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Last Friday saw the release of five films – Naseeruddin Shah’s BARAH AANA and FIRAAQ, Aftab Shivdasani’s ALOO CHAAT, the Vinay Pathak starrer STRAIGHT and Abhijit Sawant’s debut venture LOTTERY. While BARAH AANA and STRAIGHT are outright failures, ALOO CHAAT and FIRAAQ have dull to weak collections to show, but the makers can still harbour some hopes, especially for FIRAAQ. The last release LOTTERY is already a disaster.
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Checking out the performance of the Fardeen-Kunal starrer, JAI VEERU-FRIENDS FOREVER, the film has some pathetic collections to show, barring some single screens of U.P. The film collected 22 lakhs from Bombay, 10 lakhs from Amedabad, 1 lakh from Pune, 20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.75 lakhs from Noida, 5.60 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.50 lakhs from Kanpur, 6.35 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.20 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.45 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.65 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.15 lakhs from Jaipur, 15.75 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.25 lakhs from Aurangabad. During its first week, JAI-VEERU has netted a poor 1.85 crores from India. The film is an unmitigated disaster.
The only cheer (though small!) came via Boman Irani’s limited release English movie, LITTLE ZIZOU. The film collected 30.35 lakhs from Bombay, 1.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Pune, 6 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.50 lakhs from Calcutta and 5.65 lakhs from Bangalore. Netting a creditable 55 lakhs (on 38 prints), LITTLE ZIZOU seems to be on a safe turf, given a very steady second weekend.
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Moving on to Madhavan’s 13B, the film just about managed decent collections in the second week with 25 lakhs from Bombay, 5.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Nasik, 14.50 lakhs from Delhi city, 4.05 lakhs from Noida, 3.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.25 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 4 lakhs from Gurgaon and Nagpur, 2 lakhs from Indore, 1.10 lakhs from Jaipur, 6 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.10 lakhs from Mangalore. Adding another two lakhs, 13B has netted a so-so 7.50 crores in two weeks from India. The film manages to escape with minimum losses!
Meanwhile Rakesh Omprakash Mehra’s Abhishek-Sonam starrer DELHI 6 is on its last legs, collecting 4.50 lakhs from Bombay, 5.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.65 lakhs from Gurgaon and 4.15 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding 75 lakhs more, DELHI 6 has netted a below par 31.50 crores in four weeks from India. The film has failed in India and also the Overseas, grossing $324,195 from UK and $879,913 from US.
Concluding with Anurag Kashyap’s Abhay Deol starrer, DEV D, the movie once again manages to trickle in some decent numbers. The film collected 1.25 lakhs from Bombay, 5.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 1.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.75 lakhs from Gurgaon and 4.15 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another 40 lakhs during its latest outing, DEV D has netted a creditable 16 crores in six weeks from India. The film is technically a semi-hit from India.