Bollywood Summer has begun. If Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani continues to create and break records, the Deols too can expect a record start for a film of theirs with Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 arriving this weekend. The buzz is good, the hype has been just right, the songs are reasonably popular and the look is good. Moreover with the leading ladies Neha Sharma and Kristina Akheeva adding on to the glamour quotient, a ‘masala’ package for the entire family is in the offering.
All of this means that Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 would embark on a safe start for itself and with a huge release to boast of, anything over an average of 50% all India opening would be good enough for the film to gain momentum over the weekend. Of course a film of this genre also relies a lot on the word of mouth as the comedy has to really work. As this isn’t a quintessential action fare, laughs and gags would have to be really solid to sustain audience attention. Given the fact that director Sangeeth Sivan has delivered two successful comedies before (Kya Kool Hain Hum, Apna Sapna Money Money), that shouldn’t be an issue.
On its release two years back, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 had enjoyed the opening weekend of 23 crores and first week collections of 35 crores. There are good chances that this total may well be achieved over the weekend itself. However, at the bare minimum one is looking at the film enjoying a 30 crore weekend at the least unless Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani juggernaut keeps it’s magic on in the second weekend as well.