Despite receiving mixed to negative reviews and with Maneesh Sharma’s Salman Khan-starrer Tiger 3 dominating cinema halls, Aatish Kapadia’s comedy-drama Khichdi 2: Mission Paanthukistan had a mediocre opening at the box office.
On its first day in theatres, the film recorded a domestic nett of Rs 1.1 crore, industry tracker Sacnilk reported. The film saw an overall 21.48 per cent Hindi occupancy on Friday. Initially, during the morning shows, the movie witnessed a 12.14 per cent occupancy within the Hindi market. However, as the day unfolded, the percentages experienced a consistent increase: rising to 18.91 per cent during the afternoon showings and reaching 27.47 per cent during the evening shows. But the percentage dipped slightly during the night screenings and stood at 27.38.
Nevertheless, the industry tracker has predicted a decline in the film’s performance on Saturday, anticipating it to earn only Rs 25 lakh in the domestic market. Sunday might witness a further dip as the Indian cricket team will be playing the World Cup final against Australia.
A direct sequel to Kapadia’s 2010 film Khichdi: The Movie, Mission Paanthukistan is the fifth instalment in the Khichdi franchise. The initial instalment premiered in 2002 as a TV series on STAR Plus, quickly becoming a favourite among viewers and earning several awards.
One of the earliest Indian TV series to unfold in seasons, Khichdi holds the distinction of being the first to undergo adaptation into a Bollywood film series. Following the 2004 broadcast of the second installment, Instant Khichdi, Khichdi: The Movie followed as the third, and Khichdi Returns series premiered on STAR Plus, in 2018 with a rebooted storyline.
Mission Paanthukistan stars Supriya Pathak Kapur, Rajeev Mehta, Anang Desai and Vandana Pathak in key roles. Bankrolled by Vineet Jain and Jamnadas Majethia, the film’s music has been composed by Chirantan Bhatt.
In her review of the movie, The Indian Express’ Shubhra Gupta, giving one out of five stars, wondered: “Why did this ultra-loud, blindingly colour-coordinated bunch who did nothing of any consequence in the first movie, bother to circle back for a sequel?”