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Sep 21, 2017 07:04 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Rakhi Sawant’s Rs 50 crore biopic on Ram Rahim may not recover costs

The biopic of the infamous Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim where Sawant is playing his adopted daughter Honeypreet has a budget of at least Rs 50 crore.

Tasmayee Laha Roy @tasmayee

At a time when a powerful star cast is failing to fill up the box office coffers, Bollywood is becoming adventurous with both budget and content for Rakhi Sawant’s upcoming film. The biopic of the infamous Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim where Sawant is playing his adopted daughter Honeypreet has a budget of at least Rs 50 crore.

2017 has been a bad year for Bollywood with only a couple of movies earning the box office some moolah. Even Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos made only about Rs 55 crore. Amidst all the dark clouds that are hovering over Bollywood, the Rs 50 crore Ram Rahim biopic is no good news, according to film trade analysts. It is unlikely the film would recover even its production budget.

Confident that her being alleged best friends with Honeypreet would help her slip into the character’s shoes easily Sawant is excited about her lead debut in Bollywood. “My brother is directing the film and we are looking at four producers investing in the film. Given the location we are planning to recreate Sirsa in Delhi for a rent of Rs 10 lakh per day; we are working on a basic budget of Rs 50 crore as of now,” said Rakhi Sawant.

But will Sawant aka Honeypreet be able to pull crowds to the theatre with their early 2018 release? Have films on sensational real life based content done the boxoffice any good in the past? It has and also hasn’t. The success rate is almost equal to the failure rate if not less.

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Time and again, crime scenes and criminals have made for powerful scripts in Bollywood, apart from the initial mileage that the film gets for its subject, the hype has not added advantage.

“It all boils down to the content,” said Bollywood film trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

Clearly, seeing no hope in the film’s future, Adarsh said, “The Indian audience is mature enough to rationally choose what they want to watch. We have seen them reject even the greatest stars if the content is not good enough,” Adarsh added.

Expressing similar doubts about the actor’s tall claims of the movie being an eye opener Nitin Tej Ahuja, publisher at Box Office India, an offline platform that provides real time collection updates for Bollywood said, “Sometimes there is a lot of hype about topical films but they often don’t even see the light of the day. The way sequels of blockbuster movies based on real life characters and incidents have failed only shows the subject only gives these movies an initial kick-start and doesn’t guarantee success.”

Though portrayed in absolute dramatic Bollywood mannerisms and set-ups 2010’s Once Upon a time in Mumbai reminded the audience of Mastan and  Dawood Ibrahim. With many a dark tale to tell, this film was an instant hit at the ticket window clocking in collections to the tune of Rs92 crores. Its sequel Once Upon a time in Mumbai Dobara however brought in only about Rs 74 crore to the box office at its 2013 release.

Based on real life incidents films like D Day 2013, Shootout At Wadala, Company, Black Friday and many others have got mixed reactions at the box office.

“Even popular infamous characters who have been the Robin Hood to the mass have failed to impress the crowd when films were made inspired from their lives. Daddy in the recent times is one such example,” said film trade critique Atul Mohan.

Made on a budget of over Rs 20 crore, the film made only about Rs 10 crores in its early September release this year.
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