There will be an interesting clash this week with Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior and Chhapaak which should really go one way as Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior looks a far superior product. But Chapaak will provide a nuisance factor to Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior a bit like Made In China and Saand Ki Aankh were to Housefull 4 on Diwali.
The difference there was that Housefull 4 was a commercial entertainer and it was pre Diwali release where business was low and by Monday the reports are out of all films and so the poor films like Saand Ki Aankh and Made In China are hardly going to stop Housefull 4 getting huge crowds.
Here Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior is not a commercial entertainer and more importantly the film has a very Maharashtra feel which lets in Chhapaak at some places, namely the multiplexes of Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Chandigarh, Bangalore and Kolkata. Its not that these places are gung ho about Chhapaak but less appeal for Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior makes it a level playing field in these centres and Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior could have done without this nuisance factor of Chhapaak.
Tanhaji - The Unsung Hero will have to go on the lines of Kesari to succeed. Kesari was a heavy Delhi Punjab film but big business in these two areas was not going to be enough for the film and the film really managed to surprise in places like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Bengal to get a good number. These places were not huge but very good for a film with a very Punjabi feel.
Tanhaji - The Unsung Hero is the opposite with a Maharashtra feel so the likes of Maharashtra, Gujarat / Saurashtra, CP Berar and Marathawada will do well but it will need the likes of Delhi / UP, East Punjab, Bihar etc to do well also to get good final results.
The cast Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan have one good film with Kachche Dhaage supported by blockbuster music and one poor one in Omkara which crashed at the theatres and was an even bigger disaster post theatrical release on television. The talkers rated this film and even the performances of the actors but the watchers showed two fingers to the film and performances as the film and acting would be a great breakthrough for insomnia. The hope here is that the film will go the Kachche Dhaage way and not the Omkara way with the paying public.
Chhapaak looks well below Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior and looks a pretty dry film and and its on a sensitive issue and the attempt to give it a wider reach with the treatment of the subject could backfire as it could leave the film neither or there. If Tanhji - The Unsung Warrior did not have the regional flavor it would have wiped the floor with this film but as mentioned above the regional touch of Tanhaji - The Unsung lets in Chapaak in some cities.
The heroine of Chhapaak Deepika Padukone has got huge media hype over the last couple of days due to her visit to a college in Delhi which was attacked by a masked mob and its pretty obvious its done to boost the fortunes of Chhapaak but this hardly ever works as the controversy which this create will be surrounding Deepika Padukone and not Chhapaak. Also today the paying public is too smart know the difference between a real controversy like with Padmaavat and a fake one like this which is there to give a film a boost.
Chhapaak will get media support especially from the English national press which is the most important media and can gibe a little push at the high end multiplexes but eventually its a netflix type of movie while Tanhaji - The Unsung Hero is an attempt to create cinema, good or bad cinema the audience will decide.