Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy is doing astounding business at the box office. The film has earned a total of Rs 51.15 crore. The film, which released on Valentine’s Day i.e. February 14, opened with a smashing number of Rs 19.40 crore. However, on Friday, it showed a dip in its performance and managed to collect only Rs 13.10 crore. But on Saturday, Zoya Akhtar’s film stepped back on track with Rs 18.65 crore collection.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the film’s figures. He wrote, “#GullyBoy catches speed… Crosses ₹ 50 cr… Metros excellent, driving the biz… Mass belt/Tier-2 cities improve… Day 4 [Sun] should be huge again… ₹ 70 cr+ *extended* weekend on cards… Thu 19.40 cr, Fri 13.10 cr, Sat 18.65 cr. Total: ₹ 51.15 cr. India biz.”
#GullyBoy catches speed… Crosses ₹ 50 cr… Metros excellent, driving the biz… Mass belt/Tier-2 cities improve… Day 4 [Sun] should be huge again… ₹ 70 cr+ *extended* weekend on cards… Thu 19.40 cr, Fri 13.10 cr, Sat 18.65 cr. Total: ₹ 51.15 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 17, 2019
On Saturday and Sunday, the film should pick up considerably since it is the weekend and Gully Boy has seen a strong word-of-mouth promotion. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy is written by Akhtar herself and Reema Kagti. Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Vijay Raaz appear in supporting roles.
Gully Boy first premiered at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. It is a musical drama loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy. The two rappers have also written songs, given music and sung for the film.
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the movie three-and-a-half stars. She concluded in her review of Gully Boy, “But, ultimately, this is a film to enjoy, both in the seeing, and in the hearing: the soundtrack and the ‘songs’ leap off the screen.”
She added, “In today’s India, to bring a Murad and Safeena, their Muslim-ness a matter-of-fact statement, into centre-stage, to give traction to those who live on the wrong side of the tracks, is an act of bravery. I’ll take them any day over an overused Raj-and-Raveena. ‘Inka time aa gaya’. Rap along.”