The Irrfan Khan’s recently released movie Hindi Medium was clearly an underdog when it released along with Arjun Kapoor’s Half Girlfriend last week. The film was comparatively made on a low budget and starred lesser known actors. On the other side, the film Half Girlfriend carried more weight as names including Chetan Bhagat, Mohit Suri, Arjun and Shraddha Kapoor were associated with the film. Though the film (HG) lived up to its expectations during the first weekend with a decent collection of 32 crore, but soon we saw it fell flat during the second weekend. The makers kept proudly saying that bad review hardly matter to them but as the film reached in its second weekend the collection was too eerie to discuss.
About the second weekend box office story, the film Half Girlfriend collected a mere 6.12 crore as compared to Hindi Medium’s collection of 12.14 crore in its 2nd weekend. However, the story for its first weekend collections of Half Girlfriend and Hindi Medium were simply the opposite tolling to 32.04 cr and 12.56 cr respectively. These figures show that Half Girlfriend has taken a huge decline of 80.90% during the second weekend in comparison to the first, while Hindi Medium showed a decline of mere 3.34%. Clearly, Irrfan Khan Starrer Film has emerged as an underdog winner despite pitted against a film with more star power.
As per the trade analyst Taran Adarsh, the latest figures of Half Girlfriend though can be high but it was made on a budget of 50 crore, while Hindi Medium was made on a budget of 22 crore. Arjun Kapoor film collected 36 crore from pre-sales of satellite and music rights. Irrfan Khan Film, on the other hand, earned 15 crore from pre-sales of digital, satellite and music rights. In comparison to Half Girlfriend’s 2500 screens, Hindi Medium was released on 1126 screens. Irrfan Khan Film was released on 800 screens in the second week suggesting its strong show at box office amid new releases. So, despite all the shortcomings the film Hindi Medium had, it still emerges out as a winner.