A lot was expected from this week's release, Nagesh Kukunoor's 8x10 Tasveer featuring Akshay Kumar, Ayesha Takia and Sharmila Tagore. Since this year we are still waiting for that elusive smash hit, hopes were pinned on the supernatural thriller. But the audience chose to stay away. <b1>
Like Akshay Kumar's last release, Chandni Chowk to China, tradewallahs were expecting Tasveer to get a huge opening but their hopes were belied.
It got off to a dull start in most multiplexes across the country. The scenario at single screens was gloomy too. The opening collections ranged between 30 and 40 per cent. At some places, it was even lower.
The reviews are bad and the audience verdict doesn't offer the tradewallahs much hope that collections will improve in the coming days. Going by the weekend collections, the film could well be Akshay Kumar's third dud in a row after CC2C and Jumbo. A dubious hattrick.
Industry know-alls reason that the average cinegoers are not yet ready to see Akshay Kumar in a serious role.. they'd prefer him doing either action or comedy.
The silver lining was that this week's English film, Fast & Furious 4, and Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi film, Mee Shivaji Raaje Boltoy, have found takers.
Fast & Furious got on the fast track with collections ranging from 50 and 60 per cent in the opening weekend. The Marathi film flagged off with almost 90 per cent collections across the state.
Going by its weekend collections, Mee Shivaji Raaje Boltoy is expected to be the biggest money-spinner in the history of Marathi cinema.
After a dull opening, there were no signs of Ek - Power of One and Aa Dekhen Zara picking up. The fate of the third release of last week, Videsh - Heaven on Earth, was even worse.