While ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy’ has turned out to be a ‘thanda’ outing at the box office, it is expected that things would heat up a little with the arrival of ‘Ek Paheli Leela’. The Sunny Leone starrer has been promoted quite extensively and that has ensured good awareness. Not that this would result in a thunderous all around response. Still, when compared to some of the recent high profile films that have hit the screens and failed to leave any mark whatsoever, ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ is expected to fare better.
Sunny’s ‘Jism 2’ as well as ‘Ragini MMS 2’ had taken very good opening at the box office with the first day of around 8 crore each. Though ‘Ek Paheli Leela’ won’t match these high numbers, it would still get around 5-6 crore at the least, which would still be good, considering its cost of a mere 15 crore (making – 9 crore, P&A – 6 crore). Since the film is seeing a very good release for itself, anything around 40% opening would help it sail through.
On the other hand ‘Dharam Sankat Mein’ is set to boast of some good performances, considering Paresh Rawal, Naseeruddin Shah and Annu Kapoor are leading the show. Its promo is interesting too but surprisingly the buzz hasn’t really reached to an optimal level. Unlike an ‘OMG: Oh My God!’, the film doesn’t have the star power of Akshay Kumar either to push it through. Hence, from the opening standpoint, there isn’t much in the offering. It would have to rely very heavily on word of mouth to leave a mark.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @Tutejajoginder