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Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 9, 2010)
Mumbai: Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran has netted a collection of Rs 117 crore, surpassing the first-week collection of Bollywood’s highest firstweek grosser, Dabangg (Rs 82 crore).
Distributor and trade analyst Suniel Wadhwa said, “The film’s net collection is Rs 60 crore in Tamil Nadu, Rs 30 crore in Andhra Pradesh, Rs 8 crore in Karnataka and Rs 4 crore in Kerala. The Hindi version (Robot) has managed to collect Rs 15 crore. As the numbers suggest, the film has already crossed Dabangg’s two weeks’ net collection in just the first week of its release.’’
Incidentally, the entertainment tax structure and ticket-pricing formula are not uniform in India. “Ticket prices in south India are much lower as compared to other states in the country. This is the reason why boxoffice collection in the south pales as against the collection in northern states. Despite all this, the film’s BO collections prove the film has done remarkably well,’’ Wadhwa said.
Moreover, considering the fact that an additional 7% had to be paid as as entertainment tax to the government for being a dubbed movie, the collections are even more significant, an expert said. According to Wadhwa, the contribution of director Shankar too needs to be factored in . “Shankar is one director who has more brand value than Rajinikanth in AP. His films with Arjun, Prabhudeva and Vikram did wonders in the past. His last movie with Rajini did well at the box office though opinions were divided. Robot is an example of what a director like Shankar and a hero like Rajini can cumulatively deliver. ’’
Endhiran opened in 2,200 screens as compared to 1,400 for Dabangg. An industry source said, “More screens mean more revenue and this too has helped Robot. Also about 92 % of cinema halls are running the film and the collection continue to be rock steady,’’ another analyst said.
The film’s report in the Hindi belt too is quite good. Distributor Sunil Bohra said, `“The collection of the film in places like Jodhpur, Ghaziabad and Meerut is also impressive. The film is doing well both in single screens as well as at multiplexes.’’
Sources insist that though it is too early to speculate, the film has definitely grossed Rs 260 crore which is more than the entire collection of Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini.
The Hindi version of the film too has done a business of nearly Rs 30 crore in the first week. Amod Mehra said, “Robot has broken all the records of a dubbed film. I don’t remember any similar film crossing even the Rs 1 crore mark. In fact, Rajinikant’s last release Sivaji was a disaster at the box office.”
By Subhash K. Jha, August 25, 2010 – 11:39 IST
After reaching a dead-end with her career in Bollywood (her one and only hit was Pyar Ke Side Effects, not counting the cameo with Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor in Welcome) and with her purported global re-re-re-launch in Hissss showing no sign of release (the date has now gone from August to November) Mallika has signed on the dotted line for the Dhamaal sequel Double Dhamaal with exceptional enthusiasm.
Maybe it’s the pleasure of being cast opposite Sanjay Dutt or maybe just the delight of being accepted back in Bollywood. But once known to charge anything from 1 to 1.5 crore rupees (not dollars) in Bollywood, now she has apparently refused to discuss money with producer Ashok Thakeria from Los Angeles (where her tweeted claims to friendship with Hollywood biggies has been roundly questioned).
Says the producer, “Mallika said she will take anything we give her. She’s just happy to be a part of brand like Dhamaal and that too opposite Sanjay Dutt.”
One hopes Ashok doesn’t take that too seriously.
In the meanwhile the other leading lady Kangna Ranaut of Double Dhamaal has also been very generous about the remuneration. Says Thakeria, “Kangna’s work is looked after by Rakesh Nath (Rikku). My director Indra Kumar and I go back a long way with Rikku (Rikku was secretary to Madhuri Dixit who starred in Thakeria-Indra Kumar’s Beta and Dil). So Kangna said money was not an issue here.”
Kangna is teamed up with the talented Riteish Deshmukh in Double Dhamaal.
With two such over-generous leading ladies signed on, Thakeria and Indra Kumar have a lot to celebrate. So they did, when they met up at Riteish’s home on Tuesday evening for a script reading.
Says Thakeria, “Instead of having a proper workshop with the actors, Riteish suggested an informal get-together at his home. All of us barring Mallika (who is in LA) and Sanjay Dutt (who is in South Africa) from the Double Dhamaal team – Kangna, Javed Jaffrey, Ashish Chowdhry, Indra Kumar and I met up at Riteish’s house for a script reading. We were cracking up after every line. It was that funny.”
Let’s hope the audience agrees when the film releases.
(And it costs a crore, insists producer Bhushan Kumar!)
People laugh at him but nobody can ignore Himesh Reshammiya. It is unarguable that he is a big name in the music industry, but in this cutthroat industry where you are only as good as your last film, he is definitely learning the hard way what it takes to be an actor.
Catastrophes called Karzzzz and Radio changed all equations and even his best friend in the industry, mentor Bhushan Kumar, whose company T-Series has created an enviable brand in the field of music, seems to have deserted him.
Bhushan has not only deferred the release his forthcoming film Kajraare (starring Himesh and directed by Pooja Bhatt) and not increased the number of promos as is the norm when a film approaches its release, but also is asking Himesh to return Rs 1 crore from his 4.5 crore pay package for Kajraare to publicize the unreleased film.
Says a source, “There is a big cold war between Bhushan and Himesh. Bhushan has thrown up his hands, while Himesh wants the film to see the light of day and enjoy a decent release.”
A close friend of Bhushan though staunchly defends him. “For Bhushan, it is more of a business decision. He feels that Himesh’s market value as an actor has plummeted.” Conversely, a friend of Himesh adds, “Bhushan has no business to compel Himesh in shelling out such a big sum. Why should Himesh put out a crore to publicise Kajraare? That’s a producer’s job and it should remain that way. Himesh will not give up easily. He is a fighter and he has been wronged,” adds Himesh’s friend.
|A still from Kajraare|
When asked whether he has been demanded to shell out a crore to publicize the film in which he is acting, Himesh said, “I have nothing against Bhushan Kumar (note that the ji has gone away from Bhushan’s name, Himesh always referred him as Bhushanji).
He has spent a lot of money on Kajraare and Pooja Bhatt has made a good film. I will try to do my best for Kajraare but this decision will be taken after two days.”
While Bhushan denied the rift, Pooja’s father and ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt added his perspective on the fracas.
“I can’t comment on cash for publicity being demanded from Himesh. But Himesh has taken the moral responsibility for Pooja’s single-minded focus, the kind of release that it deserves. Bhushan, who had made huge investments, was feeling abandoned by Himesh in the last few days. He had that kind of angst in him. But Himesh is now moving fast to eliminate that feeling.”
Saturday 15th May 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Admissions Open had a very dull with around 5% collections. The film has no chance at the box office.
Bumm Bumm Bole opened to a poor 10% response. the film could pick up over Saturday and Sunday but overall collections will still be low.
Kushti also opened to a poor 5-10%. The film has been mainly aimed at small centres but will find it hard to even find a audience at small centres.
Badmaash Company scored well at the box office in its first week with around 21 crore nett collections. The film has been appreciated by the youth and was steady on its eight day which should mean another good week.
Its A Wonderful Afterlife and its dubbed versions Hai Marjawaan! were very bad with around 1 crore nett in week one. DISASTER
Housefull had a good second week of around 14 crore nett. The collections on the weekdays were very steady. The film has now collected around 61 crore nett in two weeks. Housefull opened well in its third week. HIT
Saturday 10th April 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai opened to a very poor response of around 10-15%. The reports are not encouraging so it will be tough for the film at the box office.
Prince opened well at places but overall it was a mixed opening as multiplexes at places were not encouraging. The film had a 70-75% start at some single screens but collections were as low as 30% at some multiplexes. It remains to be seen how the film goes over the weekend.
Tum Milo Toh Sahi was very poor as it grossed around 2 crore nett in its first week. FLOP
Sadiyaan was even worse with around 1 crore nett over its first week. DIASASTER
Hum Tum Aur Ghost dropped heavily in week two with around 75 lakhs to take its total to around 4.75 crore in two weeks. DISASTER
Bharati Dubey | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; November 1, 2009)
This year, the Pakistani film industry produced only nine films. The reasons for this dwindle are many but most fingers point to one culprit who, they claim, has killed their industry: Bollywood.
In the recent past, almost every film released in India has simultaneously been released in Pakistan and done business of about Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore. Salman Khan starrer Wanted, reported to be a mega hit in Pak metros, has earned about Rs 5 crore till now; Wake Up Sid grossed Rs 1.5 crore; New York made Rs 3 crore while Love Aaj Kal earned Rs 2.5 crore. Most cinema halls in Pakistan are found playing only Indian movies, leading to a paucity of venues for local films: a source from the Pak film industry points out that there are four Pakistani films ready for release but no cinema halls available to screen them.
But while this swamping has angered many members of the Pakistani film and television industry, there are some who feel it is unfair to point a finger at Bollywood alone. Says Jahanzaib Baig, chairman of the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association, “Local films, which, at 15 to 20 per year, were already in scarce supply, have dropped to around nine. But it’s not only because of Bollywood—the real issue is the lack of infrastructure and skilled workforce in the Pakistani film industry as also the government’s unwillingness to offer a concrete support policy. Unless quality films are produced in the country, you can’t expect the local populace to root for them.’’
A source from the Pakistani film industry supports the pragmatism. “When a producer or distributor can buy a Salman or Shah Rukh starrer for about Rs 70 lakh to a crore, why would he want to invest Rs 2 crore in making a Pakistani film which may not have any takers?’’ he says. Adds
producer-distributor Shakeel Akhtar, “Most Bollywood films are bought for between Rs 50 lakh and Rs 1 crore and go on to do business of crores, which is good enough for Pakistani distributors who cannot even collect a few lakhs from a Pakistani film.’’
However, fear of complete destruction of the industry has angered some film and television professionals in Pakistan who are now opposing the release of Bollywood films and growing Bollywood content on television channels. “There is a lot of pressure to restrict the number of Bollywood releases in Pakistan, as it affecting the film industry,’’ says Satish Anand who distributed Wake Up Sid and Main Aurr Mrs Khanna in Pakistan. “There will be a new regulation by November, after which not all Bollywood films will get a chance to be released in Pakistan.’’
So Bollywood, which has been getting some additional revenue ranging from a few lakhs to crores, may have to write off the territory very soon. Says trade analyst Amod Mehra, “Pakistan was an additional overseas territory for Bollywood, and though not very big did bring in some money.’’ As for the restrictions, he believes they were bound to happen. “The Pakistani film industry is dying, and Bollywood films had become the last nail in their coffin. This opposition is only to save their industry.’’