With even the films that released after the producers-distributors versus multiplexes face off failing to bring cheer to the beleaguered Bollywood, year 2009 is turning out to be one of the worse ever first half for the Hindi film industry. The first half of the year is about to end in a week's time and the onus of ending it on a bright note is now on Yash Raj's Kabir Khan directed NEW YORK. Giving company to NEW YORK is going to be the Tulip Joshi and Lucky Ali starrer, RUNWAY: LOVE AMONG GUN SHOTS. It is expected that the John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Katrina Kaif starrer, NEW YORK, will embark on a decent start, both in India and Overseas, while RUNWAY will sink without a trace.
Last Friday's Paritosh Painter directed PAYING GUESTS was expected to fair decently, at least in the Bombay-Maharashtra belt but unfortunately that did not happen. Released at around 97 cinemas of Bombay-Thane (by Mukta Movies distributors), PAYING GUESTS embarked on a weak opening. The start was below the mark across India as the Shreyas Talpade, Jaaved Jaaferi, Ashish Chaudhry, Celina Jaitley and Riya Sen starrer failed to tickle the funny bones. Trade feels that the Mukta Arts Entertainment Ltd.'s latest offering will prove to be a losing proposition as the comedy is more contrived than cool. The loss though won't be monumental, thanks to the reasonable budget and the so-so first weekend.
The same week saw Advait Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Asian Films Production And Distribution Ltd.'s Gayatri Patel starrer, LET'S DANCE. The film which released in Bombay-Thane with around 32 prints and also in C.P.C.I., Rajasthan and South, saw a poor to weak opening everywhere. Needless to add that LET'S DANCE will end up as a trade disaster.
The third release of last Friday, Namaha Shivay Cinevision's RAFTAAR – AN OBSESSION, loosely based on the Martin Scorsese classic, CAPE FEAR, is a recipe for disaster!
Checking out the performance of Vashu Bhagnani's Vivek Sharma directed KAL KISSNE DEKHA; the film has been totally rejected, after a somewhat decent Saturday and Sunday. In its first week KAL KISSNE DEKHA collected 82 lakhs from Bombay, 32 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Anand, 9.30 lakhs from Baroda, 1.35 lakhs from Palanpur, 1.10 lakhs from Nadiad, 11.60 lakhs from Surat, 1.15 lakhs from Navsari, 1.65 lakhs each from Vapi and Valsad, 2 lakhs from Bharuch, 1.50 lakhs from Mehsana, 1.60 lakhs from Himmatnagar, 9 lakhs from Rajkot, 2 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.75 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 2 lakhs from Gandhidham, 20.25 lakhs from Pune, 1.50 lakhs from Kolhapur, 2 lakhs from Solapur, 1.30 lakhs from Ahmednagar, 1 lakh from Sangli, 4 lakhs from Nasik, 2.70 lakhs from Goa, 1.50 lakhs from Belgaum, 43 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.15 lakhs from Noida, 5.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.20 lakhs from Agra, 1.35 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.25 lakhs from Meerut, 3 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 9 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 5 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 7.60 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Amravati, 1 lakh from Dhule, 1.05 lakhs from Durg, 6.75 lakhs from Indore, 2.75 lakhs from Bhopal, 20.05 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.25 lakhs from Bikaner, 2.35 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.70 lakhs from Mangalore. Netting close to 6 crore in its opening week from India, the Jackky-Vaishali debut vehicle is a huge debacle. KAL KISSNE DEKHA has also been totally rejected in the Overseas with $23,437 from the US.
Meanwhile ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA showed complete lack of strength to pull in the audience into the cinemas. The film collected 3 lakhs from Bombay, 1.40 lakhs from Ahmedabad and 3.30 lakhs from Delhi city. In its first week ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA has barely netted 17-18 lakhs from India and is a washout.
ZOR LAGAA KE… HAIYA has for company, KITKIT + CRICKET = KIRKIT, as it has fared even worse, getting collection in thousands!
Moving on to ABC Picture Pvt. Ltd.'s TEAM – THE FORCE, the film collapsed totally in the second week, collecting 3.20 lakhs from Bombay and 2 lakhs from Delhi City. Netting around 1.50 crores in two weeks from India, the Sohail Khan, Yash Tonk and Vrajesh Hirjee starrer adds to the list of disasters for 2009!
Our last entry of this week is once again the Vinod Khanna, Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Boman Irani and Cyrus Broacha starrer, 99. The film continues its steady run collecting 10.25 lakhs from Bombay, 2.65 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.30 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.40 lakhs from Noida and 1 lakh from Gurgaon. Adding another 45 lakhs, 99 has netted around 13 crore in five weeks from India. The Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK directed 99 is for sure an above average fare!