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Trade espresso: Konnection's kismat

india Updated: Jul 21, 2008 19:52 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times
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After delivering a hit with Chalte Chalte, director Aziz Mirza has returned after a gap of five years with Kismat Konnection.

Upbeat publicity has helped the film to garner encouraging opening collections. The word-of-mouth buzz around the Canada-based romcom is not too heartening though.

Because of the profit sharing tussle between the film’s distributor UTV and multiplex owners, the film reached the ’plexes only at the last minute.

Some hiccups
As a result, advance booking windows had not opened at the city’s multiplexes. Hence, the first-day collections were better at the single screen cinemas. The film opened to 30 to 40 per cent collections for the early shows on Friday at the multiplexes but 50 to 60 per cent at the single screens.

The evening shows perked up with with almost 80 to 90 per cent collections. Over the weekend, the scenario indicated that themovie is likely to become an average grosser.

Trade pundits aren’t too optimistic about its ticket sales Monday onwards. After such nightmares as Shiva, Nishabd and Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag (Sarkar Raj is being touted as a success), not much was expected from RGV’s Contract whose underworld formula has evidently dried up.

Its collections were between 10 and 15 per cent. No hope. Not this time Since Will Smith’s Hancock (Hindi version) managed to strike up satisfactory business, the trade expected a repeat feat with the Hindi version of The Dark Knight. That didn’t happen. Its original English version opened well though.

Director Afzal Khan’s much-delayed Mehbooba after a slow start braked to a halt. Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu Ya Jaane continued to do extraordinary business in its second week. The third weekend’s collections were on the upside too. Harry Baweja’s Love Story 2050 is on its way to flying into outer space.

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