1921 box office collection: Vikram Bhatt, the experienced horror story-teller from Bollywood has delivered a number of horror movies over the last decade. His latest being 1921, fourth installment in the 1920 horror franchise. The others being – 1920, 1920: Evil Returns and 1920 London. The film has received lukewarm response from the audiences at the theatres as can be seen through its box office collection. In the midst of films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Kaalakaandi and Mukkabaaz, Bhatt’s film has taken off to a rather slow start with a handful of audience heading to theatres for the show. But it is promising enough to attract better box office collection than Kaalakaandi and Mukkabaaz – all the films were released on the same date. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh on Sunday tweeted, “#1921Movie Fri 1.56 cr, Sat 2.09 cr. Total: ₹ 3.65 cr. India biz”.1921 has made Rs 1.56 crore on the opening day and has collected another Rs 2.09 on Saturday, Kaalakaandi earned Rs 1.25 crore on the opening day while Mukkabaaz earned only Rs 86 lakh.
The film had run into several complications before its release and the problems were later solved by the producers, Reliance Entertainment. Reliance via tweet informed that the film was released in 1550 screens in 5500 shows. Though the film has received great reviews, the producers are hopeful for a great weekend. According to expert reports, the film has clearly failed to make in impact for a horror movie to have in the era when the audience have experienced all there is to offer in stereotypical films. The film stars Karan Kundra as Ayush and Zareen Khan as Rose who are cursed by a spirit that forces them into impossible situations that they need to deal with. 1921 tells the story of Ayush who is sponsored to go to UK to take piano lessons where he meets the sponsor’s niece and her sudden death triggers the events that unravel throughout the film. Rose (Zareen) is introduced to Ayush as she can speak to the dead and Ayush begs for her help and the story continues. However, the romantic patch in the film lacks emotion and is dull.
The first half though aspires the film to score big with Ayush and Rose’s relationship developing in a mushy romance with both of them revealing their past to each other via letters. The second half is underwhelming with the elements of horror putting the storyline out of perspective as it does not add anything to the film. Zareen and Karan do their bit in the film, but the film fails to offer anything new to the audience which the Bollywood or Hollywood films have already offered. 1921, with its routine horror flick routine may not have minted big amounts at the BO but it will find it even harder to sustain in the coming weeks.