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Trade Espresso: One up, one down

According to the tradewalas, newcomer Harman Baweja fell short of expectations while Imran Khan had the advantage of a more engaging and young script, reports Vajir Singh.
Hindustan Times | By Vajir Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2008 04:48 PM IST

Once again, it has been asserted that hype to a degree works but overhype means overkill. Imran Khan and Harman Baweja made their debuts.. one with a well-orchestrated campaign and the other with a haphazard one.

Khan’s Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na sailed through but Baweja’s Love Story 2050 tanked.

According to the tradewalas, the Bawejas went all out to promote their futuristic project by making their appearance felt, here there and everywhere. And the newcomer Harman fell short of expectations.

Imran Khan also had the advantage of a more engaging and young script. Plus A R Rahman’s Kabhi kabhi Aditi had already topped the charts.

The morning shows of Jaane Tu.. registered around 70 to 80 per cent collections which kept rising.. in Mumbai as well as in other cities. The film, which is said to be made on a medium-budget of Rs 8 crore, is expected to be a money-spinner.

The response to Love Story 2050 was lukewarm from first show onwards. It opened to a 25 per cent response in the multiplexes.

At singleplexes, the ticket sales were marginally better. Word-of mouth comments are below the mark. The thumbs-down reviews haven’t helped its fortunes either.

Winners.. losers
The film was made on a budget of Rs 31 crore (approximately) and sold to its worldwide distributors Adlabs for around Rs 34 crore. The Bawejas have made money; distributors and exhibitors will be the losers.

The collections of Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic dropped drastically, expectedly Via . Darjeeling and Thodi Life Thoda Magic are on their way to premature retirement.

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