There are various reasons why this Khan of Bollywood stands out. Irrfan’s last release Hindi Medium was a massive hit at the box office. Over the years with content-based films like The Lunchbox, Talvar, Maqbool, the actor has earned a fan following of his own. He is also one of the most successful crossover stars bagging prominent roles in popular Hollywood films.
During a chat with indianexpress.com, trade analyst Girish Johar said,” I expect Qarib Qarib Singlle to make Rs 2 crore on the first day. If the reviews, ratings and the word-of-mouth are good, it can earn upto Rs 9-10 crore by the end of the weekend. The trailers and promos of Qarib Qarib Singlle had generated a lot of excitement and their strategy of promotion has been decent. Nevertheless, this film also depends on a good word of mouth.”
In 2017, excluding Varun Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 and Ajay Devgn’s Golmaal Again, the year witnessed audience lapping up content-based films like Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, Jolly LLB 2, over star-studded Bollywood films. Clearly, unless it is the holiday season in the country, the Indian audience has shown more demand and interest for a film with good content over movies with dialogue-baazi, dance sequences, and drama. Hence when this Friday is witnessing the release of films starring Rajkummar Rao and Irrfan, we asked Girish Johar if their popularity for delivering films with good content would create any difference at the box office.
“Rajkummar Rao is returning after the success of Newton and Irrfan after the success of Hindi Medium. Both Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana and Qarib Qarib Singlle cater to a similar kind of audience. Thereby both the films may open with Rs 1-2 crore but they will manage to pick up in their later days when they have a strong content,” he explained.