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December 10, 2008 3:06:40 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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This Friday will see one of the most awaited releases of 2008, the film that brings back the DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE team of director Aditya Chopra and superstar Shah Rukh Khan, eight years after their last release MOHABBATEIN. We are obviously referring to RAB NE BANA DI JODI. There were a lot of debates going on about whether Aditya Chopra should have gone ahead with the release of the film or postponed it in the wake of 26/11. Most sections of the trade feel that although the worst terror attack has left the country shell–shocked and its people will take months, maybe years to recover from the trauma, it must be said that a fortnight's gap between the time the attacks ended and the film's release is not less for a big film like RAB NE BANA DI JODI. The trailers and the songs of the film are being spoken of in highly laudatory terms and so RAB NE BANA DI JODI is all set for a great run, not only in India but globally!

As we had predicted last week, the big line–up comprising of Paresh Rawal's MAHARATHI, Mandira Bedi's MEERABAI NOT OUT, the Rahul, Irrfan and Soha laugh riot DIL KABADDI and Vinay Pathak's OH, MY GOD!! were all rejected by the audience en–masse. While MAHARATHI and DIL KABADDI had a dull to weak opening, MEERABAI NOT OUT and OH, MY GOD!! had poor to very poor starts! Needless to add that all four are set to fail at the ticket window.

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Checking out Dibaker Banerjee's Abhay Deol starrer, OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! the film had a creditable week under the circumstances. It expectedly fared best in Delhi and Punjab collecting 92 lakhs from Bombay, 13.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.60 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 23 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 2.15 lakhs from Goa, 75 lakhs from Delhi city, 12 lakhs from Noida, 10.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.15 lakhs from Agra, 1.65 lakhs from Meerut, 20.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 8 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.25 lakhs from Panipat, 10 lakhs from Calcutta, 7.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.75 lakhs from Raipur, 4.25 lakhs from Indore, 1.40 lakhs from Gwalior, 8 lakhs from Jaipur, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.15 lakhs from Mangalore, 15 lakhs from Bangalore and 4 lakhs from Madras. The low budget flick has managed a good show netting exactly 4.10 crores in its opening week from India. Given the fact that it has another decent weekend (second), OYE LUCKY! LUCKY OYE! will scrape through to safety, after accounting for non–theatrical rights.

The other release of the same week, Onir's Sanjay Suri, Sharman Joshi and Chitrangda Singh starrer, SORRY BHAI, is in an extremely sorry state, with poor collections all over. During the week SORRY BHAI collected 25 lakhs from Bombay, 7.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Pune, 15.35 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 1.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.70 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.40 lakhs from Nagpur and 4.55 lakhs from Hyderabad. With a paltry 1.25 crores in its opening week, SORRY BHAI is a washout.

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Moving on to Subhash Ghai's Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif and Zayed Khan starrer YUVVRAAJ, after a poor opening week, the film crashed in the second. The collections show 31 lakhs from Bombay, 13.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.05 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Solapur, 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.65 lakhs from Noida, 3.40 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Kanpur, 6 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.05 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.05 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.10 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.70 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 2.75 lakhs from Indore, 5 lakhs from Jaipur, 8.15 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.25 lakhs from Mangalore. With another 3 crores, YUVVRAAJ has netted a poor 15.50 crores in two weeks from India. Given the huge procurement price, the film is a trade disaster. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas. Just for records, YUVVRAAJ grossed a poor $297,007 from UK and a so–so $565,440 in the US.

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Meanwhile Karan Johar's Tarun Mansukhani directed DOSTANA had a further fall, though once again cities like Bombay and Delhi fared comparatively better. The film collected 65 lakhs from Bombay, 13 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 58 lakhs from Delhi city, 10 lakhs from Noida, 5.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Baareilly, 13.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Faridabad, 7 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.25 lakhs from Jaipur, 30 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.50 lakhs from Warangal and 2.50 lakhs from Mangalore. During its latest outing DOSTANA added another 4 crores and has so far netted around 42 crores in three weeks from India. The film is now an average plus from India. Given the impressive first week, one feels bad for the subsequent falls in the second and especially the third week. The film had a lot of potential, more so in the cities but had to bear the brunt of reasons beyond its control from the 14th day onwards. The Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra and Kirron Kher starrer though is a good hit in the Overseas, grossing impressively with $1,338,314 in the UK and $1,235,028 in the US.



 
 

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