Eid is the best time to be releasing movies in the sub-continent. Most of the biggest Bollywood box-office successes have been released on the Eids, and Pakistani producers seem to have taken a lesson from it. Na Maloom Afraad 2 and Punjab Nahi Jaungi both got released Saturday, but which of these two has been the bigger success?
There was much hype surrounding the two movies before their release. On one hand, there was a Humayun Saeed movie that starred his favorite co-star Mehwish Hayat, hoping to break all records set by previous movies under the Humayun Saeed banner, while on the other was the sequel to a Pakistani movie that genuinely laid the foundation of a genre of Pakistani movies that hadn’t been properly tapped and delivered to the modern day audience before, i.e comedy!
Here are the numbers from the first three days of the movies’ release..
— Lollywood Movies (@Lollywood_Movie) September 3, 2017
Allah ka shukar, highest opening ever! This isn’t my win, this is Pakistan’s and Pakistan film industry’s victory… Masha Allah pic.twitter.com/JPZELnxLqw
— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) September 3, 2017
Sharmeen Obaid knows a thing or two about cinema, doesn’t she. For her, she doesn’t seem to care which one does better..
— Sharmeen Obaid (@sharmeenochinoy) September 2, 2017
Na Maloom Afraad took the bragging rights, as far twitter trends are concerned, though..
— Maira Muzammil (@mairamuzammil06) September 3, 2017
Pakistanis have weighed in on how they found the movies in full force on twitter..
Na Maloom Afraad 2 movie is much much much better than Punjab nahi jaoungi.
Go for NMA2👌👌👌
— kiran farzana (@kiran_farzana) September 4, 2017
#PunjabNahiJaungi was acc such a cutesy movie. Fell in love with the main characters! And the songs were AMAZING! 😍
— H|B (@habsssb) September 2, 2017
— Ayesha Khalid (@AyeshaK81051358) September 3, 2017
The number of people screaming “Help me Durdana” stepping out of cinemas is cray cray! Congratulations team #PunjabNahiJaungi 💥👏🏻❤️😃 wow!!!!
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) September 3, 2017
— Rana Farooq (@rana_farooq25) September 3, 2017
— usman ali (@iamusmanafridi_) September 3, 2017
The numbers don’t lie, now do they?
— Nashmia (@nashmia_malik) September 2, 2017
Fahad Mustafa combines his movie with the holiday..
— Fahad Mustafa (@fahadmustafa26) September 3, 2017
Urwa Hocane is winning over a few Pakistanis after her performances in both movies..
— Sadia (@saadia79) September 3, 2017
Quite frankly, we don’t feel Pakistanis care too much about who won on the box office on Eid. All that we seem to care about is how far our cinema has come since its recent downfall, and that the only way is up from here.