Mom box office collections day 4: Mom, the special Sridevi, Nawazuddin, Akshaye Khanna starrer has managed to rake in Rs 20 cr gross within the domestic market and another Rs. 6.2 cr gross in the overseas market. The film has done a big U-turn in terms of its fortunes and thereby ensured that the actress’ comeback does not end up as a disaster, according to Bollywood Hungama. Considering Mom was released just across 1350 domestic screens and 456 screens in abroad making it a total of 1806 screens worldwide, this is a major achievement.
The Ravi Udyawar-directed film was released in the theatres on July 7. The reason behind the non-performance of the film initially is not just that ‘masala’ is missing from it, the fact that it was a working day also affected the collection. Besides, here was the fact that the script has been tagged as dark and that is not something that would be too prepossessing for the masses. It also failed to add any current superstar in the mix. And what is more, The title itself indicates it will be less about entertainment and more about life’s lessons than anything else.
Saibal Chatterjee, reviewing the film for NDTV wrote that ‘Sridevi’s MOM is what Raveena Tandon’s Maatr, wasn’t: relevant, riveting and oddly rousing despite its grim theme.’ But, he said that Sridevi was magnificently expressive as the titular figure and is a treat to watch.
The film was released in as many as 4 different languages Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, in an effort to expand the market and take advantage of Sridevi’s South Indian connection, but that too did not seem to have paid off in any significant manner. “She seems to make every one of the 50 years that she has spent before the movie camera count in this virtuoso performance,” Chatterjee further added.