Fenil’s Bollywood Talk # 779

Tomorrow will see the release of as many as 12 Hindi and English films! Sadly, most of them have no famous names attached and are releasing with zero buzz. The two films that might find an audience are Jogira Sara Ra Ra and The Little Mermaid.

Jogira Sara Ra Ra stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Neha Sharma. It is directed by Kushan Nandy of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz fame. The film looks like a fun, light-hearted fare. However, the buzz and awareness are limited. Nawazuddin was recently in the news for claiming that depression is an urban phenomenon. He uttered this statement while promoting Jogira Sara Ra Ra. Though his quote went viral, it didn’t help the film. Jogira Sara Ra Ra should open in the range of Rs. 50 lakhs.

The Little Mermaid is a Disney live-action film and a remake of the classic 1989 film. These films often find an audience, especially in urban multiplexes. However, the international reviews of the film are mixed and this can prove detrimental. A similar film in this zone was Beauty And The Beast in 2017. It opened at Rs. 1.40 crore. The Little Mermaid should aim at a similar kind of opening. Beauty And The Beast ended up collecting Rs. 20 crores in its lifetime as its word of mouth was very positive. If the public reports are positive, The Little Mermaid can also aim for it though realistically, it looks like it’ll end up at around Rs. 15 crores at the maximum.

A film which will not collect but will get glowing reviews is 2018. It is a rare Malayalam film to be dubbed in Hindi. It has got very limited shows though. The other Hindi releases like Aazam, Auhaam, Chal Zindagi, Lavaste, NRI Wives, Pyara Kulhad and The Creator – Sarjanhar will sink without a trace.

Lastly, About My Father will find some takers as it stars Robert De Niro. Beau Is Afraid releases without any hype and has a run time of 179 minutes. Hence, it’ll struggle to find audiences.

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