Zwigato box office: Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami’s film directed by Nandita Das released in limited screens and fared below expectations.
Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami starrer Zwigato remained low on Saturday though it registered a small growth from its initial numbers of just ₹43 crore. The emotional drama directed by actor-director Nandita Das now stands at ₹ 1.05 crore after two days of release. The film revolves around the life of a food delivery boy and the struggles he faces in the concert industry.
Film trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the film’s day 2 collections on Twitter on Sunday: “Zwigato is witnessing an uptrend on day 2 [+44.19 percent] but the 2 day total remains very low due to its day 1 business. … Biz (business) needs to have a miraculous turnaround/jump on Day 3 to reach a respectable weekend total…Friday ₹ 43 lakh, Saturday ₹ 62 lakh. Total: ₹1.05 million. Indian business.”
The film received positive reviews from critics. The Hindustan Times film review praised Kapil’s performance as the food delivery boy. It read, “Sharma, like Manas, is as earnest and convincing as can be. It is a chameleon transformation in terms of his body language, demeanor and especially his dialogue delivery without any of the usual Punjabi touch. Full marks to Sharma for getting it right. The way he combines this honesty with touches of humor in his performance without making you feel sorry for his life is endearing and leaves you smiling.”
Nandita Das originally envisioned Zwigato as a twenty-minute short film, but later decided to make it a full-length film for its compelling subject matter. The film had screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival and the Kerala International Film Festival.
Talking about casting Kapil for the lead role, Nandita told ANI, “I haven’t seen Kapil Sharma’s show so I didn’t know much about him. But one day I came across a video of Kapil which was from an award show. When I saw that clip, I felt like aam aadmi ki tarah hai. His tongues and gestures speak of the mannerisms of a common man.”