Two days after the blasts in Mumbai, movie outings may not be too high on the priority for Indians. While most critics believe that box office opening could be slow today, they are hopeful that both movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 2 and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara will pick up eventually.
Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh told Mid-Day, "Entertainment is certainly not on anyone's mind when something like this happens. But by today evening or Saturday, things should be back to normal."
Film critic and analyst Komal Nahta told the tabloid, "It all depends on how the mood is today; how much tension is there in the air. Nonetheless, it will have some effect, about 20 to 25 per cent."
Ashish Saksena of Big Cinemas admitted the advance bookings have been a bit slow, but is quick to add that collections will pick up soon.
"There will be some effect, though there's tremendous buzz for both films. It's a big weekend as Delhi Belly and Murder 2 are running very well, too," he told the tabloid. "The police have issued a statement saying the situation is under control," he added.
However, most experts agree that the sales will be affected primarily in Mumbai. Will the two films then manage to recover costs and do well? Watch this space to find out.