Quite clearly, the flow of duds for the year has begun. Last week, it was the Z-grader Manthan. This week, two established directors contributing to the no-no list.
Rajkumar Santoshi had postponed the release of Halla Bol from December 21 to January 11, to avoid a clash with Taare Zameen Par and Welcome.
The gambit didn't pay off. Halla Bol opened with mere 30 to 35 per cent initial collections across the country. Audiences have given this film a thumbs-down. There's little or no hope of the collections picking up.
E Niwas' My Name is Anthony Gonsalves fared worse, opening with 10 to 15 per cent collections. Although the lead pair, newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi and Amrita Rao, went all out to promote their movie, audiences didn't buy it.
Raju Khan's Showbiz was sheer calamity. Anurag Kashyap's Return
Hanuman was a downer except in some cities. The lack of an A-list product next Friday will help in sustaining the ticket sales of Welcome and Taare
Par. After a whopper opening, the collections of Welcome had slumped a bit, but it's still doing satisfactory business.
Taare Zameen Par, which opened to a decent response, is now doing terrific business. Its freshly gained tax-free status is also pulling audiences into the single screen theatres.
Nagesh Kukunoor's jab at comedy with Bombay to Bangkok, featuring Shreyas Talpade and Leena Christainson. Also on its way there's Anuranan directed by, Anirudh Roy Chowdhury, featuring Rahul Bose and Raima Sen. Ever heard of it?