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Summer of 2010

As IPL draws to a close, we check on the big-ticket movies lined up for release.

entertainment Updated: Apr 25, 2010 02:02 IST
Hiren Kotwani

HousefulThe first quarter has gone by and we’re still looking for that elusive certified hit. Over the last month-and-a-half, the third season of the Indian Premiere League has kept people glued to their TV sets. But after the grand finale on Sunday, a bouquet of summer releases are getting set to hit the screens, starting with Housefull on April 30.

Sajid Nadiadwala’s story of a loser, Housefull, featuring Akshay Kumar in the company of two ex-wives, a soon-to-be wife and an easily seduced nanny, will be followed by Yash Raj Films’ Badmaash Company, Rakesh Roshan’s Kites, Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti and Mani Ratnam’s Raavana. “Add Gurinder Chadha’s It’s A Wonderful Afterlife to the list and we have around Rs 350 crore at stake at the box-office till June,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra.

Upbeat about these ‘biggies’, Mehra says, “People are starved for good entertainment and these films are eagerly awaited.” Vinod Mirani, editor, Box Office India, however, doesn’t think that summer vacations are any guarantee for a full house. “Earlier, parents would send kids to movies when they were bored. Now they have computer games and movies are expensive,” he reasons, adding that almost 90 per cent of the movies fail commercially. “The hit-flop ratio has remained unchanged for four years,” says Mehra.

Here’s a look at the moolah at stake

Housefull
Director: Sajid Khan
Date of release: April 30
Money riding: Rs 60 crore

Badmaash Company
Director: Parmeet Sethi
Date of release: May 7
Money riding: Rs 35 crore

It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Date of release: May 7
Money riding: Rs 15 crore

Kites
director: Rakesh Roshan
Date of release: May 21
Money riding: Rs 95 crore

Rajneeti
Director: Prakash Jha
Date of release: June 4
Money riding: Rs 80 crore

Raavana
Director: Mani Ratnam
Date of release: June 28
Money riding: Rs 85 crore