Taran tweeted on Saturday: “#Chhichhore goes from strength to strength on Day 1... Witnessed a big turnaround in evening and night shows... Word of mouth has come into play, which will translate into solid growth on Day 2 and 3... Weekend biz is sure to spring a big surprise... Fri 7.32 cr. #India biz.
” The film saw an impressive jump in the evening shows and working for it was a good word of mouth. Taran expressed hopes for the film to do better on Saturday and Sunday.
This is also the second-best opening for a Sushant Singh Rajput film, coming after MS Dhoni: The Untold Story which opened at Rs 21.30 crores. Taran wrote: “Sushant Singh Rajput versus Sushant Singh Rajput... *Day 1* biz... 2016: #MSDhoni - #TheUntoldStory: 21.30 cr 2019: #Chhichhore: 7.32 cr 2018: #Kedarnath: 7.25 cr 2013: #ShuddhDesiRomance: 6.45 cr #India biz.”
An earlier report in Box Office India said that Saaho’s collection had been hit. The film saw a major drop on Friday, a drop of nearly 45% from Thursday. The incessant rains could have dampened spirits but the film did make an estimated Rs 3.50 crore nett, making it a hit in Hindi. The report added that even if the film maintains a similar momentum, it can make Rs 140 crore nett or even Rs 150 crore nett.
Chhichhore spans the lives of a couple, played by Sushant and Shraddha, from their college days to their older years. Sushant essays the role of Anni, a boy who doesn’t have the courage to face girls, especially Maya, played by Shraddha.
The gang, who get separated after college, reunite years later in a hospital when one of their friends meets with an accident. The film also stars Prateik Babbar, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Shukla and Naveen Polishetty in prominent roles. The film has been helmed by Nitesh Tiwari, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and co-produced by Fox Star Studios.
Saaho, meanwhile, was meant to be Telugu actor’s Prabhas’ entry into Hindi films after Baahubali. The film was panned by critics but has done well at the ticket windows, and is likely to turn a hit in Hindi. The film is high on action but its writing has come up for heavy criticism.
Saaho also marked Shraddha’s debut in the South Indian film industry. It also stars Mahesh Manjrekar, Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Murli Sharma and Chunky Pandey in key roles. Directed by Sujeeth, the film has been released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. It hit the big screens on August 20 this year.