Yashraj films wooed overseas markets

Salaam Namaste and Mangal Pandey were among the top ten hits abroad.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 13:19 IST

The 'Yashraj magic' and the Bachchan show ruled the roost at the overseas box office this year!

While the year saw three offerings by Yashraj productions - Salaam Namaste, Bunty AurBabli and Mangal Pandey-The Rising (the last being presented by Yashraj films) - proving to be among the top ten hits at the overseas box office, it also saw the 'dashing' duo of superstar Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan rocking the audiences in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Gulf with a series of brilliant portrayals.

If the 'Big B-Small B' combination rocked the NRIs with their Kajra Re act in Bunty Aur Babli, their 'brilliant chemistry' in Ram Gopal Verma's Sarkar saw the audience turn up to the cinema halls in 'droves'.

That the combination of Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan 'rocked' overseas is evident from the fact that the top ten overseas grossers in 2005 included four films starring either Abhishek or Amitabh Bachchan - Bunty AurBabli, Sarkar, Waqt-A Race Against Time and Black.

Salaam Namaste, Bunty AurBabli and Mangal Pandey-The Rising were e among the top ten hits at the overseas box office this year.

Further, of the two other films figuring in the top ten -

Parineeta

and

Salaam Namaste

- Abhishek starred in a significant cameo in

Salaam Namaste

while

Parineeta

had a commentary by Amitabh Bachchan.

The top overseas grosser this year was Siddharth Anand's SalaamNamaste with total collections of Rs 12.54 crore, the second was Vipul Shah's Waqt-A race against Time, with collections of nearly Rs 11 crore.

The third place was occupied by Amol Palekar's Paheli, which was India's nominee in the Best Foreign film category at the Oscars. The film, which met with a lukewarm response at home, had a total collection of Rs 10.70 crore overseas.

Ketan Anand's Mangal Pandey-The Rising, which saw the return of Aamir Khan to the screen after a hiatus of nearly four years, notched up collections of Rs 9.3 crore while Shaad Ali's Bunty Aur Babli, which featured Abhishek as a "good hearted conman", earned Rs 9 crore.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parineeta and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Black were also among the top hits overseas, with collections of more than Rs 7 crore.

Ram Gopal Verma's Sarkar, which starred Amitabh and Abhishek as father and son, also made a mark overseas with collections of more than Rs 4 crore.

Trade analysts say that the fact that four of Amitabh Bachchan's films feature among the top ten grossers this year showed that even at his plus 60 age, the Big B continued to rock the nation.

"The excellent response to Bunty Aur Babli,Waqt-A Race Against Time, Black and Sarkar undoubtedly shows that even at his 60 plus age, Mr Bachchan is rocking. The fact that he has the entire nation swaying to his Kajra re song shows that he continues to draw audiences,"says filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar.

The stupendous success of Bunty Aur Babli and Sarkar also signifies the "coming of age" of Abhishek Bachchan, from an actor who had a series of "not so successful" films to one who has become a name to reckon with at the box office.

Infact, in the wake of the huge box office success of a host of his ventures like Dhoom, Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkaar, and Dus, Abhishek has suddenly become the new 'lucky mascot' for every filmmaker in Mumbai, with the last year witnessing the actor starring in a series of special appearances or cameos in Bollywood films like SalaamNamaste, Neal N Nikki, Home Delivery and Apurva Lakhia's Ek Ajnabee.

The good showing of SalaamNamaste, Bunty AurBabli and Mangal Pandey-The Rising overseas also reiterates the fact that irrespective of genre of their films, Yashraj Productions continue to rule the box office charts with their films.

This is evident from the fact that SalaamNamaste, Bunty AurBabli and Mangal Pandey-The Rising belong to varied genres. While Salaam Namaste is an adult love story on 'live in relationships, Bunty AurBabli is a comedy while MangalPandey is a period film.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 13:19 IST