The coming Friday will see the release of Arshad Warsi's maiden production venture HUM TUM AUR GHOST taking on Shyam Benegal's WELL DONE ABBA. Also in the fray are Karan Razdan's MITTAL VS MITTAL, the Ashok Kheny directed PREM KA GAME and the animated MY FRIEND GANESHA 3.
One feels that it will be a straight contest between HUM TUM AUR GHOST and WELL DONE ABBA and given Shyam Benegal's impeccable iconic record, WELL DONE ABBA, may just sneak through, more so in view of all the positive feedback from those who have seen it already!
Last Friday proved to be an anti-climax of sorts with neither LAHORE nor LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA or even SHAAPIT taking a decent start. The front runner turned out to be LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA followed by LAHORE and SHAAPIT, though the collections of none of the three movies brought much cheer. Fortunately in case of LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA the sub 2 crore cost and the fact that it has held on decently at big city multiplexes makes the Dibaker Banerjee directed film a profitable venture for all concerned.
Unfortunately for macho man Sunny Deol, RIGHT YAAA WRONG, having his most polished performance in recent times, failed to click due to some indifferent publicity, delay and wrong release timing. The film collected 52 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 32 cinemas unreceived), 15.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Rajkot, 1.10 lakhs from Bhavnagar and Nasik, 2 lakhs from Pune, 1.30 lakhs from Solapur, 1.75 lakhs from Goa, 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.55 lakhs from Noida, 2 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.65 lakhs from Agra, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 1.50 lakhs from Aligarh, 3.55 lakhs from Gurgoan, 2 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh from Panipat, 3.10 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh each from Raipur and Bhopal, 1.35 lakhs from Indore, 2.60 lakhs from Jaipur, 10.15 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2 lakhs from Aurangabad and 2.20 lakhs from Bangalore. Collecting around 3.20 crores in its opening week, the Sunny, Irrfan and Konkona starrer has failed at the ticket window.
The other release of the same week, HIDE AND SEEK, was a failure from the first show. The film collected 6.50 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 26 cinemas unreceived), 3.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 1.15 lakhs each from Calcutta and Hyderabad and 1.50 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting less than 50 lakhs from India in its opening week, HIDE AND SEEK is a washout.
Though NA GHAR KE NA GHAAT KE got some decent reviews but due to no face value, the film collected poorly with 7 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 31 cinemas unrecieved), 4 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.10 lakhs each from Noida and Ghaziabad, 1.25 lakhs each from Kanpur and Allahabad, 1 lakh from Lucknow, 1.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1 lakh each from Chandigarh, Calcutta and Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1 lakh from Bangalore. Netting just about 75 lakhs, NA GHAR KE NA GHAAT KE is a flop.
Meanwhile Amita Pathak's ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? was very steady during the second week, as it collected 1.05 crores from Bombay (collections from 31 cinemas unreceived), 35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4 lakhs from Baroda, 4.50 lakhs from Surat, 1.10 lakhs each from Nadiad and Valsad, 1.50 lakhs from Bharuch, 11 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.65 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.55 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.60 lakhs from Gandhidham, 8.15 lakhs from Pune, 1.60 lakhs from Solapur, 3.75 lakhs from Nasik, 2.10 lakhs from Goa, 1.25 lakhs from Belgaum, 70 lakhs from Delhi city, 14 lakhs from Noida, 7 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.15 lakhs from Kanpur, 10.55 lakhs from Lucknow, 5 lakhs from Agra, 3.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.65 lakhs from Meerut, 16 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.60 lakhs from Faridabad, 6.20 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Zirakpur, 1.50 lakhs from Ambala, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 2.35 lakhs from Panipat, 16.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.10 lakhs from Siliguri, 9 lakhs from Nagpur, 3 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.50 lakhs from Amravati, 1.65 lakhs from Akola, 6.50 lakhs from Raipur, 1.15 lakhs from Dhule, 15 lakhs from Indore, 6 lakhs from Bhopal, 18.50 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.55 lakhs from Ajmer, 1.35 lakhs from Bikaner, 7 lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.10 lakhs from Aurangabad, 2.50 lakhs from Latur, 15.50 lakhs from Bangalore, 2 lakhs from Mangalore and 1 lakh from Madras. Adding a further 7.50 crores, ATITHI TUM KAB JAAOGE?, has netted around 23.50 crores in two weeks from India. The Ajay, Konkona and Paresh starrer is an above average fare. The film has been rejected in the Overseas, grossing ? 1,13,519 from UK and $ 160,000 from US till the third weekend (19-21 March)"
In the meantime Studio 18's ROAD, MOVIE collected 5 lakhs from Bombay, 2.15 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.50 lakhs from Gurgoan and 1 lakh from Bangalore. The film has netted around 1.70 crores in two weeks from India and is a commercial failure. But commercial gain was never the aim for this prestigious Dev Benegal directed venture!
Moving on to KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, the movie collected 15 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 6 cinemas unrecieved), 1.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Pune, 16 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 1.45 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.10 lakhs each from Lucknow and Allahabad, 3.50 lakhs from Gurgoan, 1.75 lakhs from Chandigarh, 5.55 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Indore, 9.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 9.65 lakhs from Bangalore. With another 1.10 crores, KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK has netted 17.60 crores in three weeks from India. The Farhan-Deepika starrer will manage to escape with minimum losses. In the Overseas, KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is just about alright grossing ?125,967 from UK till the third weekend (19-21 March) and $286,408 from US, at the end of its run.
Concluding the report with Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN, the film collected 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 10 cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.20 lakhs from Pune, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1 lakh from Ghaziabad, 2.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.65 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.10 lakhs from Chandigarh, 4.50 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Hyderabad and 6 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 90 lakhs, MY NAME IS KHAN has netted around 73.90 crores in five weeks from India and is already a hit. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer continues its blockbuster Overseas run grossing ?2,584,763 from UK and $3,975,090 from US till the sixth weekend (19-21 March).