Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha starrer, ‘R… Rajkumar’ which is directed by dancing ace turned director Prabhu deva has got the cash registers ringing if not in the multiplexes, atlease in the single screen theatres. This movie may well go on to change the fortunes of Shahid Kapoor at the box office which hasn’t been impressive for a long time now. According to a leading box office reporters, “R… Rajkumar had good opening day collections of around Rs 8.75-9 crore as per early estimates. The film collected very well in some circuits like Mumbai, CP Berar, CI, Rajasthan, Bihar and Nizam while some like Delhi/UP, East Punjab and Mysore under performed. The collections in single screens were excellent and far far ahead of any Shahid Kapoor starrer. The overall opening is also the highest for any Shahid Kapoor starrer beating the Rs 6.75 crore of Mausam released in 2011.”
While ‘r.. Rajkumar’ has been ruling at the single screens, there has been a utter dissapointment at the revenues from multiplexes. But a decent opening weekend does call for celebrations considering Shahid’s dry run at the box office before R…Rajkumar released. “If you measure them against the performance of Shahid Kapoor’s previous films, the collections of R…Rajkumar should give Eros & Prabhu Dheva a reason to throw a bash to celebrate right away! The film has opened fairly at the single screens all over but has unfortunately been deprived of a significant audience at the multiplexes. Going by the response to the film and the business, the film should comfortably become Shahid’s highest grosser till date” says exhibitor-distributor Akshaye Rathi.
Though the Shahid and Sonakshi starrer has received average response from the critics, it hasn’t affected the box office collections of the movie much. So, will the audience continue to go to theatres and watch the film? “With due respect to critics, the opinion of an individual doesn’t have to be the same as the public’s in every case. If someone hasn’t liked it, he is entitled to his opinion, but that cannot change the fortunes of a film” points out Rathi.
With ‘R… Rajkumar’ having a decent opening weekend, looks like Shahid is finally back in the big race. How far he and his film will go is yet to be seen, but for now, the talented actor can certainly enjoy the initial success of his film.