There were three releases last week.. but the response to every one of them at the ticket counters was the same – disappointing. Actor-turned-producer Anil Kapoor's Gandhi My Father, though appreciated by the cognoscenti, failed to garner audience approval.
The opening response was slow. The upside for the film was the opening interest in Mumbai and Delhi. Here the collections were encouraging - almost 50 per cent. Word-of-mouth praise could help the film. Tradewallas feel that with some cutting, the pace as well as the fortune of the film could turn dramatically in Mumbai.
Anubhav Sinha's Cash tanked. The occupancy at the theatre was between 50 to 60 per cent. Apparently, the amalgamation of animation and live action didn't gel at all either with the connoisseurs or with the masses.
Plus, negative reports in the media about the quarrel between the producer and the director.. and the fact that actors were very reluctant to do the dubbing and patchwork, didn't help the actioner any .
Considering its high price and the lame opening, the film is expected to make a loss. No Dus this.. not even paanch.
The third film - the re-released colour version of 1957's Naya Daur - saw a dull opening with the film failing to pull audiences to theatres. Perhaps there's just nothing better than a classic in black and white.
However, David Dhawan's Partner did upbeat business in its second week. The distributors are giggling all the way to the bank.
Next week Yashraj Films will be on test again after the tepid shows of Tara Rum Pum Pum and Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Shah Rukh Khan is expected to rescue the banner from the doldrums with Chak de India.
Vishal Bharadwaj's children's film Blue Umbrella and the Sunny Deol saga Kaafila are also on the way.