it, Baazaar, which hit screens on October 26, is facing tough competition from Badhaai Ho, which over a week of its release has crossed the benchmark of Rs 50 crore and cruising fast towards Rs 100 crore at the box office.
Taran Adarsh shared the latest box office figures of Baazaar. He wrote, “#Baazaar witnessed a positive upturn on Day 2 and Day 3… Mumbai circuit is dominating its biz… Weekdays are extremely crucial… Has to maintain the pace for a respectable Week 1 total… Fri 3.07 cr, Sat 4.10 cr, Sun 4.76 cr. Total: ₹ 11.93 cr. India biz.”
The Gauravv K Chawla directorial did not receive positive reviews too.
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, “The treatment is moth-balled (a line in English is translated immediately after in Hindi) and hackneyed. Bad songs punctuate the proceedings. Background music is used to buoy almost every scene. We’ve seen almost each of those beats before, to the point we can tell what the character is going to say next. Debutant Rohan Mehra works hard at investing ambitious Allahabad boy with sincerity. Khan, who does all the heavy lifting here, brings to his never-forget-your-roots Gujju bhai a canny ruthlessness, even if his accent slips in places. He’s always doing something interesting, though: I kept looking for that little thing he does with his fingers, a twist and a flick.”