Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon’s “Shehzada” couldn’t match the impressive opening day earnings of Kartik’s previous hit “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2,” directed by Rohit Dhawan. The former reportedly collected only ₹7 crores on its first day.
Shehzada struggles at the box office while Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania performs better on opening day
According to Sacnilk, “Shehzada” has earned around 7 crores on its opening day. it is a significant drop from the 14 crores earned by his previous hit “Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2.” Trade analyst Taran Adarsh also shared the film’s figures from major multiplex chains. He also revealed a total of 2.92 crores for the opening day.
Kartik Aaryan’s “Shehzada” struggled at the box office. But the week’s other release, “Antman and the Wasp: Quantumania,” performed better. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirms this. The Hollywood film earned 4.15 crore on its opening day from top multiplex chains. It is expected to earn more as the day progresses.
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Hindi Remake of a Telugu film
The film, directed by Rohit Dhawan, is the official Hindi remake of the Telugu film “Ala Vaikunthapurramloo”. The movie starred Allu Arjun in the lead role. The Hindi version features Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan, Paresh Rawal, Ronit Roy, Sunny Hinduja, and Manisha Koirala. It marks the second collaboration between Kriti and Kartik after “Luka Chuppi.”
The film appears to favor pedigree over environmental factors in the ongoing nature versus nurture debate. Additionally, there are instances of crude humor and social insensitivity that have been toned down, possibly to avoid offending a broader audience. However, as a result, the film’s protagonist, Shehzada, comes across as lacking in power or potency. The remaining two hours of the movie follow a formulaic plot centered around a generous-hearted young man, which draws heavily from popular Indian films of the past.
The dialogues written by Hussain Dalal fail to deliver the punch that we usually see in movies produced by the Dhawan family. More amusement from the lines has already been revealed in the film’s trailers. Kartik’s choice of this particular film as his entry point into the realm of mass entertainment may have been unwise. While he performs adequately, the script restricts him from breaking away from his “buddy” image from Pyaar Ka Punchnama. This leaves him somewhat stuck in the past.
Ronit and Manisha Koirala strive to infuse the proceedings with dramatic flair and refined demeanor, akin to that of a soap opera. Regrettably, their endeavors fall short as the conversation fails to hold any meaningful relevance or substance.