For those who thought Happy Bhag Jayegi could make a dent in Rustom’s box office collection, the audience has spoken. The Diana Penty, Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Shergill comedy opened to mixed reviews but all of it failed to translate into box office numbers.
The film opened to empty theatres with only 10-15 percent occupancy being reported at most places. On the opening day, the film minted Rs. 2.32 cr at the box office on Friday. Taran Adarsh took to Twitter to share Happy Bhaag Jayegi’s box office collections. He wrote, “
#HappyBhagJayegi picked up in evening shows. Fri ₹ 2.32 cr. India biz… Biz needs to multiply over weekend to post a healthy total.”
Directed by Mudassar Aziz and produced by Anand L Rai, Happy Bhag Jayegi has shades of Tanu Weds Manu and may get some thrust from positive word of mouth. Made at a modest budget, the film may still pick up some speed in the coming days.
The film that is still holding sway is Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom. The courtroom drama, which stars Akshay as a naval officer, has already earned over Rs 90 crore at the box office and is still going strong. The film is likely to enter the Rs 100-crore club this weekend. This will be Akshay’s third film this year to earn that kind of money. His Airlift and Housefull 3 had earlier earned over Rs 100 crore at box office.
The other release of the week, UnIndian, also failed to enthuse audiences. Box office collections of this Brett Lee-starrer are likely to be even less than that of Happy Bhag Jayegi. Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro has also run its course and its lifetime collections are being put around Rs 60 crore.
Hype in Pakistan?
Happy Bhag Jayegi, after getting a good hype and nice promotions in Pakistan, will not be released there today.
While the film has not yet been slapped with an official ban, the ball is longer in the court of provincial censor boards, reports the Express Tribune.
The Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) of Pakistan could not reach a unanimous decision over the fate of the film due to technical differences between the board members.
To sort it out, as per the regular proceedings of the board, a full-board was called to review the film.
“The full board had approved the film for public viewing with a 8-1 ratio in favour of the film,” said Pakistan Censor Board chairman Mobashir Hasan.
“Under the Motion Pictures Ordinance of 1979 and Censorship of Film Rules act of 1980, the ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage has the right review the board’s decision,” he explained.
Happy Bhag Jayegi tells a story of a girl who plans to run away from her wedding and during that course she crosses the borders and reaches the neighbouring country, Pakistan. Soon the story rolls on to be a romantic comedy. In an exclusive interview with The Indian Express, actor Ali Fazal told us that although the film was partially based in Pakistan, none of the shoots took place their. They had mainly shot in Amritsar, Chadigarh and various other regions in India.
The movie, starring Abhay Deol, Diana Penty, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Shergill, also marks Pakistani actor Momal Sheikh’s Bollywood debut.