Amazing as it may sound but the fact of the matter is that in spite of the poor box-office run of the new films in 2009, there are four new movies listed for release this Friday (with a probable fifth one in LOTTERY!). In fact, critically acclaimed actor Naseeruddin Shah will be competing with himself via two releases – Raja Menon’s BARAH AANA and Nandita Das’s FIRAAQ. Not only that, Nandita Das, the lead actress of director Raja Menon’s first film, BAS YUN HI (2003), is incidentally the director of FIRAAQ! The remaining two releases are Vinay Pathak’s STRAIGHT and Robby Grewal’s Aftab Shivdasani starrer ALOO CHAAT. While none of the listed releases look like blockbuster material but ALOO CHAT has the capacity to surprise, thanks to some slick promos, while the award winning FIRAAQ may appeal to the elite audience. CHECK OUT: ALOO CHAAT Movie Preview
Checking out the Holi week releases, let us first see how Anurag Kashyap’s GULAAL has fared. Released at 86 cinemas of Bombay-Thane by Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd, GULAAL was off to a poor start. Outside of Bombay, GULAAL had a weak opening almost everywhere. The second release of the same week, JAI VEERU, was released in some circuits on Wednesday the 11th of March, to cash in on the Holi festivities. The Fardeen-Kunal starrer was released at 77 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (thru Shringar Films Ltd.) and had a dull start. Outside of Bombay, JAI VEERU saw a weak start everywhere except in a handful of stations of U.P., where it opened on Holi. Trade predicts a poor outcome for both GULAAL and JAI VEERU.
Moving on to the older releases, Madhavan’s 13B to be precise. The film failed to capitalize on its decent word-of-mouth and had very ordinary collections to show. The film collected 65 lakhs from Bombay, 22 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.05 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 8.15 lakhs from Pune, 2.75 lakhs from Nasik, 1.35 lakhs from Belgaum, 43.75 lakhs from Delhi city, 9 lakhs from Noida, 7.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.25 lakhs from Agra, 1.65 lakhs from Chandigarh, 9 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3 lakhs from Faridabad, 14.75 lakhs from Calcutta, 9.30 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Amravati, 1.10 lakhs from Durg, 5 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.20 lakhs from Warangal and 2.65 lakhs from Mangalore.
During its opening week, 13B has collected an ordinary 5.50 crores from India. The film, despite its low costs, will struggle to break even. CHECK OUT: GULAAL doesn’t spray color at the box office
Meanwhile DHOONDTE REH JAOGE, which showed some signs of a pick up, mid-week, flattered to deceive, and like 13B, had below expectations collections (barring Bombay) to show. The Sonu Sood-Soha Ali Khan starrer collected 1.20 crores from Bombay, 1.50 lakhs from Palanpur, 2 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 11 lakhs from Rajkot, 3.15 lakhs from Jamnagar, 4 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1 lakh from Porbandar, 3 lakhs from Gandhidham, 4 lakhs from Pune, 2.50 lakhs from Nasik, 1.65 lakhs from Belgaum, 35.65 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.75 lakhs from Noida, 7.75 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Meerut, 1.40 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 1.45 lakhs from Aligarh, 7.75 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.55 lakhs from Calcutta, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.35 lakhs from Amravati, 1.35 lakhs from Raipur, 2.75 lakhs from Indore, 4 lakhs from Jaipur, 11.35 lakhs from Hyderabad , 1.10 lakhs from Nanded, 1 lakh from Davangere and 2.75 lakhs from Mangalore. In its opening week, DHOONDTE REH JAOGE has netted around 6 crores from India. The film has not shown any miraculous pick up during the second weekend and will be lucky to just about cover its cost.
The third release of the same week, KARMA AUR HOLI, is an unmitigated disaster, netting just about 20 lakhs in its opening week. CHECK OUT: DELHI 6 on shaky grounds after negative word of mouth
Checking out Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Abhishek -Sonam starrer DELHI 6, the film continues to fall alarmingly. The week saw DELHI 6 collecting 18 lakhs from Bombay, 5.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh each from Himmatnagar and Jamnagar, 2 lakhs from Pune, 28 lakhs from Delhi city, 6.25 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.15 lakhs from Chandigarh, 7.15 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.25 lakhs from Nagpur, 7.15 lakhs from Jaipur and 5 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 2.25 crores, DELHI 6 has netted a below par 30.75 crores in three weeks from India. The film remains a failure in India. DELHI 6 has also been rejected in the Overseas with grosses of $314,853 from UK and $879,913 from US.
While on Priyadarshan’s Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta and Shah Rukh Khan (extended special appearance) starrer BILLU, the collections continue to plummet. The film collected 5 lakhs from Bombay, 4 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.15 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Lucknow and 1 lakh (approx) from Hyderabad. With another 35 lakhs, BILLU has so far netted a disappointing 25.35 crores in four weeks from India. The film is a failure in India, though it has fared comparatively better in the Overseas, grossing $739,293 from UK and $754,928 from US.
Our last entry of this week is Anurag Kashyap’s Abhay Deol starrer DEV D, which shows the steadiest run of 2009! The film collected 8 lakhs from Bombay, 16.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.35 lakhs from Gurgaon and 5.25 lakhs from Hyderabad. With another 75 lakhs during its latest outing, DEV D has an impressive (for its cost) 15.60 crores in five weeks from India. The film is just about touching a semi-hit status!CHECK OUT: DEV D’s success augurs well for Anurag & GULAAL!