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By Taran Adarsh, June 7, 2011 – 08:37 IST
Diwali just got bigger. A few months ago, the makers of RA.ONE took the crucial decision of releasing the film during the festival of lights. Now here’s the latest: The producers of RASCALS have also decided to release their film in Diwali. Yes, the David Dhawan-directed film, which stars Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn in the lead, will face the mighty RA.ONE in the festive week. In fact, the producers of RASCALS were unsure whether to clash with a mighty opponent like RA.ONE or arrive in another week. But the 5-day weekend is too tempting to miss and also, two films can easily co-exist during the Diwali week. Perhaps, these two reasons may have prompted the producers of RASCAL to release their film during the rewarding period.
Shah Rukh has an impeccable track record as far as Diwali is concerned. DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE, KUCH KUCH HOTA HAIN, MOHABBATEIN, VEER-ZAARA, DON and OM SHANTI OM were released in the festive week and each of them proved money spinners at the box-office. Ajay Devgn too has been very lucky as far as Diwali goes. GOLMAAL RETURNS and ALL THE BEST have proven hits, so RASCALS could be a hat-trick. Also, it’s not the first time an SRK starrer is clashing with a David Dhawan film. Diwali 1998 witnessed the release of SRK’s KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and David Dhawan’s BADE MIYA CHOTE MIYAN and both had emerged big hits then.
By Taran Adarsh, June 7, 2011 – 17:24 IST
The forthcoming weeks are choc-a-bloc with keenly anticipated films. Now add one more significant film to the exhaustive list. The John Abraham – Genelia D’Souza starrer FORCE, directed by Nishikant Kamat and distributed worldwide by Hollywood giant Fox [Fox Star Studios distributes the film in India], is finally confirmed for 16 September.
Surprisingly, FORCE is positioned exactly a week after MAUSAM and MERE BROTHER KI DULHAN hit the screens. There would be a mad scramble for the screens… “But we are supremely confident of FORCE. It’s a film that holds pan-India appeal, merges action and romance seamlessly and should appeal to the single screen audience as well as those thronging the plexes,” Vijay Singh, the head honcho of Fox Star, informs me.
Fox would be using its clout in the international arena to give FORCE a wide release. “FORCE has a solid script. We’ve seen the edit and feel it has the merits to reach out to audiences outside India as well,” he reasons. Incidentally, FORCE is the remake of the Tamil hit KAAKHA KAAKHA [Suriya, Jyothika] and the first look of the Hindi version, launched a few months ago, had met with incredible reactions.
FORCE is akin to an acid test for John Abraham, who needs to deliver a hit badly. “This could be the turning pointing in his career. What surprises me is that John has never been cast in an action film earlier, even though he has the physique to carry off such roles with More >
By Taran Adarsh, May 31, 2011 – 08:19 IST
HEROINE continues to make news. Sometimes, for the right reasons. At times, for the wrong reasons. A section of the media has reported that Madhur Bhandarkar is having a tough time deciding on the role of the young lover of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in HEROINE. Reportedly, Madhur is vacillating between Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan and Prateik for the role in question.
However, Madhur seems far from amused by it. “I am keen to know the source of this news. Now how did this news originate? I haven’t approached Ranbir, Imran or Prateik at all and there’s no question of approaching them either. In fact, the principal role will be enacted by Arjun Rampal. The remaining casting will fall in place later. Why this hullabaloo?” Madhur states.
-By Taran Adarsh, May 25, 2011 – 12:00 IST
Though PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA got sidelined at the box-office due to the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN wave, the film is gradually stabilizing itself on weekdays. The general trend is that the business of films shows a big slump on weekdays, if the weekend business hasn’t been strong, but PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA was rock-steady on Monday and Tuesday. In fact, at some centres, the film grossed better numbers than Friday.
The India theatrical breakup is as follows:- Fri: 92 lacs Sat 1.10 cr Sun 1.23 cr Mon 61 lacs Tues 60 lacs [early estimates] Total so far: Rs 4.46 cr nett
Meanwhile, the low cost film is expected to be a safe proposition for Viacom18. The cost, inclusive of P&A, is approx Rs 9.9 cr [cost to Viacom18 Rs 4.8 cr + P&A Rs 5.1 cr]. Viacom18 has recovered Rs 4 cr from Satellite, Rs 60 lacs from Music + Home Video and Rs 23 lacs from International Video. Also, the non-theatrical avenues [Air Borne, Digital, parts of Overseas] have fetched approx Rs 60 lacs.
The balance amount is expected to be recovered from India theatrical rights. Given the absence of a biggie till 3 June, PYAAR KA PUNCHNAMA should enjoy a decent run and also recover the costs in the first round of exploitation.
By Taran Adarsh, May 25, 2011 – 11:54 IST
An irresponsible tweet can cause unimaginable harm to a film-maker. More so if it’s tweeted by a media person. Producers Bhushan Kumar and Rajat Rawail were shocked on Tuesday evening when someone tweeted that READY has been pushed ahead by one week. Meaning, it won’t arrive on 3 June. The truth is that READY is 100% confirmed for 3 June. The film has also been censored [U/A certificate] and the distributors are all set to take the delivery of prints of this keenly-anticipated film. So there’s no question of postponement at all.
By Taran Adarsh, May 17, 2011 – 08:50 IST
Salman Khan has taken the plunge. He has turned producer. Sure, Salman’s family has been producing films for a while now, but Salman has decided to give his name to a film, which stars kids in principal roles. The film in question is CHILLAR PARTY. It seems, Salman was extremely impressed when he watched the film sometime back and decided to come on board.
“That’s true,” UTV’s Siddharth Roy Kapur confirms, “CHILLAR PARTY is now a co-production between UTV Spotboy and Salman Khan Productions, with Ronnie Screwvala and Salman being credited as producers of this film.” What prompted Salman to back this project? “Well, he loved the film and expressed a keen desire to be a part of it. That’s more, Salman has decided to promote the film as well,” Sid states. CHILLAR PARTY is slated for release in July. The exact date is under finalization.
- By Taran Adarsh, May 13, 2011 – 16:40 IST
Multiple releases yet again and expectedly, the business got divided. RAGINI MMS took the lead amongst new releases, starting on a 20%-25% note, but increasing to 40%-45% in noon shows. The evening shows are likely to show much better results and the Day 1 occupancy is expected to be in 65%-75% range, looking at the positive trends … STANLEY KA DABBA started on a dull note, though, at places, the block bookings ensured full houses in the morning shows. The appreciation is tremendous and the business is expected to show an upward trend from Friday evening onwards and mainly on Saturday and Sunday … SHAGIRD has started on a poor note. Ditto for LOVE U… MR KALAKAAR!, which had a lackluster start.
Ragini MMS First Day Business
Saturday 14th May 2010 13.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Ragini MMS managed fair first day business of around 1.50 crore nett in its Hindi version. The film also has a Telugu version. The film has decent reports but will be not attract family audiences which forms a good chunk of the audience especially on Sunday’s.
Mumbai – 65 lakhs
Delhi/UP – 30 lakhs
East Punjab -12 lakhs
West Bengal – 7 lakhs
CP Berar – 4 lakhs
CI – 3 lakhs
Rajasthan – 4 lakhs
Nizam – 6 lakhs
Mysore – 9 lakhs
Others – 4 lakhs
TOTAL – 1.44 crore
By Taran Adarsh, May 10, 2011 – 08:19 IST
Arun Rangachari, the head honcho of DAR Motion Pictures, is one enterprising man. The entrepreneur-producer is making a splash in the movie industry by attempting varied genre films. It all began with the Mahesh Manjrekar-directed realistic film LALBAUG PAREL/CITY OF GOLD, followed by Vikram Bhatt’s HAUNTED. Rangachari is now ready to unveil his ambitious plans, strengthening his grip in the industry.
To start with, Rangachari has entered into a 3-film deal with Vikram Bhatt, to be made in 3D. HAUNTED has already been released, while the erotic thriller, DANGEROUS ISHQ, will follow next. Besides these three films films, Rangachari is starting two Hindi films – a comedy called RAHUL KAUN HAI, which will be directed by Nikhil Bhatt and a political drama, which is still in raw stages currently. The casting of both is underway.
Besides, Rangachari has just completed a Marathi film and is all set to another Marathi film called JET SET GO, which will roll in a month-and-a-half from now. “That’s not all, the company is also in talks to co-produce a film with the cinema fund of a foreign government,” Rangachari divulges. This project is expected to go on floors in February next year. “Our motive is to create an eclectic mix of cinema across various genres,” he adds.
- 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.