This Friday is going to see an interesting clash between Vishal Bhardwaj's Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Amole Gupte starrer KAMINEY and Rumi Jaffri's Govinda, Fardeen Khan, Tusshar and Prachi Desai starrer, LIFE PARTNER. While most are under the impression that it will be a cakewalk for KAMINEY, LIFE PARTNER is now showing signs of giving KAMINEY a fight.
The reason is simple, the initial hype that ''Dhan Te Nan'' song promo had created has somewhat dimmed after the LOVE AAJ KAL onslaught, while LIFE PARTNER, not exactly the ?most awaited' movie, has slowly but surely managed to make the audience sit up and take notice.
However, both KAMINEY and LIFE PARTNER, which are expected to reap rich rewards during their opening (holiday) weekend, will have to face tough times as from the second weekend onwards, they will both move into the lean (fasting) month of ?Ramzan' and also the current problem of swine flu, which is affecting the nation badly.
Last Friday's three releases, Ram Gopal Varma's AGYAAT, Satish Kaushik's TEREE SANG and the Ujjwal Singh directed CHAL CHALEIN have all failed to excite the audience.
While AGYAAT was outrightly rejected at the multiplexes, it fared decently at the single screens initially. It was the reverse case with TEREE SANG, as some multiplexes showed a fair response, though not good enough. The weekdays proved to be dismal for both. The third release, CHAL CHALEIN, was a non-starter that faced rejection from day one.
Moving on to LOVE AAJ KAL, the film has caught the fancy of the cinegoers in a big way, both in India and Overseas, and it has huge collections to show. The Imtiaz Ali directed Saif-Deepika starrer has done exceptionally in multiplexes and cities and also in the US. LOVE AAJ KAL has fetched a great share of nearly 22 crores from all-India in just the first week. Checking out the numbers, LOVE AAJ KAL collected 7.60 crores from Bombay (collections from 7 cinemas unrecieved), 1.70 crores from Ahmedabad, 50 lakhs from Surat, 9 lakhs from Anand, 50 lakhs from Baroda, 8 lakhs from Bharuch, 3.75 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 5 lakhs from Mehsana, 4 lakhs from Valsad, 27 lakhs from Rajkot, 7.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 8 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs each from Porbandar and Bhuj, 6.50 lakhs from Gandhidham, 2 crores from Pune, 9 lakhs from Kolhapur, 3.50 lakhs from Sangli, 25 .35 lakhs from Nasik, 4.50 lakhs from Ahmednagar, 20.50 lakhs from Goa, 6 crores from Delhi city, 77 lakhs from Noida, 1 crore from Ghaziabad, 30.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 65 lakhs from Lucknow, 25 lakhs from Agra, 20.50 lakhs from Varanasi, 5.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 8.15 lakhs from Dehradun, 11 lakhs from Aligarh, 12.60 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1.15 crores from Gurgaon, 32 lakhs from Faridabad, 15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 7.50 lakhs from Zirakpur, 4.50 lakhs from Panipat, 4 lakhs from Pathankot, 23.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 50 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.50 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5 lakhs from Amravati, 2.50 lakhs from Akola, 8.75 lakhs from Raipur, 4.50 lakhs from Durg, 43 lakhs from Indore, 7.10 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.15 crores from Jaipur, 10.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 7.35 lakhs from Bikaner, 1.15 crores from Hyderabad, 2.25 lakhs from Warangal, 7.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 14 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.20 lakhs from Madurai and 2 lakhs from Coimbatore. In its opening week Saif Ali Khan's first production, LOVE AAJ KAL has netted an excellent 43 crores. The Illuminati Films and EROS International venture has grossed a huge $2,134,627 from US and a good ?783,094 from UK. The film is already an above average for its worldwide distributors, EROS INTERNATIONAL, and chances are that it has enough propellants to take it a couple of notches higher!
Meanwhile Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd's Soham Shah directed Mithun, Dutt, Imran, Shruti and Danny starrer LUCK has crashed out of contention. The Soham Shah directed film collected 42 lakhs from Bombay, 20.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 11 lakhs from Surat, 2.15 lakhs from Nadiad, 3.20 lakhs from Anand, 8.50 lakhs from Baroda, 1.50 lakhs each from Navsari and Bharuch, 7.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.75 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 7 lakhs from Pune, 2.15 lakhs from Kolhapur, 1.50 lakhs from Solapur, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 25.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.50 lakhs from Noida, 6.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.25 lakhs from Agra, 3.25 lakhs from Varanasi, 1.20 lakhs from Aligarh, 4 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.30 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3.25 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Raipur, 2.50 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 11 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.15 lakhs from Aurangabad. Adding another 3.50 crores, LUCK has netted around 20.50 crores in two weeks from India. LUCK has also been rejected in the overseas grossing ?153,467 from UK and $149,333 from US. The film is a trade disaster and the worldwide distributors Studio 18 stand to lose around 25 crores.
Checking out EROS International and Sajid Nadiadwala's Akshay-Kareena starrer, KAMBAKKHT ISHQ, the film added another 30 lakhs and is all set to end its run in India having netted around 50.50 crores. KAMBAKKHT ISHQ has done quite well in the Overseas, grossing ?700,714 from UK and $1,445,739 from US. The film is an above average fare for its worldwide distributors, EROS International, who also hold most of the non-theatrical rights.
Like for the last so many weeks, yet again in the end its Yash Raj's Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK. The film managed to collect 7.50 lakhs from Bombay, 1.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.35 lakhs from Noida , 1.40 lakhs from Gurgaon and 1.15 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 45 lakhs, NEW YORK has netted 44.85 crores in six weeks from India.
The John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer is a hit plus for its makers, who are also the global distributors. NEW YORK has also done good business in the Overseas, grossing ?399,131 from UK and $997,437 from US.