Gangs of Wasseypur: Great reviews, mediocre earnings?
Part one of Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur has garnered some great reviews across the board, with even Amitabh Bachchan praising it as a “stark” and “painfully real” portrayal of gang war in “Gangs of Wasseypur“. However some reports suggest that it has failed to bring in cash along expected lines in the box office.
Despite opening to full houses in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand and is also drawing crowds in multiplexes in the Metros, the film apparently raked in a modest Rs 10 crore in its opening weekend, reports CNN-IBN.
"The film has been screened and appreciated at prestigious film festivals across the globe, so the Indian audiences were waiting for its release. However, the response to the film is not as overwhelming as expected", the report added.
This is in stark contrast to earlier reports which said that the film was doing extremely well.
Based on a true story by Zeishan Quadri, the film is set in Wasseypur, Jharkhand, known for gang war between between gangster Faheem Khan and businessman Sabir Alam over a scrap business.
If it is true that the film is indeed not doing that well, it could vindicate comments made by Anurag Kashyap who lamented that Indian audiences do not appreciate good cinema. “People say that we do not make enough good movies. But, I want to ask, who endorses such cinema when they do get made? Audience do not understand the pains we filmmakers take to bring a good story to screen but it is very easy to complain,” Anurag said.
However this is not necessarily bad news for the film. Gangs of Wasseypur' had recovered its cost even before its release, and the collection of first three days is apt enough to make it a success. And the CNN IBN report that called its earnings into question allows that "the film still has ample time to pick up at the box office as no big film is releasing this week."
Disclosure: Gangs of Wasseypur is distributed by Viacom 18 which also owns Firstpost.
Updated Date: Jun 26, 2012 16:24 PM