Despite rave reviews, the anthology film, "Bombay Talkies" has not opened to a good response at domestic box office. The film directed by four top notch directors - Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee - has minted over one crore in its opening day.
"#BombayTalkies Friday *early estimates* 1.05 cr to 1.25 core," trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh said.
The omnibus film was released along with "Shootout at Wadala" which fared pretty well as compared to "Bombay Talkies".
The film distributors targeted at multiplexes and had released in a limited shows at theaters across India. The occupancy in the morning show was very less. It was expected that rave reviews and positive word of mouth would help the film's business to grow during the evening and night shows, but it still was not up to the mark.
The film has received positive reviews from critics. Some gave 3.5 stars, while others gave five out of five.
The film has not been released in the overseas market as of now. It will be first screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in France which will begin on 15 May before making its way into the international market.
The film is a tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema and features ensemble cast including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vineet Kumar, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Katrina Kaif, Aamir Khan and Ranbir Kapoor among others.
For "Bombay Talkies" each one of the directors was given same budget of Rs 1.5 crore. One the first feature films - "Raja Harishchandra" - helmed by filmmaker Dadasaheb Phalke was released.