Following the monumental success of his career-defining film “Uri: The Surgical Strike,” Vicky Kaushal has achieved another milestone with his second solo hit the romantic family drama “Zara Hatke Zara Bachke” (ZHZB). This accomplishment comes after a four-year wait, marking a significant moment in Vicky’s career.
In the aftermath of the pandemic, mid-range Bollywood films struggled to make an impact at the box office, leading many to believe that such movies should be released directly on OTT platforms instead of theaters. Even the trailer release of Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan’s film drew criticism on social media for its theatrical release. However, contrary to expectations, “Zara Hatke Zara Bachke,” made on a budget of 50 crores, defied all odds and earned over 56.25 crores in its second week alone. The romantic drama experienced a peak in popularity during its first weekend, grossing nearly 37 crores in its initial week. On the 11th day, June 12th, the film is estimated to have generated around 2.70 crores nett at the domestic box office, resulting in a total collection of 56.25 crores in India.
Set in the quaint town of Indore, the story revolves around Kapil (played by Vicky Kaushal) and Saumya (played by Sara Ali Khan), two college lovers deeply in love. Their post-wedding life with Kapil’s family is plagued by constant interruptions from relatives, leaving them longing for privacy. In an attempt to escape their family’s interference, Kapil and Saumya embark on a misadventure to secure a flat through the government’s flagship housing program, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), only to discover that they must get a divorce to be eligible. What ensues is a delightful comedy of errors.
“Zara Hatke Zara Bachke” marks Vicky Kaushal’s second solo hit after the monumental success of “Uri: The Surgical Strike.” Despite his remarkable talent showcased in movies like “Sardar Uddham,” “Masaan,” and “Manmarziyaan,” Vicky Kaushal took eight long years to achieve this feat, while his less talented counterparts achieved success with regressive films.
“Uri” catapulted Vicky Kaushal to mainstream stardom, earning a staggering 245.36 crores and establishing him as a versatile actor. For his brilliant portrayal in “Uri: The Surgical Strike,” Vicky Kaushal received the National Award for Best Actor.
Vicky Kaushal’s filmography includes a total of 13 movies, out of which 4 were released on OTT platforms and 7 had theatrical releases. Other than Uri: The Surgical Strike and Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, Vicky Kaushal had notable success in supporting roles, with hits like Raazi, which earned Rs. 123.84 crores, and Sanju, which collected an impressive Rs. 342.53 crores at the box office.
Despite his undeniable talent, Vicky has faced challenges in delivering box-office hits. While some attribute this to his movie selection, it is evident that regressive and low-quality films often outperform quality content. Nevertheless, we are extremely happy for Vicky Kaushal’s well-deserved success! What are your thoughts on his journey? Share your opinions in the comments below.