Bollywood Box-office report for the week

img By S Abid | 18 Apr 2007 00:00:00 IST

View Kya Love Story Hai Movie StillsThis Friday's only major release is the Tusshar-Ayesha starrer, KYA LOVE STORY HAI. With a popular music, thanks mainly to Kareena's sizzling dance number and Tusshar's reasonable popularity, Lovely Singh's first attempt at direction, KYA LOVE STORY HAI, may get a decent start at the ticket window.

The other releases like AUR PAPPU PASS HO GAYA and PANGA NAA LO are not expected to make much of an impact.

Last week's releases like BIG BROTHER, LIFE MEIN KABHIE KABHIEE and BHEJA FRY had a mixed fortune.

BHEJA FRY had a dull to poor start but may find favour with multiplex audiences of big cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. But given the lack of face value, it may not perform according to its potential. However, due to its rock bottom selling prices, BHEJA FRY has every chance of getting to an average status.

The Sunny-Priyanka starrer BIG BROTHER failed to get released at most multiplexes (specially in Delhi and Bombay) but despite being an old project the Life Mein Kabhie Kabhieemovie opened to a surprisingly good response in UP, East Punjab, Bihar and Rajasthan, though the opening in Mumbai was expectedly poor. Given the fact that it has been sold at a very reasonable price, the movie will be a safe bet for most of its distributors in the above mentioned Hindi-belt circuits.

Vikram Bhatt's attempt at something different, LIFE MEIN KABHIE KABHIE proved to be a non-starter and is a definite failure. It is sad because the critics as well as the few who ventured into the theaters liked the movie.

From the earlier releases, SHAKA LAKA BOOM BOOM could not find much appreciation. The movie collected 1.05 crores from Bombay, 56 lakhs from Delhi, 15 lakhs from Calcutta, 14 lakhs from Jaipur, 8.25 lakhs from Lucknow, 6.35 lakhs from Gurgaon and 32 lakhs from Hyderabad. The total all-India collections are in the range of about 6.50 crores and in the UK it has earned ? 152,834 so far. Given the fact that Suneel Darshan has distributed SHAKA LAKA BOOM BOOM himself, the ordinary to poor collections mean that he will be lucky to recover even his investment.

Provoked Movie PosterAishwarya Rai's PROVOKED has found no takers in India, more so for the dubbed version, though the original English version fared comparatively better. PROVOKED (dubbed) collected 11 lakhs from Bombay, 3.50 lakhs from Delhi, 11.25 lakhs from Calcutta and 2 lakhs from Hyderabad. PROVOKED (English) collected 40 lakhs from Bombay, 12 lakhs from Delhi, 5.5 lakhs from Gurgaon and 3.70 lakhs from Hyderabad. The total all-India earnings of the dubbed and English version of PROVOKED is in the range of about 1.30 crores, while in the UK the movie is doing quite well, collecting ? 312,021 so far. On the whole PROVOKED will turn out to be a losing proposition in India and a reasonable success in the UK.

Coming to Vipul Shah's Akshay-Katrina starrer NAMASTEY LONDON, it is the only Hindi release that is still pulling in the audiences and that too in its third week. After two stupendous weeks in Delhi, the collections came down to 50 lakhs. However, the movie is very stable in Bombay, collecting 81 lakhs and also in Calcutta, where it collected 20 lakhs. From the other centres, NAMASTEY LONDON collected 8.60 lakhs from Gurgaon, 10 lakhs from Lucknow, 4.30 lakhs from Jaipur and 15 lakhs from Hyderabad. The movie is doing splendidly in UK collecting ? 812,978 and is quite good in the US collecting $ 1,207,007 so far. With about 5.25 crores in its third week, the all-View The Namesake Movie StillsIndia earnings of NAMASTEY LONDON are about 30.50 crores and it is a big hit in the North and overall a semi-hit in India. NAMASTEY LONDON is a superhit in the Overseas.

Mira Nair's Tabu-Irrfan starrer THE NAMESAKE, continues to get good collections from India, given the limited release. In its third week THE NAMESAKE has earned around 1 crores from India, taking its three week total to around 3.75 crores.

THE NAMESAKE, continues its dream run in the US having collected $8,661,334 so far. It has not had a similar success in the UK but is quite impressive with ?390,464 so far. On the whole, THE NAMESAKE is an above average in India and a blockbuster hit in the Overeas.