When Raavan opened to below average houses on Friday, it
was mauled by the audience as well as the critics and showed no
improvement over the weekend, it was certain that this Mani Ratnam
film won't even become a respectable disaster like Kites.
Respectable? Because Kites, despite all its negatives,
still managed a good first weekend for itself that helped it come
closer to the 50 crore mark as the lifetime total. This means that
the film had the ignominy of being the biggest disaster ever with
the highest total for a disaster/flop tag. Before Kites,
the position was held by Chandni Chowk to China, Delhi 6
and Tashan which were the 'highest grossing flops' ever
with a final total managing to cross 30 crores.
However, for Abhishek Bachchan, it would be a painful experience
to see his Raavan not reaching even the 30 crore mark. If
the poor start to the film wasn't enough, the film nosedived over
the week. This meant that the first week stood in the vicinity of
25 crores. However, it would be challenging for the film to gain
even the 5 crores mark if the trends had been any indication. With
no takers for the film in the second week as well, the film would
wrap up well under 30 crores.
Does that mean the end of the road for Abhishek Bachchan?
Certainly not. Though the world has held him responsible for the
failure of the film, if one thinks objectively it's the character
which has failed here, not the actor. This is the reason why
Abhishek can still look forward to the future is because he has
some prestigious projects like Ashutosh Gowariker's Khelein Hum
Jee Jaan Se, Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani's Game and
Rohan Sippy's Dum Maro Dum lined up in next nine months.
Of course these are crucial months but one hit should change the
equation for the actor who has survived for a decade now.
Next nine months would indeed be looked at quite carefully by
all Abhishek followers. And of course the detractors!