Keeping the occasion of Muharram and Onam in mind, trade analysts believe the day 2 collection will be towards the lower end of the above range unless the eastern markets trend better. On the other hand, the spy-thriller has made some growth in the Delhi NCR region, while not much in Punjab. Similarly, Gujarat and Rajasthan are recording a drop, however, Hyderabad is likely to show better results in the post-covid time.
However, with cinemas being shut in Maharashtra due to safety reasons amid the COVID-19 outbreak in India, the film has missed out on business in the state.
Talking about the film team’s decision to release the film in other parts of the country, leaving out one of its biggest markets-Maharashtra, Akshay told BT, “I think this decision, and rightly so, belongs to the person whose money is riding on it. So, even in the case of BellBottom, it was Vashuji’s decision to go ahead with the theatrical release of the film and we all respected that. Of course, it would’ve been a more favourable scenario had theatres in Maharashtra opened up, because anyway, as per the norms, it would’ve been 50% occupancy, so you’re already losing out a huge chunk. And now, with Maharashtra territory not opening up, which accounts for nearly 30% of the business, it is going to be a tough battle. But Vashuji is a brave man, he’d made up his mind that come rain or sunshine, this time, we wouldn’t budge from the planned release date.”
Directed by Ranjit Tewari, ‘Bell Bottom’ is based on the true events of a hijack set in 1984. Apart from Akshay Kumar, the film also stars Vaani Kapoor and Lara Dutta in the lead roles. Huma Qureshi is also seen in a pivotal role.