The Bollywood film, Shehzada, starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon has had a moderate start at the box office. The movie, which is an official Hindi remake of the blockbuster, Ala Vaikunthapurramloo, opened to mixed reviews on February 17th, after it was postponed from its original release date of February 10th. It faced tough competition from Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan, which is still going strong at the box office even after its release on January 26th.
Despite a slow start over the opening weekend, Shehzada recorded a decent collection on its third day, with a slight increase in collections on Sunday. However, all eyes are now on the film’s performance in theatres on Monday, February 20th, as it will determine the future theatrical run of Shehzada. With a total collection of Rs 20 crore at the domestic box office in its first three days, it appears that Shehzada will struggle to cross the 50 crore mark in its lifetime collection.
Kartik Aaryan, who had a great box office run last year with his surprise hit, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, seems to be facing his first major box office flop after a long time. The film has failed to create a buzz among the audience and critics alike, leading to a lukewarm response at the box office. While the movie has some catchy songs and a talented cast, it lacks a strong storyline and fails to offer something new as it is a remake to leave a lasting impact on the audience.
It is also interesting to note that the strategy of postponing the release date of Shehzada to avoid competition from Pathaan did not work in Kartik Aaryan’s favor. Pathaan has been a roaring success at the box office, breaking records and setting new benchmarks in the industry. With such a formidable opponent, it was always going to be an uphill task for Shehzada to create a buzz and attract audiences to the theatres.
While Shehzada may have recorded a below-decent collection on its third day, it remains to be seen how it performs in the coming weeks. With Pathaan still going strong and a lackluster response to the movie, it seems unlikely that Shehzada will be able to make a mark at the box office. However, it is important to note that Shehzada may still find an audience in the coming weeks through word of mouth and positive reviews from the lead actor’s fans.