Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Babumoshai Bandookbaaz is doing well above expectations considering its low budget and its limited star power. The film, that is directed by Kushan Nandy and also stars debutante Bidita Bag and Jatin Goswami, is proving to be a David among several goliaths in the form of A Gentleman, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Dark Tower and Vivegam.
“#BabumoshaiBandookbaaz witnessed growth over the weekend… Fri 2.05 cr, Sat 2.41 cr, Sun 3.07 cr. Total: ₹ 7.53 cr. India biz,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on Twitter. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has played the role of Babu, a sharp shooter, in this film.
This Kushan Nandy directorial had earned Rs 2.05 crore on its opening day, and on Saturday it got as much as Rs 2.41 crore making the total collection to Rs 4.46 crore. On Sunday it saw a slightly upward trend with an earning of Rs 3.07 crore. It is heartening to see that a specimen of parallel cinema with a character actor like Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead is getting such an impressive response from the people.
#BabumoshaiBandookbaaz witnessed growth over the weekend… Fri 2.05 cr, Sat 2.41 cr, Sun 3.07 cr. Total: ₹ 7.53 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 28, 2017
This Nawazuddin Siddiqui film also had a run-in with CBFC which had suggested multiple cuts in the film. It had also made headlines because of Chitrangada Singh who had quit the film over a few differences. The film had also been brought into limelight after Nawazuddin Siddiqui had complained of discrimination based on skin colour in the film industry. This had raised a contentious debate in Bollywood.
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had this to say about the film, “Nawaz is fully immersed in his role; as is Goswami. The banter between Babu and Banke makes you smile. And then you are back to the film playing out the beats of the genre. Shoot-outs in the fields, killings with long-range rifles, sexually pumped men and women, local netas wrestling for power, local cops on the take, and curvaceous women on the make. It’s all there, but we’ve seen it all, or variations of it, before.”