This week we saw two small budget films- Luka Chuppi and Sonchiriya hit theatres. While Kartik Aaryan-Kriti Sanon starrer’s estimated budget is Rs 25 crore, Sushant Singh Rajput-Bhumi Pednekar’s Sonchiriya is made on a budget of roughly Rs 30 crore.
The opening collection of Luka Chuppi is extremely promising as it’s made Rs 7.75 crore while Sonchiriya is way low at Rs 1 crore. Interestingly, it’s Kartik’s highest opening film and Sushant’s lowest.
Talking about Luka Chuppi, the film has opened better than Badhaai Ho, Raazi, Stree, Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety- some of the biggest hits of 2018 made on a small to medium budget. The film is getting good reviews from masses as well as critics.
SpotboyE.com Editor Vickey Lalwani rated the film three stars. While he didn’t enjoy the first half as much, the second half of the film won huge applause, “Every single frame after the break will make you ROFL. Hats off to Atul Srivastava (Kriti's father), Pankaj Tripathi (the colorful and quirky Babulal, who has a fascination for yellow), Aparshakti Khurana (Kartik's Man Friday). The lines are hilarious, the punches are crazy, the results are maddening. The film also smartly touches upon some relevant issues like election propaganda and our society's aversion to live-in relationships.”
Coming to Sonchiriya, well, the film has not only made a disappointing 1 crore on Day 1 but has also failed impress the audience and critics as a great dacoit film. SpotboyE Editor Vickey Lalwani rated the film 2.5 stars and said, “Fine, you are not going to get a dacoit drama like Sholay or Mera Gaon Mera Desh in today's times but Sonchiriya largely set against the backdrop of Chambal ravines, is fine as long you don't mind that your adrenalin doesn't flow and you are okay with Bundelkhandi language that you don't understand fully (thank God for the sub-titles). So Abhishek Chaubey's direction gets trapped in the Valley- you know what I mean. Fine, you are not going to get the feet-tapping tunes of Sholay and Mera Gaon Mera Desh in today's times but Sonchiriya is fine as long as your a rare species to understand Varun Grover's lyrics (thank God again for the sub-titles). So, Vishal Bhardwaj's enchanting tunes remain in the jungles- you know what I mean.”
Now, Luka Chuppi evidently has a brighter future as compared to Sonchiriya. But let’s see if Sushant’s acting skills and a strong star cast, helps Sonchiriya escalate its numbers over the weekend.
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