Last Friday saw the release of two films based on real life incidents – Black Friday and Undertrial. Not much was expected from Rajpal Yadav’s Undertrial and it met with a dismal response.
The second release, the much delayed Black Friday, based on the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, met with a mixed response. The opening in Mumbai was not particularly bad, but in other parts of the country it was average. The opening on the first day was between 60 to 70 per cent.
According to tradewallahs, the one thing that went against the film were pirated DVDs and VCDs that were in the market for over a year. Almost everyone in the city and outside had seen the film. Labelled as a docu-drama, it opened to a better response in multiplexes in many other cities.
The trade also insists that in Mumbai, the collections picked up on Saturday after rave reviews. The evening shows at almost every multiplex in Mumbai were housefull. Ditto Sunday. The collections are expected to soar from Monday onwards.
Madhur Bhandarkar’s Traffic Signal, which opened to a shaky start last week, will prove to be an average fare in Mumbai and a few other cities. But the same can’t be said about the rest of the country. The collections in single screen theatres were far better than in multiplexes. On the other hand, the collections of Parzania were steady in multiplexes.
Come Friday, Vidhu Vinod Chopra makes a directorial comeback after a gap of six years, with Eklavya - The Royal Guard. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan. Chopra’s last film as a director was Mission Kashmir in 2000.
Chopra has asked for a better share from multiplex owners. But tradewallahs feel that the debate over more profit sharing may take place before Friday.