Three Indian films Banjo, Days of Tafree and Parched released on Friday to lukewarm response across the country over lack of hype around these movies.
Prior to its release, Parched had managed to stay in the news due to leaked online nude scenes of Radhika Apte.
Parched has got rave reviews from critics. However, it has reportedly got few screens compared to Banjo.It has only managed to get an average one screen per theatre, especially in PVR.
At a few other multiplexes, the screen numbers range between 1 to 3 which is again few and far in between. Another minus point is the A certificate that the movie has received which will keep kids at bay.
Banjo starring Riteish Deshmukh and Nargis Fakhri didnâ€™t stir much interest in the audience, Indian Express reported.
Riteish, who shines in multi-starrer films, struggled to perform in solo-hero outings. Banjo saw an estimated occupancy of 15% in the morning shows. The filmâ€™s opening, courtesy Riteish Deshmukh, is better in Maharashtra than other states in the country.
Banjo is the Hindi directorial debut of talented Marathi filmmaker Ravi Jadhav of Timepass fame.
At the box-office, the movie has managed to grab an average of five screenings per multiplex, which should give it a great head start. Finally, it will depend on the content and word of mouth publicity if Banjo has to take off well.
The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, â€śBut Banjo has practically no redeeming features. It is about an NRI musicianâ€™s (Nargis Fakhri) search for an original sound which leads her to the banjo artist Tarraat (Riteish Deshmukh) and his ragtag band, and what happens next.
Because underdogs have to win, we know how things will pan out. But the painful progression to that climactic point is filled with uniformly terrible acting, clichĂ©d situations and shouty, obvious dialogue.â€ť
Story first published: 23rd September 2016