With Chhapaak underperforming at the box office last week and Tanhaji roaring ahead, specially in Maharashtra, the only real competition for Luv Ranjan and T Series’ comedy Jai Mummy Di, releasing on Friday, is the favourite fable of Dr Dolittle, being given an all-new avatar by director Stephen Gaghan with Avengers’ superstar Robert Downey Jr in the title role.
Dr Dolittle, dubbed in three Indian languages Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, is expected to be a huge success among younger audiences.
Trade experts say Dr Dolittle would steal away a large chunk of the audience from Tanhaji in the 10-16 age-group, while the rest of the moviegoing demography will be curious about Jai Mummy Di, which shifts the focus of courtship conflict from the young lovebirds Sonnali Seygall and Sunny Singh to their screen-moms, played by Supriya Pathak and Poonam Dhillon.
Producer Luv Ranjan, who earlier collaborated with T Series for the super-successful Sonu Ki Titu Ki Sweety, describes Jai Mummy Di as a high-concept comedy. “It’s not enough to provide laughter in a comedy. The humour must come from a place where audiences have not been before. I think the fights between Supriyaji and Poonamji are the highlights of the film.”
So far, we’ve only seen the fathers of lovers going at one another’s throat. Now it’s the Mummys’ turn.