This Friday will see an exciting clash as Tips' PRINCE starring Vivek Oberoi will take on the Milap Zhaveri directed Ritesh-Jacqueline venture JAANE KAHAAN SE AAYI HAI.
One feels that it will be PRINCE which will win the battle due to a superb and sustained publicity and reasonably popular music. Giving company to PRINCE and JAANE KAHAAN SE AAYI HAI will be the Aparna Sen's THE JAPANESE WIFE, but it will only be appreciated by select multiplex audience.
All the releases of last week had shockingly low collections. While Luv Sinha's debut venture SADIYAAN and Nana-Dimple starrer TUM MILO TO SAHI were somewhat better with 15-25 percent occupancy, the other two releases, Bipasha Basu's PANKH and the English film THE GREAT INDIAN BUTTERFLY, had dismal collections to show. From the four releases, it will just be TUM MILO TO SAHI that may show some face saving performance in the Bombay-Thane region. In fact it was the Hollywood film CLASH OF THE TITANS and its dubbed Hindi version, MAHAYUDH – CLASH OF THE TITANS that fared decently and proved to be strong for the Hindi releases of the same week.
Moving on to Arshad Warsi's maiden production venture, HUM TUM AUR GHOST, it failed to get even decent numbers. The film collected (many centres for only 6-days) 80 lakhs from Bombay, 18 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 5.70 lakhs from Baroda, 7.35 lakhs from Surat, 1.20 lakhs each from Anand and Vapi, 1 lakh from Navsari and Bharuch, 3.75 lakhs from Rajkot, 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 1.20 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 14 lakhs from Pune, 1.05 lakhs from Kolhapur, 3.15 lakhs from Nasik, 4 lakhs from Goa, 1.25 lakhs from Belguam, 64 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.55 lakhs from Noida, 8.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 4.10 lakhs from Kanpur, 7.60 lakhs from Lucknow, 3.05 lakhs from Agra, 1.75 lakhs from Varanasi, 2 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.70 lakhs from Meerut, 1.15 lakhs from Moradabad, 1 lakh from Dehradun, 1.25 lakhs from Aligarh, 10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 3.25 lakhs from Chandigarh, 3 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.55 lakhs from Calcutta, 4.15 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.35 lakhs each from Jabalpur and Raipur, 6 lakhs from Indore, 1.65 lakhs from Bhopal, 1.05 lakhs from Jodhpur, 10 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.75 lakhs from Aurangabad, 3.65 lakhs from Bangalore and 1.80 lakhs from Mangalore. Netting around 4.20 crores in its opening week, the Arshad-Diya starrer, HUM TUM AUR GHOST, will prove to be a losing preposition. The film has also been rejected in the Overseas, with a gross of just ?70,973 from UK.
Shyam Benegal's WELL DONE ABBA went in for a limited release, but had ordinary collections of 55 lakhs from Bombay, 7 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 2 lakhs from Baroda, 2.10 lakhs from Surat, 8.50 lakhs from Pune, 1.25 lakhs from Nasik, 2 lakhs from Goa, 26 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.65 lakhs from Noida, 2.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.10 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.50 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Allahabad, 9.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.20 lakhs from Calcutta, 2.50 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.25 lakhs from Raipur, 3.35 lakhs from Indore, 2.35 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.50 lakhs from Bangalore and 1 lakh from Mangalore. Netting around 2.25 crores in its first week from India, WELL DONE ABBA fails to emulate the success of WELCOME TO SAJJANPUR.
The three remaining releases of the same week, MITTAL V/S MITTAL, PREM KA GAME and MY FRIEND GANESHA 3, had negligible collections to show.
Though it fell heavily but LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA managed to gladden the hearts of all concerned. The film collected 36 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 21 cinemas unreceived), 5.55 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 4.65 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 30 lakhs from Delhi city, 5 lakhs from Noida, 2.05 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2 lakhs each from Kanpur and Lucknow, 6.05 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.50 lakhs from Faridabad, 1.05 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh each from Nagpur and Indore, 5.10 lakhs from Hyderabad and 2.50 lakhs from Bangalore. With another 1.80 crores, LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA has netted an impressive (for it's below 2 crore cost) 8.40 crores in two weeks from India. The third consecutive triumph for Dibaker Banerjee, LSD, is an above average fare.
Vikram Bhatt's SHAAPIT crashed but managed to get enough for recovery, barring some circuits. The film collected 15.50 lakhs from Bombay, 6 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.75 lakhs from Baroda, 3.25 lakhs from Surat, 1.20 lakhs from Anand, 2 lakhs from Rajkot, 3 lakhs from Pune, 1.10 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh each from Goa and Belgaum, 8.20 lakhs from Delhi city, 2.35 lakhs from Noida, 2.10 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 2.65 lakhs from Kanpur, 3.05 lakhs from Lucknow, 1 lakh from Meerut, 1.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.05 lakhs from Faridabad, 2.55 lakhs from Calcutta, 2 lakhs from Nagpur, 1.15 lakhs from Raipur, 2.20 lakhs from Indore, 1 lakh each from Jaipur and Hyderabad and 1.65 lakhs from Aurangabad. Adding a further 1.50 crore, SHAAPIT has netted around 6 crores in two weeks from India and has managed to get to a below average status.
Meanwhile ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? had another steady week as it collected 12 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 23 cinemas unreceived), 7.35 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.25 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.50 lakhs from Pune, 12 lakhs from Delhi city, 3.25 lakhs from Noida, 2.15 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 1.20 lakhs from Kanpur, 4.15 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.60 lakhs from Allahabad, 4.10 lakhs from Gurgaon, 1.75 lakhs from Faridabad, 1 lakh from Chandigarh, 1.35 lakhs from Nagpur, 1 lakh from Jabalpur, 3.65 lakhs from Indore, 9.60 lakhs from Jaipur and 2.55 lakhs from Bangalore. With further 1.60 crore during its latest outing, ATITHI TUM KAB JAOGE? has netted around 28.30 crores in four weeks from India. The Ajay, Konkona and Paresh starrer is an above average fare. The film though has been rejected in the Overseas grossing ?119,799 from UK and $226,336 from US at the end of its run.
Ending this week's column, perhaps for the last time with the only hit of 2010, Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN. The film adds another 20-22 lakhs to reach 74.50 crores in seven weeks from India. MNIK is still running in metros, though on low print counts. The Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer is now Bollywood's biggest Overseas grosser, with UK accounting for ? 2,616,353 and US contributing $4,003,598 till the eighth weekend (2-4 April).