Actor Pankaj Tripathi’s highly anticipated film ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’ is on the verge of a box office flop on its second day of release. The film’s earnings have not even reached one crore in two days, while its budget is said to be 10 crores. In such a situation, there is nothing short of a setback for the film’s lead actor Pankaj Tripathi and the director Srijit Mukherjee. But here it is the fault of both. I don’t understand why this movie was released in theaters. Here I am not trying to say at all that there is any deficiency in the theme of the film or its cast. Rather, I am trying to say that the treatment of each film should be different. If a movie has the same window, no one can stop it from being successful. Had this movie been released directly on OTT instead of at the box office, it could definitely be a hit.
The main reason for this is Pankaj Tripathi himself. Everyone knows that Pankaj is the superstar of the OTT world. He has a huge following on this platform. If she is seen in the true sense, it is also the platform that gives life to her career, otherwise, before that, she made her living doing small roles in movies. No matter how talented she is, but she didn’t get a chance to show her talent in movies. But he got the necessary space as soon as he got to OTT and that’s why he has become a superstar today. Every OTT platform knows the value of Pankaj. This is why the makers of ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’ could get a good price for a movie named after him. Made at a cost of Rs 10 crore, this film could have easily sold for Rs 30-50 crore. In this way, the film would have earned three times the cost and the film could have been a blockbuster.
opening at the box office is like committing suicide
Along with this, the kind of subject that the movie ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’ is made of, its audience is more on OTT than theater. The film would definitely benefit due to its OTT release. First of all, if his IMDb rating had been good, he would have had a huge number of viewers. Along with this, Pankaj Tripathi’s career would have been good too. At least his name doesn’t seem to have the label of a flop movie. The way Bollywood movies are failing in this era of the South Cinema tsunami. Big superstar movies are proving to be a disaster. Movies from stars like Akshay Kumar, Kangana Ranaut, Ajay Devgan, Tiger Shrop are going slack at the box office. In such a situation, releasing a movie like ‘Sherdil’ at the box office is like committing suicide. I don’t know what its creators trusted.
A movie like ‘Sherdil’ is a lesson for Pankaj Tripathi
The movie ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’ is a lesson for actor Pankaj Tripathi. If they don’t learn from it, they may have to bear the brunt later. The actor himself must go into his past and see the graph of his career and understand in which direction he has to go. Even if his movie with a lead actor became a hit, that also happened on OTT. For example, movies like ‘Mimi’, ‘Kaagaz’ and ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ are must-sees. In these three films, he has the main role, but all three have been broadcast on the OTT platform. ‘Mimi’ can be seen on Netflix, ‘Kaagaz’ on ZEE5 and ‘Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl’ on Netflix. Pankaj has won the hearts of the audience due to his tremendous performance in all three movies. This is why they should focus on OTT rather than box office.
OTT made Pankaj Tripathi a superstar
Not only this, Pankaj Tripathi’s stardom is also from OTT. He started his career with Abhishek Bachchan’s movie ‘Run’ released in 2004, but he had such a small role in this movie that most people don’t even remember. After this he continued to do bit parts but the real break came from Anurag Kashyap’s multi-starring film ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’. The character of him as Sultan Qureshi gave him a new identity. After that, people started to know that Pankaj Tripathi is also the name of an artist. But he has made it Superstar OTT. His two web series ‘Sacred Games’ and ‘Mirzapur’ released in the year 2018 brought him to the peak of popularity. His character name ‘Kaalin Bhaiya’ was on everyone’s lips. From there he changed his luck and increased the demand for him. He nowadays is mostly seen in movies and web series.
It is very important to be careful in the choice of films!
Every artist should take very seriously what kind of movies or web series to choose from. If the artist is successful, he gets a line of movies and web series. Every filmmaker wants to sign him. In this case, a considerable amount is offered. In such a situation, caught up in greed, some actors choose these kinds of movies, which turn out to be a disaster for their career. Once the flop is sealed, he understands that the demand drops rapidly. Therefore, in order to maintain demand and work for a long time, it is necessary to be careful in the elections. Pankaj Tripathi should also do the same. It is true that they are in great demand at the moment. But if movies like ‘Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga’ can become a hindrance in his career. My only suggestion is that they should focus on OTT and work.