Agnee 2 on course to ‘set’ new box-office record

Ershad Kamol
Visitors look at schedules of the films at the Star Cineplex on Monday where two Eid films including Agnee 2 are screening with three recently released Hollywood films.— Snighda Zaman

Visitors look at schedules of the films at the Star Cineplex on Monday where two Eid films including Agnee 2 are screening with three recently released Hollywood films.— Snighda Zaman

Iftekhar Chowdhury’s Agnee 2 has set the box office on fire by earning a whopping Tk 3.9 crore in just two days following its release on the Eid Day, according to preliminary statistics released by the producers.
If the current momentum continues, the film will become the highest-grossing film in the history of Dhallywood in under a week. However, the turnover figure has yet to be confirmed by an independent source.
Currently, Tozammel Haque Bakul’s film Beder Meye Joytsna , released in 1989, holds of the record of the highest grosser with a box-office revenue of Tk 10 crore (arguably 15 crore).
Alimullah Khokon, chief executive officer of Jazz Multimedia, under whose banner Agnee 2 was made, is expecting the film’s turnover would be double in the next two days.
‘We haven’t yet calculated the total turnover, but we hope it will shatter all previous records as we are getting an overwhelming response from the audience,’ Khokon said.
Agnee 2 is now running in 104 cinemas. Its two other competitors – Tonmoy Tanseen’s Padma Patar Jal and Shahin Sumon’s Love Marriage – were reported to be doing moderate businesses.
Besides the three, two more films – Shanewaj Cacoly’s Nodijon and Sumon Dhar’s Omy O Icecream Wala – had their world premiere on Channel-i on the first and fifth days of Eid respectively.
Agnee 2, a sequel to the 2014 hit action thriller Agnee, would be released in Australia on August 7 and in India on August 14. ‘We have dubbed the film in Sinhalese and Mandarin languages with the aim to release the film in Sri Lanka and China,’ Khokon said.
The film, which is being billed as the most expensive production in the history of the industry with a cost of Tk seven crore, stars Mahiya Mahi, Amit Hasan and Indian actor Raja G Om in leading roles.
The story follows Tanisha (Mahi) who wants to retire to a normal life with her boyfriend after taking revenge for the murder of her father. But the brother of the murderer of her father appears in the scene and kills her boyfriend, leading her on a path to revenge again.
With the help of a gangstar named Ehsan (Om), Tanisha is now on course to take revenge for the murder of her boyfriend in Thailand.
Some of the super-hit Dhallywood films in terms of theatrical revenues are Soovas Dutta’s classic Sutarag (1964), Dilip Some’s Sat Bhai Champa (1967), Salauddin’s Rupban (1965), Khan Ataur Rahman’s Arun Barun Kiran Mala (1968), Kazi Zahir’s Abujh Mon (1972), Sujan Sakhi (1975), Habibur Rahman’s Chhutir Ghanta (1980), George Barrister (1992) and Giasuddin Selim’s Monpura (2008).
Most of these films were based on folktales and full of musical scores.
Eminent film researcher Anupam Hayat appreciated the success of Agnee 2 but does not want to compare its achievement with that of the previous blockbusters. ‘Before making a conclusive remark, we have to calculate the total earnings of the film and also the devaluation of currency,’ Anupam told New Age.
‘In any case, the success of the film will inspire other producers to make big-budget commercial films, which would help the industry in the long run,’ he added.

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