Namastey London brings respite to BO

MUMBAI: A three-week long drought at the box-office has received a slight respite with Namastey London.

Even Mira Nair’s The Namesake managed good collections in Bombay and other circuits.

Shaka Laka Boom Boom too opened to average response, but may not sustain at the box-office.

Producer-director Suneel Darshan’s Shaka Laka… finally saw the light of day, after braving pre-release rough weather, on 6 April 2007. It is disheartening though, to note that a film that was supposed to be a musical, turns to be a low key affair. Apart from the title track, there is nothing competent about Himesh Reshammiya’s music.

The film is said to be inspired from a Hollywood flick, Amadeus, with an added backdrop of the music industry. However, no one appears to have an idea of where the film is headed, including its maker. Actors Bobby Deol, Upen Patel, Celina Jaitley, Kangana Ranaut have no roles worth speaking about, thanks to a weak script and bad story narration. But with most school and college exams coming to an end and the opening day being a holiday, it’s proved to be a blessing in disguise for the film, at least on day one.

At many places in Bombay and other circuits, the film registered a mixed saga at the turnstiles. Bombay saw a collection of around 55 to 80 odd per cent openings mostly at the single screen cinemas. Maratha Mandir ( Grant Road) collected Rs 74,676 in its three shows against its capacity of Rs 1,01,757 on the first day ( 73.38 per cent). The cinema has a seating strength of 1,107 persons per show. Plaza cinema in Dadar, central Mumbai, opened with daily three shows. The cinema which seats 825 seats collected Rs 47,998 against the capacity of Rs 87, 161.85 (55.07 per cent). Gaiety cinema in Bandra which seats 972 persons per show collected Rs 96,992 in its four shows against its capacity of Rs 1,15,960.20 (83.64 per cent).< Page Break >

Kiranjit Ahluwalia’s biography, Provoked, made by Jagmohan Mundhra released this week  in English and Hindi. It’s a multiplex film all the way. The opening week collections are not so healthy, with the film generating around 20 to 40 per cent collections in Bombay.

Beerfest (English) opened in Bombay and others circuits.

Gabbar Singh, Stop Laal Batti, Adamkhor (dubbed) were also released.

Bhojpuri film Devaa, inspired by Hindi film Phool Aur Patthar, was also released this week. The film stars Manoj Tiwari ‘Mridul’ and Bhagyashree in the lead roles and is likely to be liked by the masses.

Delhii Heights’ first week collections were – Bombay Rs 15,00,000 from 25 cinemas (22 per cent), Delhi Rs 8,54,208 from nine cinemas (18 per cent),  Nagpur Rs 48,834 from one cinema (22 per cent). The collections of Indore and Chennai were not disclosed.

Khanna & Iyer’s first week collections were poor. The film entered the second week in Bombay. In Delhi, the film collected Rs 1,34,188 from 10 cinemas (20 per cent), in Hyderabad Rs 62,232 (five shows) from one screen (18 per cent). < Page Break >

Khallas entered the second week in Bombay and some other circuits.

Satya – The Sarkar entered the second week in Bombay.

Namastey London entered the second week in Bombay collecting Rs 1,18,67,326 from 44 cinemas (68 per cent), Jamnagar Rs 3,60,900 from one cinema (58 per cent), Delhi Rs 1,68,21,740 from 26 cinemas (62 per cent), Nagpur Rs 8,83,681 from four cinemas (53 per cent), Amravati Rs 21,462 from one cinema (32 per cent), Raipur Rs 2,30,065 from one cinema (20 per cent), Indore Rs 10,22,349 from five cinemas (58 per cent), Ajmer Rs 4,34,825 from one cinema (59 per cent), Jaipur Rs 9,74,550 from four cinemas (62 per cent), Hyderabad Rs 28,94,089 from eight cinemas (69 per cent).

The Namesake entered the second week in Bombay collecting Rs 54,33,124.

Hattrick entered the third week in Bombay, netting Rs 5,800 from two multiplexes (four shows).

Just Married entered the third week Rs 3,97,335 in Bombay from 15 cinemas, Delhi Rs 1,36,591 from three cinemas (seven shows), Delhi Rs 22,844 from three cinemas (seven shows).

300 (Dubbed version) entered the  third week in Delhi (English) collecting Rs 8,96,127 from six cinemas (38 per cent), Nagpur Rs 5,41,614 from two cinemas (40 per cent), Ajmer Rs 1,01,439 from one cinema, Hyderabad Rs 4,19,820 from three cinemas (41 per cent). < Page Break >

Red – The Dark Side entered the fourth combined week in Delhi, netting Rs 2,98,683 from two cinemas.

Water entered the fourth week in Delhi, collecting Rs 1,80,964 from five cinemas (seven shows).

Nishabd entered the fifth week in Delhi, netting Rs 21,887 from two cinemas (seven shows).

Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd entered the sixth week in Bombay, collecting Rs 1,10,639 from five cinemas, in Delhi Rs 1,00,317 from three multiplex cinemas.

Eklavya – The Royal Guard entered the eighth week in Bombay at Fame Adlabs (Andheri).

Guru entered the  12th week in Delhi, collecting Rs 64,960 from three cinemas (seven shows).

Dhoom:2 entered the 19th combined week in Bombay, collecting Rs 15,505 from one cinema, in Delhi, Rs 29,700 from three cinemas.

Vivah entered the 21st combined week in Bombay at two cinemas.

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge entered the 598th week in Bombay, collecting Rs 39,952 from one cinema (seven shows).

Ashok Anchan

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