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Box Office Report for the Week - 21 Aug 2009
  Lean Phase With Smaller Releases Commences ; ´Kaminey´ Scores Despite Swine Flu
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With the fasting month of `Ramzan` from the coming weekend, we are going to see multiple smaller releases. this Friday has Adhyayan Suman and Sheena Shahabadi starrer `Fast Forward`, the Milind Soman, Hrishita Bhatt and Nasser Khan project `Shadow` and Madhavan’s much delayed `Sikandar`. From the list only `Sikandar` has some potential

 Kaminey  Verdict: Released
 Weekly Earnings: UK$185,140 ; US$726,834  Total Earnings: UK$185,140 ; US$726,834
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.18
 Director: Vishal Bhardwaj  Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
 Music: Vishal Bhardwaj  Lyrics: Gulzar
 Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amole Gupte, Deb Mukherjee, Rajatabha Dutta
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
As expected Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shahid, Priyanka and Amole starrer, `Kaminey`, embarked on a very good start, wherever it released. The collections improved during the weekend, though some fall was noticed in the smaller circuits like C.P. C.I. on Sunday itself. Unfortunately `Kaminey` could not release in Bombay-Thane and Pune during the last weekend due to the Swine flu scare, resulting in closure of cinemas and lost close to 4-5 crores on account of that. Despite its high 40 crore cost, `Kaminey` looks well placed to become a profitable venture. Surprisingly, `Kaminey` has done wonderfully in US but is ordinary in the UK.


 Life Partner  Verdict: Released
 Weekly Earnings: UK$148,042 ; US$49,898  Total Earnings: UK$148,042 ; US$49,898
The other release of the same week, Rumi Jaffery’s Fardeen, Tusshar, Genelia and Prachi starrer, `Life Partner` too suffered a loss of 2-2.5 crore due to non release in Bombay-Thane and Pune. The film did release on Friday all over barring the mentioned places to an ordinary start, though it picked up quite well as the days progressed. The film has failed in the Overseas.

 Teree Sang  Verdict: Coverage
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.50 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 2.50 crore
Thanks to its shoestring budget and some patronisation, due to a positive feedback, Satish Kaushik’s Ruslaan and Sheena starrer, `Teree Sang` manages to escape through to safety.

 Agyaat  Verdict: Coverage
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 5.10 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 5.10 crore
Ram Gopal Varma’s `Agyaat`has not really been appreciated, perhaps due to its radical climax and lack of face value, but may just about cover its costs once the revenue from the dubbed South versions are taken into account.

 Love Aaj Kal  Verdict: Hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 16.25 crore ; UK$89,587 ; US$85,632  Total Earnings: India Rs. 59.25 crore ; UK$1,571,584 ; US$2,333,925
 PB Rating: 8.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Imtiaz Ali  Producer: Saif Ali Khan & Dinesh Vijan
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
 Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rishi Kapoor and Rahul Khanna
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Imtiaz Ali’s Rishi, Saif and Deepika starrer, `Love Aaj Kal`, fell heavily in its second week, like most over saturated releases, but is a clear hit for hits worldwide distributors, EROS International, thanks mainly to its first week exploits and the blockbuster Overseas run.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • Salman´s Resounding ´Kick´; ´Humpty Sharma..´ Is A Hit; ´Ek Vilain´ Super Hit!
 • ´Ek Villain´ To Open Well; Good Weekend For ´Humshakals´; ´Holiday´ Hits A Century!
 • ´Heropanti´ To Impress; ´The Xpose´ Is Dull; ´Hawaa Hawaai´ & ´Mastram´ Pull Through ; 100 Crore For ´2 States´
 • Bumper Start For ´2 States´ ; ´Bhoothnath Returns´ Succeeds ; ´Main Tera Hero´ Is A Semi-Hit!
 • Sunny´s ´MMS´ Scores; ´Bewakoofiyaan´ Disappoints; ´Queen´ Kangana Rocks; Vidya-Farhan´s ´Shaadi´ Succeeds!
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