M.S.Dhoni – The Untold Story is finally ready for release. It is one film everyone is waiting to watch this month. He is the most loved captain of India. He has set precedents. Although a lot is known about him, he is still an enigma. How a TC decided to become the captain of Indian team is a feat in itself which deserves to be told. Captain cool is even associated with the film and has launched the trailers at many places. Dhoni was even part of the promotional videos for the film. Naturally, the film is riding on a huge wave of watching some triumph on screen and thus the buzz is strong. We spoke to our Trade expert Amul Mohan, Editor Super Cinema, to tell us what the fate of the film looks like at the box office and he had only good things to say about it.
When asked about the buzz of the film, Mohan said, “It is tracking really well. It is one of the most anticipated films of recent times because he is so relevant as a cricketer right now in India. It’s a big deal for Indian movies right now. I think it will open well.” When asked for specific numbers on day one and over the weekend, he said, “If the movie is good, anything can be the weekend. If it opens on Friday say at 11 cr, Saturday might get a 10 cr with Sunday seeing an upswing with say 16-17 cr. In this scenario the movie is really good. I tend to believe that the movie will be good, because the director is a sensible guy. He will not make something awkward. So we are looking at an almost 40 cr touching weekend. Having said that, the movie is expensive. Budgets are high. But somewhere down the line I feel it is easily achievable for this film to make that much money.” When asked about the budget, he revealed, “Officially, it is under 100 crore but I think it is slightly over 100 cr.”
Mohan also asserted, “I genuinely feel that it has tremendous buzz. All will want to watch Dhoni because he is relevant. It’s not Azhar because the latter is not relevant to Indian kids right now. Older people know of him. Dhoni is still playing. He is still the captain of India in the limited over matches. It’s a completely different ball game then.”
Clearly, the trade is very hopeful about the film and if it manages to get the numbers it is expected to, September can wrap up on a good note!