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Even if one leaves aside biggie notable Bollywood releases of 2017 like Raees, Jolly LLB 2, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Kaabil, Rangoon which have come from a reputed production house with a major star in there, Begum Jaan has collected the lowest numbers when compared to the rest. As per reports, the 1st week box office collection for Begum Jaan tolled to around 17.65 crore which is the lowest figure in its first week and this is how it stands when compared to the other major releases of the year so far:
The films had the story as Naam Shabana – 27.18 crore, Commando 2 – 23.07 crore, Phillauri – 22.68 crore, OK Jaanu – 19.50 crore and Begum Jaan – 17.65 crore. Considering the fact that Vishesh Films is backing Begum Jaan and Vidya Balan features as the central protagonist, expectations are indeed for a bigger and better number. Yes, from the recovery perspective, the producers are safe due to low production cost and other recoveries.
However, when a film is made for theatrical viewing, one does expect it to be actually seen by people inside a theater and not just on the small screens. The film is now on its way out and while Noor and Maatr release today, all eyes are on Baahubali 2: The Conclusion which hits the screens next Friday. Meanwhile, Taapsee Pannu’s Naam Shabana stands at 36.75 crore* mark after three weeks. The film would fall just short of the lifetime number of Priyanka Chopra’s Jai Gangaajal [39 crore] which stays on to be the highest grossing female centric action drama.