Sidharth Malhotra has had a shaky career full of ups and downs. He started his career off with a bang in the form of Karan Johar's Student of the Year, had an Average box office outing with Hasee Toh Phasee, but came back with a major box office winner in the form of Ek Villain, the first time where he showed potential of appealing to the audience in smaller/mass centres. Brothers (w/Akshay Kumar) opened huge, but failed to sustain. Kapoor & Sons was a huge success, but only at metros. Baar Baar Dekho with Katrina failed miserably.
A Gentleman comes at a critical point in Sidharth's career. One more success or failure can have a major impact on the direction his career veers towards. Unfortunately, there are more problems with this film than there are positives. Let's get straight to it!
The biggest problem with this film is the captain of the ship itself: directors Raj and Krishna D.K. They have directed four films, and none of them were commercially successful. In fact, their two last films (Go Goa Gone and Happy Ending) were major flops with a star like Saif Ali Khan.
Another big problem is that despite the scale/action/look, the film appears too Hollywood/urban to appeal to the single screen audience. Happy Ending and Go Goa Gone were also urban films. We have seen in recent times that urban films like JHMS have been rejected outright, and most of the successful films this year (Baahubali 2, Jolly LLB 2, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha) have been Desi entertainers. A well-made Western/urban looking film can still work to an extent at the box office, but I don't think this film will exactly fall into that category of being considered "well-made."
Along with the dismal track record of the directors, A Gentleman comes across as one of those films with a weak story. Actually, it seems like a film that may not even have a story! There was news about this film having some relation to Hritikh/Katrina's Bang Bang, and whether it does or not, that was another film that had a weak story and only collected a decent amount at the box office due to star power, holidays, action/look of the film, etc. Sidharth has probably 25% of the star power of Hritikh, and with a similar style film and public word of mouth, it's safe to assume that A Gentleman will collect approximately 25% of Bang Bang's lifetime collections. Sidharth/Jacqueline's last film together Brothers collected 70 crores nett, and without Akshay this time, the collection will be half, which is interestingly the same as the 25% amount of Bang Bang's lifetime (which collected 141 crores nett).
The opening of the film will be decent, as the film atleast carries an attractive look with Sidharth, Jacqueline, and the locales. The Disco Disco song also seems to be atleast a little popular. There is also a partial holiday on Friday for Ganesh Chaturthi/Vinayaka Chaturthi which will help collections as well. But it will be downhill after the opening day.
My Box Office Predictions for A Gentleman:
The article has been written by Bobby Sidhu who is a box office enthusiast and have an internship in a tax firm in Canada. You can follow him on Twitter Bobby Sidhu.
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