Thugs Of Hindostan: Theatre owners demand refund after Aamir Khan-Amitabh Bachchan starrer bombs at box office?
The mega-budget, multi-starrer film, which is touted to be the most expensive projects of the Hindi film industry, failed to impress the audience and critics alike, so much so that the exhibitors have decided to demand a refund from the makers of the film.
According to a report in Mid-Day, theatre owners are now asking for compensation.
Produced by the Yash Raj Films, Thugs Of Hindostan was made on an estimated budget of Rs 300 crore, and was supposed to be the big Diwali release of the year but failed miserably after critics thrashed it in their reviews.
It barely managed to collect Rs 150 crore in the 11 days of its run at the threatres after its release.
Theatre owners are reportedly looking at losing 50% of their investments in the film and have therefore decided to seek a refund from the film’s studios.
“As is the practice with YRF, the studio had taken on the distribution responsibilities. The exhibitors agreed to the minimum-guarantee deal as they expected handsome profits from the big-budget film, but the tables have turned. So, we are planning to approach the sub-distributors [YRF] to get a refund. We hope YRF, Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan will help us in this situation, else there is a possibility of a few theatres having to even shut down,” an anonymous exhibitor told Mid-Day.
Even though Thugs Of Hindostan bombed at the box office, it made Rs 52.25 crore through advance bookings and early shows on its opening day and shattered many records, including that of the biggest Bollywood opener of all time and the first film to cross the Rs 50 crore mark.
The numbers took a deep dive on the second day after receiving bad reactions from critics and audience.
The film still managed to make Rs 100 crore in its opening weekend.
Thugs of Hindostan is based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel ‘Confessions of a Thug’ and is about a gang who posed a serious challenge to the British Empire in India during the early 19th century.