Kaalakandi box office collection prediction:\u00a0 Beleaguered star Saif Ali Khan starrer Kaalakandi, which is releasing on January 12, will be the curtain raiser for Bollywood in 2018. 2017 for Saif Ali Khan was a year not worth mentioning since his films, Rangoon and Chef, both failed miserably at the box office. In this new film, Akshat Verma is debuting as a director with the film whose last film Delhi Belly for which he was the writer created quite a stir. Apart from Saif, Kaalakaandi also features Akshay Oberoi, Deepak Dobriyal, Amyra Dastur, Vijay Raaz, Shobhita Dhulipala and Shehnaaz Treasury. Given the minimal hype and the absence of big names except for Saif, Kaalakandi can approximately earn Rs 2 cr on opening day. The Saif Ali Khan starrer might turn out to be a surprise hit, provided it manages to get good word of mouth reviews. Also, if Kaalakandi manages to satisfy the critics, it might be good news for the makers. Saif Ali Khan who was last seen in the official remake of Chef in 2017, which could garner a mere Rs 6.37 cr. Rangoon boasted of powerful performers like Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor and Saif himself, but it could not manage to please the audience and made Rs 20.68 cr. After a not so memorable 2017, Saif Ali Khan will surely be looking to etch a whopping sum at the box office to revive his faltering career in Bollywood. Watch trailer: Saif Ali Khan earlier told PTI, '' Box office success will be great but even without that it has been an engaging and exciting time as an actor for me where I am working with a different set of directors. Also, I am trying to get better and improve myself. I have done a lot of work. It is a good attitude (to have) than being upset about it\u201d.