Golmaal Again

“Golmaal Again” has had a worldwide gross of Rs. 203 crore and has become the biggest Hindi film hit of 2017. (Arshad Warsi/Twitter photo)

MUMBAI—The Diwali release “Golmaal Again” has, as of now, swept past all HINDI films (that is, except for “Bahubali 2: The Conclusion” in its Hindi version) like “Judwaa 2” and “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” to become the biggest hit of 2017. As of October 27, it has had a worldwide gross of Rs. 203 crore (US$ 31.2 million) in Week 1.

Producer-director Rohit Shetty, said, “We waited more than seven years for the right subject to take the “Golmaal” franchise forward. What we have achieved is very exciting and humbling, all thanks to the love showered upon us by fans across the globe.”

Shibasish Sarkar, COO, Reliance Entertainment, which has presented and distributed the film, commented, “‘Golmaal Again’ has been an incredible journey for all of us. Our friend and partner Rohit Shetty and his team have outperformed every benchmark, and we are delighted with their unprecedented success.”

“Golmaal Again” has collected over Rs. 150 crore nett in India alone, with a grand performance on the second Friday and Saturday, with great results expected even on second Sunday as there is no opposition with small films like “Jia Aur Jia” and “Rukh.” Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said that the film shows no signs of stopping.

“It is in no mood to slow down... Is a RAGE at the BO...” he tweeted.

Parineeti Chopra posted a picture of the team with ear-to-ear grins on their faces and captioned it: “Thank you.” She called it an “incredible” experience the way the film was performing at the box office.

When “Golmaal Again” hit the screens to mostly poor reviews, Shetty was least bothered. He told news agency PTI: “This is my tenth film. I know negative reviews happen. I don't read reviews. From the audiences’ reaction and box- office collections, you come to know how much the film has been loved. Comedy films are often looked down upon, and they will never be appreciated, so you can’t get depressed about it or take it seriously.”

In a master-stroke, Shetty dismissed critics like this: “They are doing their work, I am doing my work. I don’t blame them. Critics also have an audience!” The last remark has humongous depth for the ivory-tower intellectuals.

The ensemble cast includes Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu and Tabu. The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment in association with Manglmurti films and Rohit Shetty Picturez.

The only franchises (at least three films) where every successive film has been bigger than the previous:

1. Dhoom (2004), Dhoom:2 (2006), Dhoom:3 (2013) Action Caper

2. Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008), Golmaal 3 (2010), Golmaal Again (2017) Comedy

Franchises where the upward trail was broken at part 2 or part 3:

1. Raaz (Part 2 average and Part 4 a flop) Horror

2. Murder (Part 3 a flop) Thriller

3. Kyaa Kool Hain Hum (Part 3 a flop) Sex Comedy

4. Hate Story (Part 3 a flop) Thriller

5. Housefull (Part 3 average) Comedy

6. Masti (Part 3 a disaster) Sex Comedy

7. Koi…Mil Gaya-Krrish (Krrish 3 a lesser hit than both) Alien/Superhero

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