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Box Office Report for the Week - 4 Sep 2010
  Karan´s ´Family´ Starts And Stutters ; New Films Fail ; ´Lafangey Parindey´ Scrapes Through!
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Thursday, that is `Janamashtmi` saw the release of Karan Johar’s Kajol, Kareena and Arjun starrer, `We Are Family`. While the first day, with limited shows saw a good respose, the film saw a fall on Saturday. With a total release cost of around 30 crore, the film will have to rely on rights like satellite and DVD to bring in the profits for the makers as there is limited hype for the film plus the music has not really caught on. Giving company to `We Are Family` from the next day, that is ‘Jumma –Tul-Wida’ will be the Wilson Louis directed `Mallika`. Given the intelligent publicity the scary but sexy `Mallika` (The talented Sheena Nayyar) may just manage to pull a surprise!

 New Releases  Verdict: Flops
 Weekly Earnings: -  Total Earnings: -
Last week saw a number of shows in the single screen cinemas as well as multiplexes being cancelled for want of audience. There were a record number of Hindi, dubbed Hindi and Marathi releases but not a single film could command even a half decent initial. For those who are still interested to know the details, the front runner of the snail race was John Abraham’s `Aashayeon` followed by `Hello Darling`.


 Lafangey Parindey  Verdict: Below Average
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 17 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 17 crore ; UK£29,359
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Pradeep Sarkar  Producer: Aditya Chopra
 Music: R Anandh  Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
 Starring: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Deepika Padukone, Namit Das, Manish Chaudhary, Kay Kay Menon
 Genre: Drama  Recommended Audience: General
The Pradeep Sarkar directed `Lafangey Parindey` has managed to do average business, not at all befitting that of a Yash Raj Films’ project. Fortunately the the Neil-Deepika starrer will manage to bring marginal profits, based on non-theatrical rights and that too because the makers are also the worldwide distributors. The film is a washout in the Overseas.

 Peepli Live  Verdict: Hit plus
 Weekly Earnings: India 6.20 crore ; US $60,265  Total Earnings: India Rs.28 crore ; US$704,775
 PB Rating: 8.0 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Anusha Rizvi  Producer: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, B. Shrinivas Rao
 Music: Indian Ocean, Nageen Tanvir, Bhadwai Village Mandali  Lyrics: Noon Meem Rashed, Sanjeev Sharma, Gangaram Sakhet, Swanand Kirkiree
 Starring: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
 Genre: Social  Recommended Audience:
Meanwhile, the collections of `Peepli [Live]` crashed badly in the second week. But does that really matter? NO! The fact is that the film was already a hit even before the first week got over thanks to brand Aamir Khan. The startless film is phenomenal in the Overseas.

 Aisha  Verdict: Flop
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 0.75 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 18.75 crore ; UK£115,589
 PB Rating: 5.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 400 unique users): 5.17
 Director: Rajshree Ojha  Producer: Anil Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor
 Music: Amit Trivedi  Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
 Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Arunoday Singh, Cyrus Sahukar
 Genre: Romantic  Recommended Audience: General
Moving on, the Abhay-Sonam starrer `Aisha` is on its way out of the cinemas. The film has been rejected in the Overseas.

 Once Upon A Time in Mumbai  Verdict: Hit
 Weekly Earnings: India Rs. 2.20 crore  Total Earnings: India Rs. 54.70 crore ; UK£126,696
 PB Rating: 7.5 out of 10  Public Rating (by 401 unique users): 5.15
 Director: Milan Luthria  Producer: Balaji Telefilms
 Music: Pritam  Lyrics: Irshad Kamil, Nilesh Mishra, Amitabh Bhattacharya
 Starring: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Prachi Desai, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda
 Genre: Thriller  Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Ending this week’s column with Milan Luthria’s Ajay-Emraan starrer `Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai`, the film is still generating significant numbers (especially in Bombay circuit. The film though has failed in the Overseas.

Previous Weeks Box Office Reports »
 • ´Mardaani´ Impresses ; ´Singham Returns´ Is Super Hit ; ´Entertainment´ Survives ; ´Kick´ Is Blockbuster
 • 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!
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