Monday, January 18, 2016

The mantra of box office success is uncertain like Time!

With the failure of superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s WAZIR and competent actresses Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla starrer CHALK N DUSTER at the box-office one really goes crazy at the choice of cine viewers because both the movies despite satisfying the basic parameters of a hit film viz. good script and salable stars have failed miserably to appeal the audience. 

According to trade reports Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s WAZIR which boosted a excellent script by top notch writer of Bollywood Abhijat Joshi, known for writing super hit films like MUNNABHAI SERIES, 3 IDIOTS (2009), PK (2014) has been an utter failure at the box-office as it has managed to collect just Rs 36.59 crore in ten days and a mere Rs 17.30 crore worldwide!


As far as the script of WAZIR is considered it is indeed an out of the box idea and Abhijat Joshi must be congratulated for the same. The utterly innovative plot of a handicap and an elderly person cunningly utilizing an ATS officer to avenge the murder of his daughter is truly awesome. And what makes the movie gripping is the director Bejoy Nambiar’s edge of the seat and razor sharp climax that leaves the viewers wonderstruck! 

Of course both Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar play their roles superbly. As a film critic I found the film outstanding and so did the movie receive rave reviews but what is surprising when the movie opened at the box office it was booted out!!! 

Likewise Shabana Azmi and Juhi Chawla starrer CHALK N DUSTER deals with a powerful subject how the Indian education system is being rotted by modern day educationist who are more interested in turning the school into profit making institution than imparting true knowledge. 

The movie has won good reviews but once again has failed to live up to the expectation of the audience. 

It is not that the audience does not appreciate innovations. In the past we have seen many movies without star attraction but with impressive scripts doing great box office business remember - TANU WEDS MANU (2011), VICKY DONOR (2012),ABCD: ANYBODY CAN DANCE (2013), QUEEN (2014), DUM LAGA KE HAISHA (2015) etc. 

Thus it’s really difficult to gauge the mantra of success at box-office which is uncertain like ‘Time’. 

Eminent poet Sahir Ludhianvi has beautifully described it in the song from the film WAQT…..

Aadmi ko chaahiye, Waqt se dar kar rahe

Man must make it a point, to be afraid of time,

Kaun jaane kis ghadi, Waqt ka badle mizaaj,

Who knows at what moment, time will change its temperament! 

In terms of Bollywood it can be said filmmakers must be cautious of the taste of cine viewers, who knows at what moment, they will change their temperament!!!