This week is going to be a very important one for the ?Shotgun' Sinha family as it will see the debut of Poonam and Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv. The film in question is the Raj Kanwar directed, SADIYAAN. Giving company to SADIYAAN will be the Dimple, Nana and Shetty starrer, TUM MILO TO SAHI, and the delayed THE GREAT INDIAN BUTTERFLY (English). Unfortunately none of the three releases are expected to make much of an impact!
The performance of all the new releases of last Friday was quite disheartening. And it has nothing to do with the quality of the movies, rather it is the ?well known by now' villain IPL, which is presently the favourite entertainment viewing choice of the nation! Comparatively speaking Arshad Warsi's maiden production venture HUM TUM AUR GHOST fared the best while the Shyam Benegal directed WELL DONE ABBA started slowly but showed signs of a pick up over the weekend, at good cinemas. The rest of the films, namely MITTAL V/S MITTAL, PREM KAA GAME and MY FRIENDS GANESHA 3 had extremely poor openings in India. In the Overseas, HUM TUM AUR GHOST grossed a so-so ?32,298 in the UK.
In the wake of the IPL fever, the only film that has succeeded is Dibaker Banerjee's LOVE SEX AUR DHOKA. The film has done especially well in Delhi-U.P. and East Punjab. During its first week, LOVE SEX AUR DHOKA collected 1.05 crores from Bombay (collections from 37 cinemas unreceived), 18.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.70 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 2.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh each from Jamnagar and Solapur, 9 lakhs from Pune, 2.30 lakhs from Nasik, 1.20 crores from Delhi city, 17.40 lakhs from Noida, 16.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 9.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.65 lakhs each from Agra and Allahabad, 1.60 lakhs from Varanasi, 1.25 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 22 lakhs from Gurgoan, 9.15 lakhs from Faridabad, 11 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.25 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.35 lakhs from Ambala, 4.10 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1 lakh each from Karnal and Hissar, 1.50 lakhs from Jammu, 30 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2.75 lakhs from Raipur, 6.55 lakhs from Indore, 6.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.50 lakhs from Kota, 19 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1 lakh from Latur, 14 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.65 lakhs from Mangalore and 2.25 lakhs from Madras. Netting 6.60 crores in its opening week, the low budget (below 2 crore!) LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA is an unquestionable success and is a profitable venture for all concerned.
Moving on, Vikram Bhatt's SHAAPIT could not quite impress as it collected 93 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 26.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 9 lakhs from Baroda, 3.10 lakhs from Anand, 10.15 lakhs from Surat, 2.20 lakhs from Vapi, 1.45 lakhs from Navsari, 6.10 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.55 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 27 lakhs from Pune, 2.60 lakhs from Kolhapur, 2 lakhs from Solapur, 4,20 lakhs from Nasik, 1.50 lakhs from Malegoan, 4.75 lakhs from Goa, 2 lakhs from Hubli, 45.55 lakhs from Delhi city, 6 lakhs from Noida, 3.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.20 lakhs from Kanpur, 7.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.65 lakhs from Agra, 1.60 lakhs from Varanasi, 2.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.25 lakhs each from Meerut and Aligarh, 5.15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.30 lakhs from Chandigarh, 18 lakhs from Calcutta, 8.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs each from Jabalpur and Amravati, 4.75 lakhs from Raipur, 7 lakhs from Indore, 9 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.15 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.20 lakhs from Bikaner, 1.50 lakhs from Kota, 25.25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.55 lakhs from Latur and 1.10 lakhs from Mangalore. With about 5.50 crores during its opening week SHAAPIT will be lucky to even recover its costs.
Wrong release timing and lack of star value resulted in LAHORE managing to obtain rather poor collections of 15 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 21 cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Ahmdabad, 1.30 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Pune, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 1.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 5 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.35 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.20 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.55 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2 lakhs from Bangalore. The extremely well made LAHORE has netted only about a crore from India during its opening week and has failed.
Meanwhile Amita Pathak's ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? manages to show a steady performance collecting 35 lakhs from Bombay, 15.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.15 lakhs from Baroda, 6 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 5 lakhs from Pune, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 26 lakhs from Delhi city, 7 lakhs from Noida, 3 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 2.10 lakhs from Allahabad, 6.15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4.55 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Zirakpur, 1.25 lakhs from Ludhiana, 7 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.30 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 3.25 lakhs from Raipur, 7.50 lakhs from Indore, 2.25 lakhs from Bhopal, 14 lakhs from Jaipur, 2 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.30 lakhs from Latur and 7.20 lakhs from Bangalore. With 3.20 crores more the Ajay, Konkona and Paresh starrer now has a decent 26.70 crores in its kitty after three weeks, but remains an above average fare. The film though has been rejected in the Overseas grossing ?118,136 from UK and $2,15,132 from UK till its fourth weekend (26-28 March).
Ending this week's report once again with Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN, the film managed to trickle in low level steady numbers! During its sixth week MNIK collected 2.25 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2.20 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.60 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.20 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Calcutta and 2.50 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding another 40 lakhs MY NAME IS KHAN has netted around 74.30 crores in six weeks from India. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol hit is phenomenal in the Overseas grossing ?2,602,781 from UK and $3,991,261 from US up to the seventh weekend (26-28 March).