dunki first day collection worldwide
Shah Rukh Khan has had the best year of his career so far, with his films Jawan and Pathaan both films delivering over Rs 1,000 crore worldwide, but now his latest, Dunki, has not been able to create the same sort of buzz upon its release. Dunki was released in theatres on Thursday, and on its opening day, the film made Rs 30 crore nett domestic, as per industry tracker Sacnilk. This makes it the year’s seventh-biggest opener after Jawan, Animal, Pathaan, Gadar 2 Tiger 3 and Adipurush. While Jawan opened with Rs 75 crore, even the historic flop Adipurush managed to make Rs 36 crore on its opening day.
The opening day makes figures the least successful Shah Rukh film of the year, but the opening is still bigger than those delivered by Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan (Rs 15.81 crore), Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (Rs 11.1 crore),Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar (Rs 15.73 crore and Dream Girl 2 (Rs 10.69 crore).
On Thursday, Dunki saw an overall occupancy of 29.94%. The NCR region had 1412 shows with approximately 31% occupancy, and Mumbai had 1081 shows which saw an occupancy of around 29.75%. Dunki had a solo release on Thursday, but on Friday, the film will have to face off against Prashanth Neel’s Salaar, which is being released in multiple languages across the country. Starring Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran among others, Salaar is handily outpacing Dunki, and will make more than Rs 60 crore on opening day.
in start Dunki, a simple but heartwarming take on the poor illegal immigrants from Punjab who make dangerous journeys in a desperate search for greener pastures, a set of hopefuls find a way to crack the English test. They memorise a paragraph by rote and decide to parrot it to the examiners by just changing the name of the topic.
In long scene with diminishing returns becomes a metaphor for the sameness that surrounds Rajkumar Hirani’s storytelling. Over the years, he also has engaged the audience with almost the same story structure, but has always managed to imbue it with a beating heart and a smiling face.
Dunki is a Hirani’s first and long-awaited collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, the purpose and social concern is again laudable, but the storytelling feels facile and laboured after a point, largely because Hirani doesn’t want to test newer ways to put his point across. The spontaneity that we associate with his work is sadly missing.
Dunki goes in to flashback to tell the story of four characters with modest means who want to immigrate to London to get over their difficulties in life. When they are about to give up, Hardy (Shah Rukh), an ex-armyman, comes into their lives to make their dream a reality by taking a circuitous, illegal route. Along the way, he develops a soft corner for Manu (Taapsee Pannu) only to realise that her wish to cross over to a foreign land is stronger than her love for the man who gave her the belief.
Hirani always puts emotional logic ahead of conventional logic and uses situational humour to great effect. Here, he does it again, but in the results are not as consistently riveting and charismatic as they have been in the past. The emotional swell does overwhelm you two or three times, but the seamless unpredictability of the narrative that has been the hallmark of Hirani and Abhijat Joshi’s writing is missing here. More importantly, in the light-hearted first half, the jokes around English and Englishmen start feeling repetitive. And, some, like one around the national anthem, don’t land properly. Perhaps, Hirani has chosen England over the the US and Canada because he could use the colonial connection, but in the present scenario the illegal immigration to the US and Canada is more newsworthy and relatable.