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Trade Espresso: Three down

Three films of different genres – Mr White Mr Black, Anamika and Pranali: the Tradition – met with common results. None of them clicked. Vajir Singh tells more.

india Updated: May 06, 2008 16:49 IST
Vajir Singh

Three films of different genres – Deepak Shivdasani's comedy Mr White Mr Black, Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's Hitchockian thriller Anamika and Hirdesh Kamble's socially conscious Pranali: the Tradition – met with common results. None of them clicked.

No hope
The best of the bad lot, Anamika, drew opening collections of about 15 to 20 per cent. As for Mr White Mr Black and Pranali, these fetched the shocking low amount of five per cent collections at most of the multiplexes.

There's no hope for any of the three…in fact, the collections are expected to plumb the lowest depths from Monday onwards.

Despite some initial claims that it wasn't a loser, Yash Raj's Tashan has made it to the list of one of the biggest failures in recent years. Show town's power lists are likely to see a reshuffle with the Yash Aditya Chopra combo suffering both commercially, critically and also with the exhibitors.

As it happens, even the first time bikini appearance of Kareena Kapoor has failed to lure the front benchers. The collections even at the smaller centers are exceptionally dismal.

Just one hit
Of Yash Raj's last six releases, only Chak De! India made news and big bucks. In this scheme of things, the banner which was demanding a higher profit sharing percentage from the multiplex owners finally had to eat humble pie.

Apparently, an understanding has been reached between Yash Raj Films and the multiplexes for the entire YRF slate of films for the coming months. The terms are mutually satisfying, it seems, and not one-sided as they were before.

Last week's Sirf – Life Looks Greener on the Other Side has tanked. Several of its shows were cancelled because of no audience.

What's next:
Bhoothnath: A seven-year-old boy and his imaginary friend Bhoothnath bond and take off on a prank-playing spree. Amitabh Bachchan is the bhooth,
Jimmy: Mimoh Chakraborty, a mechanical engineer-turned- DJ falls in love with a rich girl and is trapped in a murder case. Oh ho.
Speed Racer: Emile Hirsch has only one goal in life - to win the Crucible, a cross-country car-racing rally, which took the life of his elder brother. Vrrrroom.