But despite few theatres choosing not to show the film, the collection has gone up by 60 per cent.
Ayushmann Khurrana’s eighth consecutive hit Bala was hit by a roadblock on Saturday when, anticipating unrest after the Ayodhya decision , theatres in some cities of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, especially Bhopal, decided to put their shutters down.
The one-day hit has, however, not put this winner of a film on the backfoot as the collections everywhere soared by 60 per cent over the weekend .
Bihar’s prominent distributor Kishan Damani comments, “The collections of Bala are better and has opened stronger than Ayushmann Khurrana’s previous release Dream Girl with better reviews all across. Yes, collections were hit in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh where theatres were closed due to government orders.”
Damani expects Bala to touch all-India collections of Rs 125 crores.
Another prominent exhibitor-distributor from Mumbai, who wishes to go unnamed, informs that Bala was initially affected by the release of a similar film a week earlier. “After Ujda Chaman last week, audiences felt it was too much to see another film about premature balding. But they went nevertheless only because of Ayushmann Khurrana who has become synonymous with quality products,” he says.