‘Chef’ has been an utter disappointment at the box office ever since it release on Friday. Its weekend collection must have been dismaying for the stakeholders and especially Saif Ali Khan who has not had a good time even with some of his previous films. Until Sunday, this Raja Krishna Menon directorial has brought home only Rs 4 crore which is far lower than what was expected. Amid these days of flops, Chef is almost certainly another one unless a lot of miraculous word-of-mouth promotion turns it into a sleeper hit.
Trade analyst Girish Johar had earlier said, “To some extent, Judwaa 2 will remain a competition to Chef. It has done fantastic business and the mass has really loved the film. But Chef as new release has an edge over Judwaa 2. If Chef’s content is good and people actually like it, then the film may collect as much as Rs 15 crore by the end of the weekend.”
Of course, Judwaa 2 is primarily to blame. This Varun Dhawan has had a dream run at the box office ever since it was released on September 29 and even now is eliminating newer releases from the competition with relative ease. Judwaa 2 has earned Rs 116.8 crore until its third weekend. Saif Ali Khan’s Chef is only the latest victim of this juggernaut.
Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had given a mixed review of Chef. “There are some interesting flavours here, but ‘Chef’ feels derivative, and doesn’t come together as a fully satisfactory dish. And that’s got to do with the uneven, stodgy writing. The smoothness that should have been part of a first-rate spread is evident only in some parts: the others are awkward and stilted and contrived, and that impacts the entire film,” she had said.