Lipstick Under My Burkha, Munna Michael, Fidaa weekend box office collection report
Last Friday, 23 July, saw films as diverse as Alankrita Shrivastava's Lipstick Under My Burkha, Sabbir Khan's Munna Michael and Sekhar Kammula's Fidaa releasing at the box-office. Along with these Indian films, Christopher Nolan's war-drama Dunkirk also set foot at the Indian box-office.
Overall, it was a slow weekend, in terms of collections. But if analysed, keeping the initial budget of each of these films in consideration, Shrivastava's chic-flick stands strong amid all these bigwigs.
After waiting for about a year and going through a barrage of controversies — Lipstick Under My Burkha, starring Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur, finally got a release.
Munna Michael, touted to be the country's first action-dance film, depicted the story of a young dancer from the streets who looks up to pop musician-singer-dancer Michael Jackson.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted on Twitter and revealed the box office collections of Lipstick Under My Burkha and Munna Michael.
#LipstickUnderMyBurkha Fri 1.22 cr, Sat 2.17 cr, Sun 2.41 cr. Total: ₹ 5.80 cr [400 screens]. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 24, 2017
According to a report by Hindustan Times, Shrivastava made her film at a meagre budget of Rs 6 crore and the film was released in only 400 screens. On the contrary, Munna Michael made at a decent budget (as per Bollywood commercial films' standards) of Rs 45 crore was released in around 3000 screens.
If those numbers are weighed against each other, Lipstick Under My Burkha, is hands down, a clear champion.
Tollywood also had a massive hit in the form of Sai Pallavi-Varun Tej starrer Fidaa that grossed over Rs 25 crore over the weekend. As per a news18 report, this is by far the biggest success in the individual careers of actor Varun Tej and director Sekhar Kammula. And a lot of credit for the film's feat is credited to the female lead of the film, Malayalam actress Sai Pallavi. The film is doing exceptionally well in the US as well.
Trade analyst Trinath told news18, "Her role as the Telangana girl has worked wonders with audiences and critics alike. People are coming back to the cinemas to watch her. Her performance is a big boost for the film."
Nolan's Dunkirk has also shown a phenomenal performance this weekend. The film opened at the Indian box office grossing over Rs 3.60 crore on Friday and Rs 4 crores on Saturday. It followed the same trend even on Sunday by minting Rs 4.30 crore, thus taking the gross collection to Rs 11.90 crore, as reported by Koimoi.com.