Bollywood’s Aamir Khan and his recent film Laal Singh Chaddha have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. After landing in controversy, the film’s performance at the box office has been dipping significantly, due to which the film could be removed from cinemas a mere six days after releasing.
The Indian Express reported that the film’s business at the ticket counter fell by 85 per cent and, according to Bollywood Hungama, Laal Singh Chaddha earned INR 460 million in its first four days and then in the range of INR 18.5 million to INR 21.5 million on its fifth day, bringing its total collection to INR 480 million. The overall collection is less than Khan’s last release Thugs of Hindostan which also plummeted at the box office.
The Indian media portal reported that on Tuesday almost 70 per cent of Laal Singh Chaddha shows were cancelled. It also reported that if this repeats for a couple of more days, the film will be pulled from theatres.
The film is touted as the official remake of Tom hanks’ Forrest Gump and has reportedly been made out of a budget of INR 1.8 billion but unfortunately has been rejected by Indian audiences as they have been campaigning to boycott the film for allegedly disrespecting Hindu sentiments and the Indian army.
Akshay Kumar’s Raksha Bandhan isn’t far behind. Released on the same day as Khan and Kareena Kapoor’s film, Kumar’s latest silver screen offering also failed to impress Indian audiences as per media reports. Raksha Bandhan is displaying downward trends at the box office as well.