After two box office duds in Saawariya and the critically acclaimed Guzaarish, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, the director of successful films like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas, returns with Ram Leela an epic romantic tale starring Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
The music of the film is a hit, the response to the theatrical trailer and other song promos have generally varied from good to excellent.
The other reason why Ram Leela is expected to do well is because of Deepika Padukone’s presence. The actress is in the form of her life. Her three releases so far this year have all been super-successful. Race 2 (HIT), Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Blockbuster) and Chennai Express (All Time Blockbuster). Last year, Cocktail was a massive hit with the multiplex audience too.
Ram Leela will be her last Hindi release of 2013. For those unaware, Deepika has a Tamil release Kochadaiyaan with superstar Rajinikanth.
Expectations are obviously high, but Ram Leela is likely to rely on word-of-mouth publicity to carry it through to safety as the costs of the film are high.
Response to advance booking has been good in parts of the country and the film is expected to open well at the box office today.
We expect the first day collections to be around 8-10 crores.
IF VERY GOOD (positive word-of-mouth)
- Day 1 – 10 crore
- Weekend – 35 crore
- First Week – 53 crore
- Final – 100 crore+ (Super Hit)
IF AVERAGE (mixed response)
- Day 1 – 9 crore
- Weekend – 31 crore
- First Week – 46 crore
- Final – 68 crore+ (Hit)
IF BAD (worst case scenario)
- Day 1 – 8 crore
- Weekend – 25 crore
- First Week – 36 crore
- Final – 45 crore (Flop)
What do you think – Will Ram Leela be a HIT or Flop at the box office? Will Deepika make it to 5 hits in a row? And finally the big question – has Sanjay Leela Bhansali returned to form, will Ram Leela be yet another classic romantic film?
Post your predictions below.