With the magnum opus film, Padmavati, embroiled in a massive controversy, the release was deferred from December 1. A few films jumped at the occasion, grabbed the slot and rescheduled releases. There were some releases that saw a pull back and some brought forward. With early December fairly free big releases, multiplexes showcased Kapil Sharma starrer Firangi and Sunny Leone and Arbaaz Khan starrer Tera Intezar on December 1.
However, as pointed out by Film analyst, Omar Qureshi, he said, “What’s happened to the Padmavati release due to the delay is probably a windfall for some other movies. But these windfalls are only as good or bad as the movie itself.”
People might want to spend both their holiday time and money on them but the real question is, are they really worth it. According to the report by Boxoffice India, Firangi had a low opening of around 15% though collections were a bit better in the Delhi NCR and Punjab regions with around 20%. Kapil’s last film, Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon (2015), had a much stronger collection of up to 7.68 crores net but that is highly credited to his comic image which worked well with audience. Firangi on the other hand, is a drama film devoid of comedy which is why everybody is asking, ‘Why so serious, Kapil?’
For, Tera Intezar, which also released alongside Firangi, got even lesser occupancy on the first day with some even calling it a zero-star film. It witnessed barely around 10-20% occupancy and doesn’t look like it will increase in the coming days. The film was earlier scheduled to release on November 24 but with the cancellation of Padmavati, the film was pushed to December 1.
One man’s loss may be other man’s gain as long as it has something worthy to offer! And in this case of romantic-thriller-musical-drama it is definitely not a gain.