Three notable films release this weekend – ‘Kaanchi’, ‘Revolver Rani’ and ‘Samrat & Co.’. Each of these boasts of a merit of its own. ‘Kaanchi’ sees the return of Subhash Ghai as a director and one waits to see if this is yet another larger than life cinema in the offering from him. ‘Revolver Rani’ has Kangna Ranaut returning after ‘Queen’, which is still running in theaters. ‘Samrat & Co.’ is yet another thriller from Rajeev Khandelwal after ‘Table No. 21’ and ‘Aamir’, both of which were successes.
From the hype perspective, none of the three films has managed to hit the roof, though there are good credentials involved. However, it is expected that there would be primarily a fight between ‘Kaanchi’ and ‘Revolver Rani’, right from screen count, show timings to opening footfalls. Though not much is expected to differentiate between the two, ‘Revolver Rani’ may just about manage to edge out the new releases as Day One comes to a close, especially if the word of mouth spreads out. It is a kind of film that could go either way, based on the acceptance of quirkiness that it has to offer.
‘Kaanchi’ depends primarily on word of mouth due to its lead pair which doesn’t boast of popular names. If the reviews go in its favor, it may show good growth over the weekend. As for ‘Samrat & Co.’, all would boil down to the actual content in the offering since its promotion has been low key and Rajshri (the producers) have surprisingly underplayed it when the genre demanded all around bombarding.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder