Today is the sixth day of Himesh Reshammiya starrer Karzzz’s release and the verdict is loud and clear: at the box office, Karzzz is an Utterrrr Flopppp. The signs were evident two days prior to the 17th October release when Prasads Multiplex at Hyderabad, one of the busiest and hardest multiplex to get tickets for any averagly decent film, recorded slow advance booking. However, I felt the single screens would be a better barometer given Himesh’s craze among the masses and dislike among the so-called classes. But looks like even the masses have rejected the movie – Karzzz. Why?
Himesh’s songs, voice, and of course his avatar with the cap have been a craze so far. Our office-boy is a hard core fan of Himesh and always wears a cap listening to his songs on the mobile even though he is not bald. Critics et al might say that Karzzzz flopped because it was madly remade without much creativity [true], or that the problem is it was unacceptable to see Himesh replace the then young, handsome, and dynamic Rishi Kapoor as Monty [true], or the music just didn’t live up to the cult-following standard of the original Karz musical score [true]. While all these reasons definitely have an element of truth in them, I feel the reason is that Himesh Reshammiya did not have his lucky charm—the Cap.
It is the Cap, yes with a capital C for honors, that made Himesh look like the comman man’s hero. Unfortunately, he choose to look like a city-based always-at-the-pubs-and-multilpex-type baffoon/howla and with that the charm of Himesh Reshammiya has gone. Seriously, although indiafm.com first brought the first-look of Karzzz and called HR’s new look smashing…I thought he looked like a fool trying to be something he is not. HR could have become a uniquie Mass Hero who always wears a cap in his movies (like the cowboy ones).
Legend has it that the film industry runs more on sentiment and less on story….and Himesh Reshammiya broke his own sentiment. Same songs, cap get-up, a different story and HR would have delivered another Super-Hit and we would have had a new Mass Star, alas it is not. Better luck next time HR!
All credit for this post goes to Mr. Inkenti