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Analyzing the box office performance of Bollywood films so far, Pathaan is the only clean hit of 2023 till date; postponement of Jawan dashes many hopes

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Bollywood has not delivered a single big hit since ‘Pathaan’ (2023) this year and the dry spell continues as the four big releases, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ (2023), ‘Bholaa’ (2023), ‘Selfiee’ (2023) and ‘Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway’ (2023) have failed to entice the audiences.

The performances of ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’, ‘Bholaa’ and ‘Mrs. Chatterjee Vs Norway’ were good but not upto the mark whereas Akshay Kumar fronted ‘Selfiee’ had a shockingly poor opening. Naturally, the above-mentioned releases failed to have a long run in cinemas.

Then there was ‘Bad Boy’, which was the launch pad of Bollywood producer Sajid Qureshi’s daughter Amrin Qureshi along with legendary actor Mithun Chakraborty’s son Namashi Chakraborty. Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, this comic caper was outright rejected by the audiences from its very first day.

‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ was directed by Farhad Samji and starred Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh Daggubati, Siddharth Nigam, Jassie Gill, Palak Tiwari, Vinali Bhatnagar, Shehnaaz Gill and Raghav Juyal. The romantic actioner, which was released on Eid, performed well on its five days but then it started to drop. Though it managed to cross the Rs. 100 crore mark at the domestic box office, the performance of the film was below expectations.

‘Bholaa’, starring and directed by Ajay Devgn, also failed to put a smile on the faces of its investors and exhibitors. On the other hand, ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’, starring Rani Mukerji, performed well but only in big cities and in multiplexes.

Barring Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’, the other films performed below expectations across the country and failed to bring cheer to the distributors. Even in Mumbai, the above the box office performance of ‘Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar’ is average. Considering its subject matter and the star cast, it should have done well here.

Today saw the release of ‘The Kerala Story’, starring Adah Sharma, Siddhi Idnani and Yogita Bihani. It has made a lot of noise due to its subject and the controversies. As a result, it is expected to have a successful run at the box office.

The other prominent release of May are the Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘IB 71’ and ‘Chatrapathi’, starring South actor Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Nushrratt Bharuccha. Both films are slated for release next week, on May 12.

Now coming to the month of June, several big films were lined up for release but many of them have been postponed. These include Shah Rukh Khan’s much awaited film ‘Jawan’ which was supposed to release on June 2 but now reports claim that it will hit the big screen on August 25. The other film to get postponed reportedly is Ajay Devgn starrer ‘Maidaan’, which has already been delayed multiple times. Now, it is being heard that the film will release in the month of September.

Only two Hindi films are definitely releasing in June so far and these are Prabhas and Om Raut’s magnum opus ‘Adipurush’ on June 16 and Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani starrer ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha’ on June 29, 2023.

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