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In Theaters: December 15, 2017

Bollywood fans have few options in Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning Friday, December 15, 2017. Fukrey Returns gets a second week at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, which also holds over Firangi and Tumhari Sulu.

If you just can’t wait for next weekend, the following local theaters are selling advanced tickets to Tiger Zinda Hai: MovieMax, South Barrington 24, AMC River East 21 in Chicago, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge, and AMC Loews Crestwood 18 in Crestwood.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

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Bollywood Box Office: December 8-10, 2017

Fukrey Returns earned more it is first three days in North America than the original Fukrey earned during the course of its four-week run in 2013. From December 8-10, 2017, Fukrey Returns took in $174,626 from 66 theaters ($2,646 average; adjusted average of $3,118 from 56 theaters*). Fukrey released on June 14, 2013, earning $74,110 from 57 North American theaters ($1,300 average) in its opening weekend, ultimately closing out its run with a total of $125,279.

Firangi fell off dramatically in its second weekend, its business plummeting by 87%. It earned just $14,186 from 36 theaters ($394 average), bringing its total to $176,485.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Tumhari Sulu: Week 4; $18,528 from 19 theaters; $975 average; $502,091 total
  • Secret Superstar: Week 8; $1,356 from three theaters; $452 average; $2,152,632 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 5; $528 from two theaters; $264 average; $235,748 total
  • Golmaal Again: Week 8; $346 from two theaters; $173 average; $2,359,495 total

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening December 8: Fukrey Returns

The comedy sequel Fukrey Returns hits Chicago area theaters on December 8, 2017. I didn’t like Fukrey, but Richa Chadda and Ali Fazal are cool, so you never know.

Fukrey Returns opens Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 11 min.

All three of the above theaters carry over Firangi and Tumhari Sulu. The AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodrige gives an eighth week to Secret Superstar.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: December 1-3, 2017

Firangi got off to a slow start in North America, despite being the first new Hindi film to open here in two weeks. From December 1-3, 2017, the Kapil Sharma comedy earned $112,238 from 82 theaters ($1,369 average; adjusted average of $1,675 from 67 theaters*). That’s a steep decline from Sharma’s only other international Bollywood release: 2015’s Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, which opened with $203,645 from 69 North American theaters ($2,951 average). Firangi fared better in Canada — with per-theater averages of $2,445 versus $1,453 in the States — but that’s likely due to the small number of Indian films showing in Canadian theaters at the moment (five, to be exact).

Tumhari Sulu earned $33,049 from 20 theaters ($1,652 average) in its third weekend of release, bringing its North American total to $465,555. Golmaal Again closed out its seventh weekend in the US and Canada with $1,726 from four theaters ($432 average). Its total stands at $2,358,581.

Other Bollywood movies showing in US theaters:

  • Secret Superstar: Week 7; $3,388 from eight theaters; $424 average; $2,149,130 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 4: $607 from two theaters; $308 average; $234,761 total

*Bollywood Hungama frequently counts Canadian theaters twice when they report figures for a film’s first few weeks of release. When possible, I verify theater counts at Box Office Mojo, but I use Bollywood Hungama as my primary source because they provide a comprehensive and consistent — if flawed — data set.

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Opening December 1: Firangi

Kapil Sharma jumps into the spot vacated by Padmavati, releasing his period comedy Firangi (“Foreigner“) in Chicago area theaters on December 1, 2017.

Firangi opens on Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It has a listed runtime of 1 hr. 38 min.

All three of the above theaters hold over Tumhari Sulu for a third week. Secret Superstar carries over at the AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodrige and MovieMax, which also holds on to Golmaal Again.

Other Indian and Pakistani movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:

Bollywood Box Office: November 24-26, 2017

With no new Bollywood films for competition, Tumhari Sulu held up great in its second weekend in North American theaters. From November 24-26, 2017, the Vidya Balan film earned $96,544 from 46 theaters ($2,099 average). Its 55% holdover from Weekend 1 to Weekend 2 is fifth best for the year. Most Americans had Thursday off for Thanksgiving — with many off work on Wednesday as well — helping to boost Tumhari Sulu‘s take to $396,900 after ten days of release. Not bad for a film that opened in fewer than sixty theaters.

The other notable performance of the weekend came from Golmaal Again, now in its sixth weekend of release. It earned $6,912 from five theaters, but its per-theater average of $1,382 doesn’t tell the whole story. Golmaal Again earned $3,820 from one theater in Canada — more than the $3,092 combined it earned from four US theaters, which averaged earnings of $773 per theater. The comedy’s total stands at $2,354,534.

Other Hindi movies still in North American theaters:

  • Ittefaq: Week 4; $15,901 from eleven theaters; $1,446 average; $719,564 total
  • Secret Superstar: Week 6; $6,963 from nine theaters; $774 average; $2,143,554 total
  • Qarib Qarib Singlle: Week 3; $5,205 from five theaters; $1,041 average; $231,628 total

Source: Rentrak, via Bollywood Hungama

Movie Review: Tumhari Sulu (2017)

2 Stars (out of 4)

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Actors Vidya Balan and Manav Kaul carry Tumhari Sulu, a task made more difficult by the story’s lack of perspective. It’s hard to tell how first-time feature filmmaker Suresh Triveni expects the audience to feel about his characters and their journey.

Balan plays Sulu, a bored housewife who entertains herself by entering radio contests. Her husband, Ashok (Kaul), ekes out a meager paycheck managing a dysfunctional tailoring shop. Their eleven-year-old son Pranav (Abhishek Sharma) earns money on the side by selling dirty DVDs and magazines to his classmates.

Sulu’s more successful sisters delight in their sibling’s lower-middle-class status, chiding Sulu for not having a job while reminding her that her lack of a degree precludes her from getting a reputable gig, anyway.

When Sulu goes to the radio station to collect her latest prize — a pressure cooker — she notices an ad for a late-night radio show host. She finagles a meeting with the station manager, Maria (Neha Dhupia), who gives Sulu a shot, if only for the chance to laugh at the frumpy, naive housewife. However, Sulu’s sultry delivery is just what Maria is looking for, and a new radio star is born.

Triveni’s story — which he wrote and directed — takes a long time to get to this point without advancing the characters’ development. The plot meanders, never lingering long enough to develop any of the potential themes — topics like Sulu’s self-worth, women’s financial independence, or the challenges of a two-income household — beyond a surface level examination.

Even if one assumes that Triveni is leaving it to the audience to draw their own conclusions, he doesn’t give them enough information to do so, chiefly because the characters don’t have meaningful conversations. Sulu doesn’t take her husband seriously, and she has no friends to confide in. Without substantive dialogues — or even internal monologues — it’s hard to infer what is important to the characters, and there’s only so much meaning we can derive from their actions alone.

Triveni also takes for granted the notion that a family’s ability to function is ultimately a woman’s responsibility. When complications arise concurrent with Sulu’s new job, it’s implied that, even if the problem’s aren’t specifically Sulu’s fault, they are her responsibility to fix. Nevermind that Ashok’s work situation was hardly ideal or that Pranav was already a junior pornographer before Sulu started her radio gig.

As is the case with every movie starting Vidya Balan, she is Tumhari Sulu‘s greatest asset, always fun and engaging. Yet, Kaul’s performance enables Balan to be her best. During Sulu’s and Ashok’s happier moments, the pair are adorable together — an unexpected delight, given that Kaul usually plays villains. Dhupia is a great choice to play a hip radio station manager, but her character is too easygoing to be convincing, given the competitive nature of that industry.

Songs are weirdly integrated into Tumhari Sulu, and the inclusion of random parkour stunts into one of them almost hints at an insecurity about whether the film itself is exciting and cool enough to grab the audience’s attention. Perhaps a co-writer for Triveni would have mitigated some of the burden on Balan’s and Kaul’s shoulders.

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