It’s been a bad year for Bollywood. After 110 films, out of which 100 flopped, and losses to the tune of Rs 200 crore through the year, a fruitful December is the only hope.
Seven big films are slated to release this month, with over Rs 200 crore riding on them. The flicks include Akshay Kumar starrer Tees Maar Khan, Abhishek Bachchan-Deepika Padukone starrer Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Anushka Sharma-starrer Band Baaja Baaraat. But, experts warn that it’s unlikely these films will make up for the dismal year.
“At the most, if these films do well, they may reduce the industry’s loss marginally. The problem is that between a good script and a big actor, the former always wins. Many feel a big star will get them commercial success, but had that been the case, Guzaarish would have been a success,” says Komal Nahata, trade analyst.
“It was a disappointing year with big films such as Raavan and Veer failing. Though it is unlikely, December may just spring some big surprises,” says trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
To make matters worse, cinema hall owners feel multiple releases will only hamper business. “With so many films releasing every Friday, it gets difficult to allot screen space to all. So, there is no time for a film to grow gradually,” says Deepak Taluja of Fun Cinemas.
However, film-makers are counting on the year-end spirit to rope in audiences. Film-maker Farah Khan, whose film Tees Maar Khan is slated for a Christmas release, says, “It’s just the kind of film you’d want to watch in the holidays. So the expectations are high.”
Big December releases
Tees Maar Khan: Rs 45 crore
No Problem: Rs 40 crore
Toonpur Ka Superhero: Rs 40 crore
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey Rs 35 crore
Rakta Charitra — II: Rs 30 crore
Band Baaja Baaraat Rs 10 crore
Phas Gaye Re Obama: Rs 3.5 crore