Anees Bazmee’s Pagalpanti witnessed a rise in box office earnings on Saturday, after opening with INR 5 crore on Friday. The movie -- which stars John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Urvashi Rautela, Kriti Kharbanda and Saurabh Shukla -- collected INR 6.5 crore on the second day of its release, as per a report by Box Office India. The action comedy film has earned a total of INR 11.5 over two days.
Pagalpanti follows the story of three men and their plans to get rich by robbing some gangsters. The movie also has a patriotic angle to it. However, the multistarrer film has failed to win the hearts of critics who have given it low ratings and poor reviews. Arnab Banerjee wrote in the Deccan Chronicle, “Perhaps the title seems quite apt to suggest a comedy that is more pedestrian than one that has any semblance of an entertaining masala film, since Bazmee’s 149-minute movie dives into nothingness right from the word go.”
Speaking about the film recently, director Anees Bazmee had said he wanted his films to make people laugh as these days most people are under a lot of stress due to different reasons, such as career, family, etc. and are “gradually forgetting to smile.”
It remains to be seen if the negative reviews will impact Pagalpanti’s popularity at the ticket windows and how the film will fare at the box office after the opening weekend. It is competing at the box office with several other Hindi movies, including Ayushmann Khurrana’s comedy film Bala, which was released on 8th November but continues to perform well and has recently minted INR 100 crore. Pagalpanti also has some competition from Disney film Frozen 2, which opened with INR 3.50 only but witnessed a massive increase on Saturday, collecting INR 7 crore.