Teri Meri Kahaani plummets, Gangs of Wasseypur soars

  • Manoj Bajpayee

    Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of Sardar Khan who vows to get his father’s honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur.

  • Wasseypur

    The film has been appreciated at its world premiere at the Cannes Directors Fortnight.

  • Gangs of Wasseypur

    Music of Gangs of Wasseypur is composed by Sneha Khanwalkar along with Piyush Mishra composing certain songs.

  • Wasseypur

    Lyrics for the album are written by Varun Grover and Piyush Mishra.

  • Gangs of Wasseypur

    Alok De, Sinoy Joseph and Shreejesh Nair received the National Film Award for Best Sound Recording for Gangs of Wasseypur.

  • Wasseypur

    The film releases in India on June 22.

Those who swear by meaningful cinema might yet have reason to rejoice. In spite of a modest opening for Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur (GOW, part one), trade analysts predict that the film is likely to pick up at the box office. On the other hand, Kunal Kohli’s Teri Meri Kahaani (TMK) might have made more money so far, but weighed down by a hefty budget, it already looks “disappointing”.

Despite an A certificate, GOW seems to be doing well with urban, multiplex audiences. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “The film fared best in Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Its business at single screens in mass-dominated (where commercial films work) circuits was weak. The film collected Rs 10.63 cr net over the first weekend.”

Priyanka-Shahid in Teri Meri Kahaani

The hard-hitting film has even inspired an Amul ad campaign. Vikram Malhotra, COO, Viacom18 Motion Pictures says, “It’s a huge compliment for a non-star film. It has scored because of its raw appeal.”

Refuting rumours that GOW was made on a budget of Rs 45 crore, Malhotra says, “These reports are absurd. Both parts of the film were made within Rs 20 crore.” Official figures state that part one, which released last weekend was made within Rs 9 crore, with another Rs 6 crore spent on publicity and marketing. The film also sold satellite and music rights of part one for Rs 12 crore.

About TMK, Adarsh says, “The film did not take off on day one, and maintained similar figures over the weekend. There was no visible growth, which is disappointing. The film collected approximately Rs 16.75 crore in its opening weekend.”

Vajir Singh, editor, Box Office India, adds, “There is no hope of TMK recovering money in the coming weeks. The film is a flop. The audience couldn’t relate to the leading pair’s romance, they didn’t ache for them to meet and get married after the first half.” The trade suggests that producer Ponty Chadha of Wave Cinemas who bought the India theatrical and music rights for Rs 42 crore (TMK was made for Rs 40 crore), is likely to lose money on the film.

@ the box office
Despite two major releases and less screen space; Ferrari Ki Sawaari is rock steady. The film’s 10-day collection is Rs 26 crore. And, after four weeks, collections for Rowdy Rathore stands at Rs 133.25 crore.

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