Even after managing to hit the theatres following a few delays — due to the pandemic and legal issues — Jersey, the Shahid Kapoor-starrer, is struggling at the box office, with trade pundits attributing the commerce to Yash-featuring KGF Chapter 2, which is still a popular choice among cine-buffs across the country.
As Jersey hit the theatres on 22 April, the sports drama was affected also by its online leak on Tamilrockers and Telegram within hours of the release.
Jersey is the Hindi remake of Nani’s Telugu film of the same title. the film has been helmed by Gowtam Tinnanuri who had directed the original too.
As per a report published by Box Office India, Jersey collected Rs 3.75 crore on its opening day. The film faced stiff competition from KGF Chapter 2 which earned Rs 11.56 crore in the Hindi belt. Film trade expert Taran Adarsh shared that KGF Chapter 2 will enter the Rs 300 crore club this weekend (Hindi), hinting at a sluggish weekend for Jersey.
“#KGF2 continues its Blockbuster run… Remains (the) first choice of moviegoers, despite a new release [#Jersey]… Expect major growth on [second] Sat and Sun… Will join ₹ 300 cr Club on [second] Sat/Sun… [Week 2] Fri 11.56 cr. Total: ₹ 280.19 cr. #India biz. #Hindi,” Taran tweeted.
Previously, film trade exhibitor Akshaye Rathi had already said that Jersey won’t receive a ‘ballistic’ opening. He told a newspaper, “In terms of box office, I don’t think Jersey will open ballistically. It is a film which will grow with the word of mouth and will carry good reports. It might not be a good starter, but it will grow by the day and will register a good total.”
Jersey has received a mixed response from the film critics while the film industry has praised the film for its “emotional quotient”.
Deepak Dua, the Sirf News reviewer, has found Jersey an above-average movie. He wrote (translated): “The script has been written very well. The film is made very well. The effect of the simple texture of Jersey is that in the end, it moistens your eyes. This film shows that cinema can get into the hearts without fuss. Watch it, appreciate it so that good cinema continues to be made.”