THE TIMES OF INDIA | Dec 23, 2023, 01:40:52 IST

Released on December 21, 2023, ‘Dunki,’ directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, weaves a story of all those people who aspire to go abroad for a better standard of living and to make that dream come true, they face a reality that is too harsh to state. Hirani has tried to shed light on this social issue in a light-hearted way. His direction shines through in ‘Dunki,’ as he skillfully balances the various elements of the plot, ensuring a seamless flow of the storyline. Further, it is backed by stellar performances by actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Boman Irani, and more. However, despite the film’s many strengths, ‘Dunki’ falls short in delivering the expected box office dynamism on its second day of release.As the curtains rise on ‘Dunki’s’ box office journey, the initial numbers reveal a modest start. Contrary to the fervor that usually surrounds a Shah Rukh Khan film, ‘Dunki’ experienced a relatively slow start on its second day. The reasons behind this tepid response are yet to be deciphered, but factors like competition from other releases and evolving viewer preferences could be contributing to the subdued box office figures.Industry analysts had anticipated this opening for ‘Dunki,’ given the movie different from Shah Rukh Khan’s last two action dramas ‘Pathaan’ and ‘Jawan.’ However, it’s important to note that box office dynamics are often unpredictable, and a slow start does not necessarily determine the fate of the film in the long run.It would not be wrong to say that ‘Dunki’ offers a captivating cinematic experience. While the second-day box office numbers may not reflect the expected fervor, the film’s true destiny will unfold in the days to come as audiences continue to explore the enchanting world crafted by Rajkumar Hirani and brought to life by Shah Rukh Khan and his talented co-stars Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu and more.Read Less

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