The film boasts of a high budget though (over 40 crores) which means that recovery is required from avenues other than theatres as well. However, since satellite and other rights have been sold at fancy prices, a 50 crore plus total from theaters should make this Sajid Nadiadwala production a comfortable hit. As things stand today, this total expenditure is pretty achievable considering the very good opening. This Siddharth Anand directed film has seen mixed reviews coming its way though. However, patronage from young crowds means that ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ should have a comfortable run through the weekdays as well.
The other release of the weekend gone by, ‘Robot’, had one thing common about it – the appreciation that came from the critics. Almost all reviews were positive, hence ensuring that this Rajnikanth-Aishwarya Rai starrer saw good reception from all those who watched the film. However, the sad part is that the opening was way below the mark. While one didn’t expect the Hindi version to create an iota of the kind of mayhem that the Tamil version is currently creating, it was still believed that the film would take a 10 crore opening though. However, ‘Robot’ registered lesser numbers, hence making one wait and watch as to how the film would sustain itself in the coming weeks.
As for ‘Khichdi’, it clearly got sandwiched between the biggies. It did make a sincere effort of making its presence felt though, especially by hosting a flurry of paid preview shows. However, it still couldn’t manage a grand opening. Even though few of the reviews were indeed quite generous, the audience were not much enticed as they preferred to step into ‘Anjaana Anjaani’ and to some extent ‘Robot’ for the big screen experience.
Even otherwise, ‘Khichdi’ could primarily strike a chord only with its loyal followers on television. Coupled with the fact that direction was amateurish and jokes repetitive (and at times stale), the writing was clear on the wall. Except for some pockets in Maharashtra and Gujarat, ‘Khichdi’ doesn’t quite stand much of a chance of creating an impression in theaters beyond a week. ‘Benny And Babloo’ starring Kay Kay Menon and Rajpal Yadav was even worse as it didn’t even get a proper release. Worse, even critics didn’t bother to review it. This small time comedy with a social message (rehabilitation of bar girls) went totally unnoticed.