Special Chabbis and ABCD fare well at box office

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 12, 2013 14:13 IST
  • ABCD

    Prabhudeva will be seen in his dancing avatar once again in his upcoming film Any Body Can Dance. See pics

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    The film is scheduled to release worldwide on February 8, 2013.

  • ABCD

    ABCD: Anybody Can Dance is an upcoming Bollywood dance film and the first of its kind in India to release in 3D.

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    It is being directed by director and choreographer Remo D'Souza and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur.

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    It stars Prabhu Deva and Ganesh Acharya in key roles.

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    The participants of dance reality show Dance India Dance will also essay central characters in the film.

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    The film is also releasing in Tamil titled as Aadalam Boys Chinnatha Dance.

This weekend has been 2013’s first super weekend for Bollywood. Both film releases, Remo D’Souza’s ABCD - Any Body Can Dance and Neeraj Pandey’s Special 26, have garnered both box-office numbers and critical acclaim. While the latter had major star presence in the form of Akshay Kumar, the former had no big names at all, apart from Prabhudheva, who’s been more prolific as a director of late (he directed Akshay in last year’s Rowdy Rathore, which entered the Rs 100 cr club).

Ask trade analyst Taran Adarsh about this and he says, “It was a very good weekend for the industry. Both films fetched good numbers.”

Special ChabbisFilm exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi agrees, adding, “With ABCD, Remo has proven yet again (after F.A.L.T.U, 2011) that a concept based film with great mass appeal can make people flock to cinema halls. Despite having no star value, the film has taken a solid opening and sustained well on Monday too. The cheers, claps and whistles witnessed in cinema halls are something you usually only see for the best of scenes featuring the biggest of stars.”

At the rate at which they are raking in the figures, both films look as though they will remain stable at the box office for the rest of the week, predicts trade analyst Vinod Mirani. Mirani also points out that there’s been no negative response for either of the two movies.

About Special 26, which is currently making more money than ABCD is, Rathi adds, “It presents Akshay in a way that we haven’t seen him in since a very long time.”

Trade analyst Komal Nahta also points out that this is one of Akshay’s few films that appeal more to the classes than to the masses.

Numbers game
Special 26     ABCD

Rs 7 crore     Rs 5.5 crore 
Rs 9 crore     Rs 6.5 crore
Rs 11 crore   Rs 7.5 crore


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