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Bollywood box-office report of the week

October 1, 2008 4:56:14 PM IST
Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
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This week will see the return of the biggies with Goldie Behl's Jaya, Abhishek, Priyanka and Kay Kay starrer DRONA taking on the Sanjay 'Dhoom' Gadhvi directed Dutt, Imran and Minissha starrer KIDNAP. One feels that the SFX laden, well mounted DRONA, boasting of a super performance from Abhishek Bachchan, may not win the initial battle but will come into its own as the days progress. On the other hand KIDNAP is likely to embark on a good start, riding on the media hype surrounding the JAANE TU... YA JAANE NA star Imran Khan and his confrontation scenes with Sanjay Dutt. There is a third player in the fray too! Yes, we are talking about Nandita Das's RAMCHAND PAKISTANI, but it is aimed mainly at the elite multiplex audience.

Coming to last Friday's two releases, RAFOO CHAKKAR–FUN ON THE RUN and HARI PUTTAR–A COMEDY OF TERRORS, they get the dubious distinction of ending Bollywood's great run that started with SINGH IS KINNG on 8th August and continued till the third week of September with WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR. Checking on the actual performances, while RAFOO CHAKKAR–FUN ON THE RUN had a dull to weak start, HARI PUTTAR–A COMEDY OF TERRORS was generally dull all over. With such a start, that went from bad to worse, both the shoddily made products are expected to be dismal failures.

The surprisingly good opening of WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR translated into good collections, especially in the Bombay circuit. During the week the film collected 1.70 crores from Bombay, 33.40 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.35 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.65 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.10 lakhs from Gandhidham, 4.55 lakhs from Nasik, 85 lakhs from Delhi City, 12 lakhs from Noida, 7.80 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 10.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.10 lakhs from Agra, 1. 75 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 17.45 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6.05 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.35 lakhs from Panipat, 7.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Amravati, 1.20 lakhs from Raipur, 8.75 lakhs from Indore, 13.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 2.25 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.75 lakhs from Ajmer, 11.30 lakhs from Hyderabad and 4.40 lakhs from Aurangabad. During its opening week, the low cost WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR netted a good 6.50 crores from India. The Shyam Benegal directed, Shreyas Talpade and Amrita Rao starrer is an above average from India.

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SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX managed pathetic numbers collecting 12.50 lakhs from Bombay, 6 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 16.65 lakhs from Delhi City, 3.05 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.10 lakhs from Gurgoan, 1.10 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.70 lakhs from Nagpur. Netting just about a crore from India in its opening week, the Shona Urvashi directed SAAS BAHU AUR SENSEX has ended at its expected disaster status.

Sunil Doshi's HULLA has extremely poor collections to show. Netting just about 15 lakhs in its opening week from India, the Jaideep Varma directed HULLA has fallen flat and will not be able to cover even the cost of its prints and publicity!

Moving on to Vikram Bhatt's comeback film, 1920, it manages to hold on decently, against all odds. The film collected 45 lakhs from Bombay, 13.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.25 lakhs from Surat, 1.85 lakhs from Anand, 1.10 lakhs from Mehsana, 2.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.10 lakhs from Jamnagar, 14.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.05 lakhs from Kohlapur, 2.85 lakhs from Nasik, 25 lakhs from Delhi City, 4.80 lakhs from Noida, 5.05 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.05 lakhs from Agra, 4.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 8.60 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.85 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Amravati, 1.35 lakhs from Raipur, 3.35 lakhs from Indore, 6.35 lakhs from Jaipur and 1.45 lakhs from Aurangabad. During the week, 1920 added another 2.75 crores and has so far netted 8.75 crores in two weeks from India. The Vikram Bhatt directed slick horror flick is nearing a semi–hit status from India.

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abh Bachchan starrer, THE LAST LEAR, drops further. The film collected 2.10 lakhs from Bombay, 3.60 lakhs from Delhi City and 1.10 lakhs from Gurgaon. Adding another 20 lakhs, the Rituparno Ghosh directed film has netted just about 1.20 crores in two weeks from India. THE LAST LEAR HAS failed at the ticket window.

Next up is Neeraj Pandey's A WEDNESDAY, which has managed very steady collections. The Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher starrer collected 56 lakhs from Bombay, 14.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.45 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.35 lakhs from Nasik, 17 lakhs from Delhi City, 5.60 lakhs from Noida, 2.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.10 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.75 lakhs from Indore, 3.85 lakhs from Jaipur, 7.70 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.35 lakhs from Aurangabad. Netting nearly 2 crores in its third week, A WEDNESDAY has 7.85 crores to show from India. The film is now more than a semi–hit from India.

While on Abhishek Kapoor's ROCK ON!!, it is still rocking! The film collected 55 lakhs from Bombay, 8.85 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.85 lakhs from Surat, 3.60 lakhs from Baroda, 1.10 lakhs from Rajkot, 18.15 lakhs from Pune, 1.05 lakhs from nasik, 1.85 lakhs from Goa, 36.75 lakhs from Delhi City, 7.55 lakhs from Noida, 2.85 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 10.60 la

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khs from Gurgaon, 1.10 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.75 lakhs from Indore and 1.65 lakhs from Jaipur. Adding 2.50 crores during its latest outing, ROCK ON!! has netted a very impressive 25 crores in four weeks from India. The Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar and Prachi Desai starrer ROCK ON!! is now a super–hit from India.

Yash Raj's Bipasha, Ranbir, Deepika and Minissha starrer, BACHNA AE HASEENO adds another 35 lakhs to get to around 37 crores in six weeks from India. The Siddharth Anand film, a clean hit from India, has also performed quite well in the Overseas, grossing £311,298 from UK and $702,166 from US.

Meanwhile the Anees Bazmee directed SINGH IS KINNG enters the 50th day of its run. During the week the Vipul Shah venture added a further 30 lakhs and has netted 75.30 crores in 7 weeks from India. The Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Sonu Sood starrer is a super–hit, both in India and Overseas.


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