Despite controversies, unnecessary delays and the overwhelming and continuing success of Chennai Express, Humayun Saeed’s Main Hoon Shahid Afridi has earned Rs22 million in its first week of release (exact figures: Rs21,836,941). This is more than the total business of the much-hyped Chambaili but less then what was expected of the film.
However, excitement generated by word of mouth coupled with the fact that there are no pirated copies available in the market will give the film a good second week. A total business of Rs60 million is expected from the film. However, anything above that figure would be quite an achievement. On the other hand, Shahrukh Khan’s blockbuster comedy, Chennai Express, has already grossed Rs85 million. With a constant run at the multiplexes to regular audiences, the film might just reach the R90 million mark. Nevertheless, Race 2 is still leading the tally of Indian films in Pakistan with a total business of Rs92 million.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 2nd, 2013.