It was a bad opening day at the box office for Aamir Khan Laal Singh Chaddha, the epic remake of Hollywood hit Forrest Gump released on Thursday amid calls for a boycott. According to early estimates, the film edged out fellow countryman Raksha Bandhan, released on Independence Day weekend, but only narrowly. Box Office India says Laal Singh Chaddha earned Rs 10.75 crore on its opening day, which was described in the report as “shocking”. Bollywood Hungama said it would be the lowest opening for Aamir Khan in the past 13 years.

By comparison, Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan – considered one of the most infamous flops in Hindi box office history – made Rs 52 crore on its opening day, setting a record (which has since been broken). ). If estimates hold, Laal Singh Chaddha will record the third biggest opening day for a Hindi film in 2022, behind Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 (Rs 14.1 crore), Bachchhan Paandey (Rs 13.2 crore) and ahead of Samrat Prithviraj (Rs 10.7 crore), Gangubai Kathiawadi (Rs 10.5 crore) and Shamshera (Rs 10.2 crore). As you can see, even a slight deviation could have the effect of greatly affecting Laal Singh Chaddha’s position. Final box office figures are pending.

A top-five opening day doesn’t guarantee success either. Of these five films, only two are considered hits – Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Gangubai Kathiawadi – while the others are actually major bombs. Laal Singh Chaddha, according to BOI, is performing similarly to the large-scale sports drama of December 83, which grossed around Rs 14 crore but underperformed at the box office due to a fresh wave of pandemic.

The fact that Laal Singh Chaddha outperformed Akshay’s Raksha Bandhan isn’t very heartening, considering the movie was made on a bigger budget, over three years, and in multiple locations. Raksha Bandhan was one of many Akshay Kumar projects that were completed during the pandemic at breakneck speed.

The reviews haven’t been rave reviews either. Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express gave the film 2 stars and wrote, “It’s not just the pacing of the film that’s the problem. It is also, centrally and crucially, Sardar Laal Singh Chaddha himself, played by Aamir Khan. During a recent appearance on Koffee with Karan, Aamir admitted that he is very stressed on the movie. “We are delighted to have made a good film, lekin agar film logon ko pasand nahin aayi, bahut dil toot jaayega (If people don’t like it, we will be heartbroken).”

Laal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan are both coming at a particularly thorny time for Bollywood, with several high-profile releases having previously flopped at the box office. Both films also faced a section of social media boycott calls, which Aamir and Akshay responded to. “If I hurt anyone in any way, I regret it. I don’t want to hurt anyone. If anyone doesn’t want to watch the movie, I will respect their feeling,” Aamir had told media. reports, the film faced protests in some places in India.