The Chote Nawab Saif Ali Khan is going through a dull patch in his career. His previous couple of films Rangoon and Phantom have not performed well at box office as well as rejected by the audience. However, the actor’s reputation is still intact and credible and all he needs is one good movie to bring himself back into the game. The question is, will Chef be that movie for Saif?
The official adaptation of Jon Favreau’s Hollywood movie by the same name, Chef is looking like a pleasant and light hearted family drama. Crowd tends to give positive response to such movies but it needs to connect with them.
The film is quite urban so metro cities are its major target audience. Lately, Indians are preferring story driven films which is a good prospect for Chef. The trailer and songs are received well but the promotion has not been aggressive.
Overall, the buzz and interest level to watch Chef is fair to decent. Only time will tell whether that will be enough or not. Saif Ali Khan’s last film Rangoon opened with 6.07 crore and his 2015 film Phantom had collected 8.46 crore. But, Chef doesn’t have as big a buzz as these films. It will open slowly, at around 3-3.5 crore.
Chef also has a bigger threat from Varun Dhawan’s Judwaa 2 which is earning massively at box office. Early reviews and word of mouth can help this Raja Krishna Menon directorial. Menon also has a Airlift reputation riding high with him. So, it can be a decent success if it holds well.