Movies are making their way back to theaters, but audiences are still wary of watching movies on the 70mm screen with many others. Janhvi Kapoor’s Roohi, John Abraham’s Mumbai Saga, and Arjun Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar failed to attract people to theaters in large numbers. Now, with Saina, a sports biopic based on the life of Indian ace badminton player Saina Nehwal, opening this Friday, film trade experts are expecting a surge in theatrical crowds.
Film analyst and producer Girish Johar, who suggested that sports movies always find candidates at the box office, shared: “Saina’s breakthrough has been appreciated. Saina Nehwal has done wonders and brought laurels to the country, so people are fans of her and would want to see a movie about her life. Parineeti (Chopra) is also being applauded for her latest performances on the Netflix launch of The Girl on the Train and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar. So I’m looking forward to a decent start for the film despite the pandemic. “
The Amole Gupte-directed film, with Parineeti in the title role, chronicles Saina Nehwal’s journey from being a small town girl to becoming the first Indian badminton player to win a medal at the Olympics and the first Indian in occupy the number one position. badminton player in the world. It also stars Manav Kaul as Pullela Gopichand, Eshan Naqvi as Parupalli Kashyap, and Meghna Malik as Saina’s mother, Usha Rani Nehwal.
Even though sports movies have many stakeholders, Saina’s box office performance could be hampered. Johar said: “This is a luxury niche movie and not a broader market movie. It is for the 10-12 major cities. So that could affect the movie business. Also, with closures being announced again in some states, we can only hope Saina has a good opening. “
Along with Saina, the other major release of the week, Rana Daggubati’s Haathi Mere Saathi, was postponed due to an increase in coronavirus cases across the country.
Commenting on the release of the film on the big screen that was suspended, Girish Johar said: “The COVID-19 cases are increasing, with the cases increasing, fear among the audience is also increasing and the 50% protocol occupation is still there. In such a scenario, having fun and buying a ticket to see a movie is the last thing on anyone’s mind. Some states are enforcing the post-7pm lockdown, which means you’re losing business for late-night shows. It is not a good situation for the industry. The postponement of the films derails the process of recovery of normality and also causes economic losses to the producers ”.
Yet amid such a bad scenario, the opening collection of the Hollywood movie Godzilla Vs. Kong has surprised analysts of the film trade. It earned Rs 6.4 crore on the day of its release. “Godzilla vs. Kong has opened surprisingly fantastic. Despite a limited number of screens, no promotions, no holidays and no major star cast, the film is set for a very impressive extended weekend at the Indian box office, ”noted Johar. He also stated that filmmakers in the Southern film industry “are delivering what the public wants, despite protocols and SOPs. Smart commercial cinema is dominating the Indian box office today. “