Next week is going to be a crowded one (if we go by listed releases). There is Som Shekhar's MUSKURAKE DEKH ZARA, the Tanushree Dutta starrer APARTMENT, the animated BIRD IDOL and a host of other smaller releases like CITY OF GOLD – MUMBAI 1982 EK ANKAHI KAHANI, MUSAA etc. The reason is obvious, the dreaded IPL is getting over this Sunday! One feels that it will be an interesting straight clash between Jagmohan Mundra's APARTMENT, which is targeting the fans of thriller genre and MUSKURAKE DEKH ZARA going for the GenX and families.
Last Friday's two releases, Milind Gadagkar's PHOONK 2 and Milind Ukey's PAATHSHAALA could not quite impress. While PHOONK 2 had a dull start, with better collections at single screens (especially north), PAATHSHAALA showed a fair start at multiplexes but was not accepted at the single screens. Both the films showed some improvement on Saturday and Sunday but it was not enough. Still PHOONK2 is likely to break even thanks to its small budget, while PAATHSHAALA may not be so lucky due to its reasonable but higher cost. PAATHSHAALA has also been rejected in the Overseas, grossing just ?29,000 (approx.) from UK during the opening weekend (16-18 April).
Moving on, Vivek Oberoi's PRINCE has done reasonably well but not enough, after the weekend. The film collected 1.80 crores from Bombay, 67.10 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4 lakhs from Baroda, 1.05 lakhs each from Deesa and Vapi, 2.20 lakhs each from Bharuch and Palanpur, 2 lakhs from Patan, 26.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 5.50 lakhs from Jamnagar, 8.35 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2.05 lakhs from Morbi, 2.65 lakhs from Junagarh, 2.10 lakhs from Porbandar, 1.75 lakhs from Bhuj, 3.40 lakhs from Gandhidham, 11.35 lakhs from Pune, 3.35 lakhs from Solapur, 1.50 lakhs from Sangli, 5.70 lakhs from Nasik, 6.20 lakhs from Goa, 2.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 1.25 crores from Delhi city, 14.50 lakhs from Noida, 28.55 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 16.55 lakhs from Kanpur, 24.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 9.75 lakhs from Agra, 10.50 lakhs from Varanasi, 6.75 lakhs from Allahabad, 11.15 lakhs from Meerut, 4.50 lakhs from Moradabad, 4.15 lakhs from Aligarh, 9.50 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 2.25 lakhs from Muzaffarnagar, 17 lakhs from Gurgaon, 11.20 lakhs from Faridabad, 6.30 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.70 lakhs from Zirakpur, 2.25 lakhs from Bhatinda, 1.65 lakhs each from Panipat and Pathankot, 39 lakhs from Calcutta, 3.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 17.60 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Amravati, 3 lakhs from Akola, 6.25 lakhs from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Wardha, 1.30 lakhs from Sagar, 1.15 lakhs each from Chandrapur and Bhandara, 17.50 lakhs from Indore, 2.50 lakhs from Sehore, 3.25 lakhs from Gwalior, 8.40 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.50 lakhs each from Ujjain and Dewas, 28.75 lakhs from Jaipur, 3.10 lakhs from Jodhpur, 4.15 lakhs from Ajmer, 3.15 lakhs from Kota, 67 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1 lakh from Aurangabad, 1.25 lakhs from Nanded, 4.10 lakhs from Gulbarga, 12.70 lakhs from Bangalore, 4.15 lakhs from Mangalore, 2.25 lakhs from Vijaywada, 4.50 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam, 1.70 lakhs from Madras and 1.10 lakhs from Kochi. Netting around 15.75 crores in its opening week, PRINCE will not be able to recover its high cost (Rs. 50 crore). PRINCE has also underperformed in the Overseas with just around ?127,000 (approx.) from UK up to the second weekend (16-18 April).
Meanwhile Milap Zaveri's JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI has not been appreciated. In its first opening week, the the Ritesh-Jacqueline starrer collected 50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 25 cinemas unreceived), 15.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.55 lakhs from Baroda, 4 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.05 lakhs each from Jamnagar and Bhavnagar, 5.15 lakhs from Pune, 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 2.30 lakhs from Goa, 51.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 8 lakhs from Noida, 5 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.55 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.70 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.65 lakhs each from Agra and Allahabad, 9.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.85 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.10 lakhs from Ludhiana, 11 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.45 lakhs from Siliguri, 5 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 5 lakhs from Indore, 1.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 3.65 lakhs from Jaipur, 5.65 lakhs from Hyderabad, 9.20 lakhs from Bangalore and 2.05 lakhs from Mangalore. In its opening week, JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI has netted around 3.85 crores and will be a loss making venture for all concerned.
Checking out the Nana-Dimple starrer, TUM MILO TOH SAHI, the film collected 2.10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 10 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Ahmedabad and 1.10 lakhs from Delhi city. After a very ordinary first week, TUM MILO TOH SAHI crashed even in circuits where it was decent. Adding a further 20 lakhs, TUM MILO TOH SAHI has a poor 2.20 crores to show in two weeks from India and is a trade debacle.
Concluding this week's report with Shyam Benegal's WELL DONE ABBA, the film is again steady on the lower side collecting 3 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 4 cinemas unrecieved), 4.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida and 2.50 lakhs from Gurgaon. Adding another 25 lakhs, WELL DONE ABBA has netted around 3.25 crores in three weeks from India. One feels that once the non-theatrical rights are accounted for WELL DONE ABBA may escape with negligible losses.