Last Major Film Of 2022 Was A Disaster. First Major Film Of 2023 Is Heading Towards It

The last major Bollywood film of the last year, Cirkus, flopped miserably.

And so has the first major Bollywood film of this new year. We are talking about ‘Kuttey’.

The movie features Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Radhika Madan, Shardul Bhardwaj and Kumud Mishra.

Apart from the above-mentioned star cast, the debutant director of the film also belongs to a Bollywood family. Aasman Bhardwaj is the son of Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj.

Vishal has earlier given commercially successful or critically-acclaimed movies like Makdee (2002), Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006). His film Haider (2014), hailed by Leftists-Islamists, was an out-and-out anti-Army propaganda movie, as explained by Gems of Bollywood here.

Reports say that the budget for Kuttey was around Rs 50 to 80 crores. However, the first-day collection of the movie was Rs 1.07 crore only.

The movie was released in theaters on 13 January. The collection on 14 January remained absmally low at 1.22 crore rupees. On Sunday (15 January), the film did much worse, collecting 1.06 crore only.

By the end of the first weekend, the movie had done a business of Rs 3.35 crore in India and 2.26 crore worldwide.

A movie is generally considered to be a hit or flop based on the collections made after three days or a week. The overall collection decides its way forward.

In the case of Kuttey, the collection has remained too far below the budget. And hence it’s a flop for Bollywood again.

The lead actor, Arjun Kapoor, has previously given back-to-back flop movies. Be it Ishaqzaade (2012), Aurangzeb (2013), Gunday (2014), 2 States (2014), Half Girlfriend (2017), Namaste England (2018) and Panipat (2019), all were flops.

Kuttey received mixed reviews in mainstream media. Hindustan Times called it “entertaining”, The Hindu said it “lacks bite”, NDTV gave it three out of five stars, Indian Express gave it 1.5 stars and said the film “lacks both bark and bite”.

However, it has been seen over the last few years that Bollywood films have been flopping irrespective of the reviews. Many attribute the failures to the ongoing anti-Bollywood sentiment triggered by exposure of the industry’s anti-Hindu propaganda content.

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