Will Ayushmann Khurrana’s Doctor G Fight at the Box Office? Film sells pre-sale tickets from just Rs 50 lakh

The audience’s changing sensibilities seem to have affected no one more than Ayushman Khurrana. The actor, who was a brand of his own in the pre-pandemic era with the ability to use his name to guarantee strong openings for offbeat films, is now looking at his third straight underperformer.

According to Pinkvilla, the actor’s latest social comedy – Doctor G – has sold just 19,000 tickets at the country’s top three cinema chains ahead of its debut today, grossing around Rs 50 lakh. According to Hindustan Times, the figure could rise to around Rs 70-80, but that’s still not good enough by Ayushmann’s standards.

Because his films are primarily aimed at a multiplex audience, the same audience likely to book tickets in advance, Doctor G has to rely on an unusually large number of walk-ins to single-screen locations to improve his numbers on day one. It should be noted that unlike most of Ayushmann’s previous hits, Doctor G was rated A by the CBFC. In the film, Ayushmann plays a medical student who is put in the gynecology department, where he must learn to shed his backward mindset.

For comparison, Badhaai Ho earned Rs 7.6 crore on his first day and Dream Girl earned Rs 10.05 crore. Ayushmann’s last two films — Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui and Anec – made Rs 3.75 crore and Rs 1.7 crore respectively on their opening days. Both films were given a new life after their debut on Netflix. It seems that Ayushmann’s brand of cinema is losing its theatrical value as audiences happily wait for films of this scale (and subject matter) to hit streaming platforms.

Doctor G is directed by Anubhuti Kashyap and stars Sheeba Chaddha, Shefali Shah and Rakul Preet Singh. The film will compete against the Hindi dub version of the Kannada hit Kantara.

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