As expected, Ugly couldn’t really fetch much of an audience at the box office from the opening perspective. One place where it did go right though was fetching some fantastic reviews from all over. This was the kind of push that Anurag Kashyap indeed hoped for as without it, the film would have been off the screens on Monday itself. However, good critical acclaim has given fillip to the fortunes of this film which has collected less than 2 crore over the weekend.
The film benefits from the fact that it has been released at a very less number of prints. This means there won’t be much reduction in print count in the next couple of weeks. One hopes that exhibitors keep their trust in the film and allow it to run as it has in it to gain further from word of mouth. Since Tevar releases on 9th January and PK is the only other biggie in the running, this small film by Anurag needs just a little space to survive and make its presence felt. For those who always complain that Bollywood doesn’t come up with new subjects on screen, Ugly is an answer to that ugly truth and deserves to be applauded.
Meanwhile, PK continued with its super successful run and accumulated close to 50 crore again. As a result, the film now stands around 233 crore and has edged past Kick [232 crore] to be the biggest grosser of 2015. Blockbuster, and on its way to be an All Time Blockbuster.
Joginder Tuteja tweets @tutejajoginder