This week will see three releases, the Dutt-Bipasha starrer LAMHAA, Anurag Kashyap's UDAAN and pop star Ali Zafar's hilarious satire TERE BIN LADEN. One feels that despite the topical theme of a troubled Kashmir LAMHAA does not have much hype around it, nor does the extremely well made UDAAN. There is a general feeling that it may well be the low budget flick TERE BIN LADEN that may just sneak through due to some very effective promotion.
The opening of last Friday's Shahid-Kareena starrer MILENGE MILENGE was as per expectations. It was not earth shaking nor was it poor. The start was dull to fair and despite being a dated project the film managed a decent weekend. Given the fact that due to its limited cost (was made years ago when star prices and costs were much lower) and its quite handsome satellite rights, it will not be a loss making venture for the producers, who are also the worldwide distributors. In the Overseas MILENGE MILENGE is quite poor grossing just ?55,000 from UK during the opening weekend (9-11 July).
The other release of the same weak, RED ALERT- THE WAR WITHIN could not bring in the audience due to the lack of face value, despite being an honest film.
Meanwhile Karan Johar's Punit Malhotra directed I HATE LUV STORYS did very well in its first weekend and that is precisely the reason why it has turned profitable for all concerned. The film collected 5.50 crores from Bombay (collections from 30 cinemas unreceived), 1.10 lakhs from Ahmedabad collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 17.65 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 6 cinemas unreceived), 3.30 lakhs from Bharuch, 1.60 lakhs each from Palanpur and Patan, 24 lakhs from Rajkot, 6 lakhs from Jamnagar, 5.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.35 lakhs each from Porbandar and Surendranagar, 3.05 lakhs from Bhuj, 4.25 lakhs from Gandhidham, 75 lakhs from Pune, 4 lakhs from Solapur, 3 lakhs from Sangli, 16.15 lakhs from Nasik, 16.50 lakhs from Goa, 6.35 lakhs from Belgaum, 4 crore from Delhi city, 52 lakhs from Noida, 34.35 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 22.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 41 lakhs from Lucknow, 11.70 lakhs from Agra, 10 lakhs from Allahabad, 2 lakhs from Bijnore, 4 lakhs each from Meerut and Aligarh, 6.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Mathura, 90 lakhs from Gurgaon, 29 lakhs from Faridabad, 30 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Zirakpur, 5.35 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 5.20 lakhs each from Bhatinda and Panipat, 5.55 lakhs from Ambala, 14 lakhs from Ludhiana, 5.60 lakhs from Amritsar, 3.35 lakhs from Pathankot, 1.25 crore from Calcutta, 2.35 lakhs from Darjeeling, 5 lakhs from Guwahati, 49 lakhs from Nagpur, 11 lakhs from Jabalpur, 5.50 lakhs from Amravati, 3.65 lakhs from Akola, 1.50 lakhs from Dhule, 17.75 lakhs from Raipur, 1.80 lakhs each from Wardha and Chandrapur, 42.25 lakhs from Indore (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1.85 lakhs from Sehore, 7.20 lakhs from Gwalior, 13.05 lakhs from Bhopal, 44.25 lakhs from Jaipur, 6 lakhs from Jodhpur, 5.25 lakhs from Ajmer, 4.30 lakhs from Bikaner, 15 lakhs from Kota, 1.10 crore from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Warangal, 7.50 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2.25 lakhs from Nanded, 5 lakhs from Gulbarga, 88 lakhs from Bangalore, 11.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 3.40 lakhs from Vijaywada, 7 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 7.55 lakhs from Madras, 1.20 lakhs from Madurai and 5 lakhs from Kochi. Netting an impressive 32 crores in its opening week, the Sonam-Imran starrer is already an average fare. I HATE LOVE STORYS has also fared very well in the Overseas grossing ?405,855 from UK and $748,375 from US till the second weekend (9-11 July).
Moving on, the collections of Mani Ratnam's RAAVAN continue to shrink alarmingly and are now in single digits. The film collected 5 lakhs from Bombay, 1.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 2.55 lakhs from Delhi city, 1 lakh from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Calcutta and 5.35 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 75 lakhs RAAVAN has netted a poor 29.50 crore in three weeks from India. The Abhishek, Aishwarya and Vikram starrer is a disaster. RAAVAN has also failed in the Overseas grossing ?231,204 from UK till the fourth weekend (9-11 July) and $708,726 till July 8th.
Closing this week's column once again with Prakash Jha's RAAJNEETI, the film is still generating significant numbers in India. The film collected 15 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 17 cinemas unreceived), 4.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs from Pune, 16 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.40 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.30 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 3.65 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.05 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.20 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.05 lakhs from Raipur, 2.05 lakhs from Indore, 3 lakhs from Bhopal, 9.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 5 lakhs from Hyderabad and 5.30 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 1.75 crores, RAAJNEETI has so far netted 93.25 crores in five weeks from India and is a superhit. The film has also scored very well in the Overseas grossing 529,098 from UK and $1,488,178 from US.