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Clash of the titans

entertainment Updated: Sep 18, 2009 20:31 IST
Hiren Kotwani

With the Shraaddhs ending yesterday and the festive season starting today, the film industry hopes to make good the losses suffered at the box-office over the past eight months. Wanted and Dil Bole Hadippa! could well be the first of the clash of the titans, that include others like Blue — the Kylie Minogue starrer made with a budget of Rs 125 crore.

While Wanted toplines Salman Khan, Dil Bole... is a Yash Raj production. And an estimated Rs 65 to 70 crore are said to be at stake over these two biggies with Wanted budgeted at Rs 42 crore and Dil Bole... costing the Chopras about Rs 25 crore. “Wanted has an edge in the single screens and the B and C centres, while Dil Bole... will find more family audiences in the multiplexes,” says trade analyst Komal Nahta.

Shunali Shroff of Fame Cinemas says that with the Ramzan fasts coming to an end and the festive season commencing, the mood of the people is buoyant. “This is the time when people rush to the theatres. But this week is special because with it starts the release of some of big films of the year.”

“Salman Khan’s action films have always taken a good opening,” points trade analyst Amod Mehra, adding, “Since Rani Mukherjee hasn’t had a hit in a while, Dil Bole... is being seen as a feminine version of Lagaan and Chak De! India meets Singh Is Kinng.”

Though the pre-release reports of both Wanted and Dil Bole... are good, the advance bookings are nowhere close to 100 per cent. Nahta says, “Because it’s the last days of Ramzan. The devout Muslims prefer to wait till Eid to go out and celebrate with their families. Depending on the sighting of the moon, if Eid is announced on Monday, then it could increase audience numbers, resulting in escalating collections. Considering that the year so far has seen barely four hits, I’m optimistic that both Wanted and Dil Bole... will score at the box-office.”

Rs 700 crore worth of action, drama and comedy lined up for the festive season

Sept 25 What’s Your Raashee?
Oct 2 Wake Up Sid,
Do Knot Disturb
Oct 9 Acid Factory
Oct 16 All The Best, Blue,
Main Aur Mrs Khanna
Oct 30 London Dreams, Aladdin
Nov 6 Ajab Prem Ki Ghajab Kahani, Jail
Nov 13 Tum Mile
Nov 20 Paa
Nov 27 Kurbaan, De Dana Dan
Dec 3 Radio
Dec 4 Teen Patti
Dec 11 Rocket Singh