With the fag end of first half of 2009 concluding with something to cheer about via NEW YORK, expectations soar for an encore with KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, right at the start for the second half. And the hopes are not totally unfounded. The Sabbir Khan directed Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor starrer, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ that also boasts of the presence of some big names from Hollywood is carrying a good buzz around it. The Sajid Nadiadwala venture has been promoted quite aggressively and has the backing of a popular soundtrack to boost it further. Being released with around 1400 prints (including digital) in India, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ is expected to embark on a good start.
Coming to what may well turn out to be the first universal hit of 2009, Yash Raj's Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK; the film arrived just like the monsoon did (in Bombay and around!) to a good response. Released at 97 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Yash Raj Film Distributors) the film embarked on an excellent start at the multiplexes, across India. In fact, the collections improved as the day progressed and NEW YORK netted an impressive 17-18 crore during the weekend. Trade feels that NEW YORK has definite merits for the class audience and on the strength of its impressive business in multiplexes and cities; the first week's shares will be excellent. Even in the Overseas the John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer has done very well grossing $467,694 in the US and ?157,524 from UK.
The film that released with NEW YORK, J71 Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.'s RUNWAY- LOVE AMONG GUN SHOTS had a weak to poor opening in India and there is no hope that it will see a turnaround in its fortunes.
Moving on to the Paritosh Painter directed PAYING GUESTS, the film has not been appreciated much by the audiences, even in circuits that patronizes comedies! Checking out the numbers, during its opening week, PAYING GUESTS collected 1.25 crores from Bombay, 27 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.15 lakhs from Mehsana, 5 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.75 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.15 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 4 lakhs from Nasik, 53 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.50 lakhs from Noida, 4.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 8.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 6 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.20 lakhs from Calcutta, 1 lakh from Guwahati, 9 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.50 lakhs from Indore, 1.10 lakhs from Sehore, 2.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.15 lakhs from Bikaner, 13 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.50 lakhs from Aurangabad. During its first week, PAYING GUESTS has netted around 6 crores from India. Though the Shreyas Talpade, Javed Jaffrey, Ashish Chaudhry, Celina Jaitley and Riya Sen starrer is a losing preposition, but the losses will not be too high, thanks to the reasonable associated costs.
Another release of the same week, Advait Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Asian Films Production And Distribution Ltd.'s Gayatri Patel starrer, LET'S DANCE, the film has been out-rightly rejected as expected with 2 lakhs from Bombay as its best collection. Netting less than 10 lakhs during its opening week from India, LET'S DANCE is a washout.
Meanwhile Vashu Bhagnani's Vivek Sharma directed KAL KISSNE DEKHA has crashed further in its second week. The film collected 11 lakhs from Bombay, 5.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.50 lakhs from Baroda, 2.65 lakhs from Surat, 1.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.05 lakhs from Pune, 6.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.65 lakhs from Noida, 1.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.15 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Nagpur, 10 lakhs from Jaipur and 1 lakh from Ajmer. In its second week the Jackky Bhagnani and Vaishali Desai starrer, KAL KISSNE DEKHA, collects another 1.25 crores and has so far netted a poor 7.75 crores from India. The film is a trade disaster, given its costs of around 30 crores. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas with just $24,625.