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Fanaa makes box-office history

This, despite all the furore over the Aamir-starrer, especially in Gujarat.

india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 02:30 IST

Nothing works better than controversy for Bollywood. And at times it does wonders at the box office — like it has for Fanaa.

The Aamir Khan-starrer has become the biggest all-India opening weekend grosser (Friday to Monday) in the history of Indian cinema. A spokesperson for YashRaj Films put the collection at Rs 22.79 crore.

The happiest man? Producer Yash Chopra, of course. “It’s the biggest grosser ever,” an ecstatic Chopra told HT.

And he has every reason to be happy after all the furore over the movie, especially in Gujarat. Before its release, Fanaa had run into trouble there over Khan’s comments on the Narmada issue, leading to an unofficial ban.

But that will hardly matter for all those involved with the movie now. For Khan, it is back-to-back success after Rang De Basanti (RDB). And Kajol, who plays the leading lady in Fanaa, could not have asked for a better comeback vehicle.

Apart from domestic collections, the movie has also got a thumbs up from the overseas market. It has grossed $880,000 (about Rs 3.9 crore) in North America and entered the charts at 13th position over the four-day holiday weekend on 72 screens.

But if one converts that gross for a three-day period, it falls a bit short of the $701,666 (about Rs 3.2 crore) RDB took on 61 screens a few months ago. (It grossed Rs 14.82 crore in the opening weekend in India.)

Though the figures for Fanaa from the UK were not immediately available, the buzz is that it will soon enter the Top 10. Conservative estimates expect the movie to gross about $1.6 million (about Rs 7.2 crore) on both sides of the Atlantic, with the take for the full week exceeding $2 million (about Rs 9 crore).

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 01:44 IST