Dear Zindagi box office collections: Opening weekend collection have jumped as high as Rs 32.50 crore and gave Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt yet another reason to celebrate their fine performances. Not only have they been praised handsomely for their acting skills in the movie by the critics, the box office collections success not only underlines that fact it also provides the endorsement by public through its signature in terms of money-spend. After taking in a relatively muted Rs 8.75 crore on day 1, Dear Zindagi went to a fine Rs 11.25 crore on day 2 and capped it sensationally with a Rs 12.5 crore on day 3, which was a Sunday. In the process, this ‘niche’ film has beaten a number of top-grade commercial films in terms of the opening weekend score.
While many had questioned why Shahrukh Khan had chosen this ‘suicidal’ policy of making a ‘hatke’ film and then releasing it in just over 1100 theatres and that too mostly in multiplexes, it is now evidently clear that the superstar knew what he was doing and was aware of what his fans really wanted. He has also divided them in terms of metros and other Tier II and tier III cities. Through this film, he may well have created a viable new alternative for other megastars like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan. Also, since teh budget of this film was small, this segment would open a huge opportunity for other filmmakers to take advantage of.
The spectacular fact about Dear Zindagi that really needs to be highlighted is that all its previous box office collections predictions can now be tossed out of the window. Its massive opening weekend success means the filmmakers can dream even bigger now, far from the Rs 50 crore figure being bandied up before, the new Dear Zindagi prediction puts the figure way higher. Now, the lifetime collections figure is likely to breach the Rs 60 crore mark, if all things go as planned. Also, in the coming days, as the demonetisation cash crunch eases and people have more acces to their money from ATMs and banks, they will certainly target this splendid movie as a must-watch item on their agenda. So, surprises galore await!
As far as Alia Bhatt is concerned, she has scripted yet another success close in the wake of the tremendous and controversial movie that she did alongside Shahid Kapoor. We are of course talking about Udta Punjab. Her role was praised to the skies in that movie and now, in this discerning role in Dear Zindagi, the critics have gone ga-ga over her. This is surely the stuff from which superstars are made of!