Trade Espresso: Up and down
After 10 downers in a row — Footpath, Inteha, Aetbaar, Elaan, Jurm, Deewane Huye Paagal, Ankahee, Red, Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi and Speed — here’s sufficient reason for director Vikram Bhatt to do a Mona Lisa.Updated: Sep 15, 2008, 18:21 IST
After 10 downers in a row —
Footpath, Inteha, Aetbaar, Elaan, Jurm, Deewane Huye Paagal, Ankahee, Red, Life Mein Kabhi Kabhi
— here’s sufficient reason for director Vikram Bhatt to do a Mona Lisa.
He can smile a bit because his horror movie
— preceded by strong publicity and marketing — did arouse curiosity in a product featuring newcomers. The collections have been picking up in almost every part of the country. Tradewallas believes that the success of Bhatt’s
also helped the film to get an encouraging opening.
Initially, the collections at the multiplexes ranged between 50 and 60 per cent. The scenario was almost the same at the singleplexes. The film is attracting sizeable audiences even in small cities. It’s believed that the film will be an average earner. Rituparno Ghosh’s
The Last Lear
was in the news because of Jaya Bachchan’s faux pas remark. However, the controversy didn’t help the film. The opening was far below the satisfactory mark. The collections ranged between 20 and 30 per cent at the multiplexes. The scenario was dismal at the singleplexes.
started off on mere 15 per cent collections.
Word of mouth
A couple of weeks ago Nishikant Kamat’s
Mumbai Meri Jaan
benefited by positive reviews and word-of-mouth buzz. Last week it was Neeraj Pandey’s
which registered an upper curve in the ticket sales. Some more shows were added for the film at the multiplexes. The second week collections have been satisfactory. Kunal Shivdasani’s Hijack and Santosh Sivan’s
have not made an impact at the ticket counters. But
is expected to make big waves, globally, on the film festival circuit.