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Saturday 26th December 2008 09.00 IST

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Three Idiots created a sensation at multiplexes by recording the best opening ever at multiplexes as the first day recorded 95-100% collections on heavy volume. Good single screens were also very good with some some B+C single screens being a bit lower though this will not affect overall collections as multiplexes and major single screens have high collections. The reports are very good and the film is a winner all the way and just remains to be seen if it can do blockbuster business.

Avatar did very well over first week as it grossed around 26 crore nett in all languages. The English version is better than dubbed versions.

Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year fell in week two as it recorded around 4.50 crore nett collections to take its two week total to 20 crore nett. BELOW AVERAGE

Paa was rock steady in week three with around 4.75 crore nett taking its three week total to nearly 29 crore nett. SEMI HIT

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IT’S TIME TO REJOICE!

Although 2009 is considered as a black year for Bollywood, the last 3 ½ months have proved to be profitable not only for producers, distributors and exhibitors but also for viewers. There were at least half a dozen commercially successful films like Wanted, Wake Up Sid, All The Best, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, De Dana Dan and Paa. Also, flops like Dil Bole Hadippa, What’s Your Raashee?, Do Knot Disturb, Blue, London Dreams, Tum Mile, Kurbaan etc did manage to bring audiences to theatres in its first 3 days of release. Also, we got two Hollywood blockbusters, 2012 and Avatar. And tomorrow’s release 3 Idiots is expected to be the biggest hit of 2009. This Aamir Khan flick is been given one of the widest releases. If all turns out to be well, 3 Idiots may become the biggest blockbuster ever, breaking even Ghajini’s record (which at present is the biggest Bollywood hit).

People are coming to theatres. So many movies are running successfully. Unfortunately, no is celebrating it and no trade analyst is coming forward to discuss about it. Ironically, during bad times, every producers, distributor and trade pundits will come forward and state as to ‘how our industry is going through a crisis’. Somehow, we have become more negative in our approach. We love to live in bad times! Come on guys, pop the champagne and enjoy the good time!

TICKET RATES INCREASED FOR 3 IDIOTS


Watching 3 Idiots shall turn out to be an expensive affair. Knowing that people are going to come for sure to watch this Aamir Khan flick, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the distributors of the film have urged multiplexes and single screens across the country to increase the ticket rates for 3 Idiots. Even morning shows which had a meager price of Rs 60 or 80 is now sold for 160 or 180 and even 200 bucks. A prominent multiplex in South Mumbai (Inox, Nariman Point) takes away the cake by charging Rs 290 for the 11:30 am show! And for the evening and night shows, the least said, the better!

Surprisingly, hardly any Bollywood intellectuals have spoken against this unfair practice. All of them are concerned only with the problem of piracy. Why? Because it concerns them-they face huge losses because of pirated DVDs. And they don’t need to care for the inflated ticket prices since they can either afford it or they get to see films free of cost in preview screenings!

But all of them have failed to see the point that one of the biggest reasons for piracy is the expensive ticket rates. Reducing the ticket prices will automatically reduce piracy to a certain extent. But instead of applying this idea, ticket rates are increasing, thus giving a boost to piracy. Producers and distributors are only concerned with extracting maximum profits. And when viewers shun theatres due to high prices, they will again come up with ‘industry going through crisis’ stuff when the fact is that they only created the situation in the first place! Very very sad!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/chfdltslp/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk80

Saturday 12th December 2008 09.00 IST

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Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year had a dull start as it opened to around 30-40% and evening shows did not show major improvement at around 50-55%. Single screens had a low response. The film has fairly low costs so recovery is not a major problem but it remains to be seen what sort of theatrical business it can do. Delhi/NCR showed best improvement yesterday evening but not the sort of jump that makes a big difference.

Paa had a decent first week of around 16.50 crore nett. The film did very well on Saturday and Sunday while midweek collections were steady but on lower side. Second week will be important for the film. Overall the film will probably do 25-30 crore nett lifetime business unless second week is poor.

Radio had a very poor first week of around 1.25 crore nett. DISASTER

De Dana Dan added 10 crore nett in its second weekend. The second week was decent in some circuits but overall the film had a big fall in week two. The film has now grossed 44 crore nett in two weeks.

Saturday 26th September 2008 10.00 IST

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What’s Your Rashee opened to a poor 25-30% response on its first day. The morning shows were dismal with some improvement as the day went along. Premium multiplexes in the big centres recorded better collections. Overall the film will find it hard to make a mark at the box office.

Dil Bole Hadippa grossed around 18 crore nett in week one. Best collections were in multiplexes of Delhi/NCR and Punjab. The film is showing dropping collections but will emerge an earner due to reasonable costs and decent opening week business.

Wanted had a huge week of around 36 crore nett. Business in single screens was phenomenal in week one and second week is off to a similar start. Bihar which is totally dominated by single screens has seen record business. Multiplexes in metroes picked up on Monday but have dropped again on its eighth day. But with such huge single screen business all over India the film looks set to emerge the first blockbuster of 2009.

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HARISHCHANDRACHI FACTORY IS INDIA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO OSCARS!

September-end period is crucial as it’s the time when the film to be sent to the Oscars is announced. 2 years back, a controversy had erupted when Eklavya was sent to the Oscars. Last year’s choice was unanimous-Taare Zameen Par. However, this year, it was difficult to predict which film will ultimately be selected as none of the flicks (at least the Hindi ones) were ‘typical Oscar material’. But The Film Federation of India nominated an unknown upcoming Marathi flick, Harishchandrachi Factory (Harishchandra’s Factory) as India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Although none of the mediapersons and audience has seen Harishchandrachi Factory (HF), the decision has impressed almost everyone. It is a period flick which throws light on Dadasaheb Phalke’s experience while making the first feature film of India, Raja Harishchandra, in 1913! With such an excellent plot, there are high chances that the film will indeed impress everyone when it releases in theatres.

The director of the film, Paresh Mokashi, is obviously happy to see that his genuine efforts have bore fruit. He had wrote the script of the film way back in 2005 but failed to find a financer till 2008. Then, he sold his flat so as to raise money for the film. Kudos to such passionate people who are willing to go to any lengths to fulfill their dream!

HF even managed to beat Bollywood biggies like New York, Kaminey, Dev D, Delhi-6, ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ and the Marathi biggie Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy to become India’s Oscar entry. Anyways, some of these Bollywood films were well made but didn’t deserved to be in Oscars. Even if any of these films was nominated, it would have failed to reach the final 5. Let’s hope HF succeeds at the Oscars!

P.S.: UTV is in talks for acquiring the rights of the film.

(Info derived from articles of Times of India and Mumbai Mirror)
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‘WHAT’S YOUR RAASHEE?’ KA KYA HOGA?

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There has been considerable hype surrounding the 3rd biggie of the season, ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ (WYR). Directed by Jodhaa Akbar and Lagaan director Ashutosh Gowariker and starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja, WYR is based on the novel Kimball Ravenswood by Shri Madhu Rye (why hasn’t anyone reviewed the book on MS?). The novelty of the film is Priyanka essaying 12 different characters. Although the film can and should take a good opening, what can go against it is its length. The film’s duration is around 3hrs 30mins which is too long for a romantic comedy. Also, single screens are going to exhibit only 3 shows in a day which may take a toll in its BO collections. Let’s hope the film succeeds in engrossing the audiences completely in its entire 200+ mins duration!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/bafipomro/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk67

By Taran Adarsh, September 18, 2009 – 17:54 IST

Cricket, like Bollywood, is an addiction for a wide majority of Indians. DIL BOLE HADIPPA tries to capture the spirit of the game and the aspirations of a sportsperson, who’s keen to play for her pind. On paper, the concept, which bears an uncanny resemblance to SHE’S THE MAN, sounds interesting, but the problem is its writing, which is tame and mediocre.

Let’s elaborate. The plusses, first…
It’s mandatory for cricket-based films like LAGAAN and VICTORY, which conclude with a cricket match, to have a thrilling finish. DIL BOLE HADIPPA too has a awe-inspiring end.
Also, the story of an ordinary girl who aspires to play cricket for the national team is motivating, with Rani Mukherji handling her part with complete understanding.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

But there’s a flipside too. The romantic moments between Rani and Shahid Kapoor lack fizz. Even the assorted characters in the film, like Sherlyn Chopra, Vrajesh Hirjee and Rakhi Sawant, contribute nothing to the film. They’re mere props.

Final word? You expect DIL BOLE HADIPPA to score a century, like several films churned out by Yash Raj. But it settles down in the half-century range. Strictly average!

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Veera [Rani Mukherji] is a fire-cracker of a girl who lives in a small village, but chases big dreams. She works in a local theatre group, but dreams of playing cricket in the big league. Yes, believe it or not, she wants to play with Tendulkar and Dhoni for India.

While Veera dreams on in India, Rohan [Shahid Kapoor] is an accomplished captain of a county cricket team in England. Rohan returns to India to captain his father’s cricket team, which has been losing consecutively for the last 8 years.

In a village where girls don’t play cricket, Veera has to put on a turban and beard and become a man to fulfil her dreams. Her brilliance on the field earns her a place in Rohan’s team and Veera Kaur becomes Veer Pratap Singh. But what happens when the secret is out?

DIL BOLE HADIPPA has a patchy script. It’s interesting initially, but takes the beaten path later. Rani’s obsession for cricket is well established at the outset. So is the friendship between Anupam Kher and Dalip Tahil [who heads the Pakistani team]. Also, the initial scenes between Anupam and Shahid are well integrated in the story.

The film shows promise when Rani transforms from Veera to Veer. All this happens in the initial 20-25 minutes, but the story comes to a screeching halt thereafter.

Problem begins… Shahid loses his heart to Rani and the film suddenly turns into a love story. Sherlyn surfaces in between to spice up the proceedings, but nothing happens. The conflict during the finale – when Shahid learns the truth – doesn’t make the desired impact either. Even the re-emergence of the mother [Poonam Dhillon] in the story looks like a complete compromise from the writing point of view.

However, the match between the Indian and Pakistani teams in the climax is well executed and though the viewer is well aware what the ending would be, it keeps you hooked nonetheless. Unfortunately, the final speech by Rani [after the match is won] is outright predictable. The film would’ve benefitted with an innovative end.

Anurag Singh shows sparks of brilliance at times, but how one wishes the debutante director and his writers would’ve come up with a solid script. Pritam’s music doesn’t help either. Barring the title track, the balance songs are plain average. Cinematography is nice.

DIL BOLE HADIPPA belongs to Rani and as always, she delivers a sparkling performance as Veera as well as Veer, carrying both the roles effortlessly. Shahid plays second fiddle to Rani, which is very surprising. Nevertheless, he enacts his part well. Anupam Kher and Dalip Tahil lend decent support. Poonam Dhillon has nothing to do. Rakhi Sawant and Sherlyn Chopra are wasted. Vrajesh Hirjee is passable. Shri Vallabh Vyas does well.

On the whole, DIL BOLE HADIPPA is an ordinary fare. At the box-office, the film has some chances in North mainly thanks to the Punjabi flavour. The holidays ahead may help its prospects at plexes essentially, but the single screens will be dull.

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SEEMA BISWAS BEATS SHABANA AGAIN!

Last week, I shared about my meeting with Ashutosh Rana and this week, I am reminded of when I saw Shabana Azmi. Me and my parents had gone to watch Shyam Benegal’s Karishma Kapoor-starrer Zubeidaa and at Gaiety, one of the most popular cinema theatres of Mumbai and she was present in the same show. The incident happened way back in Jan 2001, a time when there were no multiplexes and celebs used to frequent single screens to watch films. That was also a time when Shabana Azmi had shaved her head completely for Deepa Mehta’s film Water. Unfortunately, the film couldn’t start after it triggered a protest. The film was then shot in 2004. But Shabana Azmi, unfortunately, couldn’t be a part of the movie then. Her role was then played by Seema Biswas.

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Coincidentally, Seema Biswas had to again step into Shabana’s shoes after she refused to play a part in an upcoming film Cooking With Stella (CWS). While Water was directed by Deepa Mehta, CWS is directed by Deepa’s brother, Dilip Mehta! Too much of a co-incidence, isn’t it?!

CWS is a story about a Canadian diplomat (Lisa Ray) and her chef-husband Michael (played by Canadian actor-director-filmmaker Don McKeller) who get posted in Delhi. The cook in her household is a charming lady Stella (Seema Biswas) who teaches Michael the best culinary secrets of India. The film, along with being light comedy, is also an issue-driven film.

arthAlthough there’s no doubt that Seema would have done a great job in CWS, I still feel it would have been great if Shabana had essayed the role. She looks stunning even at this age and has already proved to be one of the finest actresses of Indian cinema. Shabana refused CWS as she is not a good cook. This reason bewildered many and Subhash K Jha rightly said, “If Amitabh Bachchan, who notoriously cannot even boil an egg, played a famous London chef in Cheeni Kum, why could not Shabana be Stella!”

Moreover, Shabana also lost another plump role and that of SRK’s mother in Karan Johar’s My Name Is Khan. She initially signed the film but then backed off after the filming got postponed, thanks to Shah Rukh Khan’s shoulder surgery. Just imagine-it would have been so very interesting to see SRK and Shabana Azmi together! And now Shabana is replaced by Kirron Kher. Now she’ll play SRK’s mom (Not again!).

Meanwhile, Shabana will be seen in Gurinder Chadha’s next flick, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife. For this film, she has put on 25 kgs! Whether it is shaving off her head or putting on weight, Shabana Azmi will go to any length for a film without any hesitation! Kudos to this wonderful actress!

(Some info and the CWS pic derived from Bombay Times)
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VAADA RAHA FINALLY RELEASING!

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Bobby Deol-Kangna Ranaut starrer Vaada Raha is finally releasing tomorrow. The film is directed by Samir Karnik, who had made the acclaimed film Heroes. The film was ready since a long time and initially it was named Roshan. The promos of the film indicate that Kangna’s voice is dubbed in the film. The movie seems a family entertainer and gives a social message too that one should never lose hope. The film may turn out to be nice but it doesn’t seem that it would attract audiences due to bad promotion.

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/ccdcqpspo/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk65


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