The coming Friday will witness the release of YRF's Neil Nitin Mukesh and Deepika Padukone starrer, LAFANGEY PARINDEY. Strange as it may sound but the fact is that despite some good publicity the buzz for LAFANGEY PARINDEY has not really caught on.
Taking nothing away from the merits of the film, the opening is not expected to be anything great. Giving company to LAFANGEY PARINDEY will be Amol Palekar directed English film … AND ONCE AGAIN, which also marks the comeback of Antra Mali. The film though is likely to go unnoticed.
Last week's two Hindi releases, HELP and PEEPLI [LIVE], fared expectedly. While HELP saw a dull to weak start, PEEPLI [LIVE] got off to a good opening (given its face value) at big cities and high end multiplexes and an average start at the small centres. Trade feels that HELP may not even get to an average status, but PEEPLI [LIVE] will prove to be A1 thanks to brand Aamir Khan.
The starless PEEPLI [LIVE] has sprung a huge surprise in the Overseas grossing an impressive $350,000 from US during the opening weekend (13-15 August).
Meanwhile the Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor starrer AISHA had a decent first week as it collected 1.50 crores from Bombay (collections from 37 cinemas unreceived), 35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 4 cinemas unreceived), 1.15 lakhs each from Bharuch and Jamnagar, 1.50 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 4 lakhs from Rajkot, 25 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived) , 4.25 lakhs from Nasik, 7.20 lakhs from Goa, 2.30 lakhs from Belgaum, 2.55 crores from Delhi city, 36.25 lakhs from Noida, 18.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 6.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.65 lakhs from Agra, 4.55 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 2.35 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 63 lakhs from Gurgaon, 16.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.55 lakhs each from Kurukshetra and Panipat, 13 lakhs from Chandiagarh, 2.30 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2.25 lakhs each from Ambala, Bhatinda and Amritsar, 6 lakhs from Ludhiana, 40 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3.10 lakhs from Siliguri, 2.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 12.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.55 lakhs each from Jabalpur and Raipur, 13.65 lakhs from Indore, 2.30 lakhs from Gwalior, 4 lakhs from Bhopal, 14 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 3.15 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.15 lakhs each from Ajmer and Bikaner, 3.50 lakhs from Kota , 25 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1 lakh from Gulbarga, 31 lakhs from Bangalore, 5.25 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.10 lakhs each from Vijaywada and Madras, 2.65 lakhs from Kochi and 3.25 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam. Netting around 15.50 crore in its opening week from India, AISHA has somewhat disappointed during its weekdays.
Still, the film may turn out to be a break-even preposition, once the non theatrical rights are accounted for. AISHA though has not impressed in the Overseas grossing just ?101,272 from UK.
Moving on, contrary to reports, Milan Luthria's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI fell heavily during its second week (by over 60 percent). However, that is a redundant criteria for judging the success of a film these days. The film collected 1.75 crores from Bombay (collections from 56 cinemas unreceived), 70 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 4.65 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 8 cinemas unreceived), 2.10 lakhs each from Nadiad and Bharuch, 1.25 lakhs each from Bardoli and Patan, 1.50 lakhs from Palanpur, 20 lakhs from Rajkot, 4.10 lakhs each from Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, 1.35 lakhs from Porbandar, 1.10 lakhs each from Dwarka, Junagarh and Morbi, 2 lakhs from Bhuj, 3 lakhs from Gandhidham, 20 lakhs from Pune, 2.55 lakhs each from Solapur and Sangli, 7.75 lakhs from Nasik, 5.50 lakhs from Goa, 3.20 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.50 crores from Delhi city, 23.15 lakhs from Noida, 15.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 10 lakhs from Kanpur, 28 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.65 lakhs each from Agra and Allahabad, 1.30 lakhs from Meerut, 3.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 30 lakhs from Gurgaon, 11 lakhs from Faridabad, 2 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 3 lakhs from Panipat, 10.70 lakhs from Chandigarh, 2 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2.65 lakhs each from Ludhiana and Amritsar, 55 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 2.65 lakhs each from Siliguri and Guwahati, 20 lakhs from Nagpur, 6.35 lakhs from Jabalpur, 2lakhs from Akola, 1.35 lakhs from Dhule, 6 lakhs from Raipur, 2.60 lakhs from Durg, 1.15 lakhs from Wardha, 2 lakhs from Chandrapur, 20 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Sehore, 4 lakhs from Gwalior (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 13.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 21 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.65 lakhs each from Jodhpur and Ajmer, 3 lakhs from Bikaner, 6.25 lakhs from Kota, 45 lakhs from Hyderabad (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 4 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.20 lakhs from Gulbarga, 18 lakhs from Bangalore, 3.50 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.10 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam and 1.25 lakhs from Kochi. Adding a further 12.90 crore, ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI has netted an impressive 46.90 crore in two weeks from India.
The Ajay-Emraan starrer has moved past the above average status and is expected to touch the semi-hit status in the coming weeks. OUATIM though is a washout in the Overseas grossing just ?122,257 from UK till the third weekend (13-15 August).
The collections of Priyadarshan's KHATTA MEETHA continue to plummet. The film collected 15 lakhs from Bombay, 3.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 2 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from each from Pune and Solapur, 10 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.10 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Lucknow, 2 lakhs from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.15 lakhs from Calcutta (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 3.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Akola, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 12 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.10 lakhs each from Kota and Nanded and 1.25 lakhs from Aurangabad. With another 1.30 crore, KHATTA MEETHA has netted 39.30 crore in three weeks from India. The Akshay-Trisha starrer is a below average fare and that may well be its final status.
KHATTA MEETHA has also under-performed in the Overseas (for an Akshay starrer), grossing ?301,537 from UK till the fourth weekend (13-15 August) and $542,000 from US.
Concluding this week's report with TERE BIN LADEN, the film collected 15 lakhs from Bombay, 5.15 lakhs from Delhi city and 1.50 lakhs from Gurgaon. With another 30 lakhs, TERE BIN LADEN has netted a creditable 9 crores in four weeks from India.
The Ali Zafar starrer is an above average fare.