Mumbai: (IANS) After ‘Golmaal 3’ and ‘Singham’, director Rohit Shetty`s ‘Bol Bachchan’ has made it to the hyped Rs.100 crore mark at the Indian box office. Said to be inspired by 1979 movie ‘Gol Maal’, ‘Bol Bachchan’ was made on a budget of Rs 70 crore with a cast including Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai.
The movie collected over Rs. 43.10 crore during its opening weekend after it released all over the country July 6. It went on to collect Rs. 66.81 crore in the first week, Rs.24.12 crore in second and Rs. 9.33 crore during the third week, taking the total box office collections to Rs. 100.26 crore in 20 days, said a press statement from the production company.
Presented by Fox Star Studios and produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Ajay Devgn Films, ‘Bol Bachchan’ has been very well received by both multiplexes and single screen audiences. It was released with 2,700 prints.
Director Rohit Shetty is laughing his way to the banks, thanks to his latest movie ‘Bol Bachchan’s impressive performance at the box office. Within three days of its release the movie has already accumulated net revenue of Rs 72.8 crores!
Although the movie got mixed response from critics and cine goers but smart packaging and aggressive marketing has helped the movie to become a super-hit. It seems Rohit Shetty has cracked the magical 100 crore code and if thing proceed the way it has been till now, no wonder he will put another ‘100 crore plus movie under his belt.
Karan Johar has already given him credit for his ability to churn out hits after hits. In his recent tweet KJo called him ‘100 crore director’.
( By Akshat Sharma) First of all a statutory warning to all cine-goers! Leave your brains at home before you rush to the nearest theatre to watch ‘Bol Bachchan’. Watching a movie like this could be painful if you rack your brains. So leave it behind before you step out of your home. Agreed it has some of the finest actors the industry could boast of, agreed we love Bollywood chutzpah but going through movies like ‘Bol Bachchan’ is rarely funny and mostly agonizing.
The movie begins with a song and dance number ‘Bol Bol Bachchan’. We find a family leaving their homeland for an unknown destination. The family reaches a town where they meet Prithvi Raj Singh played by Ajay Devgn. This modern day Prithvi Raj has no royal legacy behind him. He is indeed a local muscleman with a funny streak.
He doesn’t like his cousins but he loves his sister Radhika, played by Prachi Desai. She is studying in Delhi. One fine day she was returning to her hometown but before she could reach there she was kidnapped. It marks the beginning of high drama, cars flying in air and some heated exchange of words.
We were told by the PR people that the movie was inspired by ‘Golmaal’ the all time classic comedy immortalized by Amol Palekar and Utpal Dutt. It seems Abhishek Bachchan sporting a moustache like Amol Palekar was the point of reference as ‘Bol Bachchan’ stands nowhere close to ‘Golmaal’. Abhishek Bachchan is the only saving grace in the movie.
Ajay Devgn doesn’t inspire much confidence with his performance. Other characters are only used as fillers barring the exception of Archana Puran Singh who has managed to tickle our funny bones. Being a judge in a comedy show certainly helps in certain cases!
Directory director Rohit Shetty is no doubt the ‘Maharaaja of Madness’. He has shown uncanny ability to churn out super duper hit movies one after another. Once again he has done what he knows the best. ‘Bol Bachchan’ is a movie only for those who believe in taking an escape route out of this temporal world through madcap comedies.
In Hollywood it is quite common to go for midnight release of much anticipated movies. Last night ‘The Amazing Spider-Man opened in the US with midnight release. Producer director Rohit Shetty has decided to introduce this trend in India. He has decided to release his new film ‘Bol Bachchan’ in Gujarat at midnight for the convenience of the women observing the auspicious Jayaparvati fast. This year, the Jayaparvati fast for the well-being of one`s family started July 1 and will end Friday.
According to belief, on the fifth day of the fast, women stay awake all night and break the fast the next morning. For their entertainment, Shetty has decided to schedule two shows of ‘Bol Bachchan’ – 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. and 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. – much before the release of the movie anywhere else in India.
“This is the first time that a movie is releasing early, especially for this occasion and it is an innovative way to celebrate it with a laugh riot `Bol Bachchan`,” said a source from the production.
Loosely based on 1979 film ‘Golmaal’, ‘Bol Bachchan’ features Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai.
(with inputs from IANS)