It’s sad sobering and frustrating .But the reality of the Indian boxoffice is far from the reality of its global counterpart.
Sony Pictures, in all their acquired wisdom, took a calculated risk by releasing the new Tom Hanks film Inferno in India two weeks ahead of the rest of the world. The reason being Irrfan Khan.Sony Pictures thought he would give the picture an added boxoffice zing and a boosted monetary spin.
If only they knew!
Now, Irrfan is unarguably one of India’s most accomplished actors . But a star with a boxoffice clout , he is not. If Inferno had starred Salman Khan with Tom Hanks the fortunes would perhaps have been different, though at the end of day—Friday or otherwise—a bad film is a bad film, no matter which Khan features in it. But yes,bad films featuring Salman do better business in India than good films with Irrfan.
Sad but true.
No one seems to have apprised Sony Pictures of the Indian reality.Nothing could prevent Inferno from tanking at the Indian boxoffice. Not Irrfan Khan. And not Tom Hanks’ lavish praise for his co-star. Hanks’ generosity towards his co-star was heartwarming . In various interviews across the Indian media the Forrest Gump actor described Irrfan as the “coolest guy” and compared him with acting giants like Laurence Olivier and Montgomery Clift.
Sadly there wasn’t enough of Irrfan in Inferno. Just as there wan’t enough of the actor in his earlier Hollywood outings in The Amazing Spiderman, Jurassic World and Life Of Pi.
Inferno, however, did not fail in India for the paucity of Irrfan in the footage. It’s just not a film good enough to wean audiences away from their current boxoffice favourite D
In fact the relative failure of Inferno(in spite of a decent opening weekend) has more of an impact on Tom Hanks’s career than Irrfan’s. Inferno emblematizes
Additionally there was a practical problem with the plot of Inferno. While Tom Hanks(with some help fromIrrfan) was trying to save world from a deadly virus unleashed by a rutheless villain, Anil Kapo