With Do Dooni Chaar, yesteryears star couple Neetu and Rishi Kapoor has proven that they still have it in them. The real-life couple's first outing together in three decades has left Bollywood's serial kisser Emraan Hashmi's Crook - It's Good To Be Bad gasping for breath at the box office.
"Crook managed an average occupancy of 40 per cent in the initial weekend and we are hoping it will pick up through word of mouth. However, Do Dooni Chaar got over 60 per cent as it stars yesteryears hit pair and they have a huge fan following in Delhi," Jayendra Banerji, vice president (Operations) of Satyam Cineplexes, told IANS.
Even PVR Cinemas registered over 50 per cent occupancy for Do Dooni Chaar.
"The film was much better with over 50 per cent occupancy, while Crook was average with close to 30 per cent. The former has a very associative story for the masses and it was after a long time that the audiences got to see the hale and hearty chemistry of Neetu and Rishi Kaporo together on the big screen," said a source from PVR cinemas.
Produced by Planman Motion Pictures and distributed by Walt Disney India, the comedy about a middle-class family and its problems is presented in a light-heated fashion by debutant director Habib Faisal. Archit Krishna and Aditi Vasudev's performance as Neetu and Rishi's kids has made it a worth watch.
The movie brought back the ever reminisced charm of the two stars of Bollywood, who once set the screen on fire with their immaculate chemistry in Khel Khel Mein, Dhan Daulat and Kabhi Kabhie.
Crook, on the other hand, revolves round the issue of racial attacks on Indians in Australia. Produced by Mahesh Bhatt, it has been directed by Mohit Suri. It also stars debutante Neha Sharma in the female lead.
'Do Dooni Chaar didn't pick up on the first day but it picked up the second day onwards. It is being appreciated a lot and shows Rishi and Neetu Kapoor still have a dedicated audience. Crook was okay," said Satish Garg, director of G3S cinema in Rohini.
Amit Awasthi, senior manager (Programming and Operations) of Spice Cinemas, echoed this. He also said that the film's content is kind of attracting audiences to the theatres.
"Crook was ok. The subject of the movie is good but the treatment has not been satisfactory. People are not understanding the movie.
"But Do Dooni Chaar had a good pick of 30 per cent, 67 per cent and 90 per cent respectively on the first three days. Its content is good, it's getting good word of mouth publicity and family audiences are liking it a lot. It should get a second weekend," Awasthi said.