Anees Bazmee directorial Pagalpanti has minted Rs 11.25 crore after two days according to Bollywood Hungama. It collected Rs 6.75 crore on the second day. It had debuted with only Rs 4.75 crore. The multi-starrer features Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana D’Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Urvashi Rautela, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda and Saurabh Shukla.
Trade analyst Girish Johar earlier told Indianexpress.com, “Pagalpanti is a quirky family comedy directed by Anees Bazmee. It has an ensemble cast of Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Pulkit Samrat and Arshad Warsi among others supporting it. All the actors, with their fan following, have the power to pull the audience to the theaters.”
Johar had pegged the film’s collection to be Rs 9 to 10 crore.
He added, “The film looks like a clean commercial comedy. After a long time, a film has come where you can keep your brains out and just enjoy some time with your family. The trailer is also being liked and songs have created awareness among the audience. So, I think Pagalpanti should open at around Rs 9-10 crore. It will probably have a good weekend at the box office.”
The Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer gave the film zero stars. Shalini wrote in her review, “Most of the time it wants us to cheer for three grown men — Abraham (really bad), Warsi (passable), Samrat (unbearable) — deemed unlucky by a pandit (who wears suits and drives a car, in concession for this being London), who fail at everything they venture into. Along the way, the three defraud Sanjana (D’Cruz) and her mama, and soon after, land work at another don’s castle.”
She added, “Essentially they are guinea pigs for this don (Shukla), in his bid to fend off murderous plots planned by rivals. There is dancing, romancing, racing, blasting, and car chasing. There are names like Raja, WiFi (Kapoor), Tullie and Bullie. Men behave like children, women like brainless children dressed in ridiculous clothes (Raja’s daughter played by Kharbanda is officially dismissed as dim-witted).”