With the last Friday of April also being over, and no Hindi film scheduled to release on the next one, this year may well prove to be one of the worst in recent times. It is the time for the industry to get into the introspection mood as four months of 2009 will soon be over without a single clear cut hit film. And with the Indian Premiere League cricket matches in full swing, coupled with the embargo on new film releases still on, the position can't get any better for some time at least. Even if the dispute between the three sectors of the film industry gets resolved at an early date, the new films (biggies) cannot hit the screens before 4-5 weeks of aggressive promotion!
Moving on to the films that released, MERI PADOSAN, has been totally rejected by the audience. The film barely managed to collect 3 lakhs from Bombay, 2.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh each (approx) from Delhi city and Ghaziabad. MERI PADOSAN has netted a dismal 20 lakhs in its first week and has already been removed from most cinemas.
The fate of the Kamal Haasan-Asin starrer, the dubbed venture, DASHAVTAR is no different from the other releases. The film has poor collections to show in its first week with 22.50 lakhs from Bombay, 9 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 11 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.05 lakhs from Noida, 2.25 lakhs from Calcutta, 3 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.50 lakhs from Raipur, 2 lakhs from Indore, 1.30 lakhs from Jaipur and 2.65 lakhs from Hyderabad. In its opening week DASHAVTAR has netted a poor 1.20 crores from India. The film is a trade disaster.
The movie with an unconventional name, CHOWRASTA-CROSSROADS OF LOVE, is a disaster of epic proportions, barely managing to collect 2 lakhs from Bombay and less than a lakh each from Delhi city and Hyderabad and is a washout.
EK SE BURE DO:
Arshad Warsi's EK SE BURE DO has extremely 'bure' (poor) collections to show and is on its way out of the theatres, even before the second week got over. The film collected 1.05 lakhs from Bombay, 2.15 lakhs from Ahmedabad and less than a lakh each from Delhi city, Lucknow, Bhopal and Jaipur.
If there is any confusion regarding the reasonable number of prints of Nagesh Kukunoor's 8×10 TASVEER, still being in circulation, we must clarify that it manages to remain in the theatres only due to no new releases and lack of competition from older ones. The Akshay Kumar-Ayesha Takia starrer collected 13 lakhs from Bombay, 8.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 1 lakh from Rajkot, 1.10 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1.05 lakh from Pune, 7 lakhs from Delhi city, 2 lakhs from Noida, 2.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.35 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.40 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Agra, 1.75 lakh from Gurgaon, 1.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 5.75 lakhs from Jaipur and 5 lakhs from Hyderabad. Adding another crore, 8X10 TASVEER has so far netted around 14.25 crores in three weeks from India. The film though continues to be a trade disaster, both in India and the Overseas.
AA DEKHEN ZARA:
Meanwhile Neil Nitin Mukesh-Bipasha Basu's AA DEKHEN ZARA is on its last lap. The Jehangir Surti directed venture collected 1.35 lakhs from Bombay, 2 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 7.15 lakhs from Delhi city and 1 lakh from Hyderabad. Adding a further 25 lakhs, AA DEKHEN ZARA has netted 5.45 crores in four weeks from India. The film though is a trade disaster.
FAST AND FURIOUS:
Our last entry, the English film FAST AND FURIOUS, continues to do well in big cities. It collected 16 lakhs from Bombay, 2.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 8.05 lakhs from Delhi city, 3 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Gurgaon, 3.25 lakhs from Hyderabad and 1.50 lakhs from Mangalore.
It's dubbed (Hindi) version RAFTAAR KA JUNOON collected 3.25 lakhs from Bombay, 6.75 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2.45 lakhs from Rajkot, 2.50 lakhs from Pune, 2.25 lakhs from Delhi city, 1.20 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs from Nagpur and 1.15 lakhs from Indore. Adding nearly a crore more, FAST AND FURIOUS and its Hindi dubbed version has netted a creditable 5.50 crores in 3 weeks from India and is a reasonably successful venture.