This Friday witnesses bunched releases namely, Saif Ali Khan’s business crime drama, BAZAAR, Sharman Joshi’s suspense thriller, KAASHI, Neil Nitin Mukesh’s political thriller, DASSEHRA, Gautam Simgh’s GAON- THE VILLAGE NO MORE, Shakti Kapoor’s THE JOURNEY OF KARMA etc. Though none of the above mentioned films are carrying much hype (as the audience is holding on to their strings for the Diwali extravaganza, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN), yet, leading from the front will surely be Saif, Rohan , Radhika starrer, BAZAAR, followed by the rest in that order.
Checking out the two Dussehra releases, Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Arjun-Parineeti starrer NAMASTE ENGLAND and Junglee Pictures Ayushmann, Sanya and Nina Gupta starrer BADHAAI HO, the film went the expected and predicted way . Coming to BADHAAI HO, the film saw a superb start netting nearly 45 crore during the extended (4-day) weekend and is already a hit, NAMASTE ENGLAND is a washout barely managing 7 crore during the same period. BADHAAI HO is also sensational in the overseas grossing $2.25m with £100,000 from UK and $725,000 from the US during the opening weekend (19-21 October).
Checking out the Pradeep Sarkar directed Kajol starrer, HELICOPTER EELA, the film was a poor show collecting 85 lakhs from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 7.25 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3 lakhs from Surat, 3 lakhs from Baroda, 1.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 20 lakhs from Pune, 2 lakhs from Nasik, 3.50 lakhs from Goa, 45 lakhs from Delhi city, 10 lakhs from Noida, 5.25 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3.55 lakhs from Kanpur, 7 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 10.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.25 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.50lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 2.50 lakhs from Ludhiana, 20 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.50 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.75 lakhs from Patna, 2 lakhs from Ranchi, 1.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 2.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 2.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.50 lakhs from Raipur, 6 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 1.25 lakhs from Kota, 1.25 lakhs from Udaipur, 15lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 30 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.55 lakhs from Mangalore, 1.25 lakhs from Mysore, 1.50 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 1.75 lakhs from Madras. Netting 4.50 crore during the opening week from India, HELICOPTER EELA is debacle!
The other release of the same week as HELICOPTER EELA, Soham Shah’s horror mythical thriller TUMBBAD, saw a so-so response as it collected 1.25 crore from Bombay (collections from other cinemas unrecieved), 10.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5 lakhs from Surat, 5 lakhs from Baroda, 1.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 70 lakhs from Pune, 4.25 lakhs from Nasik, 2.55 lakhs from Goa, 40 lakhs from Delhi city, 15 lakhs from Noida, 7.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 3 lakhs from Kanpur, 10 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 1.25 lakhs from Allahabad, 2.50 lakhs from Dehradun, 11 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 4.75 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.75lakhs from Jalandhar, 1.50 lakhs from Amritsar, 2 lakhs from Ludhiana, 15 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Patna, 2 lakhs from Ranchi, 2.50 lakhs from Bhubaneshwar, 1.75 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.75 lakhs from Nagpur, 4.75 lakhs from Raipur, 8 lakhs from Jaipur (collections from 2 cinemas unrecieved), 1.55 lakhs from Jodhpur, 1.75 lakhs from Kota, 1. 50 lakhs from Udaipur, 15lakhs from Hyderabad, 4.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 40 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.25 lakhs from Visakhapatnam and 1.50 lakhs from Madras. Netting 5.25 crore during the opening week from India, TUMBBAD is a box-office failure.
The remaining two releases of the same week as HELICOPTER EELA and TUMBBAD, Mukesh Bhatt’s romantic drama JALEBI and Govinda’s FRYDAY, are unmitigated disasters.