Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Bala has earned Rs 25.88 crore until now. It collected Rs 15.73 crore on Saturday. In the Amar Kaushik directorial, Ayushmann plays the role of a balding man who undergoes several treatments to cure the thinning of his hair to no avail.
The movie also stars Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam and Saurabh Shukla and so on. Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the film’s collection. He tweeted, “##Bala hits the ball out of the park on Day 2… Superb growth… Day 3 should help *weekend total* cross ₹ 40 cr mark… Will be Ayushmann’s third film to hit ₹ 40 cr+ in *opening weekend* [#BadhaaiHo, #DreamGirl]… Fri 10.15 cr, Sat 15.73 cr. Total: ₹ 25.88 cr. #India biz.”
Ayushmann said in a statement, “It’s one of my most precious scripts to date and I’m really happy with the love and adulation that our film is getting. I’m humbled with the response and delighted that I have again backed a film that has its heart at the right place.”
The film has become Ayushmann’s biggest opener till date with Rs 10.15 crore followed by Dream Girl which earned Rs 10.05 crore on opening day.
Trade analyst Girish Johar had told indianexpress.com earlier, “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.”
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.”