With Telugu action film Pushpa: The Rise opening to Rs 50 crores’ collection on Day 1 and with Spiderman No way Home’s collection approximately Rs 40-41 crores on its opening day, the Indian film industry is in a state of advanced euphoria.
Things are definitely looking up at the boxoffice in spite of the Omicron threat.
And it can only get better from here, what with Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83 opening in the coming week.
Co-producer Sheetal Talwar is hoping for a stupendous opening for 83. “Cricket and cinema are religions in India. And when you have cricket IN cinema it’s like a double bonanza for the audience. Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev will blow the audiences’ minds. Also, the success of Spiderman and Pushpa, both in not just their original languages(English and Telugu) but also dubbed in Hindi, shows the audience is willing and able to return to theatres, if provided the incentive to do so.”
Isn’t Talwar worried about Pushpa and Spiderman eating into the ’83 boxoffice collections?
“I don’t think Pushpa and Spiderman are threats to ‘83. Rather they are an impetus for the audience to come back again. By next week the two blockbusters would have settled down. You must understand that contemporary boxoffice performances are mostly based on the first weekend’s collection. Next week when we come with 83 the audience would be enthused about our film.And why only Pushpa and Spiderman? We also have Matrix Resurrections releasing two days before ’83. So the competition is multi-pronged.”
Talwar feels ’83 has an edge over the competition. “Spiderman , Pushpa and Matrix Resurrections don’t have what we do on our side: Kapil Dev.”