Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam starrer Batti Gul Meter Chalu failed to begin its innings on Day 1 on a high note. However, it registered fair earnings of Rs 6.76 crore. Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Manto, on the other hand, opened to a dull Rs 45 lakh. On Day 2, the former raked in Rs 7.96 crore, while the latter collected Rs 75 lakh (figure by Box-Office India), which is nothing much to rave about. Trade expert Taran Adrash tweeted Batti Gul Meter Chalu’s collections and wrote, “#BattiGulMeterChalu witnesses 17.75% growth on Day 2, but since the starting point was low, the 2-day total is lacklustre... Needs miraculous growth on Day 3 - in double digits - for a respectable weekend total... Fri 6.76 cr, Sat 7.96 cr. Total: ₹ 14.72 cr. India biz. #BGMC (sic)."
SpotboyE.com Editor Vickey Lalwani rated Batti Gul Meter Chalu 2.5 stars and wrote, “There's a crooked lawyer, Shahid Kapoor (extortionist in the first half I would say). There's an aspiring fashion designer, Shraddha Kapoor. There's a factory owner, Divyendu Sharma. There's a lawyer, Yami Gautam. But where's the electrician who was so direly needed to fix the umpteen voltage fluctuations that the story-telling has? Shree Narayan Singh, who was fine with his craftsmanship in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, fails to make Batti Gul Meter Chalu hold your attention throughout. The second half, in particular, is too comical to digest for a portrayal of the burning problem of electricity thefts and high bills which is the premise of the film. So obviously, a restrained and intense actor like Shahid Kapoor ends up hamming in portions. Yami Gautam, who had caught the eye in Kaabil, needs to give an explanation on why she took up this role which introduces her when you are squirming in your seat for the film to culminate. Shraddha Kapoor is fine and the role between Shahid and Divyendu suits her."
#BattiGulMeterChalu witnesses 17.75% growth on Day 2, but since the starting point was low, the 2-day total is lacklustre... Needs miraculous growth on Day 3 - in double digits - for a respectable weekend total... Fri 6.76 cr, Sat 7.96 cr. Total: ₹ 14.72 cr. India biz. #BGMC— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 23, 2018
For Manto, SpotboyE.com Editor Vickey Lalwani opined, “Nandita Das has got into the life of Saadat Hasan Manto for a reason. This filmmaker is perturbed, err, grossly disturbed, that why is the freedom of expression being curbed left, right and centre today. The filmmakers is grossly disturbed at how caste and in particular, religion has divided us into messy parts (and surprisingly not on social media. Right, ND?). So, Saadat is rewinded and every word he writes provides him only suffocation from those who matter, so much so that his marriage goes almost dead and his daughter almost dies. Yes, that's what happens if your freedom of expression is snatched. And Nandita ends the film with a few words of gold from Javed Akhtar and a few messages written across the screen, which tantamount to: 'Speak up, your lips and tongue are only yours'. Anymore validation that the lady is not at peace?"
Both films will need a strong Sunday in order to register a decent weekend collection. However, today being Ganpati Visarjan, theatres might receive lesser footfalls.
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