Main Hoon Shahid Afridi is box office hit!

Published: October 5, 2013
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MHSA has earned Rs51.8 million at the box office. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

MHSA has earned Rs51.8 million at the box office. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

KARACHI: After a 45-day run in cinemas, Humayun Saeed’s Main Hoon Shahid Afridi has done reasonably well in terms of business at the box office.

After an initial release on 31 screens, MHSA has earned Rs51.8 million at the box office and is expected to close on Eid at Rs55 million. Based on these stats, the film is a hit.

MHSA is the story of the Akbar Deen (Humayun Saaed), the fictitious captain of the Pakistan cricket team. Deen becomes a national disgrace when police in Dubai discover him intoxicated and in the possession of drugs in his hotel room. He is banned from the cricket arena and disowned by his lower middle-class elderly parents, wife (Mahnoor Baloch) and young son for bringing shame to the family.

Fast forward 15 years later. A small cricket club in Sialkot is in desperate need of a coach to prepare it for a local cricket competition. Enter Deen. From here on, the journey for Deen and Shahid Bhatti — the talented but raw cricket-loving youth who hopes to become the next Shahid Afridi — begins.

Hit, super hit or blockbuster?

In 2011, Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol did business of a whopping Rs120 million on a mere 26 screens along with reruns. These stats earned it the blockbuster status.

Eidul Azha release Waar will be playing on 53 screens and is expetced to do business of about Rs45million in its first week. According to our prediction, it may be a super hit in Pakistan but not a blockbuster like Bol.

 

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  • LaLaki
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:23PM

    how could u people see a film for 45 days…we here dump 45 films in 45 days…..

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  • Oct 5, 2013 - 3:24PM

    If would watch it too, if it had any fresh faces.

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  • ras
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:33PM

    55 million = 5.5 crore?Recommend

  • Indian
    Oct 5, 2013 - 3:48PM

    this movie is a flop . why are you issuing fake news ET? you should change your name from tribune to paindu news. or najayaz news of najayaz mulk .

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  • hmm
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:32PM

    @Indian:
    anything else you’d like to say about Pakistan? btw thanks for letting us know the kind of calibre you Indians have :) have good day.

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  • Ammar
    Oct 5, 2013 - 4:54PM

    Good watchable movie .. not like those typical Indian boring stuff which i cannot watch more than 15 mins . Looking fwd to WAAR

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  • JK
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:13PM

    It is a wonderful film to watch, but the stats says otherwise, it performed unexpectedly low..which is not a good news for the revival of cinema in Pakistan.
    I think their main problem lays with poor marketing.

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  • Foaad
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:31PM

    “According to our prediction, it is expected to be a super hit in Pakistan but not a blockbuster like Bol.”

    According to whose prediction exactly? ET’s? Rafay Mahmood? Do any of them know how to accurately predict and forecast a movies potential box office receipts? Shoddy writing and editing by the ET team.

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  • Bha Rat Clowns
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:36PM

    @Indian: Does this article mention anything about India? Is the article itself about India? What are you doing here? Why don’t you build toilets in India?

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  • Someone
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:40PM

    @Indian: I don’t know what this news has to do with India, but just wanted to say, your country is a flop.

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  • Babablacksheep
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:45PM

    some thing is burning in other side of the loc:D

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  • Singh
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:50PM

    Watch yesterday night on net with fast forward button. Poor copy of Lagaan.

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  • optimist
    Oct 5, 2013 - 5:57PM

    First of all, Pakistani films cost much less to make.
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    Secondly, a good film lasts longer than few days! In India, Dilwale Dulhunyia LJ was shown for nearly 12 years.
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    thirdly, there is so much exaggeration in Bollywood. I remember Shahrukh Khan calling his film (Ashoka) as the most expensive film in Indian History with 14 Crore. Later, Amir Khan said same thing about Lagaan (17 Crore). Now our Indian friends don’t stop less than 200 Crore, which is a big exaggeration!
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    Pakistanis, on the other hand, understate their achievements due to many reasons. I remember going to cinemas and paying for 4 tickets but getting only 1 ticket. On the back of the ticket it was written with hand ‘for 4 people’. We nee to stop this sort of Clerical Corruption to achieve our true potential.

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  • ashish
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:22PM

    very poor film.
    seems inspired from chak de india.
    but with a lot of overacting, bad music and economy sets.

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  • Haaha,,,
    Oct 5, 2013 - 6:52PM

    @Singh:
    What?? MHS is a copy of Lagaan? Then can I say Lagaan is a copy of Titanic. LMAO!

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  • Logical
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:38PM

    MHSA a Box Office hit? Really???

    Some claim that MHSA has been produced with a budget of just 1 crore which is not realistic in my opinion for a Sports based film. MHSA is NOT a documentary film on Shahid Afridi! Is It?

    MHSA budget as per wiki is Rs 10 crore and it’s Box Office Collections are just 5.5 crore, it can only be called a Box Office FLOP!

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  • fan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 7:59PM

    Great movie. Waiting for the DVD now.

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  • Ali Ahmed Awan
    Oct 5, 2013 - 8:58PM

    @Logical: Its budget was not actually 10 crore, films in Pakistan don’t cost that much.
    its actual budget was around 2.5 to 3 crores max..

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  • Hafiz
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:20PM

    55 M in 45 days hit????? it happens in pakistan only.

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  • Dinesh
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:39PM

    If your movies can not recover its costs at box office, who will make movies to suffer big loss..So, your industry needs a market like india..its really pitty that your own movies struggle to find place in pakistani cinemas itself..Movie is consider good only if it is earning otherwise it is bad if generating loss..So, it is expected that all current & upcoming movies of pakistan will be a great flop show in terms of business…

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  • Dinesh
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:40PM

    If your movies can not recover its costs at box office, who will make movies to suffer big loss..So, your industry needs a market like india..its really pitty that your own movies struggle to find place in pakistani cinemas itself..Movie is consider good only if it is earning otherwise it is bad if generating loss..So, it is expected that all current & upcoming movies of pakistan will be a great flop show in terms of business…Recommend

  • Dinesh
    Oct 5, 2013 - 9:41PM

    If your movies can not recover its costs on box office, who will make movies to suffer big loss..So, your industry needs a market like india..its really pitty that your own movies struggle to find place in pakistani cinemas itself..Movie is consider good only if it is earning otherwise it is bad if generating loss..So, it is expected that all current & upcoming movies of pakistan will be a great flop show in terms of business…Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2013 - 9:42PM

    If your movies can not recover its costs on box office, who will make movies to suffer big loss..So, your industry needs a market like india..its really pitty that your own movies struggle to find place in pakistani cinemas itself..Movie is consider good only if it is earning otherwise it is bad if generating loss..So, it is expected that all current & upcoming movies of pakistan will be a great flop show in terms of business…

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  • optimist
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:32PM

    @ Dinesh

    No it is not a loss making business. My brother is a film producer in Pakistan and has a fabolous lifestyle.
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    Yes, there is a lot of under-reporting as well due to tax purposes!

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  • Truth
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:42PM

    Waar Budget 20 Crore;
    Waar Earning 9 Crore:
    Mashallah and this is called Super Hit with 11 Crore Loss.
    Wow What Logic of Pakistan.

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  • hmm
    Oct 5, 2013 - 10:54PM

    @Dinesh:
    The supposed big country on our East, with small heart, does not allow our Drama channels to be aired on Indian soil. Our forte is in Drama, not movies, just allow our drama’s & then you can pass your comment, but i guess your Govt is too scared of letting our drama’s be aired on Indian cable networks. :)

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  • Asad
    Oct 5, 2013 - 11:17PM

    @Logical:
    It is 1 crore and that’s very possible in Pakistan. Everything is cheap to make here. Actors, directors, technicians take less money. A lot of the sets are stadiums and houses already built. Basically, they invest in some sets and that too not much. It has earned four crore (apparently I heard it had earned 8 crore according to their website, therefor 7 crore business they made) which is good. Considering it was controversial and not much excitement about it and poor marketing. Waar I think can do well. I think they really need to market there films everywhere in Pakistan, even in cities like Peshawar and Quetta. They also need to go around schools and find audiences and publicise their films, sell tickets on television shows, do a LOT more marketing in the international market, special programmes on tv dedicated to the films. InshAllah Waar, Moor, Hijrat and Zinda Bhaag do well. The only reason why I care is because these films have huge potential and are really good.

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  • optimist
    Oct 6, 2013 - 12:41AM

    Films are really cheap to make in Pakistan. Even in India, they are not that expensive.
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    Indian figures are exaggerated. I asked Ali Zafar about the budget of Tere Bin Laden and he said: ‘3 Crore Indian Rupees’!
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    Just imagine what they would have paid to those 40 or 50 actors, director, second, third and fourth directors, dance directors, musicians, Visual directors, Singers, Editors, Sound recorders, set designers, make up artists, light men etc etc etc… But if you ask some Indian, he will say: ‘even a c-grade director gets 20 crores in India’…

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  • Asad
    Oct 7, 2013 - 7:35PM

    To all indian bruvs here spewing hate. Leave us and our beloved cinema alone with your jealousy laden comments. We love our films and our heroes. If you cant be happy for us, please stay in India and build toilets for yourself please.

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  • khan
    Oct 8, 2013 - 4:16AM

    Boys i think u r mad coz this is just a movie for entertant so why u all fighting?

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  • Abdul Latif
    Oct 11, 2013 - 9:42PM

    Saw Something Different.. luv the script and movie.. good work by humayun saeed :)Recommend

  • Patriot
    Oct 12, 2013 - 3:06PM

    @denish
    dude around 8 to 15 percent of ur film earnings are from Pakistan. Sometimes even 20…! If block or film here then its most likely to get flop just like it happened to Jism2

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  • Patriot
    Oct 12, 2013 - 3:07PM

    @denish
    dude around 8 to 15 percent of ur film earnings are from Pakistan. Sometimes even 20…! If we block ur film here then its most likely to get flop just like it happened to Jism2 .

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  • yedee
    Oct 17, 2013 - 12:24PM

    @Indian:
    this is why u get in trouble: by not minding your own business!

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  • rano
    Oct 17, 2013 - 12:28PM

    Let the indian attitude be a lesson for us liberals.
    These folks are impossible! I am glad that their consistent attitude
    that I ve noticed on here for the past many months opened my eyes.
    I am truly disappointed .

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  • Pakistani
    Oct 17, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Pakistan Vs. India….here we go again….Come One People…both sides should act mature..and see each other strengths………and strengthen each other’s weaknesses….

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  • PAKISTANI BOY
    Oct 18, 2013 - 11:39AM

    Pakistan ZINDA BAD!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Ibad
    Dec 1, 2013 - 5:10PM

    This movie could have been a superhit if there would have been Aiza khan and Fawad Khan in place of Mahnoor Baloch and Humayoon Saeed.

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