Stars no longer rule Bollywood, scripts do. The Arjun-Parineeti starrer has proved it yet again as the movie collected over Rs 16 crore in its first weekend. Ishaqzaade is also said to be one of the biggest box office start for a newcomer film.
"#Ishaqzaade Fri 4.54 cr, Sat 5.15 cr, Sun 6.22 cr, Mon [est] 2.75 cr. Total Rs 18.66 cr nett. Excellent," tweeted trade expert Taran Adarsh.
"It was expected that the film would take a 50% opening and see better footfalls if accepted. This was exactly the case as the Habib Faisal directed affair collected close to Rs. 16 crore in its first three days which, as far as one remembers, is the best start that a film featuring a debutant has ever taken," writes Joginder Tuteja, Koimoi.com.
"With box-office throwing good moolah as well, Ishaqzaade is fast moving towards the ‘semi-hit’ mark at the least and may do even better if it holds on well in the second week (despite opposition from Department)," he added.
Made at a budget of Rs 25 crore, the rustic love story has turned out to be fifth biggest first day opener after Agneepath (Rs 23 crore), Housefull 2 (Rs 14 crore), Agent Vinod (Rs 10 crore) and Jannat 2 (Rs 8.52 crore).
While the film is the launch pad for Arjun Kapoor, it is the second outing for Habib Faisal as a director after Do Dooni Chaar and Parineeti following Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl.
Here's what celebs are saying about the film:
"Ishaqzaade is fantastic. Arjun and Parineeti stars for sure. Habib Faisal knows small town UP to the minutest detail. Bravo Habib and Aditya (Chopra)."
: "Congrats Arjun Kapoor for your explosive debut in Ishaqzaade…you are outstanding..you and Parineeti are fire together..Cheers!!"
"Arjun Kapoor makes a Dabangg debut in Ishaqzaade and @ParineetiChopra is dazzling as usual! 'Parma love joya'"
"Missing my friend @monakapoor3... I know her blessings are with Arjun her son today as he makes his debut with Ishaqzaade, he's fabulous. Please all go to watch the film, it's a good film and fantastic work by the lead pair, Arjun and Parineeti."
"Watched Ishaqzaade! Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Habib Faisal, thank you for making my two hours so enjoyable. Please go watch it people."
"Just watched Ishaqzaade. Had some lovely moments. @ParineetiChopra is electric and Arjun is so charming. Refreshingly nice chemistry!"