Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest release Bala is off to a good start. It has earned Rs 10.15 crore on Friday.The Amar Kaushik directorial is a comedy film that deals with the problem of premature baldness. The movie also stars Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam and Saurabh Shukla among others.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the film’s collection on Friday. He tweeted, “#Bala has an excellent Day 1… Strong word of mouth + Brand Ayushmann are key contributors… Expect biz to grow further on Day 2 and 3… Fri ₹ 10.15 cr. #India biz.”
Comparing the first day box office collection of other Ayushmann Khurrana movies, he wrote in another tweet, “Ayushmann Khurrana versus Ayushmann Khurrana… *Day 1* biz…
2019: #Bala ₹ 10.15 cr
2019: #DreamGirl ₹ 10.05 cr
2018: #BadhaaiHo ₹ 7.35 cr [Thu; #Dussehra]
2019: #Article15 ₹ 5.02 cr
2017: #SMS ₹ 2.71 cr
2018: #AndhaDhun ₹ 2.70 cr
2017: #BKB ₹ 2.42 cr
Ayushmann Khurrana said in a statement, “With Bala, we are sending out some really strong and powerful social messages in the most entertaining manner possible and I’m delighted that the film has instantly connected with audiences on day one. I only hope that the film entertains the whole of India because only this way we will be able to communicate everything that Bala is trying to say and spark a thought shift.”
Predicting Bala’s opening day collection, trade analyst Girish Johar told indianexpress.com, “Ayushmann’s films have good tracking. He tries to tap into unconventional cinema and break taboos. Also, Bhumi is a fine, talented actor and she also does meaningful cinema. Thus, I am expecting a good start for Bala at the box office. The film has a fantastic pre-release buzz. The way they have promoted it is quite good. If it works well, I think this will be the 7th consecutive hit of Ayushmann.”
He added, “Ayushmann is doing desi stories which connect with the mass audience. He is breaking taboos in a quirky way which is acceptable to everyone. Everyone wants to watch a film which is light-hearted, clean, family watch and also sends a message. Ayushmann is delivering that. He is the new box office draw.”
Bala released on 3500 screens across the globe, out of which 3000 screens are in India. The film is Ayushmann’s widest release to date.
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 3.5 stars. She wrote, “He’s (Ayushmann Khurrana) perfected the art of playing people who are not instantly likeable, and he works the characters’ kinks to the point where we can see them, and yet sympathise. This is an unfiltered, bare performance, unafraid to be seen as ridiculous: this kind of shucking of vanity, even if it is self-aware, is rare amongst Bollywood actors. Bala is human, he is flawed; he is one of us. He makes us smile. So does this delicious line, Kaushik throwing in a politically acute curveball, just like he did in Stree — ‘poora Uttar Pradesh chal raha hai bhagwaan bharose, aur bhi chal jayega’. Or words to that effect.”