Kangana Ranaut's Tejas Takes a Turbulent Start at the Box Office - A Struggle for Soaring Success
Kangana Ranaut's high-flying actioner 'Tejas' struggles for lift-off at the box office on its first day, earning a modest Rs 1.25 crore, following a familiar pattern of underwhelming Hindi-language films in her recent repertoire. With just 6.83% occupancy, the film needs to urgently gain altitude over the weekend to avoid becoming Kangana's fifth consecutive flop, despite her last box office success in 'Manikarnika' in 2019. Critics also noted an overemphasis on Kangana's character at the expense of the storyline. As the fate of 'Tejas' hangs in the balance, the coming days will reveal if this fighter pilot's journey can eventually soar to success or face another turbulent landing.
The much-anticipated aerial actioner "Tejas," starring Bollywood powerhouse Kangana Ranaut as a fighter pilot, hit the screens with high hopes and expectations. However, the film's box office performance on its first day was far from the exhilarating take-off that fans and the film industry had anticipated. Kangana Ranaut, who has had a streak of underwhelming Hindi-language movies, seemed to be facing yet another challenge in her cinematic journey. With just Rs 1.25 crore in earnings on the first day, "Tejas" has its work cut out to stay airborne and away from the 'flop' category, a classification that's becoming all too familiar.
The Harsh Reality of Day 1:
"Tejas" struggled to find its audience on the first day of its release. Early estimates suggest that the film earned a meagre Rs 1.25 crore. The lion's share of this revenue came from the three national cinema chains – PVR, Inox, and Cinepolis – contributing Rs 85 lakh, which accounts for 60 per cent of the film's total box office earnings. The overall Hindi occupancy of the film was a mere 6.83%, a concerning sign for a film with such high expectations.
A Familiar Pattern:
Kangana Ranaut's recent track record in Hindi-language cinema hasn't been stellar. "Tejas" risks becoming her fifth consecutive flop, following "Dhaakad" (2022), "Thalaivi" (2021), "Panga" (2020), and "Judgemental Hai Kya" (2019). The last time Kangana found success at the box office was in 2019 with her historical drama "Manikarnika." It starkly contrasts her earlier achievements and the high standards she has set in the industry.
The Critic's Verdict:
"Tejas" not only faced disappointment at the box office but also failed to impress critics. Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express pointed out that the film seemed too centred around Kangana Ranaut's character, at the expense of the storyline and supporting characters. The critique emphasizes the importance of striking a balance between showcasing the lead actor and the overall narrative to create a well-rounded cinematic experience.
Kangana Ranaut's "Tejas" may have experienced a turbulent start at the box office, but the skies are not entirely dark. The film still has a chance to pick up the pace over the weekend and regain its footing. As a talented and versatile actor, Kangana Ranaut has the potential to turn the tide, but "Tejas" will need to find its wings quickly to avoid a familiar landing in the category of disappointments. The audience's verdict and the film's performance in the coming days will determine whether "Tejas" soars to success or remains grounded as another entry in Kangana's recent streak of box office turbulence.