KAL KISSNE DEKHA:
All eyes were on producer Vashu Bhagnani's KAL KISSNE DEKHA, the film that was to release on the coming Friday, as it is the much awaited launch vehicle of his handsome son Jackky Bhagnani and late Manmohan Desai's grand daughter, Vaishali Desai. However, to show his solidarity with the producers/distributors, the large hearted producer number 1, Vashu Bhagnani, has gone ahead and postponed KAL KISSNE DEKHA to sometimes in June, though the time was just ripe for the film to take a good if not great start at the ticket window, especially after the heartening performance of 99.
As was expected and predicted, the team Mukherjee offering, DETECTIVE NANI, featuring Ava Mukherjee and Master Zain Khan (of CHAIN KULII KI MAIN KULII fame), got off to a very poor opening across India. The film obviously has nil chances at the ticket window.
SUNO NA… EK NANHI AWAAZ:
Another resounding flop is the Tara Sharma starrer, SUNO NA… EK NANHI AWAAZ. The film managed negligible collections across India and netted less than 5 lakhs during its opening week.
Checking out the performance of People Pictures', 99, the first film in a long time to have had a universal release across the multiplexes and single screens, and it appealed to the audience and they patronized it, more so at the multiplexes. The Vinod Khanna, Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Boman Irani and Cyrus Broacha starrer collected 75 lakhs from Bombay, 30 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Palanpur, 4.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.20 lakhs from Jamnagar, 2.25 lakhs from Pune, 1.10 lakhs (gross) from Bhavnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 1.15 lakhs from Belgaum, 50 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.50 lakhs from Noida, 4.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.45 lakhs from Kanpur, 1.15 lakhs from Meerut, 1.25 lakhs from Aligarh, 1.05 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 11.35 lakhs from Gurgaon, 2.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 4 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Guwahati, 7.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Raipur, 5 lakhs from Indore, 3.20 lakhs from Jaipur, 25 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.25 lakhs from Mangalore. As per the producers, 99 (which released at 436 screens across India), grossed 7.24 crores across 436 screens. And that, taking into account its reasonable budget, is quite impressive. What also augurs well for the Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK directed film is the fact that Vashu Bhagnani's KAL KISSNE DEKHA has been postponed and so many additional screens have been added, as compared to the first week, especially in Bombay-Thane.
The Kamal Haasan and Asin starrer, DASHAVTAR (dubbed), is finally out of the cinemas. Just for records, DASHAVTAR has ended its run in India, netting slightly less than 2 crores.
Meanwhile Nagesh Kukunoor's Akshay Kumar and Ayesha Takia starrer, 8X10 TASVEER, manages to complete 50-days at the cinemas, though achieving precisely nothing! The film collected 1.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.25 lakhs from Delhi City and 5.05 lakhs from Jaipur. Adding another 25 lakhs, 8X10 TASVEER has so far netted 16 crores in seven weeks from India. Given its 40 crore budget, 8X10 TASVEER is a trade disaster, that has also been outrightly rejected in the normally safe as a house Akshay Kumar territory of UK, where it has grossed a paltry $152,163 !
AA DEKHEN ZARA:
Let us now get the final stats of the Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu starrer, AA DEKHEN ZARA. The Jehangir Suri directed film netted another 5 lakhs and has netted around 5.90 crores in eight weeks from India. And that will be its final tally!
MUNDE U.K. DE:
Before we conclude, we leave you yet again (like the last few weeks!) with some interesting stats regarding regional cinema, this time about the Jimmy Shergill starrer, the Punjabi film MUNDE U.K. DE. The Manmohan Singh directed film has scored not only in India but also in the Overseas. In Canada, it grossed $1,67,000 in its first and an amazing, $2,45,000 in its second week. In the UK, the film collected ?65,000 in the first week and a very steady ?35,000 in the second week, totalling ?1,00,000 in the first two weeks!