It was predicted in this column that Saina may well be aiming for an opening day of over a crore. It also seemed like a possibility since the Parineeti Chopra star had been reasonably promoted, and a mid-budget film can also be expected to be shown in the current era. The version was also shown on 979 screens and 2,894 shows. However, what happened in theaters was well below expectations.
The film could not collect any kind of footsteps, the collections remaining under 25 Lakh * to mark. These are extremely poor numbers for a film, especially since it is based on the life and times of true sports personality Saina Nehwal who is considered an icon of youth. However, it looks like audiences weren’t very enticed into entering theaters and completely ignored it.
From a start like this it’s just simply impossible to recover, and especially now when audiences are staying at home anyway and waiting for something truly exemplary to hit theaters. It is quite obvious that this film directed by Amol Gupte is not one of those cases that warranted a watch on the big screen, although going through decent to good to very good reviews, on the OTT medium, it has to better chance of success.
* Estimates. Final figures expected
Note: all collections according to production and distribution sources
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