Two films have released this week were Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan with first day collection of Rs 9.6 cr and Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship with Rs 5.10 cr
Though Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan is a clear winner in this battle it cannot be disregarded that despite tackling a stigmatized issue the film is still a mass entertainer while Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship is a horror genre film which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
Both the films are experimental, and Ayushman has built his audience around making films that are experimental yet entertaining with films like Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Article 15 and many more while Vicky Kaushal is yet to draw a niche for himself.
This week is going be a tough choice for the audience as both of the films have managed to garner positive reception from the audience as well as the critics with Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship getting a slightly harsh reception from the critics with expected jump scares and weak writing in the second half.
Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship despite earning less than Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan has earned prominent numbers as horror genre films are yet to create a market in India.
Horror comedies like Stree and Golman Again have assured people’s interest in the genre but their collection are largely credited to their blend of comedy with horror.
Bhoot Part One: The Haunted Ship is an out and out horror flick, the type of genre which has never translated to good box office numbers despite films like Tumbbad providing exceptional content.
While Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan has a wider appeal with its subject creating a huge buzz among the audience and its makers rightfully pushing the film as the first gay love story in the mainstream which has made sure the awareness about the film and the change it can lead to in the industry is known by all which has led to great first-day box office numbers which are expected to improve in the coming days.