Bollywood production powerhouse Yash Raj Films (YRF) released its first film of 2021, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, in theatres on Friday (March 19). The Dibakar Banerjee directorial, starring Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra, was scheduled to release last year but got postponed owing to Covid-19 outbreak. But it seems like, going for a theatrical release with Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar wasn't a great idea for YRF after all. The movie has started off on a disastrous note at the box office by earning less than what Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor's horror comedy, Roohi, earned on its 2nd Friday.
According to trade analyst Sumit Kadel, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar has earned merely Rs 10 lakh on its opening day at the box office. In comparison, Roohi has fared well on its second Friday and earned Rs 20 lakh taking its total 9 days collection to Rs 15 crore.
The audience seems to have completely rejected the film as there were hardly any footfalls in single screens and multiplexes. Kadel says that maximum shows of Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar got cancelled since there was no audience in theatres. He further added that the movie is now one of the biggest disasters, produced by YRF after Neal and Nikki and Qaidi Band.
"Maximum shows of #SandeepAurPinkyFaraar are getting canceled because of NO AUDIENCE.. Its a biggest disaster by @yrf after #NealAndNikki & #Qaidiband," he tweeted. "Wondering why they released this film in a theater at the first place, YRF could’ve easily avoided the embarrassment of a box office disaster by releasing #SandeepAurPinkyFaraar on OTT!" he added in another tweet.
Dibakar Banerjee had earlier said that he is glad his directorial Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is releasing at this point of time, because the surroundings shown in the film are places that were not accessible to people all of last year.
"I am happy that in the middle of Covid, I am releasing one of my films that captures the outside so much. It's all about the outdoors, the roads of Delhi, the hills of Uttarakhand, the buses, the train stations, so you are really outside and you are with people, the texture, the locations, the mountains, the hills, the bus stations, the Gurgaon highways," Dibakar had said.
It remains to be seen if the film will be removed from the theatres owing to the less occupancy.
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