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Trade Espresso: Two more down

The string of duds continue. Last week, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6 disappointed. Vajir Singh tells more.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2009 17:53 IST
Vajir Singh
Vajir Singh
Hindustan Times

The string of duds continue. Last week, Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi-6 disappointed.

This week, two medium-budget films, Prayas Gupta’s Siddharth — The Prisoner and Ajay Chandhok’s Kisse Pyaar Karoon? also failed to make any impact. With the exam season on, the coming weeks will see big filmmakers shying away from the theatres.

Lull period
Even though not much was expected from the recent releases, the cloud of gloom over the box-office has everyone worried. Both films opened to collections as low as five to 10 per cent and with no signs of improvement, could be out of the theatres before the week ends.

Not impressive
Even a big Hollywood franchise like The Pink Panther 2, despite the presence of Indian actress Aishwarya Rai, could not make an impression. One of the year’s biggest releases, the much-hyped Delhi-6 got off to a decent start. Evening shows over the weekend were good but not good enough for a film that had cost close to Rs 50 crore.

Low collections
Monday was a holiday for some yet collections dipped in several centers. Multiplexes fared better but at most single screen theatres across the country, takings ranged between 25 to 30 per cent.

From Tuesday there has been a sharp decline with collections slipping everyday. And now it looks difficult for distributors to recover their investments.