Three films release this week - Billu, The Stoneman
Murders and Jugaad. Incidentally, each of the three
films boasts of an unconventional lead. Billu has Irrfan
Khan, The Stoneman Murders features Kay Kay Menon and
Jugaad stars Manoj Bajpai.
Out of the three, Jugaad is a non-starter and it would
be an achievement if it manages to get decent show timings. The
Stoneman Murders boasts of an interesting premise but has just
not been promoted enough. Moreover, the theme is too violent to
warrant a crowd outside a niche audience.
Which brings one to Billu! The film's promotion has
been a mixed bag. Somehow it seems that the makers have tried to do
the balancing act by focusing on both Irrfan Khan and Shahrukh
Khan. However, there aren't many hopes for the film to get anything
better than a 50% initial. A rare Priyadarshan film that isn't as
hot amongst the audience as most of his films have been in recent
times. Shahrukh Khan has underplayed his presence in the film and
if he actually has a good part to play in the film, there could be
an increase in collections as the weekend progresses.
However, there is no point in expecting a hurricane like
beginning for Billu which is not expected to follow the
kind of route that a quintessential Shahrukh movies follows.