Soorma box office day one: Diljit Dosanjh’s biopic on Sandeep Singh makes Rs 3.25 crore

Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi
Jul 14, 2018 06:59 PM IST

Diljit Singh’s biopic on hockey player Sandeep Singh failed to wow anyone at the box office.

Diljit Dosanjh’s latest Bollywood project, Soorma, failed to do well on opening day at the box office. The film made only Rs 3.25 crore on Friday.

Diljit Dosanjh plays hockey star Sandeep Singh in Soorma.
Diljit Dosanjh plays hockey star Sandeep Singh in Soorma.

Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the figures on Saturday, hoping the film’s business will pick up over the weekend. “After a slow start in morning shows [North India opening was good due to Diljit Dosanjh’s stardom], #Soorma gathered momentum from evening onwards... Is looking at substantial growth on Sat and Sun thanks to strong word of mouth... Fri Rs 3.25 cr. India biz,” he wrote in his tweet.

Meanwhile, the week’s Hollywood release, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp raked in Rs 7 crore on its first day on Friday.

Critics also had a mixed reaction to the film based on the life of hockey player Sandeep Singh. While many applauded Angad Bedi’s work in the film, others objected to how hockey itself was not given prominence in the film.

Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times wrote, “Soorma doesn’t attempt to probe beyond the obvious, even if you don’t know the real story. With 131-minute duration, Soorma presents Sandeep as the ultimate boy scout. A tinge of reality wouldn’t have hurt.”

Talking about the film, Diljit said, “A role like ‘Soorma’ happens once in a lifetime. I learnt to play hockey from scratch. And it had to be hockey on a competent level. I was playing Sandeep Singh. I couldn’t afford to look like an amateur.

“I learnt the game from Sandeep Paaji and and his elder brother (Bikram Singh). By the time I was ready to face the camera I was confident of my game,” says Diljit.

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