Irrfan Khan and Co may be waging a war against the classist discrimination against the Hindi-speaking, but box office figures from Friday confirm that the prejudice for English continues to rule the common mindset: While Mohit Suri’s Half Girlfriend earned Rs 10.27 crore on day one, Saket Choudhary’s Hindi Medium made a meagre opening collection of Rs 2.81 crore.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#HalfGirlfriend has a STRONG START... Fri ₹ 10.27 cr. India biz. #HindiMedium Fri ₹ 2.81 cr. India biz.”
#HalfGirlfriend has a STRONG START... Fri ₹ 10.27 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 20, 2017
#HindiMedium Fri ₹ 2.81 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 20, 2017
Starring Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles, Half Girlfriend is an onscreen adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s bestseller by the same name.
Hindi Medium, on the other hand, showcases the class struggles of a Hindi-speaking man struggling to find an English medium school for his daughter. It stars Irrfan Khan and Pakistani actor Saba Qamar in lead roles.
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