Chef Box office collection day 2: Saif Ali Khan’s film continues its slow run, earns Rs 1.35 crore

Saif Ali Khan‘s Chef was served fresh last week on October 6th. The film is a adaptation of the Hollywood film by the same name starring Jon Favreau who also directed it. The Bollywood film is directed by Raja Krishna Menon. While the Hollywood version was appreciated, the Bollywood version did witness any buzz. That explains why the film observed only 10% occupancy. Considering the occupancy, it was no wonder the film witnessed a low collection Day 1 itself as it raked in only Rs 1.05 crore. The movie needed to witness massive growth over the weekend, if it had to continue, stated Taran Adarsh. However, Saturday has seen a major spike, it has only earned Rs 1,35 crore. Hoping Sunday can change the game for Chef, considering the film has received positive re

The movie follows the story of a passionate Chef who loses his interest for cooking because of the mechanical life he’s leading. Things take a turn for the worse when he punches a food critics who doesn’t quite take to his food. His aggressive actions lead to him losing his job. He decides go to Kerala where his ex-wife resides with his son. That’s where he re-discovers his love for food and embarks on a cross country journey with his son.

The scenic locales of Kerala add a refreshing flavour to the movie. Being a Mallu myself, I can see that Menon has done justice to his state with Chef that no Bollywood movie has attempted before. From union problems to delicious food made in toddy shops there, for the first time, a Hindi movie showed that Kerala is more than just coconut trees and backwaters (which are also there BTW). Special mention has to be given to the cinematography by Priya Seth.

Unlike the original movie, the humour in Chef is more understated though it wrings out a chuckle from you now and then. Don’t miss out on the Dil Chahta Hai reference in there. Speaking of the performances, Saif Ali Khan underplays himself which works for his character overall. Except for that tepid introduction scene, he is quite comfortable in his skin be it waltzing with his ex-wife or chopping onions in the kitchen. Malayalam actress Padmapriya is terrific as the confident single mom who takes no shit from men and has raised her son on her own.

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