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- By Taran Adarsh, May 6, 2011 – 18:04 IST
FAST FIVE took a strong lead as it embarked on a 70% opening, on an average, across India on Friday. The plexes as well as single screens responded very well to the film and that helped this film overpower its Hindi competitors from the very first show onwards … HAUNTED, released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions, opened very well in 3D, garnering 60% to 70% start, while 2D opened to 30% occupancy. Released extensively — approx. 1044 sites [all three versions combined] — the combined occupancy of HAUNTED was in 45% to 55% range. Reliance Entertainment is hopeful that the Friday numbers will be impressive, despite the fact that it stars new faces… LUV KA THE END, surprisingly, didn’t embark on a strong start. A month ago, F.A.L.T.U. had opened to packed houses and LUV KA THE END was expected to follow in its footsteps, at least at big city plexes. But the morning and noon shows were in 10% to 20% range. Let’s hope the youth takes it further from Friday evening onwards.
Whatever happened to originality, asks Meena Iyer
Meena Iyer | TNN (TIMES LIFE; April 24, 2011) BLAME it on inertia; or blame it on the compulsions of commerce. Just the fact that 27 sequels of good, bad and indifferent Hollywood and Bollywood franchises will play at a theatre near you in the coming seven months, tells a story by itself. While Bollywood sets the sequel ball rolling with Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal in June, followed by Mukesh Bhatt’s Murder-2 in July, Sagar Bellary’s Bheja Fry 2, and the biggest one Shah Rukh Khan’s Don-2 on Christmas; Hollywood is going to beat the Hindi film industry hollow because they start with the shriek feast Scream 4, followed by West is West, a sequel to Om Puri’s East is East and then go into Fast Five, Pirates Of The Caribbean 4 (3D /IMAX 3D), The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: First Class, Cars (2D & 3D), Transformers 3 (3D), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2), Paranormal Activity 3, Happy Feet 2 (3D),Mission Impossible 4 that has our very own Anil Kapoor teaming up with Tom Cruise.
Why this sudden sequel traffic jam? “Paucity of original ideas,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra. “Honestly, Bollywood has been facing a brain drain for the longest time. We have nothing like ‘original’ left within our films. We have either been remaking regional films or stealing from foreign ones, or worse, revisiting our own past cinema.” Another producer cringes as he insists it’s lack of More >