This Friday will see two totally diverse films, one that is a typical mushy romance while the other tackles the stark reality of the Naxal problem facing the country. Yes, the films in question are indeed Shahid-Kareena's MILENGE MILENGE and the Suneil Shetty and Sameera Reddy starrer, RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN. One feels that the makers of the long delayed MILENGE MILENGE should have released the film just after 10-15 days of its first promo and not waited any further, to reap the benefits of the initial hype. They have squandered a good opportunity! On the other hand RED ALERT – THE WAR WITHIN is a very topical film and may see some patronage at quality multiplexes.
The opening of Karan Johar's Punit Malhotra directed I HATE LUV STORYS gladdened the hearts of the trade and industry. The Imran-Sonam starrer saw a very good start in Mumbai and also in big cities and multiplexes. The start was fair at the remaining places. I HATE LUV STORYS has also fared quite well in Overseas grossing ? 200,000 from UK in the initial weekend (2-4 July) and $535,273 from US during the extended opening weekend (2-5 July).
As the opening reports had suggested, Mehul Kumar's KRANTIVEER-THE REVOLUTION has been rejected by the audience, despite a fair start at a handful of cinemas. The film collected 10 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 4.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 1 lakh from Jamnagar, 4 lakhs from Delhi city and 1 lakh each from Kanpur and Lucknow. Netting around 60 lakhs in its opening week, KRANTIVEER-THE REVOLUTION is a debacle.
The second film of the same week, MR. SINGH MRS. MEHTA, fared worse with prominent collections being 2 lakhs from Delhi city and 1.25 lakhs from Gurgaon. Netting barely 20 lakhs from India in its first week MR. SINGH MRS. MEHTA is an unmitigated disaster.
Meanwhile Mani Ratnam's RAAVAN has crashed in its second week after an ordinary first one. The film collected 30 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 47 cinemas unreceived), 11.50 lakhs from Ahmedabad (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 3 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 3 cinemas unreceived), 3.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.05 lakhs from Jamnagar, 1 lakh from Gandhidham, 1.50 lakhs from Pune (collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Nasik, 2.20 lakhs from Goa, 2.15 lakhs from Hubli, 55 lakhs from Delhi city, 7.15 lakhs from Noida, 6.50 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 5 lakhs from Kanpur, 10 lakhs from Lucknow, 2.10 lakhs each from Agra and Allahabad, 1.25 lakhs each from Aligarh and Gorakhpur, 9.25 lakhs from Gurgaon, 4 lakhs from Faridabad, 5.30 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1 lakh each from Ambala and Kurukshetra, 1.30 lakhs from Ludhiana, 12.75 lakhs from Calcutta(collections from other cinemas unreceived), 1.75 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.25 lakhs from Guwahati, 5.10 lakhs from Nagpur, 2.55 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1 lakh from Amravati, 3 lakhs from Raipur, 6.55 lakhs from Indore, 1.75 lakhs from Gwalior(collections from 3 cinemas unrecived), 2.35 lakhs from Bhopal, 10 lakhs from Jaipur, 1 lakh from Bikaner, 2.30 lakhs from Kota, 11.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 1.05 lakhs from Latur, 1.55 lakhs from Gulbarga, 24 lakhs from Bangalore, 1.10 lakhs from Vijaywada, 2.15 lakhs from Vishakhapatnam and 5.25 lakhs from Madras. Adding a further 4.25 crore, RAAVAN has netted a poor 28.75 crores in two weeks from India. The Abhishek, Aishwarya and Vikram starrer is a trade disaster. RAAVAN has also been rejected in the Overseas grossing ?225,504 from UK till the third weekend (2-4 July) and $705,504 from US till the third extended weekend (2-5 July).
Concluding this week's report with Prakash Jha's RAAJNEETI, the film continues to add sizable numbers, collecting 35 lakhs from Bombay (collections from 31 cinemas unreceived), 20 lakhs from Ahmedabad, 3.35 lakhs from Baroda (collections from 5 cinemas unreceived), 2.50 lakhs from Rajkot, 1.40 lakhs from Bhavnagar, 1.75 lakhs from Pune, 2.65 lakhs from Nasik, 1 lakh from Goa, 58 lakhs from Delhi city, 8.20 lakhs from Noida, 6.55 lakhs from Ghaziabad, 7.60 lakhs from Kanpur, 13.65 lakhs from Lucknow, 1.50 lakhs from Agra, 4 lakhs from Allahabad, 1.10 lakhs from Bareilly, 3.70 lakhs from Gorakhpur, 11.55 lakhs from Gurgaon, 5.65 lakhs from Faridabad, 6 lakhs from Chandigarh, 1.35 lakhs from Ambala, 2.65 lakhs from Ludhiana, 1.30 lakhs from Kurukshetra, 21 lakhs from Calcutta, 1.15 lakhs from Siliguri, 1.50 lakhs from Guwahati, 7.55 lakhs from Nagpur, 3.55 lakhs from Jabalpur, 1.40 lakhs from Amravati, 1.10 lakhs from Akola, 3.65 lakhs from Raipur, 1.75 lakhs from Gwalior, 1 lakh from Sehore, 4.50 lakhs from Bhopal, 15.75 lakhs from Jaipur, 1.15 lakhs from Jodhpur, 2.75 lakhs from Kota, 6.50 lakhs from Hyderabad, 2.05 lakhs from Aurangabad, 1.35 lakhs from Latur and 13.60 lakhs from Bangalore. Adding a further 5 crores, RAAJNEETI has netted an amazing 91.50 crores in four weeks from India. The film is an unquestionable superhit. RAAJNEETI has also done great business in the Overseas, grossing ?529,098 from UK till the fifth weekend (2-4 July) and $1,488,178 from US.