Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is back with another love story. Over the years in Bollywood, if there is one thing that we have learned it is that romance, Europe and Shah Rukh Khan are the three main elements for a blockbuster movie. Since Jab Harry Met Sejal is the only release this week, it is expected to rule the box office. During a chat with indianexpress.com, trade analyst Girish Johar said that he is expecting as much as Rs 16 to Rs 17 crore on Friday.
Jab Harry Met Sejal will mark Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’ s second release this year. While Shah Rukh Khan was last seen in Raees, Anushka Sharma turned producer once again with Phillauri. Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees clashed with Hrithik Roshan’s film Kaabil, but the Dear Zindagi actor got the larger share of the pie. However, this time the superstar avoided the clash with Akshay Kumar’s film Toilet Ek Prem Katha and released it a week earlier.
The script is wafer-thin and it’s been done to death by none other than Imtiaz Ali in each of his earlier films—be it Jab We Met, Cocktail or the recent Tamasha. It’s the routine girl is engaged elsewhere story but she discovers half-way through the film that she is actually attracted to someone else. In this case, Sejal is engaged to Rupen but actually ends up falling for Harry. What makes this film watchable though is the presence of Shah Rukh and Anushka both of who are in top-form in their Punjabi and Gujarati avatars.
After seeing its hype, promotion and advance booking, trade analyst had predicted that Jab Harry Met Sejal would start with a bang at the box office and become one of biggest openers for Shah Rukh Khan. As predicted, the Imtiaz Ali-directed rom-com film has opened to fantastic response in the domestic market. Jab Harry Met Sejal has registered an average 70 per cent occupancy in both multiplexes and single screens in the morning show. The movie ran to packed houses in some centres.