Helicopter Eela, Jalebi, FryDay- Box-Office Collection, Day 1: #MeToo The Only Topic Of Discussion? No Favourable Response To The Three Releases, Yet

Here’s the first day box-office collection of Kajol-Riddhi Sen's Helicopter Eela, Govinda-Varun Sharma's FryDay and Rhea Chakraborty-Varun Mitra's Jalebi

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Helicopter Eela, Jalebi, FryDay- Box-Office Collection, Day 1: #MeToo The Only Topic Of Discussion? No Favourable Response To The Three Releases, Yet

This week had multiple releases Kajol-Riddhi Sen starrer Helicopter Eela, Govinda-Varun Sharma starrer FryDay and Rhea Chakraborty-Varun Mitra starrer Jalebi. But  this was a terrible Friday as the first day’s collection was not anything for anybody to shout about. According to a report in BoxOfficeIndia.com, Helicopter Eela has earned only Rs 75 lakh, FryDay garnered Rs 25 lakh and Jalebi registered Rs 35 lakh at the box-office.

SpotboyE.com Editor Vickey Lalwani rated Helicopter Eela with 3.5 stars and wrote, “My mother brought me up single-handedly, making sure at all stages until frailty enveloped her, that I don't goof up. Sometimes, she picked up the phone to infuse her inputs and sometimes she even turned up in person to ensure that I don't do anything silly- like the day of my SSC result- when she entered my school right up to the outside to check that I don't lose my composure if I score below expectations. Did I get annoyed, err, exasperated, like Riddhi Sen does when Kajol becomes that shadow in his life which refuses to leave him even when it is dark? Yes, I did. And like me, most of you will identify many points in the film as a part of your growing up years if and when your set of parents or either of them became over-indulgent.”

He rated Govinda and Varun Sharma starrer FryDay with 3 stars and wrote, “Abhishek Dogra may deny but he has seen Aaj Ki Taaza Khabar and Vinay Pathak's Bheja Fry quite a few times before sitting down to pen the script of his second flick after Dolly Ki Doli, which sank without a trace. But this one won't. FryDay not just marks the awaited comeback of Govinda but raises many laughs. A bit of toilet humour which is not alright, but Dogra manages to salvage his position as director.”

Rating Jalebi with 2.5 stars, he  wrote, “That thrill which was present in every Mahesh Bhatt movie as to what will happen next- be it even a straightforward story like Naam and Arth (both masterpieces, mind you)- has just disappeared from the Vishesh stable. This was indeed a vishesh company, which had a vishesh ear for even music, a la Raj Kapoor. But today, their songs, including those in their today's release Jalebi even if hummable, are repetitive and forgettable. So Bhatt saab's touch is clearly felt in the film but only from the periphery. Pushpadeep Bharadwaj (another newbie in Bollywood) has again let the creative company of two famous brothers (Mahesh & Mukesh), down. The first-timer does not make the ship sink but in the end you wonder whether you wanted to know Rhea Chakraborty's long story told in a train on what went wrong in her marriage with Varun Mitra. Got it? They have the story, they have the songs, they have the guidance- but the soul is missing.”

The three movies in question haven't been all that bad to witness such lacklustre response at the ticket windows. Wonder if the public is only reading up in papers and websites and seeing on television, just the #MeToo attack which has whipped up a storm in Bollywood?


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