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‘Piku’ gives tough competition to ‘Bombay Velvet’ at BO

Piku ImagesMUMBAI: In its second weekend, Amitabh Bachchan- and Irrfan Khan-starrer ‘Piku’ has given this week’s Ranbir Kapoor-Anushka Sharma-starrer ‘Bombay Velvet’ a run for its money at the domestic box office.

Directed by Anurag Kashyap and co-produced by Phantom Films and Fox Star Studios, ‘Bombay Velvet’ has managed to net just Rs 15.32 crore (Rs 153.2 million) at the box office.

In fact, in its second weekend, MSM Motion Pictures’ ‘Piku’ managed to collect another Rs 14.28 crore (Rs 142.8 million). Interestingly, except for Friday, when ‘Bombay Velet’ collected Rs 4.95 crore (Rs 49.5 million) and ‘Piku’ was at a distance with Rs 2.98 crore (Rs 29.8 million), the Saturday and Sunday collection of ‘Piku’ dwarfed that of ‘Bombay Velvet’.

Bombay_Velvet_First_Look‘Bombay Velvet’ collected Rs 4.90 crore (Rs 49 million) on Saturday and Rs 5.47 crore (Rs 54.7 million) on Sunday, taking its first weekend’s total to Rs 15.32 crore (Rs 153.2 million). ‘Piku’, on the other hand, after already collecting Rs 40.82 crore (Rs 408.2 million) during its first week, collected another Rs 5.02 crore (Rs 50.2 million) on Saturday and Rs 6.28 crore (Rs 62.8 million) on Sunday.

As of Sunday night, ‘Piku’s 10-day net collection stood at Rs 55.1 crore (Rs 551 million).

‘Bombay Velvet’ is the love story between Johnny Balraj (Ranbir), a gangster, and nightclub singer Rosie Noronha (Anushka Sharma).

The film has a backdrop of 1960s Bombay, a city on the threshold of becoming a metropolis, where jazz club Bombay Velvet is owned by newspaper baron Kaizad Khambatta (Karan Johar), who makes Johnny his flunkey.

Film critic Rajeev Masand’s review of the film read: “’Bombay Velvet’ doesn’t have the raw energy or the unforgettable characters of Kashyap’s ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. It’s never as involving a story as ‘Black Friday’. And yet what you cannot deny is the sheer craft that Kashyap brings to the enterprise. This is an ambitious saga; skilfully mounted… The missing piece of the puzzle, sadly, is the inconsistent script…one that never lets us truly care for the characters, one that leaves too many questions unanswered.”

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