Street Dancer 3D Box Office Collection: Varun Dhawan’s Film Races Ahead of Kangana Ranaut’s Panga
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Street Dancer 3D Box Office Collection: Varun Dhawan’s Film Races Ahead of Kangana Ranaut’s Panga

Street Dancer, despite mediocre reviews, opens much better than Panga which is a woman-centric film

This doesn’t look  like  a very favourable  year for sheroes. At least not in the initial part of the new year. While 2019 was a virtual  celebration of woman power, with  female actors dominating the  box-office in Badlaa (Taapsee Pannu),  Mission Mangal (Taapsee Pannu, Vidya Balan)  and  Manikarnika (Kangana Ranaut), 2020 has opened  poorly for the biggest female actor Deepika Padukone with Chhapaak, directed by Meghna Gulzar  failing to create  a splash. Despite great reviews and a huge controversy surrounding Deepika’s JNU visit, before the release of the film, Chhapaak has not managed huge numbers at the box office though it is not a flop either.  

It looks like a similar story has been repeated with last week’s releases. Kangana Ranaut who had a fairly successful January  release (Manikarnika) in 2019, has opened  to  an  underwhelming  audience  in Panga. Friday audiences have come  away  disappointed by  the film’s predictable  arc and the lack of USPs. Not a heartening opening for director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari whom one expected  to move to the next level  with Panga  after the successful Bareilly Ki Barfi. According to trade website, Panga had a weekend collection of INR 11.25crore only.

Remo D’Souza’s Street Dancer starring Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, on the other hand, opened on a high note with audiences taking to the dance and drama wholeheartedly.  Early  reports  from leading multiplexes  predict  another big hit for Varun Dhawan and  producers  T Series whose previous January release  Tanhaji is still releasing  to full houses all across  India and overseas. The film had a pretty good weekend of about INR 39 crore.

An unnamed  personnel from  a leading multiplex chain told  this writer on  Friday, “Going by early trends it looks like Street Dancer is far ahead. Panga hasn’t  gotten itself  enough shows, even the shows that they  have got are  not  primetime slots. So it’s bound to suffer.  I’d say  it was  a  mistake  to release Panga with a  big 3D spectacle.”

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