Directed by Ketan Mehta, the biopic film on Dashrat Manjhi aka “Mountain Man” released yesterday after a long wait. Even after a lot of anticipation, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte starrer Manjhi: The Mountain Man opened to a poor start at the Box Office on its first Friday. The film managed to pull in Rs. 1.20 crore net (12 million) approx on its first day at the Box Office.
The small budget film Manjhi couldn’t succeed in grabbing audiences’ major attention and pull them in theatres on Friday. The film witnessed occupancy rate of 10-12% at the Box Office, which is little poor than what Abhishek’s All Is Well witnessed. But we can’t be hard on Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manjhi: The Mountain Man, as the film really is a small budget one with small star cast and no “Big” star power to drag the film towards glory. The film is solely depending on two very talented stars of Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte’s shoulders.
Set in Bihar, Manjhi surprisingly didn’t receive the expected reaction at the Box Office in the state. Whereas the film is doing a good business in circuits such as Mumbai, Pune, Gujarat, Delhi and UP. Now if the word of mouth works out and does the trick, we can expect director Ketan Mehta’s Manjhi to witness a decent growth on Saturday and Sunday and to pull in around Rs. 5 to 8 crore net approx. on its first weekend at the Box Office.
After Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand became the fourth state to make Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte’s recently released film Manjhi: The Mountain Man tax free. The tax-free status was granted by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat. This was done so the film receives good reaction from the audiences. Manjhi: The Mountain Man doesn’t even have a strong competitor at the Box Office apart from Abhishek Bachchan‘s All Is Well. Now all eyes are on the sort of numbers Nawazuddin and Radhika’s Manjhi brings in on Saturday and Sunday.