Expected results and sleeper hits

While PM Narendra Modi’s performance has been par for the course, The Tashkent Files continues to surprise

Published - May 29, 2019 09:30 pm IST

Earlier scheduled to release on April 11 — shortly before voting for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections could begin — the release of the Vivek Oberoi-starrer biopic PM Narendra Modi was postponed after a ruling by the Election Commission. The film finally hit theatres on May 24, a single day after the election results were declared. Made on a reported budget of ₹20 crore and released to approximately 1,400 screens, PM Narendra Modi has collected ₹13.15 crore net in five days. The film, definitely buoyed by the results of the Lok Sabha Elections, has been jostling for screen time with masala comedy De De Pyaar De which released a week before the biopic. The Ajay Devgn-starrer with a reported budget of ₹75 crore was released to more than 3,000 screens. After a little over two weeks at in theatres, the film has collected ₹74.94 crore net.

No release in the past few weeks has really dazzled the box office other than Avengers: Endgame. But one small film has definitely become a sleeper hit, much to surprise of many. The Tashkent Files has been in theatres for more than six weeks after releasing on April 12. Made on a tight budget of ₹10 crore and released to 250 screens, the film has collected ₹16.46 crore and counting. It’s noteworthy since the film has had to fight for audiences alongside blockbusters like the Marvel finale, Kalank and Student of the Year 2. Next week, Salman Khan’s Eid release, Bharat will hopefully bring a turn of the tide at the box office.

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