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‘Amazing Spider-Man’ Sets Tuesday Record
by Ray Subers
July 4, 2012
Any concerns that audiences wouldn’t turn out for another Spider-Man origin story were put to rest on Tuesday, as The Amazing Spider-Man earned a nearly-amazing $35 million in its opening day. That’s the highest Tuesday gross ever ahead of the first Transformers movie, which debuted on the exact same day back in 2007.
Transformers did burn off some demand with shows from late Monday shows, though, and adding those grosses ($8.8 million) to its Tuesday gross ($27.9 million) puts it slightly ahead of Spider-Man. Also, The Amazing Spider-Man had the lowest opening day yet in the franchise behind Spider-Man 3 ($59.8 million), Spider-Man 2 ($40.4 million) and the original Spider-Man ($39.4 million).
Spider-Man 2 is the best apples-to-apples comparison, since it opened on the Wednesday leading up to the Fourth of July while the other two movies debuted on the first Friday of May. Through its first six days, that movie wound up earning $180.1 million; if The Amazing Spider-Man follows the same pattern, it will gross at least $150 million by Sunday.
Because of studio closures, there’s incomplete data further down the chart. Ted dipped down to second place with an estimated $8.4 million, which brings its five-day total to $71.5 million. It’s still noticeably above The Hangover ($59.2 million), and it will easily pass $100 million by Saturday at the latest.
Meanwhile, Magic Mike was actually up nine percent from Monday to Tuesday, and added $5.45 million for a new total of $49.6 million. This day-to-day increase indicates that the movie will have more staying power than its front-loaded opening weekend suggested, and a $100 million total is definitely still in play.
saw this film earlier today and it has only been a decade since the other Spider-Man debuted, so that one is still fresh in my mind. i’ll be honest, i sort of had a bias(for the 2002 spiderman) before going into seeing this movie. but i like to consider myself a fair minded dude nonetheless, and the movie was still a let down for me. thought the Garfield guy was annoying and lame at times, emma stone was ok. i normally don’t root against any movies but i am sort of rooting against this one.
yes I am quite surprised.. it’s doing 71% at rottentomatoes which is pretty good for this kind of deal. Haven’t seen it and don’t plan to. In the earlier franchise I liked Spiderman 2. Not much of a fan otherwise.
“What makes Ajay stand out are two factors — his desirability to speak in English language [the outcome is incredibly gleeful], besides the fact that he plays a toughie who is also a comical chap, thus adding a lot of zing to the character. He’s first-rate! Abhishek goes all out, playing to the gallery, wooing the masses. Abhishek seems to have unlearnt what he had learned and implemented this new style of comedy, which must’ve been very complex and challenging for him. Watch him in the dance act at the interval point. It’s incredible. Abhishek gets the two characters right and how!”
Taran adarsh wil become a trustworthy opinion now.btw “Abhishek seems to have unlearnt what he had learned and implemented this new style of comedy” this is worriesome.I guess this is bad acting which taran intentionally mistook for being “new”,ofc bcos he is,as usual,paid ;)
yes but also banal and predictable. I never had any doubts that he’d do a good job in this outing but it’s also the kind of thing for which he would never get a bad review. Much as he got great ones for Dostana. Indian reviews praise a certain obvious kind of performance.
If Adarsh thinks something is complex and challenging we can rest assured that it is in fact neither of those things. It’s only in this type of film culture that this kind of film acting is praised with the same language one would use for a performance in, say, DMD.
Which is not to be hard on Abhishek of course. I think he’s gifted with light material, and I will actually make a trip to see this which given it’s a Rohit Shetty film says something!
SHOCKER! Laila Khan, who was last seen romancing Rajesh Khanna in “Wafaa” 2 yrs back, was reportedly ‘shot dead’ along with her entire family in Jammu by 3 men over a property dispute. She was kidnapped in Feb this year. She came under the scanner post the Delhi High Court blast probe where it emerged that the Mitsubishi Outlander, which was registered in her mother Saleena Patel’s name, was used for ferrying explosives by terrorists. http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/news/1462977/Laila-Khan-shot-dead-in-J&K
As I’ve said elsewhere he probably won’t decide on anything before Bol Bachchan releases.. but once he’s done with D3 he has a big decision coming up.. I suspect he’s not going to err on the side of another multistarrer.. so even if he did do such a film it probably wouldn’t be the first one after D3.
Satyam, if this film becomes a superhit, Abhishek will be thanking Devgn here, no two ways about it. Devgn could have gone for another Golmaal here- he could have taken another actor and this could have still been a hit- note I am not saying Abhishek is reduntant in the film, not a all-but I believe even he will agree to this that Devgn-Shetty combo has sort-of bailed him out here
Actually it wouldn’t. Because you’re again performing a certain leap of logic here. The proposition isn’t whether Devgan can get hits elsewhere or can be successful in comedies! The question concerns specifically the Bol Bachchan double! It’s a bit like saying Akshay is successful in Rowdy rathore and has done action in the past too so he could of course do Singham. No! Actually for that more serious outing I do believe Devgan was the better choice. To define it as ‘action’ or as ‘comedy’ and so on is to rely on abstraction in certain ways. Because most major stars do all of these from time to time in an industry which minimally offers opportunities for all of these. I have always felt that Devgan was simply joining the circus in the Golmaal films and hitching a ride to success. Singham though was a very different deal. Note how the same has been happening to Akshay Kumar in the Houseful films where you have 10 actors of all kinds from Mithun to John Abraham and Boman and all kinds of remade item songs and what not. It’s a total circus but that’s the only kind of comedy that works with Akshay anymore. This wasn’t what his older hits were like. Might have been as lowbrow (though no one can descend to Sajid Khan’s level!) but they weren’t all circuses. When he however does Rowdy Rathore he’s very central to the film. So forget comparing with other stars. Even within the same star’s work there can be great variation. getting back to Devgan his Golmaal films are not at all the same as his OUATIM outing.
Don’t disagree at all.. in box office terms that’s obviously true.. but a certain obvious point is being missed here.. why did Rohit Shetty want to work with Abhishek at all?! Devgan has said multiple times in his interviews that he and shetty wanted to bring Abhishek on board a number of times but things didn’t work out for one reason or another. He said in a recent interview that in fact he and Shetty were read to begin another subject when they heard about this one and suddenly changed their plans and the moment they did they thought Abhishek would be the best guy here. And I believe this entire version because of course Shetty had Abhishek and Devgan in his very first film when Abhishek hadn’t been successful at that point. So there has been some continuity to all of this.
I’ve said a few times that Devgan wouldn’t have done this deal with anyone else. Having said that he’s also producing this one. Given that he’s putting more than just his acting self on the line he presumably isn’t doing it just to help out Abhishek! So while I do agree that Devgan and Shetty have been enormously helpful to Abhishek here this film hasn’t been made to somehow relaunch his career. It might become that but it wasn’t made with that design.
Now on taking another actor I agree and disagree. It’s obvious that Rohit Shetty could make hits out of any number of combos. Certainly the Golmaal films have been circuses with lots of actors. However even within his world the BB double, following that of the original Golmaal, is a role with far more substance. In other words even at that level it does require a genuine performer. Or at least a star with a certain persona. Among major stars today I think Akshay could have handled these two roles, Salman wouldn’t be good at it but he’s accepted in everything he does these days so maybe him too. Don’t think anyone else could take this on. Could the film still be a success with some others stars? Quite possibly. But I do think the scale would be different as the right performance or performance always ‘elevates’ even an otherwise pedestrian film.
More importantly one can make a certain logical leap in these claims. So yes Rohit Shetty produces hits even otherwise but doesn’t necessarily have the same part for every actor. Much as when he does Chennai Express it will have comedy and so on but it will be a bit more tailored to SRK’s history and persona. It wouldn’t be right to then say that Devgan could as easily have done the same part. Much as Singham is a much more ‘serious’ film from Rohit Shetty, Devgan was effective here, doesn’t mean you could put Hrithik or SRK in the same part just because they’re even bigger stars or that Rohit Shetty produces hits anyway. Even the most lowbrow commercial directors do have some sense of what actors to cast for the most substantial parts. Take Bol Bachchan. Why didn’t Devgan do the double and why wasn’t his current part given to say Dutt? Would have been very easy to do this. Why didn’t Shetty arrive at such a decision? And here Abhishek’s weak box office makes the opposite point. I’ve always said this. That to overlook his run one would either have to believe that much more in him as a performer and/or one would have to believe that his poor box office run revealed only his poor choices rather than his actual potential even in this sense.
But for all all this the personal equation does matter here. as I’ve said before I can’t imagine Devgan agreeing to this equation with anyone else.
Well put- cannot disagree with anything here- as i have been saying that Abhishek is extremely important to the film- and he obviously is playing a parallel lead to Devgn (I don’t agree to this claim though that Abhishek is more important than Devgn here- IMO both have been given equal screentime even in the promos)- but i am pretty much confident that Abhishek will swallow Devgn in the scenes they share
well but if Taran is saying Abhishek has the lead here don’t you think that’s pretty decisive?
On the other point though your mixing two things, whatever Abhishek’s significance is or isn’t in terms of this film it has no connection with Devgan’s box office standing. So your earlier point seemed to be ‘Devgan can get hits elsewhere and Son of Sardar will prove this’. But what does this mean?! Who argued against this to begin with?! I think what you’re really trying trying to say is ‘Devgan can get a hit without Abhishek more easily than the reverse’. Who would deny this either looking at the current track records of both?! But that still doesn’t really contradict anything I’ve said about BB. Abhishek could be more significant here and all that other stuff would still be true.
On the footage thing I’ve never quite been persuaded that screen time is the only thing that counts. It does as long as the footage is comparable in terms of material. Note how your own claim contradicts others you’ve made. if they have similar footage and similar material then abhishek ought not to be able to swallow Devgan since you otherwise believe Devgan is the better actor! If they have similar footage but dissimilar material and Abhisek is advantaged here then the footage argument doesn’t hold as well. So many multistarrers have similar footage in terms of time but because of dissimilar material one star comes out on top! Finally your claim might be that Devgan is otherwise better than Abhishek as an actor but Abhishek is better in terms of comedy which is why he’ll do better here despite Devgan having lots of gags to work with. But then he [Abhishek] still becomes more important. If you have two stars doing similar stuff with similar footage the one who has a great gift for it will excel. So I’m unsure how any one of these possible claims disadvantages Abhishek.
I believe Abhishek is much better than Devgn at comedy (not otherwise) and i have always maintained that. If u remember we had a discussion where i had said that Dutt would have been a better choice for the part (u too agreed to it). On the other point u have , agreed with everything. BTW all my friends are catching it tomorrow morning (since the morning shows are cheaper)- will tell u abt it once i see it
Bol Bachchan is looking at a good opening on Friday, the opening is unlikely to be bumper as the promos have had a mixed response especially the talkies which are all important for a comedy film.
The Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty combination which has an excellent track record especially with films like Golmaal Returns, Golmaal 3 and Singham should ensure a solid opening day.
Gujarat and Rajasthan may open to a huge response while Delhi city and Punjab may be lower comparatively but as these two markets tend to show good growth on Saturday, Bol Bachchan will have good upside potential on Saturday.
note how as Abhishek has acquired increased prominence in the previews and so on BOI’s reports have become ‘understated’ by the same degree. They know it’s not going to be a D2 deal where the film works but somehow Abhishek can be sidelined! Just saying it’s all about devgan doesn’t work in this scenario even though they of course will. and so it’s the old trick of presenting any kind of success as two or three notches below what’s actually happening. The groundwork is being prepared here — hey it’s great in Gujarat and Bombay but not so in the North, it’s doing well but not super, it’s a 100 crore film but it’s only the 45th biggest first Mon among such grossers (!), on and on.
Not that these things determine public perception. But the narrative is one that has been consistently used with various mutations at EVERY point in Abhishek’s career. Which is why as I’ve always argued it reveals a larger structural angst about his career where his success always have to be ‘explained away’ and his failures have to be exaggerated (though he eventually had too much failure these guys pretended the sky had fallen even when JBJ happened on the heels of Guru.. and so forth with other films).
This is a reaction we see on the blogosphere as well. If you think a guy has had a lot of failure and is ‘irrecoverable’ in this sense why does the chance of a success suddenly disturb you so much?! And here too the positions shift. It’s akin to the republican stuff on Obamacare. So you keep arguing it’s unconstitutional and illegal and what not but the moment it’s declared the opposite you start saying ‘he lied, he taxed you’ and so on. So each position is really an ‘excuse’ for the larger opposition. Each position is superficial and relies on mutually exclusive logic as I’ve said before but it nonetheless attests to the truth of the larger ‘anxiety’. And so typically for Bol Bachchan it goes something like this:
1)He’s a sidey in the film
2)He’s not a sidey but they’re blatantly exploiting the Bachchan name
3)the film won’t work even if he’s the main guy
4)even if it works D3 won’t help him
I could add to these examples but the point is that the logic is mutually exclusive in all these instances. But even though it’s absurd at this elementary level it testifies to something greater. And hence we see Taran’s line where he says that “Devgan has allowed Abhishek to take the lead here”! So he’s admitting Abhishek has the more important part (which shows you just how central he must be for taran to even say this much!) while also revealing his anxiety with the “Devgan has allowed…”!
On a related note I should say that it was almost as if Devgan and Shetty were on a mission to counter just the BOI/Nahta sort of narrative and so on and have therefore hammered the title and its meaning at every turn!
By the way I’ve never doubted Devgan will be very substantial here because Utpal Dutt was very substantial in Golmaal too! He was of course a character actor but Amol Palekar wasn’t a major star either. To add to this Utpal Dutt was definitely a more imposing physical presence which also worked for that film because Palekar appeared rather puny in front of him. Here you upgrade Palekar by introducing a proper commercial star but you do the same for Utpal Dutt. This changes the equation profoundly in more ways than one. Amol Palekar too had the double and performed brilliantly but he wasn’t star enough and hence there was more symmetry here with Utpal’s more stylized part. With Bol Bachchan on the other hand you have two commercial stars and hence there’s a certain parity but then Devgan despite the action scenes and the comedy and so on is placed at a disadvantage because now the other star has a truly masala double too. He is the one who ‘initiates’ the plot of the film and sustains it.
This by the way is a classic example of how even a very close remake can nonetheless be extremely different by altering some of these equations. Not that Bol Bachchan is such an example by any means. Rohit Shetty has really used the Golmaal idea to make his kind of film. Which I suppose isn’t the worst thing in the world given that the original is an astonishing film (the greatest Hindi comedy to my mind) and any close remake would have been a travesty (though I wouldn’t have minded seeing Abhishek and Boman Irani in such a film..).
I didn’t say Devgan ‘thought’ Utpall Dutt was more central than Amol Palekar. But I do agree on the energy bit. here the ironic thing is that whenever he’s required to do so Abhishek can certainly raise his energy levels. We saw this in Dostana for example and BB will be far more over the top. But when he does the other stuff he’s almost too sincere as an actor to cynically raise his energy level. which then gets him a bad rap.
Bol Bachchan Got an excellent Response in the Overseas Markets. The Film was released in UAE Today.
The UAE theaters have done really well for the initial shows of Bol Bachchan. The Occupancies Ranged from 50%-90% in all of them. The Public response is Positive too there.
The Film is scheduled to release tomorrow at New Zealand and Australia, and Theaters are Booked in advance for more than 50% of the Seats. They are looking to go nearly Housefull for all the First Day Shows.
It also picked up in India. The Advance Bookings Reached around 30-40% for a lot of mulitplexes in the country. Bol Bachchan is looking to open really well Worldwide.
“I didn’t say Devgan ‘thought’ Utpall Dutt was more central than Amol Palekar. But I do agree on the energy bit. here the ironic thing is that whenever he’s required to do so Abhishek can certainly raise his energy levels. We saw this in Dostana for example and BB will be far more over the top. But when he does the other stuff he’s almost too sincere as an actor to cynically raise his energy level. which then gets him a bad rap.
– I said that as Ajay has co-produced, he would opt for a more central part probably…
One has seen this phenomenon with Amitabh’s films as well. When he was quiet; deliberately ‘held’ himself, the public didn’t like it! The Bachchan is too big a noise not to make! This aspect Abhishek doesn’t understand and Amitabh did. (but balanced it with Basu and Hrishikesh films)
just saw Bol Bachchan here in AUstralia…..mind blowing first half and nevertheless a equally terrefic second half….Abhishek has a sure shot maiden 100 crore grosser in this…Ajay has been sidelined as ABhishek outshines him in every most scenes..cant believe Rohit shetty did this to Ajay..but in the whole this film will save the sinking carrer of jnr Bachchan for sure:)
With ‘Bol Bachchan’, Ajay may join Salman, score three 100 crore hits
July 5th, 2012 by Joginder Tuteja
Exactly a year after ‘Singham‘ arrives ‘Bol Bachchan‘ which brings Ajay Devgan and Rohit Shetty together again. An annual fixture for the duo which has time and again paid dividends, yet another success is pretty much on the cards. However one has to add that the film, for which the promotion started on a very promising note 6-7 weeks ago, had its newer set of promos as plain average. Though that should not make a very huge difference to the film’s fortunes, one does feel that records won’t really be broken here.
Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan In Bol Bachchan Movie
Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan In Bol Bachchan Movie
Nevertheless, ‘Bol Bachchan‘ should open better than ‘Singham‘ as well as ‘Golmaal 3 ‘, both of which managed to do exceedingly well due to sustained word of mouth and entered the 100 crore club. This means that while opening in the range of 60%-70% is pretty much on the cards, it would be a stretch for the film to see a 50 crore opening weekend. As of now, the first three days should see over 40 crores being accumulated which should still be a good result for this ‘Golmaal‘ remake that has Abhishek Bachchan in a pivotal role. However it would be interesting to see if the film indeed goes on to enter the 100 crore club.
If at all that happens, there are quite a few accomplishments in the making. Ajay Devgn would become the only actor other than Salman Khan to have three 100 crore hits. Asin would have four to her name, hence coming neck to neck with Kareena Kapoor. Rohit Shetty would become the only director to not just top the game with three centuries but even score a hat trick. Meanwhile Abhishek would not just enter the elusive club but also score a hit after a long time.
Meanwhile, ‘3 Bachelors‘ is also finally releasing. The Sharman Joshi starrer was supposed to be released last week but it was pushed ahead. However, after a 10 year delay, this one week postponement would also make no difference to the film’s fortunes which are anyways staring down the bottom of the barrel.
Bol Bachchan A 100-Cr Prospect?
by Shabdita Shrivastav (July 5, 2012)
Winning duo Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn have never failed to captivate the audience while creating created history at the box office, whether it was the Golmaal series or last year’s Singham. That’s why there’s plenty riding on Shetty’s next film, Bol Bachchan, and distributors are waiting for its release with bated breath. This time around, Shetty has brought together the actors of his 2003 film Zameen, Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn, Here’s what distributors have to say.
In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines remarks, “The buzz around Bol Bachchan is extraordinary. There are a lot of enquiries about the film and plenty of excitement among the audience. The film should take an opening of 80 per cent on Friday.”
The school vacation has been extended by a week in Delhi-UP, where G D Mehta of Bobby Arts International says, “The look of the film is very good and we are expecting the movie to take a terrific opening.”
However, advance booking has not caught on in the territory. “This is not very popular in our circuit.” Explains Surendra Saluja of Lakshaya Movies. “But the promos of the film have caught the public’s attention. So let’s wait and watch.”
Sunit Singh of Aum Movies adds, “In West Bengal, there is massive anticipation for Bol Bachchan. The film will open to a more than 50-per cent response and this will grow to 65 to 70 per cent over the weekend.”
In the CP circuit, Sharang Chandak of Shri Rang Films says, “The film has been marketed very well and everyone is aware of it. Bol Bachchan will definitely take a 70-per cent opening. Also, there are chancesthe film might reach the Rs 100-crore mark as the Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn combination has proved in the past.”
In the Orissa circuit, Jeetu Khandelwal of Movie Pioneers adds, “The film should have a 70-per cent opening tomorrow. This year has been very good so far and Bol Bachchan will be the fourth film of the year to earn more than Rs 100 crore at the box office.”
The trend of advance booking does not exist in Mysore, where B H Basha of Bahar Enterprises says, “There is a lot of hype around Bol Bachchan and the film will take a 65 to 70-per cent opening. The weekend numbers will be exceptional.”
These reviews make me cringe more than a little. Of course I’ll pass over the ‘entertainer of the decade’ bit (!) but the larger point here is the extent to which it so very easy in Bollywood to land the right reviews both for the film and lead stars just by doing something very obvious in a box office sense. Now this isn’t about Abhishek for me. I am not surprised he’s performed well, I also know he could use these (bankrupt) reviews and certainly the hit and so on. But this is nonetheless a symptom of the larger rot. Where a guy is called terrible in certain other films (D6, Raavan) but mysteriously good or outstanding in others (Dostana, Paa, BB). DMD was a nice surprise in this sense though even this part was a lot more accessible than D6 or Raavan. hence the reviews for his performance weren’t too surprising. The film still didn’t match his reviews which confirms my point! I’m not suggesting that an actor can be equally good everywhere but just going by what the media has said they’ve praised him hugely in Yuva and Guru and Sarkar and BM besides some of this very commercial stuff. They even preferred him to SRK in KANK. Is it really plausible that a guy who’s done the gamut in terms of these very different roles and who’s also been praised for most suddenly becomes miserable with D6 and Raavan, not coincidentally two films that the film panned even otherwise?
The BB kind of deal falls in the ‘non-surprise’ category for me. Of course I always knew ABhishek could do this stuff. I also know this genre works. It has all the crowd-pleasing elements attached to it. It’s not a director I like but I am interested here not just because Abhishek’s doing it but because he rarely takes on such commercial roles. Certainly he’s never done something over the top like this before. But that hardly constitutes a surprise. I’ve always argued that he walked away from BnB and so on almost right away, he could have stuck to that track and this sort of opportunity or more than one would have come much earlier and his box office position would have been unassailable. But I no more wish that he simply become this kind of star (and by the way Shaad Ali is infinitely superior to Rohit Shetty!) today than I did then. Hope he can provide a better balance though going forward.
In any case the larger point stands. These sorts of reviews, this kind of unbridled celebration for what is essentially a mass entertainer (I don’t have anything against this, as always I’m arguing against the media culture) and so forth makes me more than a little queasy. Even if Abhishek is being benefited here the larger structure is still as diseased. And of course it is easy to argue that inasmuch as he ever hopes to do the ‘interesting’ again this sort of thing though necessary medicine at this point still doesn’t alter the larger terms of the debate. It is the latter that have to be subverted again and again.
All of this isn’t an argument against Bol Bachchan. But it is important to ‘issue’ a reminder here that irrespective of the star being privileged the discourse is as bankrupt as ever.
One thing that makes me a tiny bit uneasy is lack of strong advance.
Am not sure if other Shetty films had strong advance or not. Because if the film starts out on the low side, it will need very good WOM and legs to make a really substantial total. I think the buzz is there and the film is going to find acceptance but the size of the initial can really determine if this will be a middling affair or a monster.
LOL…have seeen an hour of it , then had to go to a party..will probably be finishing this week……..so far Chunky Pandey is annoying, John proves yet again he can not act, Rishi and Randhir are so loud, Sheryas and Ritesh are harmless, Asin is pretty, Jaquline is gross and Akhshay is endearing….sabko thaka raha hai …LOL
Saw Spidey and before I comment on the film, here is a question which was continuously pestering my mind – Why is no one interested in this ‘reboot’? The easiest answer for this question is that the last Raimi film came just a few years back. But there is also another reason- Spider-man as a human being or an individual has not been presented on screen interestingly till now i.e. Peter Parker has never been a character you wanted to root for, in the previous films- his “origins” and the back-story have also not been impactful enough (and this is one of the areas where Nolan’s Caped Crusader always scored brownie points)- Thankfully the current film attempts to tread this slightly difficult path and somewhat succeeds- this is the major reason why the film worked for me (in this respect the film is similar to another splendid film of last year, Captain America). Also if one is a bit familiar with the comics like me, he/she will enjoy it more since this one, at some levels, is more faithful to the comics than the earlier films – In short this is the best Spidey film after the 2nd Dock-Ock one.
Now coming to the film, one of the strengths of the film is that even though it does not have a particularly fresh storyline, – what happens in the 1st half of the film has more or less been seen before i.e. Parker losing his uncle Ben (Martin Sheen gives this cameo a lot of heft), getting bitten by a spider and so on- the director handles this otherwise predictable story arc deftly and tells it in a very different tone. When placing Parker in a high-school (Parker still has not started ‘bungling’ for the Daily Bugle), he essentially makes Parker a ‘believable character’- the emotional turmoil he goes through feels real because for the 1st time someone has decided to enter the psychological realm of the principal character. So when we see young Peter looking completely out-of-sorts after his dad’s study is broken into and he suddenly disappears leaving Pete into Uncle Ben’s care, we for a change are interested in knowing who Peter’s dad actually was. Also the best scenes happen after the predictable turning point in the film- after uncle Ben’s murder- Mark Webb allows this ‘nerdy Peter’ (he wears glasses for a change) to not only do some much some soul-searching but also gives those scenes a ‘kinetic energy’- So when he discovers his new found super-powers, Peter does not consider it a curse but relishes it. In a clever scene Peter gets the idea of the mask after seeing the poster of a Lucha wrestler- so it is as if the mask allows to unleash his ‘cockiness’, if he has realized that he can do the most bizarre things and get away with it. Under that ‘mask’, the nerd becomes ‘witty’ and in a quest to ‘find about his father’, the director makes Peter ‘discover himself’ yet never allowing his to alter-ego to become free of the palpable dangers surrounding him- just like before the ‘transformation’ when he used to get bullied by his class-mate Flash Thompson and was a misfit in the school, Peter, even after becoming Spidey, remains an ‘outsider’ to this world but in an invert sense. A really touching scene here is that after saving the day in his first encounter with our antagonist Lizard, Parker returns home with something Aunt May had asked him to bring- eggs! Garfield, in a very fine performance, not only looks the part (he is more similar to the comic book design) but pulls of a difficult act of being submissive and cocky simultaneously (he channels the ‘geek’ bit from his act in The Social Network). There is as much fun to be had in his uneasiness while dealing initially with Gwen Stacy’s dad (Cap. George Stacy) at her home as when he shows-off his superpowers to a thief and ridicules him. Garfield has reinterpreted this character in his own manner and completely owns the film. This actually could have made for a film solely about Peter Parker- wonder why no one thought in this direction because for once the man behind the mask made for an alluring character. At the risk of sounding clichéd I will say, this is one ‘coming-of-age’ story where someone actually comes-of-age without having any ‘Zen like experiences’ or ‘Eureka moments’.
Secondly this film has some really charming romantic moments. Thankfully we have a younger and hotter sweetheart for Parker in the form of Gwen Stacy played nicely by Emma Stone. Stacy is not a cardboard character- she even gets a heroic moment in the climax. But the best part is that because just like Parker, she has love for ‘science’- so apart from having a physical attraction, they share an ‘intellectual relationship’ too. There is real chemistry between the two leads because they behave like ‘modern teenagers’ and not like grown-ups. And it helps that director here is the guy who made a fine rom-com “500 Days of Summer”. The romance, which never did it for me in the earlier Spidey films, is actually one of film’s cornerstones. Wish they would have done a zany adaptation on the lines of ‘Spidey in a High-School Musical’.
Also Webb has paid great attention to detailing of the scenes which add to the experience. It clearly shows that he knows the original material. So again being true to the comics and, something which was missing in the earlier films, Parker designs wrist-mounted devices for firing webs. The web-swinging is deserves special mention- it is splendidly executed and thrilling but also looks real. Also the best part is that the character of Lizard is designed as close the comic-book original as possible. That Lizard looks utterly grotesque and less slick is because it is supposed to be that way (though he does away with the Lizard’s snout which was prominent in the books)- the character is a humanoid having layers of scales. Also Spidey himself here is lithe and acrobatic. Webb also smartly avoids those ‘big climactic action scenes where everything happens at once’- remember Avengers. The action pieces have a clarity to them though they lack in inventiveness and style. The best one is where Spidey rescues a boy from a burning car dangling from a bridge- he removes his mask and tells the kid to put it on, who then suddenly gets a boost of confidence and courage and is hence rescued by our hero- and the scene is done with such electric passion that it seems this mask does not belong to Spidey but to ‘The Mask’.
GF, Satyam, Rajen Sir and others- inspite of its shortcomings this spidey is definitely a film which should be seen. And since i am pretty sure that atleast GF and Satyam would be quite familiar with the comics and the 60s Marvel Spidey stories in particular, they should definitely give it a shot. it is much better than 1st and 3rd Spidey films, Singer’s Superman (which was not that bad), Thor, both Hulks, both Fantastic Four crapfests, Green Lantern and Daredevil (which i liked)
I am not saying that this is a never-seen-before visual spectacle and so on but i believe even a half-decent superhero film should be viewed on the big-screen(since i believe it brings out the strengths of the film in the best possible manner) and this is a good film. And as i had said earlier in my comment, as the director is from a rom-com genre he brings a very fresh tone and sensibility to the film. So if u guys don’t go with too lofty expectations, u will like it (or atleast admire some of the things
just a funny anecdote, was talking to a 9 or 10 yr old (chinese kid of a coll.) and i happen to ask him if he saw the amazing spiderman and he replied “that spidey movie is for kids, nobody likes spiderman. nobody in my school likes spiderman” I know its just an opinion but was surprised to hear from a kid.
they all do it in one way or the other.. take the Joginder piece I posted earlier.. there’s always the sense that his success must somehow be ‘quarantined’.. always explained away as ‘not enough’ or ‘not too much’!
BOI leaving aside the commentary would have had far more pieces on the film by this point had it been only about Devgan. Now you’ll see the ‘yeah it’s doing well’ routine with lesser performing centers exaggerated in a certain direction, the better ones not exaggerated at all in the other direction. and when the numbers come in it will again be ‘yeah it did x amount’.
Do think though that the larger media story will overwhelm this sort of negativity. To be honest the media was very positive even on Paa. The thing is that as the 24/7 TV cycle has intensified over time a kind of split has developed between the coverage here and elsewhere. Because the TV media is obsessed with ratings and really wants to stay on the right side of the audience. There’s little in it for any of them to keep pretending a film isn’t doing well if it is. Actually even years ago when BnB released and Nahta was down on it (coincidentally he used to be down on films like Munnabhai and BnB and RDB, never on a SRK release!) in one instance they showed him clips of a crowd cheering the film after exiting a theater and wondering how this could be squared with what he was saying. Nahta stumbled around a bit with his response.
So I don’t think there’s any real practical consequence. Nonetheless the negativity in many of these pieces is far too obvious even when they otherwise celebrate the film or even performance.
Advance bookings is a phrase we don’t hear too often in the multiplex era, since most of them have a policy of not allowing tickets to be booked before Wednesday. But with the reincarnation of the single-screen film era, the term is making a comeback. The most recent example being Bol Bachchan. The advance bookings for the film shot through the roof almost a week before its release – an unheard of phenomenon in the multiplex dominated cinescape.
Chote chote shehron mein bade bade sales
Some of the astonishing sales have been in cities like Nagpur, where the movie is already sold out before its release. Meanwhile, single-screen theatres in Indore and Bhopal had also sold 70% of their tickets by Wednesday evening. Bol Bachchan is unabashedly marketed towards single screens (or the theatres of the masses), which are the default in tier-II cities. But the film is set to make about 5 lakh, even before its release in the single screen theatres, in the metropolitan cities as well.
This isn’t unprecedented, but it’s rare. In recent times, only Dabangg, Bodyguard and 3 idiots saw this kind of a pre-opening windfall. Even a Rowdy Rathore took a while to find its grounding – with an opening of about 1.5 lakh in each single screen theatre, as compared to Bol Bachchan’s 5 – before eventually hitting the 100-crore mark.
Multiplexes? just the icing on the cake
Multiplexes are the primary factor in the diminishing of the ‘advance booking’ system. They don’t usually sell tickets of Friday releases before Wednesday night. Despite that, for Bol Bachchan, by Thursday morning itself, 25% of the total tickets of each cinema in all the big cities were sold out (the average was expected to touch 60% by the evening). This also happened during Dabangg, but Rowdy Rathore still struggled with 25% bookings the entire day, whereas popular but niche films like Kahaani and Vicky Donor picked up only after Saturday.
A sidelight: multiplexes may not offer advance bookings before Wednesday night, but they still offer corporate bookings, that is, entire shows booked by corporations (usually for their employees). In the case of Bol Bachchan, many halls across the country already had 10-15 corporate bookings by Wednesday night itself.
Bol Bachchan, which releases today, is presented by Fox Star Studios, and is produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision Ltd and Ajay Devgn Ffilms.
if all the info here is literally true and not hyperbolic combined with what looks to be good WOM here we might see numbers beyond what everyone is expecting, even those who’re saying it will do 100 crores.
if the film does hugely well Yashraj will be the luckiest guys around. When D2 released Abhishek was hot. He’s had lots of problems between Guru (which followed D2) and the present date, either successes that were no big enough or not consistent enough plus films at the lower end and obviously some big failures but he might be completing this cycle just in time before the D3 release! Not that with Aamir there’s anything more needed but nonetheless he’s always been part of the Dhoom franchise and it can only help to have him hot again when the film is built on this opposition.
Check this out-TOI-here they are saying Devgn is dominating- “Devgn’s at the top of his form here, mouthing lines like ‘Hard work is the keyhole to saxophone’ with deadpan face and shining eyes. Bachchan sags at the start but sizzles with later hilarity, even pulling off a crazy dance sequence to Dola Re . You wish there’d been more of his mad antics but instead, the camera spends considerable time lingering lovingly on Devgn’s cleavage as he drives a jeep, pulverizes liars and takes on his weasly cousin.”
Satyam if u notice, through Devgn’s character Shetty might be referencing 2 other Mukherjee films apart from Golmaal- in the film Devgn has 2 characteristic features- (1) He likes talking in English- Om Prakash of Chupke Chupke (2)Devgn hates ‘liars’- Dharmendra in Satyakaam- Now if Shetty would have half as good as Mukherjee we could have had a super film
I think it’s more Namak Halal than anything else on that score (or that iconic Bachchan moment, it’s even referenced in one of the trailers when Devgan says ‘English is a phunny language Abhishek’). In CC Om prakash isn’t obsessed with English.
So Bol bachchan seems to be given a thumbs up by tran adarsh !!
Think the first weekend is crucial here ( infact fri as well)
Either ways: one gets the feeling that abhishrek is being liked here even by people who pan him….so seems another ‘relaunch’ for abhishrek by devgun-shetty!
For abhishrek, this can only be positive (ESP from where he is coming from!)
Btw any ideas on the amazing spiderman—may end up watching that fri/sat?
guardian piece on the ‘biggest paid star’! http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2012/jul/05/tom-cruise-katie-holmes-scientology-profile?intcmp=ILCMUSIMG9382
Forbes magazine has just announced that he is the highest paid performer in the world, raking in $70m (£45.141m) in the past year, almost double the salary of his nearest rivals, Leonardo DiCaprio and Adam Sandler. No one is invincible, but Cruise is closer than most.
As Cruise enters his sixth decade, it is not the ravages of time he needs to fear (most of us don’t look as good at 25 as he looks at 50) but the potential for his mysterious offscreen life to unravel the painstakingly calibrated on-screen equivalent.
Until then, it seems, he is safe. “Hollywood respects his stardom,” says Yamato. “He is still Tom Cruise, after all, and when he’s ‘on’, he’s still really good. So while the industry considers him a bit of a kook, he’s a bankable kook. That’s really what matters in Hollywood.”
I believe it is definitely worth a watch (though again i don’t miss anyrhing in this genre)- it’s a fairly good film and i am sure 3D will add to the experience. it’s also getting very good reviews (71 % at Rotten Tomatoes which is very good considering the genre) and is doing great business- has had the biggest opening Tuesday gross ever
BTW amongst all this we should not forget that if Bol Bachchan reaches 100 crores, Devgan will be the only other actor apart from Salman to have 3 ‘100 crore grossers’- Golmaal 3 and Singham being the other 2. And he can add to this list if his diwali release ‘Son Of Sardar’ also works. And next yr he has another potential biggie in the form of Sajid Khan’s ‘Himmatwala remake’
true but the meaning of his three is not the same.. we’ve already talked about Bol Bachchan but Golmaal 3 isn’t the Singham kind of deal either. Salman on the other hand has three films which are really only about him. this is not to belittle Devgan’s achievement but there are distinctions. I’m still not persuaded of Son of Sardar by the way. Specially releasing with another big film the 100 crores would be truly hard here. But Himmatwala should be big. Note how among his grossers, already achieved or potential ones, all are either remakes or sequels! Again this isn’t true for Salman’s films.
Not really. Bodyguard and Ready were remakes. And while not many know here the Sonu Sood villain character/characteristics from Dabangg too was a direct lift from a Telugu movie which incidentally had Sonu Sood playing the villain as well.
On a second thought I think almost all the 100 Cr nett movies are either remakes or sequel :O barring 3 Idiots and Ra.one and to some extent Dabangg.
Ghajini – remake of Tamil Ghajini
golmaal 3 – remake of an old hindi movie can’t remember the name now.
Ready – remake of Telugu Ready
Bodyguard – remake of Malayalam movie of same which was later remade into Tamil. Also has a Telugu remake.
Singham – tamil remake
Don 2 – sequel to an original which was a remake
Agnipath – remake of old hindi film with same name
Houseful – sequel as well as a remake from south
Rowdy Rathore – telugu remake
I know in future we would see many new films joining but as thing stands today that’s an overwhelming majority.
yes because it’s a certain kind of masala that’s getting the job done and all these films are remakes of Telugu hits. Actually the truest exception is 3I. Because even Dabanng though not a remake has a very Southern tone to it (in somewhat auteurist garb.. itself not an unusual combo for the South). So you’re quite right.
LOL! Though my point still stands. Dabanng wasn’t a remake nor is ETT. Even with Devgan Singham and Himmatwala are one thing and Golmaal another. Because the latter could work with many stars and he isn’t central to them the way he is to Singham and so on. Akshay occupies a similar space in the Houseful franchise though the opposite was true in something like Singh is King.
I have never seen the majority of critics and audience be so overwhelmingly positive about one of Abhishek’s movies since Guru. I hope all of this positive buzz and word of mouth will translate into Bol Bachchan being a hit movie and having success at the box office. I don’t care about how much money the movie makes as long as its a bonafide hit at the box office. I hope this works out for the entire team of Bol Bachchan. I look forward to seeing the movie.
The glowing reviews and the presumed success underline the stupidity of the critics and how predictable and easy to please the audiences are. Even as one of abhi’s biggest fan, this is not an exceptional film or role by any yardstick. Abhi has given better performances in better films
Abhishek is always good at comedy. He shined in Bunty aur Babli and Dostana. So I believe that he has done a good job in Bol Bachchan which is all that the audience can expect from any actor. The Indian audience seems to really enjoy movies that are full on entertainers. The audience wants to be entertained. So actor’s have to give the audience what it wants. Abhishek needs some hits under his belt. He needs some consistent success.
If the audience wants comedy and masala entertainment with Abhishek obliging them then so be it. I’m not saying that Abhishek has to give up doing meaningful movies, but he definitely needs to make sure the majority of his movies are full on entertainers that offer the audience entertainment. Actors are not making movies for just for themselves. They are making movies for the audience and as such they have to give them what they want. I hope Bol Bachchan is a success and that Abhishek can build on it.
some interesting fact according to recent government report… crime against women in delhi accounts for 13% of total crime against women which took place in year 2011..
Delhi is only second to Madhya pradesh… and as a matter of fact Madhya pradesh is 25 times bigger then delhi in Geographical area…
Also 4,471 rapes were reported in delhi which is 16% of total rapes reported across India in year 2011..
well i have a curious theory that as u start moving from north to south,indian males start becoming more and more feminine.and that cud possibly be one of the reason why crime against women
happens more in north…central and western india.the belt which starts from west bengal..encompasses orissa and then extends south..i find the most feminine…interestingly the rate of crime against women in these states r the least.i have lived in kolkata for 5 years and in chennia for a year…. and bengali men and south indians i find the most feminine in the way they blush and smile…the slowness of their body movements…..also their fights…all looks very womanly to me….two men abusing eachother in chennai or kolkata…..if u dont know the language…may look like they r indulging in playful banter…..they have a certain laid back,play acting quality in their quarrels(like women do)…they sing song their abuses…..its not about men individually..its the whole culture.the language itself..reflects it.in north ..the language is more high strung,upright and masculine..and so r the men with sharp feature..pointed nose and chins….and as u move east and south the faces start becoming mellower and so does the language……
infact in hindi we have a term for it.the languages spoken in north india r called khadi(standing..active) boli…and those spoken in regions as u move south are called baithi(sitting..passive) boli.
u can see in bollywood also…how many women get imported from places like bengal and south….they r too many….whereas the number of men from these regions are negligible……coz these men r feminine…whereas male actors from punjab or haryana r too much…which endorses my point.
Haha interesting points there anjali
Again well reasoned-in other words, your implication is that north Indian ones are real ‘mards’ :-)
Though not sure about south: some south Indian males may protest (but personally don’t disagree)
“bengali men and south indians i find the most feminine in the way they blush and smile…the slowness of their body movements…..also their fights…all looks very womanly to me….two men abusing eachother in chennai or kolkata…..if u dont know the language…may look like they r indulging in playful banter…..they have a certain laid back,play acting quality in their quarrels(like women do)…they sing song their abuses” :-):-)
Anjali: u may have antagonised some south /Bengali guys here (but don’t worry lol)
Well Mam your theory is wrong… and Y it wouldnt be… because India is a land of contradictions… You would be surprised to know that Most cases of Sexual Abuse were recorded in Andhra Pradesh… which is obviously in south.. Andhra pradesh ptherwise is very much down the list in Crime radar… but when it comes to Sexual abuses it tops the list… and is Second to delhi in Rapes.. making it third in the list after MP and Delhi..
1. Only a sadist will judge the amount of MARDANGI on the basis of rapes a man commits… I never expected this from a woman.. Do u girls enjoy this mardangi forced upon you.. well that explains the quotation..” when getting raped y not lie down and enjoy it…”
2. Kerala is way down south.. but most number of violent crime cases have been recorded there in 2011. Making it the most violent state of India.
Uttranchal state is way north… but the people of this region are as innocent as a child.
Lastly I dont believe whole of the West is femminine.. and respect women too .. atleast more then they r respected in eastern side of the globe.. esp in India
by being feminine i do not intend to say that bengali or south indian men r in any way inferior or incapable. infact femininity may be a superior quality.and some women(mostly bengalis and south indians..perhaps becoz they have no choice)..r more attracted towards men who can cook and take care of children and do the laundry and stuff….it leads to a happier married life.
whereas masculine men r viewed(again by some women)..as uncouth and barbaric.
“some women(mostly bengalis and south indians..perhaps becoz they have no choice)..r more attracted
towards men who can cook and take care of children and do the laundry and stuff….it leads to a happier married life.
whereas masculine men r viewed(again by some women)..as uncouth and barbaric.”
Have nothing to do with Bengal or south etc : so carry on lol
Lol @ ‘no choice’ and ‘some women’
Haha btw hope ‘some women’ doesn’t mean poor Amy ;-)
Anjali:Plz be kind to Amy- she has been sulking and hiding away quietly reading the blog only
Cool it Amy : we are just being funny.
@ dr shaurya
i merely said that bengali or south indian men appear more feminine.i neved said becoz they r feminine thats y they r inferior.that is an implication which ur mind is making up.and curiously i find that very patriarchal on ur part.why cant a man be happy being called feminine?is femininity in any way inferior? or derogatory for a man?if women can be happy being called tomboyish….similarly..men must be happy n proud being called womanly types.
if women can wear manly dresses..like jeans and shirts…why cant men wear skirts and sarees?
why is it that the moment a man is called womanly he gets hurt?is femininity inferior that it cant be imitated?
“why cant a man be happy being called feminine?is femininity in any way inferior? or derogatory for a man?if women can be happy being called tomboyish….similarly..men must be happy n proud being called womanly types.”- Anjali, you have lost me with this comment
Yes it is HUMILIATING for a man to be called as ‘feminine’- Any man who is OK with this feminine tag- Devil may help him.
this is exactly the point i wanted to raise.men r okay with the idea of supporting the feminists…with the idea of making women do men’s work and(as the theory of evolution proves.. what yu do u become)….acquiring masculine characteristics.they r okay with women wearing men’s clothes…coz deep down men think that they r basically superior and they could be and would be imitated by the inferior(women)
but men dont like the idea of doing the woman’s work and acquiring womanly characteristics…why?…becoz to be womanly is to be inferior and it cant be imitated!
now this is real patriarchy!and all the feminists r endorsing this view of patriarchy..that men r basically superior!…by doing men’s work and imitating men.
so if u look deeply…there is no difference between patriarchy and feminists…both acknowledge that to be a man is superior..and must be imitated.
and as a result of which femininity automatically becomes inferior.
but let me tell u..to be feminine is NOT inferior.a woman bringing up a child is doing a thousand times more important and difficult work than a president running a country!…and go and tell this to all the foolish femininsts!
worthy and original thoughts there anjali
“go and tell this to all the foolish femininsts!”
expecting a backlash from the ‘foolish feminists’ now lol
Masculinity of feminism better have something reassured to it that doesnt need to be shouted @ from roftops
btw thats y im personally against stuff like moustaches etc which are needed to stamp ones masculinity , similarly ‘big assets’ for females..
The need for these shouldnt arise…..lol
That was an interesting passage anjali
One could really feel for that girls dilemma/problems
Well, these sort of things don’t happen in the west ESP those of this extent/scale..
Though offences against women are not nonexistent anywhere, I think-just the numbers and scale are different, I guess.
Is that your blog?
My question is same as the men there;
WHY WAS SHE IN THAT COACH?
My reasoning is that THIS IS THE REASON WHY THEY EVEN HAVE A COACH IN THE FIRST PLACE:
I make it a point to travel in the women’s coach always when I’m there, because it is only fair. Why take up seats where men could sit – if the coach was crowded? Then the women would expect the men to stand and give place to them.
That the men shouldn’t behave in that manner – Well, there’s A LOT that **shouldn’t** be!!!
Don’t lock your door and then complain it was burgled, because *that* shouldn’t be!! LOL!!
Hahaha that’s what I like about Oldgold…
Another interesting take–though cant disagree with her..
Why wasn’t she in the women’s coach..
But can feel for the trauma inflicted on the poor girl overall…
In the west, even if there is a suggestion of improper conduct (even false):: the guy is in trouble–isn’t it Oldgold
Poor Guys are always under threat here lol
>But can feel for the trauma inflicted on the poor girl overall…
Don’t yu think she brought it upon herself?
While in Rome it’s a good thing to behave accordingly, and not let the hangover of ‘west’ sit on you (if she’s an NRI). Didn’t read the whole, I have no patience with such stuff.
C’mon Oldgold: dont be so harsh on the poor girl.
He didn’t ask those guys to misbehave and lean on her…it’s a free world
Maybe she couldn’t get onto the womens compartment.
“Didn’t read the whole, I have no patience with such stuff.” ;-)
The busy Oldgold …
I was planning on watching Bol Bachan but the trailers and songs were so poor that I decided I would wait for Cocktail the following week. However, it seems the film is a laugh riot (the audience feedback thus far) and if it’s as good as All The Best then I want to see this film.
I like Ajay Devgn and in my opinion he is one of the best actors out there but comedy nope not convinced and in ATB Sanju stole the show along wiith Sanjay Mishra.
In my local cinema the film has a pretty limited release vis-a-vis other biggies.
Gangs Of Wasseypur collected around 6.75-7 crore nett in its second week. The drop is 60% from the first week which is fair though the first week was low. The two week business of the film is around 23 crore nett.
The film had the potential to collect well in week two as multiplexes retained it with a good number of shows but with word of mouth being decent in a just a few areas the film went through the week with low occupancies.
It was important to Gangs Of Waseeypur to find appreciation even if box office numbers remained low as it has a second part and appreciation would have helped the second part put up much better numbers than the first part.
Bol Bachchan took a good opening at the box office with collections around the 60-65% mark on average at multiplexes. Punjab was below the mark as the Punjabi film Jatt and Juliet is still first choice there, the business in the Andhra area of Nizam circuit was low due to a big regional release Eega in the circuit. West Bengal also opened to low 30-35% collections. The rest of country had a good opening.
Delhi city was around 50-55% while UP was 70-75%. Gujarat, Rajasthan and CI all opened to very good houses at around 75% plus. Its not a record breaking type of opening but a good solid start and a good platform to build from on Saturday as a couple regions are affected by regional films while a few centres opened below the optimum mark.
Bol Bachchan opened better at single screens as compared to single screens as compared to multiplexes. Singls screens on average opened to around 70% mark while multiplexes were more closer to the 60% mark.
The last big release of 2012 Rowdy Rathore had opened to a bumper 100% response at single screens and a similar mark to Bol Bachchan at multiplexes.
The best opening is in UP, Rajasthan and Gujarat while East Punjab, West Bengal, Nizam and Mysore collections are below the mark. It is the best opening for an Ajay Devgan starrer if we look at the volume of collections though occupancies are not as strong as Golmaal 3 where that film was not affected by Diwali Puja on its first day.
B.O. update: ‘Bol Bachchan’ looking at a robust weekend
By Taran Adarsh, July 6, 2012 – 15:38 IST
The much-awaited BOL BACHCHAN has had a good to very good start across the country. The opening occupancy was, on an average, in 60% to 70% range in the morning shows [some screens reported better occupancy], but the business showed a major escalation from noon show onwards.
The business of BOL BACHCHAN is affected in North India, since Punjabi film JATT & JULIET, which opened last week, is doing roaring business and remains the first choice of moviegoers there. In South too, BOL BACHCHAN is facing a major opponent in EEGA, the Telugu film, which is expected to rewrite box-office records in South. The opening of BOL BACHCHAN was best in C.P., C.I., Rajasthan, Gujarat and U.P. circuits.
Yet, all said and done, BOL BACHCHAN should amass a fat total on Friday and a robust total over the weekend. What also goes in its favor is the fact that the word of mouth is very strong.
Amitabh bachchan: the art of growing old
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan may be the perfect brand ambassador of the art of growing old. He is one person whose example we can emulate when it comes to ways in which to grow old – gracefully, cheerfully, energetically, and without complaining.
Amitabh Bachchan is just a couple of months away from his 70th birthday, but as he acknowledges in a recent interview, his pace has not slackened and he’s still going strong.
In the interview, he says he is grateful to the Almighty that he is still alive. And, that like in the past 43 very exciting years, he still gets excited about facing the camera and playing different roles. He has as many as five or six movies lined up, besides a new season of KBC. As all viewers of that reality show will acknowledge, he is a livewire on the show which obviously demands oodles of energy.
His attitude to health is also very normal. As he puts it, “Health is a factor that shall remain an issue with every human. We are not supermen, we will fall ill and seek cure. My recent surgeries were long overdue and I deliberately took time off to attend to them.”
After sixty, whether still working full-time or not, one should chart out a plan for one’s retirement or old age. One’s children usually move out of the home in search of their future or one continues to live with one’s children but new members are added to the family unit. This is usually a major area of friction. Thus, unless one makes plans and has a philosophical attitude towards this phase of life, it just will not work. It is not only the young who have to adjust to an older person’s ways but the older person too has to be ready to adjust. My advice to older people is to be more tolerant and give the young their space if you wish to benefit from their respect and help.
For instance, Amitabh continues to have his son and daughter-in-law living with him, but the young couple have their own space within Jalsa, his bungalow. Agreed, that we can’t all have that huge a bungalow, but the space I am discussing is more in the mind than a physical concept.
Then, he continues to be active, and hasn’t decided to simply laze around the house. If you find the energy to be active, why mope around, being a burden on yourself and your family?
Lastly, health will always become an issue as you get older; it’s part of life. I know it’s easier said than done, and if you don’t have the comforts provided to you, it’s difficult to go from one day to another. But stop and think: is your health concern wholly physical or is it a mindset? It’s important to plan for one’s old age by identifying hobbies that you can pursue now that you have time on your hands. May be you could join a meditation class, or you could find a friend to go the park for a walk and a chat; that’s something to look forward to everyday.
Then, you could keep time aside to watch your favourite TV programme or read a nice book. Baby-sitting may not appeal to you, but is reading stories to your grandchild equally unpleasant? If you have recently become a grandmother or grandfather, like Amitabh, you have much to look forward to…oh the joy of talking to your grandchild…
Abhishek Bachchan has wowed film fraternity with his rib-tickling performance in Bol Bachchan – Kunal Kohli said he is “phenomenal” in the movie, while Ashutosh Gowariker found him “outstanding”.
Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan was screened for Bollywood Thursday. The guest liked the slapstick comedy as well as Ajay Devgn and others performances, but Abhishek impressed them the most. The film has hit screens Friday.
This is what they have to say:
Kunal Kohli: It was absolutely hilarious. I think Rohit Shetty and team have done an outstanding job. Abhishek is phenomenal, Ajay is also fantastic. Everyone has done a great job. I was laughing so much, my jaws are still hurting.
Ashutosh Gowariker: Very good, a riotous film, very funny. I think Ajay and Abhishek are brilliant in the film. The entire cast is brilliant but I found Abhishek outstanding.
Suniel Shetty: Mind blowing! Abhishek’s best performance. Abhishek at his best and I was reminded of Amitji ( Amitabh Bachchan) in his young days. Ajay is also fantastic. The whole film is outstanding and according to me, it should be the year’s biggest grosser. I don’t believe in Rs.100 crore or Rs.200 crore, but it is a true entertainer.
Prakash Jha: It’s sheer madness, lovely, brilliant film. He (Rohit Shetty) has surpassed his Golmaal.
Meanwhile, Abhishek is overwhelmed with the response.
“So far the response has been fantastic. You can see I am smiling. I am very, very happy that initial screenings have gone well. The audience will watch it now and fingers crossed,” the 36-year-old said at the screening.
When told that his work is being appreciated the most, Abhishek said: “Thank you for saying this. I hope the audience also loves it. Everyone has worked hard and it feels great when you ask such questions.”
I think is a big day for abhishrek and Moreso a somewhat orgasmic day for Satyam..
One feels relieved, even happy for them.
I never believed in this stuff but people said his daughter will bring him good luck
Sounds this stuff is true!!!
Ps– abhishrek should quickly sign a south massy remake or two on the lines of rowdy rathore/ready ASAP and cash in on the trend
Forget about prestige for sometime…
“Ajay Devgn as the authoritative yet gullible patriarch is adorable. Despite an artificial accent and exerted expressions, he often makes you laugh. Abhishek Bachchan, though not completely able to exploit the potential that his meaty role offers, is likeable. His sissy act invites more mirth. Both the female leads, Asin and Prachi Desai, take a backseat and have pretty less to do. Archana Puran Singh has a better part and is aptly amusing. Krushna Abhishek, who is an impeccable standup comedian, seems under-confident on the big screen. Neeraj Vora hams yet suits his suspecting-yet-scapegoat character well.
For a (pleasant) change, Rohit Shetty doesn’t do Golmaal ‘his’ style. Rather he does Golmaal in its ‘original’ form and that’s what creates a decent difference, making Bol Bachchan fairly entertaining!”
I saw the film in the morning and this stupid reviewer could not have been more wrong- Abhishek overshadows Devgn in each and every scene. Infact Abhi is the best thing about the film
I didnt think much highly of the film. It was funny in parts and some may like i for sure, but the way every plot angle in Golmaal was brough down to the level of silly Rohit-Shettyised comedy, it left me shaking my head. and even when its analyzed on is own, it isnt coherent enough to engross oneself even when its such an audience-friendly genre film. Random scenes and gags are interwoven without any care for continuity. whatever happened to the art of good old storyelling?
This might eventually do good business though. Laughs from audience throughout. a mass-friendly film
It was usual Shetty stuff. Better than 2nd and 3rd Golmaals but far inferior to ATB- Actually wish Shetty would have used his slightly understated tone of ATB in this film and it could have done wonders- 1st half has some genuinely hilarious moments but 2nd half is a let down. Climax is ‘shitty’
Some of the gags actually worked because they were taken from Hrishida’s Golmaal- such is the power of the original that try as Shetty might to massacre it completely, he still cannot. And best scene of the film was Abhishek dancing to a medley of songs including Dolna, D K Bose and others-
Abhishek lifted this film to watchable level at times. And something important- Abhishek is so bloody good at slapstick comedy that it reminded me of AB’s Namak Halal act. Actually let me say this- No ‘star’ today (Govinda is unmatchable but he is past his prime), save Sanjay Dutt, is as good at this kind of comedy as Abhi and I am not even his fan
I saw the morning 10 am show. and even though it was a morning show, it was 50%-60% occupied (people in Sangli are not exactly movie-lovers).- But afternoon and night shows have already been declared ‘houseful’
In my hometown Lucknow, I am getting very good reports- people are loving it. Also my Bombay and Dehradun friends are saying the same
People were wolf-whistling at Devgn’s ‘stupid’ dialogues (and yes i am a Devgn fan)- His entry scene was cheered like anything. Initially there was not reaction to Abhi’s antics but once he got into his groove, people started rooting for him equally. His ‘effeminate act’ was bringing the house down on more than one occasion
Btw Devgn comes in the 1st 5 minutes of the film itself and has equal footage as Abhishek. But he is funny in an ‘absurd’ sort of way. Actually Abhi is so good here that in the scenes which they share, Abhi makes the otherwise unfunny Devgn become funny
Krushna is also good. Asrani has always irritated me (except in some Mukherjee films) and he does the same here (btw i used to find Mehmood too very irritating). I found neeraj Vora pretty decent
And btw this film has a “Bachchan’ stamped all over it- Those whop cannot understand this even now, they can go screw themselves
BTW Satyam should be mighty pleased- this should do 100 crores. Will also say this- it’s the first girls of my college are actually interested in an Abhi film- the ones from my batch have already booked tomorrow’s show
I can still remember watching KHJJS with 5 people i the theater and Game with only a 2 people (that was a couple which had come not to see the film but to engage in some other activities). SO this was a shocker for me
thanks for your take Saurabh.. as I said though they’re calling it a good opening and so on they’re still understating the case, specially BOI. Though I guess when the latter start comparing it to RR they give the game away!
Thumbs-Up For Bol Bachchan
by Shabdita Shrivastava (July 6, 2012)
It’s one of the most-anticipated films of the year and it looks like Bol Bachchan, which features Abhishek Bachchan along with Asin and Prachi Desai, will not disappoint. When Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn last came together with Singham, they took the box office by storm. Now some distributors expect Bol Bachchan to even surpass Singham’s performance at the ticket window. Let’s take a look at how the film, inspired by Amol Palekar-Bindya Goswami’s 1979 Gol Maal, fared during the morning shows today.
Early reports of the film are promising, with an average 50 to 55 per cent in most centres. The film is expected to wrap day one with exceptional numbers. Also being a solo big release, it is expected to enjoy a good run at the box office.
In Mumbai, Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines says Bol Bachchan took an opening of 50 per cent during the early morning shows across India and in Mumbai as well. “The film has good reports and business will pick up with every successive show.”
Bol Bachchan is a total family entertainer. In the Delhi-UP circuit, G D Mehta of Bobby Arts International explains, “The film has action, comedy and romance, which the audience looks for in a film. The opening of the film is 50 to 60 per cent. It is a sure-short winner at the ticket window.”
But Jaspal Dhingra of Big Pictures in East Punjab is a little disappointed with the opening of the film. “The opening is just about 30 to 40 per cent for now. Since the film has huge names, later shows should show improvement.”
Sunit Singh of Aum Moviez feels Bol Bachchan will fare even better than Singham did as it is a combination of action and comedy. “The opening for the morning shows was 55 per cent, which is good. The evening shows will be even better. Day one will end on a good note.”
In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films adds, “The reports of the film are good but the movie opened to only 35 per cent. We hope the weekend will be better.”
Bol Bachchan took an extraordinary opening in Rajasthan. Sunil Bansal of Yash Raj Jai Pictures says, “The opening of the film was 80 to 90 per cent. I am sure the evening will be house full and the movie will waltz its way into the Rs 100-crore club.”
In the Gujarat circuit, Ajay Bagdai of Rajvi Trade Link concludes, “In our circuit, comedy always enjoys the upper hand compared to other genres. So Bol Bachchan will be a blockbuster as it already took an opening of 75 to 80 per cent for the morning shows.”
Where one represents a magnanimous name,
While the other represents a horrendous game.”
If this makes absolutely no sense to you, I apologise. A couple of hours in the world of Bol Bachchan is enough to make the best of us start to blabber.
Bol Bachchan slaughters everything that Golmaal stood for. Image courtesy Bol Bachchan Facebook page.
Rohit Shetty takes the marvellous mild-mannered comedy classic, squeezes every drop of joy and wit out of it, and hangs it out to dry. It is murder most foul.
None of these travesties, however, can compare with the dialogue, where Devgn takes pride of place with his straight-faced rendition of pure rubbish. When praised, he replies, “Thanks for the Complan boy,”; when lecturing the males of his village, he tells them to “eat lots of akhrot, tighten your langot and fight with bare hands”; and when calming someone down, he advises them to “Pest control” themselves.
But then Devgn has given up on himself as an actor a while ago—pity, because he’s not half bad when he tries. Abhishek Bachchan, on the other hand, did a rather good job with comic timing in Bluffmaster and Bunty aur Babli and even the much-reviled but very fun Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Here, though, no amount of impressive bawdiness—one of his selves is supposed to be an effeminate Muslim dance teacher—can make up for the autopilot performance that gets him by for the rest of the film.
“Clichés pile up as the film progresses, one loud sequence after another. Like Singham, the last film Shetty directed, Bol Bachchan uses background music and sound effects with pointless abandon. A sound effect follows every English sentence uttered by Prithviraj (“My chest has expanded and I have become a blouse”, and other such inanities). Funny is punctuated by sound effects over and over again. Shetty’s only visual tools are fast motion, slow motion and fast, jarring zoom-ins—not very different from the way television soaps are shot. This is film-making in a hurry. The makers are in a hurry to somehow pack in the stupid jokes and haul them at you.
Performances are overblown, matching the storytelling. Devgn has performed many comic roles, most famously in Shetty’s Golmaal films. He is not a natural comic actor and in this role, his effort to appear idiotic as well as frightening is awkward. Those English one-liners, banal as they are, get the worst articulator in Devgn. The two characters Bachchan plays are contrasts, but neither are engaging—Bachchan comes across as a disinterested actor. As Abbas, he adopts the gay mannerisms we have seen in films since the days of Govinda, if not earlier than that. Desai and Asin, in the female leads, lack charm and sassyness.
Bol Bachchan is not about laughs. At best, it’s an experiment that tests if the same stupid jokes work with us, Bollywood lovers, over and over again.”
“I didn’t see any of these on the big screen – but this one I will”
good gal oldgold–well done.. :-)
cmon all those coming to this blog: do this much, esp newcomers !!
consider it a ‘tax’ of coming here…
ps–anjali– r u not seeing this one on the big screen. Only gow?
“Haha btw hope ‘some women’ doesn’t mean poor Amy
Anjali:Plz be kind to Amy- she has been sulking and hiding away quietly reading the blog only
Cool it Amy : we are just being funny.”
Believe it or not my life doesn’t revolve around what ‘jokes’ Anjali and you make about me on this blog- I wasn’t reading this and sulking I was busy with some work and I just saw this- and yes I’ve seen Anjali’s ‘jokes’ about me on another thread (as well your accompanying refrain about me sulking) and I didn’t even bother responding then.
As for being offended by Anjali’s comments- I would be far more offended if she said that I was attracted to her defintion of ‘masculine’ men- i.e. rapists, sexual harassers, abusers, misogynists and the like.
Yes- I am attracted to men who have a more egalitarian view of gender equations and who can help around the house- why should I be embarassed or ashamed of this? I know plenty of confident athletic, succesful, ‘masculine’ men who can cook, are nurturing towards children etc- but I suppose that I am wrong and that every man from David Beckham to Aamir Khan to Mark Zuckerberg to Obama are effeminate, unattractive losers because they express egalitarian gender views or have very professionally succesful spouses or have expressed a love for cooking and it’s only the wife-beaters who are supremely sexy and masculine!
I’ve normally experienced that it’s the other way around- it’s the ones who are completely insecure of their masculinity who keep trying to assert their manliness by objectifying every woman around/ making sexual innunendos in every sentence/ questioning the gender of every person they interact with etc (yes, I can make veiled references too! now you please don’t sulk Alex!)
“Yes- I am attracted to men who have a more egalitarian view of gender equations and who can help around the house- why should I be embarassed or ashamed of this? I know plenty of confident athletic, succesful, ‘masculine’ men who can cook, are nurturing towards children etc- but I suppose that I am wrong and that every man from David Beckham to Aamir Khan to Mark Zuckerberg to Obama are effeminate, unattractive losers because they express egalitarian gender views or have very professionally succesful spouses or have expressed a love for cooking and it’s only the wife-beaters who are supremely sexy and masculine!”-
Finally someone spoke sense- I hope Anjali is reading this
Saurabh- I don’t mind your jokes- and I’m not even annoyed with Alex/ Anjali- it’s just that this is not the first time Anjali has ‘joked’ about my feminism or Alex has alluded to my sulking and I wanted to comment to clarify that I was not keeping away from the blog because of Anjali- anyway I hope that this doesn’t lead to another debate about feminism with Anjali- I’m really not in the mood for that now- hopefully we can be mature enough to have people with different ideaologies commenting on this blog and not constantly joking about and provoking each other.
Sorry for that Satyam- didn’t intend for my comment to spiral into the usual feminism debate- perhaps it’s best if we abstain from the topic on this blog- I did try not to respond to Anjali’s jokes the first few timesfor this very reason but it was starting to get a bit too repetitive…
actually i appreciate satyams timely interventions –thats y he is such an effective moderator…He doesnt take that tag too seriously as in some other blogs (wont name em)
btw “social networking’ has suddenly become a criminally bad word..yes, it does need to kept under a limit …
but Its as if the innocent me, anjali, amy, oldgold etc were indulging in porn or orgies or something ;-)
In addition to what I said here yesterday this is yet another example of where the institutional problems of Bollywood and the film culture (or lack thereof!) surrounding it come into full view. You have ecstatic reactions of various kinds and when you combine these with the ‘din’ of a 24/7 media cycle and add to this the equally frenetic online universe you have a certain ‘overwhelming’ dynamic that’s hard not to succumb to. We saw the negative side of this with Raavan and now the positive side with Bol Bachchan. But the problem either way is the very same. Because this kind of structure is about foreclosing debate or serious discussion of any sort. And the institutional support comes out in other ways too. The film industry reacts to it with full force on twitter and elsewhere. So a film that is already advantaged in a box office sense and for all the obvious reasons is supported by the critical establishment and the industry and the viewers who are now a presence online and so on. even when there are negative reviews (as there are for Bol Bachchan.. very many in fact by those who don’t care for this sort of thing anyway) these two are overwhelmed by the whole box office frenzy and the narrative related to this.
Obviously this is a great comeback for Abhishek so I’m not being a grouch about this. I am even willing to believe that Rohit Shetty might have made a better than usual film which is elevated by Abhishek furthermore. Nonetheless this is a film about ‘obvious’ pleasures. It’s an obvious kind of entertainer that appeals to most people. Even if I don’t have much taste for this kind of over the top stuff (here Abhishek alone makes the difference for me) I don’t begrudge it either. But my point here (as always) isn’t about the actual films and really about the institutional ‘mindlessness’ surrounding the Hindi film industry. Abhishek has done lots of interesting parts. He’s been celebrated in a wide variety of them too from dramatic outings to comedic ones. But people usually like his performances only when they minimally like the films! When it’s D6 or Raavan suddenly he becomes the worst actor in the world. Next week it’s Bol Bachchan and he’s brilliant! Which is not to say an actor cannot get it wrong but he cannot oscillate so wildly between two extremes. Specially not when the films in question are so radically different. Does one really expect tonally the sort of performance in D6 that one would get in BB?!
when a film looks to be successful everyone jumps on board and everything seems right about it. This is again classic circular logic. A film ‘must’ have done something right because the audience liked it and vice versa. In the US for example you don’t have the entire media or critical apparatus cheering for Mission Impossible or a Will Smith film or whatever. Everyone’s happy with good box office news but critical culture remains completely separated and even distant from all of this. Even a journal like Variety which follows this stuff much more closely keeps its well-regarded (justly) reviews uncontaminated with all the box office stuff.
And so when we are fans of stars we’re certainly happy to see them succeed. Abhishek needed it more than most so one can hardly begrudge him anything here. Nonetheless there is no greater ‘triumph’ involved here. Because of course if he’d kept doing the Rohit Shetty stuff after 2005 or even after Guru in ’07 he would have succeeded for the most part, got great reviews for the most part and there wouldn’t even be a question about his box office status. These films whether one likes them or not, whether the actor does a good job in them or not, do not need to be ‘defended’. But exactly this happens in Bollywood. And this is very detrimental in the same institutional sense. Because again in the US a star might be willing to take a risk in the box office sense if he or she feels that the critical culture will respond favorably to it. But if the two overlap so completely as is the case in India there is little incentive for an actor to try the challenging and/or risky. It’s not about hits and flops. People will even call you a terrible actor with most of those films! Meanwhile it could be the most lowbrow commercial affair and the same folks will call you ‘brilliant’!
and that is why Bollywood is India and Hollywood is amreeeka….
two different cultures/ audience/tastes ..IMO it would be foolish to ape just because west mein aisa hot hai….woh apne ghar khush.. Desi log apne ghar….Jinko jyada problem hai -they can watch Korean/Iraninan/Amreekan cinema. na ?.
Aside- Abhishek was recognized in average films like KANK,yuva, Shararat etc.
agree with your negativity and positivity theory however…..jab film chaltee hai then Sab Chalta hai……..
Bol bachchan has the essence of golmal which is visible time and again in the movie where either its running or tv or has been the part of play and compleates the rohit shetty’s trilogy of venturing into old movies ( while golmal 2 has the shades of relatively unknown aaj ki taaja khabar and golmal 3 the essence of khatta meetha). While in one of the scene one even see ajay playing the role of legendry utpal dutt and abhishek amol palekar but ya with the presence of omnipresent giggling mutiplex audience one even see how classics changes times. On dialogues the film also pays tribute to karz ( with a spoof climax on its title song much like oso), khoobsurat and even amar akbar anthony.
On the positive side its a family entertainer with some of the best one liners seen for a long time.
Characters have been modelled on omnipresent celebs visible in media where in ajay devgan you time and again see shades of navjot sidhu( and sometimes the shades of amitabh) and in abhisek the comic timing clearly based on slapstick one. Ajay’s dialogue deleivry at times and abhishek’s various physical appearance and body language has been used well but most of the credit goes to great dialogues but ya editing and to much over the top sequences are only for the masses.
that’s true.. this is a classic problem (not referring tO Rockstar here) with Indian audiences and critics. If a genre is unacceptable every film in that genre is characterized in the very same ways. I am not a fan of Akshay’s comedies, I haven’t seen most of them but obviously within the genre some must have been better than others because otherwise as you’ve pointed out why are some of them hits and some flops?! the same goes for any genre. I enjoyed RR more than all the other masala films barring Ghajini but even before watching it I was expecting better stuff than some of the Salman films (which I haven’t seen barring in segments) because Prabhudeva generally (re)makes more enjoyable fare than others. Similarly I have not seen a single Golmaal film (Shetty) but I did watch Singam and barring some of the offensive ethnic politics and the disturbing climax (which altered the original in some ways) this film was better than most others from Bollywood within its genre. But if one is opposed to the idea one finds everything bad. Now again I don’t want certain kinds of comedies at all whether in Bollywood or Hollywood but I don’t say they’re all the very same. Having said that the dominance of some of these genres does make one cringe from time to time!
buy ya rocky sahab have to give credit dialogues and one liners are witty and some some of the situation scenes are really funny and you can watch it with family par length should have been reduced by 10-15 min
satyam : vaild criticism and ya you made sense on why certain things works and certain things don’t and ya i don’t blindly pick up anyone
and ya i admire shetty for few things :
his movie has always been india centric and never shot abroad and always looked for indian inspiration(none of his movies had western hangover though they had old classics hangover) which even guys like sajid khan didn’t do and thats why his name among masses command more
ya but too often I have seen people start giving examples of Amreeeka to prove a point or present their case…..Amreeka mein except for clearly kids movies , I don’t think families ever go together to watch a movie….
The ‘family orientation’ of films give them a totally different dimension when compared to Amreeki films. (LOL. Thank you for this word, which I’m going to use from now on instead of Hollywood).
In fact I’ve noticed that this is essentially what makes the films not belong to the category and quality satyam and co. are
Agreed completely with particulars but hesitant on generalization and vague points.
When director can oscillate widely betn two extremes (Ramu case in point) then why can’t actor? Not saying or implying that Abhi is guilty of that but in general it is quite possible.
Now there is a evidence of Abhi denying Lagaan and RDB but hardly any evidence of offered and denied B&B-2 or any Rohit Shetty’s movie. On the other hand Dhoom series and Dostana sequels are grabbed quite willingly.
The Lagaan story is incorrect. He was never offered Lagaan. All that Gowariker said was that when he was shuttling between SRK and Aamir and neither one seemed to be on board the only other option he had in mind was Abhishek. The RDB story is right though as Mehra has said he wanted Abhishek for the Aamir role and then later for the Siddharth role but both times Abhishek didn’t agree. This was surely his oddest decision.
On the rest though there’s a difference between a director like RGV who often tries all sorts of experimental stuff at different levels going horribly wrong and an actor doing the same. It’s not as if Abhishek did a part like his father’s in Paa, something totally ‘other’ where an actor could potentially fail in royal fashion. He’s had lots of interesting parts but Bollywood by and large doesn’t really offer anything out of the realm of the ‘imaginable’!
Incidentally there are lots of commercial films over the years he hasn’t agreed to.
because some folks whose opinion I trust told me this wasn’t the usual over the top fare and much better.. I saw the whole thing and I agreed.. probably a bit too stagey in some ways but still enjoyable overall and way better than most of the other stuff that I’ve even partially seen. With the Golmaal films just the trailers were enough to scare me! Specially Tushar Kapoor in one of the installments with the ‘mute’ act! But again I do watch the somewhat better film when this is the case. Didn’t see Ready or BG but saw RR and Singam. So either the film has to be somewhat more serious like Singam or I have to like the actor a bit more. I find Akshay very enjoyable in some ways. Not much of a Devgan fan but he’s right for the Singam kind of deal. On the other hand don’t like Salman at all. Dabanng was an exception. Not even sure about ETT. Doesn’t look good enough for its genre (effective trailers but nothing special otherwise) but if the reviews are good might nonetheless check it out for Havana! Speaking of Devgan I’ve liked him most in OUATIM among his recent outings. Handled the gesturality well here. For the same reason liked him a lot more in Company compared to Vivek Oberoi (who was getting all the attention here).
“Those folks” deserve to be trusted…LOL. But u should have seen Agent Vinod in the theatre. Agreed with your choices. But one thing here, it is not always in bollywood that a better film of a genre does greater business or is liked more- a Khatta Meetha and TMK is far better than HF incidentally. An ATB (it incidentally came after 2 Golmaals so people already knew abt the Devgn-Shetty combo) is again better than both BB and Golmaal films. Heck even a Wanted is zillion times better than Ready/BG
Bol Bachchan Opening Day Collection Update. Very Good.
Bol Bachchan has taken a very good opening at the Indian Box Office.
Evening Shows Update – Occupancy for evening shows is around 65-70% on average all India. Single Screens have registered occupancy of 70%+, whereas Multiplexes have registered 60%+ occupancy all India.
Morning & Noon shows update – Morning and Noon shows occupancy is around 50-55% on average across all India. Bol Bachchan has taken a bumper opening at Mumbai, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Central India with occupancy of 75%+ in these centres. Also, in Delhi occupancy is in the range of 50-55%. UP has registered a very good opening of 70-75% on average. Punjab, West Bengal and South India is below the mark with an average occupancy of 30-35%.
Overall Verdict – Word of mouth for Bol Bachchan is positive and it augurs well for the film in long run. Going by the early trend Bol Bachchan First Day collection should be in the range of 14-15 crore nett all India. If night shows perform much better than expected and show huge jump final figure might be more than this. Its celebration time for Abhishek Bachchan as it is the biggest opener of his life and audiences are loving his dual avatar. Also, good news for Ajay Devgn and Asin as their hit run at the Box Office India continues.
“if this report is right we’re looking at a roughly 50 crore weekend.”
does it translate to 100 crore overall?
The reason im harping on the 100 crore figure is: once u reach that ‘milestone’, its difficult for even the most biased to negate a success….
below that, there is this susceptibility to doubtful commentary…
Dont this abhishrek should let go of this opportunity…to hit the 100 crore club albeit not in a solo
oh absolutely.. a 50 crore weekend with this WOM would easily generate a 70 crore week 1. At that point just average trending, i.e. comparable to that of most of the other 100 crore grossers would get you there. I however think that if it puts up big numbers over the weekend it could trend better. WOM seems very strong here. On the other hand there is mulltiplex competition next week with Cocktail. Nonetheless a strong film cannot be stopped by this sort of competition. Most of the 100 crore grossers don’t do much after 5 days or so. So here the trendline will show us if it’s that kind of film or something more. I’m betting on the latter given the reactions. of course according to that report it could be more than 14-15 crores on day one if evening shows are even stronger than expected. So we could be looking at more than 50 crores if that report is right. In any case I am always most interested in trending.
As I’ve said before Yashraj are the luckiest folks. When D2 was releasing Abhishek was hot, since then he’s gone through so many ‘trials’, now before D3 he’ll have Bol Bachchan. With Aamir you don’t of course need box office help but it doesn’t hurt to have the other star become hot as well!
well, once it hits 100 crore, the jobs done for all practical purposes!! Mouths get shut!
Hritik on a trip around europe in bhansalis next :-)
Will be watching this one
“But now a little birdie has chirped to us revealing that Hrithik is willing to let bygones be bygones. In fact, he’s gearing up to work with the Guzaarish director in his upcoming production. Apparently, SLB’s new venture is a love story based in Europe, where the protagonist goes on a bicycle trip and falls in love with a girl he meets on the way. We hear that this sweet love story has Hrithik excited and he has also given his approval for the film.” http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/hrithik-roshan-and-sanjay-leela-bhansali-team-up-for-a-romantic-flick/
Bol Bachchan In Orissa
by Box Office India (July 6, 2012)
Jeetu Khandelwal, Movie Pioneers
The film took a fabulous opening in Orissa. There is only one multiplex in our region and it had 90 per cent occupancy. Single-screens had an opening of 70 per cent. The numbers are quite impressive. The film is flawlessly made with a perfect cast.
The response in the evening clocked 80 per cent and the night shows will run house full. The film opened at 44 centres and is expected to wrap its opening day at around Rs 6 lakh. Weekend toh ab bohot mazedar honewala hai. The film will enjoy a tremendous weekend.
Bol Bachchan In Delhi-UP
by Rohini Nag (July 6, 2012)
Sanjay Ghai, Mukta Arts: Delhi
Bol Bachchan opened at 50-60 per cent, and during the course of the day, business kept improving. The afternoon shows were packed at 70-80 per cent. And I am pretty sure the night shows will do even better business as advance booking for these shows has been very impressive.
Shetty knows exactly what his audience likes so it’s easy for him to bring the audience to the cinema. His films can be watched by the entire family.
This film is expected to collect Rs 3.5 crore on its first day in Delhi-UP and all-India collections should be around Rs 15 crore. This film will be a blockbuster as both single-screens and multiplexes are running house full. The weekend will be marvelous.
Bol Bachchan In Bihar
by Rohini Nag (July 6, 2012)
Rakesh Singh, Maa Sona Films, Bihar
The film opened at around 120 screens in our circuit and is expected to end its first day at Rs 20 lakh. Bol Bachchan is a typical Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn film. It has comedy, action and all the right elements to be a complete entertainer.
The morning shows took a 50-per cent opening and the afternoon shows improved considerably. The evening shows clocked 65 per cent and the night shows will definitely be house full sure. Bol Bachchan will register massive numbers during the week.
Bol Bachchan In CP
by Rohini Nag (July 6, 2012)
Sarang Chandak, Shri Rang Films
Bol Bachchan will be another blockbuster like any other Rohit Shetty film. He has created a very loyal audience for himself. The morning shows opened at 30-35 per cent and business kept growing. The afternoon shows were 80-90 per cent and I expect the night to do even better.
There is action, comedy and the movie is directed by Rohit Shetty. So you expect a great masala movie. For the first time, Abhishek-Ajay are doing a comedy together and that has hyped the excitement for the audience.
In our territory, films like this do very well at both single-screens and multiplexes. In CP, we are expecting Rs 50-55 lakh on the first day. The weekend will be terrific.
Bol Bachchan In East Punjab
by Box Office India (July 6, 2012)
Surendra Saluja, Lakshya Movies
In Haryana, the film took an opening of 60 per cent and 50 per cent in Punjab. Although the film had a fairly low-key response in the morning, the audience likes the film. The afternoon shows improved drastically and the response rose to 70 per cent, which went up to an excellent 80 per cent during the evening shows. We expect a 100 per cent response for the night shows.
Bol Bachchan will earn around Rs 1 crore today and the weekend will be astonishing. The film opened in 70 cinemas in East Punjab. Expectations are huge since this is a Rohit Shetty product and he always makes a paisa vasool film for his audience.
Bol Bachchan In CI
by Box Office India (July 6, 2012)
Manoj Jain, Neha Movies
Bol Bachchan has fared better than expected at the ticket window. The morning shows took a 50-per cent opening but the audience has kept swelling through the day. The afternoon shows had 60-per cent occupancy, which grew to 70 per cent in the evening. The night shows will probably have a 90 to 100 per cent response.
The film will earn around Rs 55 lakh on day one here. It opened at 90 screens in CI. It is not only aimed at the masses but also for the classes. It is a clean comedy that can be watched by young and old.
Bol Bachchan In Gujarat
by Box Office India (July 6, 2012)
Ajay Bagdai, Rajvi Trade Link
Bol Bachchan is a very pleasant film to watch for the family audience. The film is enjoying an extraordinary run in our region, gorwing with every successive show. It is also expected to create box-office history. The weekend will be record-breaking and the film will definitely make it to the Rs 100-crore club.
The morning shows had a response of 60 to 65 per cent while the afternoon shows clocked 70 per cent as did the evening shows. I expect the night shows to draw a response of 80 to 90 per cent. The film will wrap its day one at Rs 12-15 crore all-India while in Gujarat and Saurashtra, collections will reach Rs 1.5 crore.
Bol Bachchan In Mumbai
by Box Office India (July 6, 2012)
Rajesh Thadani, Multimedia Combines
Bol Bachchan took an opening of 50 per cent in Mumbai in during the morning shows. The film improved during the day, and the afternoon shows clocked 60 per cent. This went up to a massive 75 per cent in the evening shows. The night shows are expected to draw an 85-per cent response from the audience. Bol Bachchan is a very well-made film and the audience likes family entertainers.
The film is expected to collect more than Rs 12 crore all-India NBOC, including Rs 4 crore from the Mumbai circuit on its opening day. It opened at 2,500 screens across the country and 900 screens in Mumbai. The weekend will be splendid for the makers of this film.
by the way check out the E Punjab bit.. so much for the BOI nonsense about the film suffering here because of Juilet and Jatt! They go so orgasmic over other films, they’re quite mum here except for some understated reporting! LOL! It’s been bad for them. They were expecting to call it a Devgan only deal but it’s not working out for them. They’ll still do this but whatever!
the pretense is it didn’t open that fantastically. First of all it contradicts what everyone else is saying but the game here is to say that a film opened at 5o % or 60% or 70% in the morning shows. Depending on where you are those numbers are quite outstanding. No film opens to 100% in the morning shows. And if it did and maintained that pace it would end up doing 140 crores or something in one week! Even a film like 3I didn’t open that way and stay at that level. What happens is that when you have a monster film like say ETT in the upcoming months where the numbers can be record-breaking the trade that is already on board presents only the highest end of the range. So they’ll say stuff like ‘opened to 90%’ everywhere and so on. And yet the final gross belies all of these claims. The number can be 20 crores or even higher for one day but that’s not even close to maximum capacity across India. You could get probably double that number if every single screen were running to houseful capacity morning to night!
Even Taran has understated things. He’s calling it good to very good with a major escalation on the way but his tone has been far more orgasmic with films that do far less than this. BOI are even worse offenders here. They’re indulging in the height of understatement! With some other films you get half hourly reports that are hyperbolic in the same way.
It’s all going to be a losing game with BB but shows you how anti-Bachchan they all are. Had this been a Devgan solo you’d have got the same reactions. Singam got that kind of thing. Meanwhile this film will probably do over the weekend what Singam did in its entire first week! Yet the trade was far more excited there than here. What this shows is that if a film that’s proving to be so big can be played dirty with in some ways with a lower level film you can say anything. And they’ve done this with Abhishek tons of times in every situation.
Of course today the media is in some ways more diffuse. Many more sites and sources reporting stuff. Then the TV media follows crowd reactions and so on. It’s harder to maintain that kind of narrative today.
This looks like an absolutely cringe worthy kind of film. Reading those Devgan english translation dialogues is already making me throw up. The fact that it will do well tells you about the sensibilities of the Indian audience.
Not that I’m a fan of this kind of cinema but I must disagree with the ‘Indian’ characterization. There’s a whole dominant genre of not just over the top but ‘gross’ comedies in Hollywood that routinely do very well at every end of the spectrum.
Satyam, why does an over-the-top comedy have to be a ‘regressive film’? the only important thing is whether the film is ‘well-made’ or not (and the problem is that most of these kind of bollywood films are ‘badly made’- Delhi Belly was also gross but was a better film)- “There is Something About Mary” is as gross as it can get, yet it is often considered amongst the top 100 comedies of all time. Heck even some of Buster Keaton’s comedies were slapstick- but they are excellent films.
When I went to see Intouchbles recently I saw some trailer of a film where there was this teddy bear and it was all so gross. What kind of a film was that? It seemed a strange film and the long tested image of teddy bears was damaged beyond recognition.
No Golmaal or whatever series can beat the grossness of this.
No, this isn’t the poster of any film. It’s just a picture which says;
“Protecting little children from monsters-under-the bed since 1902.”
I posted the picture to point out the contrasting image teddy bears have had since 1902 to the one shown in this crass film whose name I forget.
It must be some perverse psychology at play to show a thing one relates to little children in this style.
Sorry satyam for going off topic.
Just wanted to comment on the crassness of comedy in Amreeki films too (or is it from Britain??).
Vicky donor kind of films are a ‘taste’. Not everyone enjoys such jokes or wants to go with their family to watch such films. Not saying it’s not a good film, I haven’t seen it, just saying from what I saw, read, heard etc.
I wish people would stop thinking that topics of the kind dealt with in Vicky Donor is so modern/cool/progressive and those dealing with pehelwans, and colour, song, dance and all that are regressive.
Well, I’m defending this because I really love such films :-D
Liked Kahani a lot.. though Vicky Donor was overrated. Perfectly engaging but I didn’t quite find it extraordinary in any sense.
On BB agree that things don’t need to be this over the top.. you can be somewhat more restrained and make as effective a film. Rohit shetty are others like him often say ‘this is out style, we have our audience’ and so on but that doesn’t mean a more restrained film wouldn’t also draw an audience. Hirani is the classic example here. Of course he’s in another league altogether but it can be done this way. Shetty has himself done it in ATB. Sure it made half of what G3 did but the problem there wasn’t a tonal one. It was a modest plot (more like a play really) and without any frills. One could imagined a jazzed up ATB doing much more. But of course the BB sort of way is always ‘easier’. You throw everything at the wall and something or the other sticks with most of the audience.
Having said all this I don’t quite equate the lowbrow with the regressive. Those are two very different things to my mind. For example very many of SRK’s films were prestige ones in the 90s and a bit after, these weren’t lowbrow but these were very regressive otherwise. On the other hand BB does carry a communal harmony message and some potent symbols (however Shetty deals with them). Recently I saw RR and enjoyed it a lot (more than every such recent masala effort barring Ghajini). This too was more crass than it needed to be, specially in the second half. Nonetheless even with its clunky storytelling (it isn’t a patch on Kaalicharan for more or less the same plot) it did touch upon some ‘real’ things. Not at all exaggerating he significance of these elements but I think we often tend to equate the superficially refined with the progressive. even some auteurist efforts in Bombay these days are to be commended for going in certain directions and so forth but often they don’t have anything very profound to say. Yes they’re well shot but there isn’t anything extraordinary about them otherwise. And one can’t compare these efforts with those like RR or whatever because the standards are different in each instance. On that note even Hollywood has mastered the banal ‘award-winning’ film. These are better in some absolute sense compared to the usual thrillers etc but otherwise they’re rather mediocre with nothing very interesting to say.
Old Gold, the humor in Vicky Donor has nothing really to do with the topic; its one of the best portrayals of Punjabi/Delhi culture and the associated humor. And even if I were to call it progressive which I am not, it wouldnt be because of the topic at hand. Just a well made funny movie. You should check it out.
bol bachchan has this positive that it has all indian set up and no western hangover delhi but satyam action scenes where really weak
and what weak opening saw it on delhi with afternoon show of 80-90% occupancy ….C****a nahi hai public and it will be visible with numbers
but ya public’s perception after this is of junior show all over(its visible in end credits) and one know why there is a sequence in the movie where ajay become producer of the play and cites the inablity to do certain roles which define the whole thing
and ya find asin really dull and tasteless even prachi showed much spark than her and footage(so much deterioration for a certain actress just shows good for nothing roles in big grossers won’t save day especially for someone who had better body of work in south)
“read the three lines and smelled the coffee , no need to Drink the entire pot …LOL!!
Aside – jahan sey main dekh raha hoon, coffee thodee jalee hui hai !!!LOL”- ROFL, This has to be the comment of the day. Classy stuff Rocky Sir
with due respect to palekar he destroyed a classic girish kannad movie of south(as director) which was remade as paheli uder a certain big stars production..its absurd to even compare him with other two towering legend
i dounbt this jumma chumma audience(who most for time look for a certain movie as krishna’s ) and troll around is even aware of hrishikesh or utpal dutt’s work
it can be applied to any film but when your reference point is someone that great that you call other mediocre then that should be genuine
just touched the direction part (intentionally)and as actor was limited to common role in certain few films ….is that even comparable with so called named modern mediocre star forget standing on hrishikesh or utpal dutt’s league
Considering Abhishek had to stoop down to such a low-brow level for that one elusive hit in years – one wishes this was not inspired by Mukherjee’s classic.
Otherwise it may not have made us cringe so much, and definitely no more than any other shetty/akshay/salman film.
Also with Dostana being Abhishek’s last success of some-sort and now this – he runs the risk of being stereotyped as the ‘gay comedian’ – a big price to pay for a guy who was said to rewrite the path to stardom through different films!
the above comment is made in very bad taste.if u want to rebut the accusations laid by bored…do so by logical arguments…lapsing into laaton ke bhoot…and burning ass expressions is derogatory.
whatever bored said was at least logical,even if prejudiced…..he made an argument and u guys reply by profanity.
the sign of a vibrant blog is the freedom to espouse and express contrary positions…..
Your suggestions on how to keep the blog vibrant are valued highly but
you make the elementary mistake of assuming that the blog started only when you started commenting. There is always a history behind most internet battles and passing judgements without knowing or appreciating the history often makes one look rather sillly.
would love to watch this! It’s been receiving great reviews and is of course rocking the box office. I think the germ (!) of this idea might have come from Enthiran’s mosquito sequence though of course Hollywood is the ultimate reference point.
But why did so many people on SS get so upset when films like Agneepath and Don were remade by KJO/ Akhtar and then try to justify the Golmaal remake? There has to be some consistency…
And comments like why bother posting negative reviews are also inconsistent IMO- there are so many masala movies/ OTT comedies where it’s a foregone conclusion that the reviews will be bad and yet people post them on SS- positive audience reaction and the wonderful collections have also been posted on this thread- so the negative critical reviews balance them out- this film is not a Roshomon where it is completely above any kind of criticism and only the positivity should be posted and all else should be disregarded.
Just because Abhshiek finally has a bonafide superhit/ blockbuster (which is great- not trying to take the credit away from him)- it doesn’t mean that no one should be allowed to question/ criticize the film…
speaking for myself I was shocked at the remake idea the moment the project was announced. However I relaxed later on. Why? Because the basic idea has been taken from Golmaal but otherwise it’s a completely ‘other’ film. One that clearly looks to be as much ‘like’ Rohit Shetty as anything. It’s not a sincere remake by any means. Shetty himself said it’s not a remake but nonetheless because the basic idea has been borrowed from it he wanted to get the rightly officially. The original is the greatest comedy ever to my mind and approaching it in anything more sincere would have been a catastrophe. So in a way even though Rohit shetty is hardly my kind of filmmaker (!) the only virtue of his approach is that there is obviously nothing common between the two films to do the comparison beyond the essential idea. Which isn’t nothing of course.
To repeat something ever since I’ve heard the plot synopsis on BB I’ve thought that Hirani could have made a film for the ages with this idea. Even Shaad Ali or a few others could have made an excellent film. It’s a pity to waste some of the religious symbols here to Comedy Circus elements!
“But why did so many people on SS get so upset when films like Agneepath and Don were remade by KJO/ Akhtar and then try to justify the Golmaal remake? There has to be some consistency…”
Very valid point. And there are ppl who will claim that they never said Bol Bachchan is great film or neither they supported it.
But they forgot that they wrote long essays against new Don and Agnnepath, put up videos trying to compare with the original, ridiculed the directors/producers saying how they have done greatest mistakes by touching the classic etc…but you will not see the same thing during Bol bachchan…
Now some ppl have even started to support mindless Rohit Shetty movie because Bachchan is there…It’s not just with Bachchan fans…it’s the same case with Big B himself….
He was pissed off with the DON remake and it came out quite clearly. He along with Abhishek were also frustrated with the fact that Hrithik got Agneepath. Then came the ultimate statement from Big B that he doesn’t support remakes. Why suddenly sir??? What happened during Ram Gopal Verma ki Aag.
Now when Zanjeer is being remade that too by Apoorva LAkhia a bachchan loyalist after getting all the blessings from Bachchan, everything was fine. Even if Apoorva lakhia was not doing the remake then also Amitabh would be cautious to utter a word against Zanjeer remake. Why because on opposite side there is no SRK or HR? It’s Ram Charan Taja son of Chiranjeevi.
I have never been against remakes specially i support remaking hindi classics or even good/average/bad old hindi movies…I have problem when dozens of south indian movies are remade…I always think remaking hindi classics is a challenge compared to remaking a film from other language and it’s ok if a director fails…
BTW- I think it’s even worse if the teenage multiplex audience does not know about the classic that is being remade so badly- atleast if it’s a Don kind of film they know what the original is like and they can discern the difference when they watch the new film- but for people to only know of this film when the original Golmaal was such a classic comedy is really sad…
You are certainly smarter than this. You should be able to distinguish agenda driven selective highlighting of negative reviews and a genuine voice of dissent.
I think both Satyam and myself have made it clear wha we think of the movie based on what we have seen so far.
But looking at things in isolation and pontificating IS rather silly.
Rajen- I wasn’t talking about you/ Satyam- I was talking about the other comments- and I’m not not blaming them either- I can see why this is a very happy moment for Abhishek fans- but starting to say that it is OK for BB to be remade, negative reviews should not be posted is getting a little to defensive IMO. I agree that comments like Jiggy’s are completely biased and partisan- but objecting to Golmaal being remade in this way or not caring for this brand of comedy and posting reviews that share a similar opinion is not unreasonable IMO.
Munna- but that’s my point- people have been very critical of incompentent remakes as well as HF-type comedies on SS- so why should BB be spared?
My daughter just came back from watching the 10.15 show in India, she is very happy with the movie, she said the house was packed…
I asked her who did you like better Abhishek or Ajay? she goes- Ajay was funny in English/Hindi thingie and Abhishek was good in the Golmaal Role…….she want sto watch it again asap……
very well said Satyam in your above comment (didnt have the reply button so couldnt post this at the top). I agree with the point you make even about Hollywood. Some of the nominated films this year; War Horse, Incredibly loud.. etc definitely fit the banal description you gave.
Doesn’t it feels good when an Abhishek fan encounters a scene where people are holding there stomachs and laughing like they have smelled the Laughing gas.. And on the other side Abhishek is dancing like a funny goof… well let me tell you.. I felt extremely great. Took my gang of 12 friends to 10:40 pm show… it was jam packed.. It was the matter my prestige that Abhishek tickled the funny bone.. coz it was me who almost bullied them to leave all there work and join me for the movie… ofcourse I had to buy 12 tickets from my pocket.. coz my gang is not a movie lover group.. they rarely see a movie in theatre….
And when I came out of the theatre… My head was high and my ears were alert… coz they were busy collecting the praises AB was recieving from them.. ” I FEEL ORGASMIC “… that son of a gun AB is back… and yes back with a bang..
saw bits–Ed NOrton, Jessica Biel
A mystery romantic drama –well enacted, turning into a murder mystery
Like this interplay of truth and illusion.
Where does power flow flow from–steel or destiny or divine right?
an ace scene-njoy
ah oops : oldgold and anjali buddies: do check this movie : u will like it sure :-)
period fantasy cum romantic drama cum murder mystery–used up some xtra time lol–btw this movie is also available on youtube
Ha Oldgold dear: the English here is not American as far as I can make out from the bits I saw..
The film is set in Vienna and the accent is somewhat of a combination of British and Austrian English (sometimes also heard around parts of the ‘English’ speaking Switzerland) :-)
Well picked OG
The impersonation isn’t gr8 but the effort is honest and well intentioned
The way ed norton is speaking here–one can find loads of ‘English speakers’ around Switzerland / Vienna-not bad…
The greatest period film ever made was war and peace..in russian.it is a 7 and a half hour movie..the most expensive ever made and the best.
i hvnt come across any other film coming halfway close of its grandeur and majesty.directed by sergei bondarchuk who also acted in it the film won both …the academy award for the best foreign film and the golden globe
“the problem with that film though is it sometimes seems more like proust than Tolstoy!”…..i agree there, especially the later part of the film is rather dark and veers into proustian stream of consciousness narrative which may at times appear opaque….but…..
“It’s obviously a famous version but I don’t think it’s quite the definitive one.”
which one u think is the definitive version?the 1956 one?(i saw it and found it a pale shadow of bondarchuk’s masterpiece) or u referring to the 20 part series starring hopkins?…i havent seen it.
btw i didnt enjoy war n peace that much as a novel.i mean its a great book…very detailed on the social customs and mores of 19th century russia….and has some well sketched characters…but thats it..nothing more.
i havent enjoyed anything by tolstoy very much…except one short story….death of ivan illych…which i think is one of the greatest short story ever written…perhaps after metamorphosis by kafka.
Yes: anjali: have been wanting to, but have not seen it due to its ‘length’
It’s also an issue for me to sit that long unless stuck in a cinema!
Even watched illusionist in bits -had seen bits earlier -saw some more bits today…
Talkin of war and peace, the beauty is by Leo Tolstoy the master
Also check out Anna karenina-the older version-sophea Marceau one..
Btw there’s another new one being unleashed starring the anorexic yet beautiful Keira kneightly ….
Dont see the need for all this commotion-relax folks
It’s more than amply clear that bol bachchan is the biggest opener / hit in the ENTIRE career of abhishrek bachchan
Let the poor guy get a well deserved hit and applaud it– his baiters need to have grace and accept this !!!
And time for his fans to enjoy-orgasmic time for Satyam
c’mon anjali and OG —
Gud nite folks :-)
Top of the Mind AD Survey | The leading men of commercials
The top-ranked Idea 3G Smartfone ad scored 89 points on the May ad reach index while the No. 2 ad scored 88
Television commercials featuring either Amitabh Bachchan or Abhishek Bachchan, Bollywood’s father-son duo, took eight out of the top 10 spots in the Mint-Ipsos-TVAdIndx survey for May.
Advertisements for mobile phone services provider Idea Cellular Ltd featuring the junior Bachchan retained the top three positions for the second straight month. Idea Cellular also cornered the fourth spot in the ad reach index that measures awareness and brand recall among consumers.
Ads for the sixth season of the TV game show Kaun Banega Crorepati, a programme hosted by the senior Bachchan and based on the UK’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, captured four spots among the top 10. Kaun Banega Crorepati promotional ads took the fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th spots in the survey. Ads for Fair & Lovely MultiVitamin Cream, at sixth, and Tata Docomo 3G Life, at ninth, took the remaining two positions in the ad reach index.
Commercials for soft drinks that made it to the top 10 rankings with the onset of summer in April failed to make the cut in May.
The top-ranked Idea 3G Smartfone ad scored 89 points on the May ad reach index while the No. 2 ad scored 88. That compares with the 85 points that Idea Cellular’s top-ranked advertisement scored in the preceding month.
May’s ad diagnostics index, which measures the softer features of commercials, including likeability, enjoyment, believability and claim, featured a mix of brands similar to the ad reach index. The diagnostics index was also led by Idea 3G Smartfone ads. Idea Cellular commercials won the top four positions in the ad diagnostics index, while Kaun Banega Crorepati obtained three positions. Cadbury Dairy Milk and Dettol Original were the only entrants in the diagnostics index that did not feature in the ad reach index for the month.
The survey polled 754 respondents in the age group of 18-40 from high-income groups in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.
Idea 3G Smartphone
When a man and an angel come across a “House Full” sign at a movie theatre in heaven, the man enquires if tickets can be bought in black. There’s no black in paradise, comes the response. Actor Abhishek Bachchan materializes behind the man: “Film na dekh paana, old idea (Not being able to watch a film, old idea).” The solution: Idea 3G Smartfone offers YouTube movies and heavenly apps. Happy, the man and the angel get to watch Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (which roughly translates to You Have Just One Life) on their mobile phones. Tag line: An idea can change your afterlife.
Bol Bachchan In Delhi-UP
by Rohini Nag (July 6, 2012)
Sanjay Ghai, Mukta Arts: Delhi-UP
Bol Bachchan opened at 50-60 per cent, and during the course of the day, business kept improving. The afternoon shows were packed at 70-80 per cent. And I am pretty sure the night shows will do even better business as advance booking for these shows has been very impressive.
Shetty knows exactly what his audience likes so it’s easy for him to bring the audience to the cinema. His films can be watched by the entire family.
This film is expected to collect Rs 3.5 crore on its first day in Delhi-UP and all-India collections should be around Rs 15 crore. This film will be a blockbuster as both single-screens and multiplexes are running house full. The weekend will be marvelous.
wow if indeed the 15cr is true(or even somewhere around there) then this is looking to be a monster weekend/week. very surprised by this thunderous opening. i predicted about a month ago that the film will do around 70-80cr…but looks like it will blow past that by next week(so i will humbly eat some crow).
you have to feel good about abhishek but not sure how good one can feel…with this ‘kind’ of film. as a fan of aamir i certainly didn’t celebrate or feel good about raja hindustani being a huge success but i guess its part of being a star and these kind of films are necessary for every star to do. hell even robert de niro succumbed to doing *cringe*… ‘little fockers’.
these huge openings continue to prove though that ‘masala’ is definitely the ‘flavor of the week’ with the audience. you put any top star(Sallu, Aamir, Akki, Hrithik, Ajay) and the movie is bound to do 100cr. the only dude who hasn’t done a ‘masala’ film and has two 100cr films is SRK.
kind of impressive to me that he is the last man standing now and who hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon.
Yesterday I watch Bol Bachchan, Its truly Super HIT. Abhishek Ji truly rockz. Ajay Devgn and all stars doing great job.
Comedy + Action + Emotions and Rohit Shetty , Bol Bachchan truly beautiful movie. My best wishes to all team of the film.
AB SIR amazing in tittle song Bol Bol Bol Bachchan…..
uly 6, 2012
Man of Many Identities, Including Spinner of Lies
By RACHEL SALTZ
“Bol Bachchan” starts with a glittery production number, a riff, sort of, on Amitabh Bachchan’s 1977 classic, “My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves.” Mr. Bachchan, inevitably, is on hand to lend some — what? Authenticity? Charm? Grandeur?
In the end, his appearance seems more like an investment in the family business. “Bol Bachchan,” a comedy directed by Rohit Shetty, stars Mr. Bachchan’s son, Abhishek, along with Ajay Devgn (a producer of the film). The three stars dance side by side in that opener: three plushly cool, self-contained men in black.
Amitabh and Abhishek have danced together in films before, but with more joy. Here the routine seems tired and insular, emphasizing the distance between the audience and the people on screen rather than bridging it. It’s also unnecessary. Abhishek has been around long enough that viewers don’t need to be reminded of his provenance. “Bol Bachchan,” though, can’t let it go.
Abhishek plays Abbas Ali, a Muslim who saves a drowning boy, though to do so he has to break the lock on a Hindu temple. When the gathered crowd asks his name, a friend intervenes and says that Abbas is called … Abhishek Bachchan, just like the famous son of the famous movie star. (Abbas may have saved a boy’s life, but the crowd, it’s assumed, will be inflamed by his Muslim name.)
From this lie others sprout. Most are for the benefit of Mr. Devgn’s character, Prithviraj, a dim but buff fellow who prizes honesty so much that he beats liars to a pulp. And Abbas/Abhishek is a lie factory: Soon the fiction is that he’s twins — one brother is Prithviraj’s loyal retainer, the other a gay dance instructor.
Mr. Shetty’s last outing with Mr. Devgn, the action-comedy “Singham,” was about one honest man combating corruption. In “Bol Bachchan” honesty and dishonesty have the same comic weight, and their clash has no meaning. It just produces jokes, which are all the same: mad scrambles to make the lies watertight.
Mr. Devgn is content to pose, puffing up his gym-enhanced chest and glaring, while tossing off English malapropisms to not very humorous effect. Mr. Bachchan is more lively and seems to enjoy camping it up as the gay twin. Still, that has become something of a shtick for him, and like much of “Bol Bachchan” it feels over-familiar, worthy of only the occasional grin.
Bol Bachchan collected around 11.50 crore nett on day one as per early estimates. The film put up good numbers in Mumbai, CP Berar, CI and Rajasthan. Delhi/UP and Bihar were also pretty good while other circuits were on the lower side.
Its a good first day number but with a mass film and a 2575 screen release its probably around 10% lower than what it should be.
This is partly due to regional films dominating in some parts and an under performance by the film in other areas.
The big release gives huge potential to grow and good growth over the weekend can take it to near the 40 crore nett mark. Mumbai is performing well so a lot will depend on the growth in Delhi/UP and East Punjab as along with Mumbai its that area which forms a big chunk of the all India collections. If growth does not materialise it could even end up around the 35 crore nett which would be similar to Golmaal 3 released in 2010 from the same Ajay Devgn/Rohit Shetty combination and just a decent total.
lol wow. barring the mostly negative narrative, looks like BB has opened very well. 12-15cr opening day. like i said above..pretty damn surprised by the opening. will be interesting to see what it does on sat.
and the reason I don’t trust some of these numbers is because the track record of these guys is very suspect when it comes to Abhishek. If it’s good they make it average, if it’s super they make it good and so on. Then the commentary often tends to be understated. So on and so forth. And whether it was BnB or Guru (for instance) this was an old game, shaving off a bit here, a bit there and it adds up. Nonetheless even a 12 crore or greater number (which I believe is what their adjusted total will be is still very good on its own). As usual BOI are less than honest. They quote G3 but they don’t quote Singham which according to them had 8.5 crores on day 1:
and they called that ‘good’ too! Plus there were other reports (in that same thread) where they were calling excellent in many centers and what not. Earlier in this thread there is the Jaipur report from elsewhere where BB is ahead of Rowdy. Here even in BOI’s preferred center, Kanpur, it’s behind by only a little bit.
Again the numbers are always mysteriously lower for Abhishek’s films even when everything else seems the same in terms of hype and so on compared to some other such films. I’m not expecting the most stratospheric day one but these numbers as I said are a bit hard to believe though again otherwise good.
they’ve always done this.. I remember each and every example.. have been seeing it for years.. even if one doesn’t believe me on the numbers their commentary is extremely biased.. having said that the trade in general has a structural bias.. they’ll call the film a hit and so on but there are lots of qualifiers, there are tonal issues, there are ‘hiccups’ and so on. But yeah BOI are in a different league.
just got back from watching BB. the story is just insane, i get it, i had a open mind watching it but by the end of the movie, i thought to myself…what the hell was the point of this film? the climax was horribly executed(this is the only point in the movie where abhishek went a little overboard with his acting).
overall though, abhishek dominated the movie IMO. he has come out of his shell in this one and comedy is just natural to him. you can’t help but be reminded of amitabh when abhishek does comedy(not comparing just saying the mannerism is the same). this can be classified as his movie no doubt.
ajay IMO was sidelined for the most part(the loudest cheer he got was in his intro). the loudest laugh’s were for the ‘maa’ sequence and then the ‘abbas dance’ score. asin was totally wasted in this movie…but i guess its another 100cr film for her. its too bad, i really like her ‘spunkyness’ but in this movie there is no scope for her. the rest of the cast is good/decent.
i got bored with the movie in the second half…total let down after having/showing potential in the first. what started off as a funny entertainer ended in total piece of crap.
Masand who hardly ever praises Abhishek has given a mildly positive review of his acting and the film- “Abhishek loses much of his stiffness while playing a part (or two) that he seems to be actually enjoying. His limp-wristed, lip-biting portrayal of the effeminate twin is a complete cliché, but because of the actor’s stocky build, his body language alone is such a hoot!” – http://ibnlive.in.com/news/masand-bol-bachchan-offers-genuine-laughs/269858-47-84.html
Anupama Chopra on BB- “Ajay Devgn, playing Prithviraj Raghuvanshi, a village strongman who insists on speaking wrong English, has his moments. The best thing about the film is Abhishek Bachchan, who lets loose without inhibition. He manages to sparkle even in a script that is lazy and determinedly lowbrow, so the alter ego Abbas is an effete dance teacher who wears flowery shirts.”
Dharmendra lost his cool recently and proved why the actor still deserves the title ‘Garam Dharam’. When a reporter asked Dharmendra about his sons Bobby and Sunny’s no-show at half-sister Esha Deol’s wedding reception, he reacted in a rather bizarre manner. The strange sound Dharmendra made was at
And when another reporter repeated the same question, Dharmendra retorted: “Aap bakwaas mat kijiye (don’t talk rubbish).”
Deol siblings Sunny and Bobby were conspicuous by their absence at the grand reception hosted by their half-sister Esha and her husband Bharat Takhtani at Hotel Lalit in Andheri, Mumbai. The event was attended by Bollywood and political bigwigs but brothers were nowhere in sight.
Cousin Abhay Deol, who is known to be close to her, attended all the functions including the wedding reception.
Esha, daughter of yesteryear stars Hema Malini and Dharmendra, entered into a wedlock with her businessman beau Bharat Takhtani at Iskcon temple in Juhu, Mumbai on June 29.
Bol Bachchan: 12-Cr On Opening Day
by Shinjini Bose (July 7, 2012)
As predicted, Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan has stormed the box office, earning Rs 12 crore on its opening day. According to tradewallahs, audiences simply love the performances by Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan, and are flocking to the ticket window. It seems, the deadly Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn duo is set to re-create the magic they spun with their earlier hits. The film has had taken an astonishing second-day opening across the country and distributors are unanimous that it will be a fabulous weekend.
In Mumbai, Vinay Choksey of VIP Movies says, “Bol Bachchan took a decent opening yesterday by collections have zoomed. The first day wrapped at Rs 4.5 crore in Mumbai.”
In Gujarat, Ajay Bagdai of Rajvi Trade Link concludes, “The pan-India collections of Bol Bachchan on its first day are Rs 12 crore, while the film earned Rs 1.5 crore in Gujarat. The film is doing equally well at single-screens and multiplexes.”
The Delhi audience too loves this latest offering from Rohit Shetty. G D Mehta of Bobby Arts International remarks, “The film is brilliantly made and the audience is ecstatic. Day-one numbers for Delhi UP are close to Rs 2.2 crore.”
Surendra Saluja of Lakshya Movies in East-Punjab says Bol Bachchan earned Rs 85 lakh on its first day. “The film is doing better at multiplexes than single-screens and will end the weekend with fabulous numbers.”
Sunit Singh of Aum Moviez in West Bengal says, “Bol Bachchan has not exactly lived up to expectations in the circuit. “We expected a lot more as it a Rohit Shetty film. All said and done, the film collected Rs 40 lakh and took a good second-day opening.”
Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films in CP Berar concludes, “The film earned Rs 65 lakh in our region on its opening day. Single-screens are doing very good business. The film is doing very well and the weekend will be impressive.””
Bol Bachchan Faced Tough Times With Eega, Scored Well Finally
Friday release-Rohit Shetty directed Bol Bachchan that stars Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in male lead roles was opened to good positive response at B.O after panned as well as praised by critics.
The comedy-entertainer reportedly has collected an encouraging figure of 15 Cr on opening day thought faced tough competition down south with much-hyped Telugu film Eega that has a massive theatrical release across the world on the same day.
The much-awaited film Bol Bachchan has witnessed 70-80% occupancy rate in both Plexes and single theaters. And the movie showed 85% plus occupancy across Mumbai. When compared to morning shows, the slapstick comedy film showed good business later afternoon with good word of mouth. Abhishek has achieved good acclaims for his dual role and Ajay Devgn too got praises for his powerful cum comic Prithviraj Raghuvanshi.
First Day Comparison – Bol Bachchan Vs London Dreams
Circuit Bol Bachchan London Dreams
Mumbai 4,82,00,000 1,60,00,000
Delhi UP 2,30,00,000 90,00,000
East Punjab 86,00,000 36,00,000
CP 67,00,000 23,00,000
CI 55,00,000 18,00,000
Rajasthan 90,00,000 25,00,000
Nizam 53,00,000 20,00,000
Mysore 43,00,000 17,00,000
West Bengal 45,00,000 19,00,000
Bihar 35,00,000 8,00,000
Assam 7,00,000 3,50,000
Orissa 7,00,000 2,50,000
TNK 10,00,000 3,00,000
Total 12,10,00,000 4,25,00,000
It seems Bol Bachchan performed better then almost all of Devgn’s solo ventures and multistarers too and all other shetty devgn films…
And that too when Devgn is in second lead… (Did i said second lead)…’ Bring it on bitches ‘..!!
1) Ra. One is definitely not a ‘masala film’- By just having a romantic/comedy track, a film does not become a masala one. If that is the criteria then Golmaal series and BB too will become masala.
2) Agneepath is definitely a masala film just like the older film though it is also an action-thriller. And a film does not require a romantic/comedy track to be called a masal film- The greatest example here is Zanzeer which according to me is the “1st” ‘pure action film’, the greatest bollywood ‘pure actioner’ and incidentally one of the greatest masala films of all times- somehow i find it a very ‘uncontaminated’ film
3)BTW a lot of people forget here that OUATIM in was also a masala film and IMO it was much better than any recent masala film than Ghajini
I have a feeling people often start confusing Desai’s type of masala as the only one- that is a wrong fact imo. I believe that is so because Desai’s was he most far-reaching and crowd friendly masala style
I would also request Satyam (whom i believe is the ultimate authority on this topic of masala) to clearly define and describe masala for us.
One thing is really pissing me off on this blog. I have the utmost respect for this blog and most of the commentators (if not all) here. But i felt like saying this and will do so.
Why do people require to pull down another actor when they are praising Abhishek- it keeps happening on the blog. While I respect Dr. Shaurya’s views and I have myself said it so clearly that Abhishek was the only good thing abt the film even though i am a Devgn fan, whoever says that Devgn was the 2nd lead here is bullshitting.
And those who think that it is due to Abhishek that this film is getting a bumper opening because of Abhishek and because Abhishek was not their in other Shetty films they got a lower opening, they are simply being delusional. Trust me hardly anyone comes in the theatre to see Abhishek though i know many who don’t watch a film just because Abhishek is there- I remember when Players had released, friends of mine who are usually excited to see Abbas-Mustan film (films of these kind), refused to turn up saying if Abhi is there the product must be shit- Leave this, an yr before when Abhishek was not in such a box-office mess, both KHJJS and RC-2 had released together. Guess what when i told my roommate that i am planning to catch the Gowarikar filming, he started laughing- I loved the film so much that i wanted to re-watch it- guess what the film was removed from the theatre before a week
let me say this, Devgn was/is and will be a bigger box-office force than Abhishek till next year atleast. Those who think Dhoom franchise works because of Abhishek are sadly mistaken-I am not saying Anhishek is not integral to Dhoom, he obviously is. But you replace him with another actor and it will have no effect on the gross- will effect the quality of the film for sure.
And for all this arguement that Devgn could not have gotten such a big opening without Abhisek’s presence, well just wait for Devgn’s next with Shetty. Or actually Devgn is coming with SOS this year and Himmatwala the next- we will see who is a bigger box-office force then. BTW i am waiting for Abhishek’s next solo to see how many people he can excite on his own- let Abhishek get a solo hit once, then we can atleast start an arguement
And lastly, when people say that Devgn is not important to the Golmaal films, was a part of the ‘circus’ and was just ‘hitching another ride to success’ lemme ask this- How many actors of hat circus have got hits apart from Golmaal if they are so capable- Can anyone list me the hits of Tusshar outside Golmaal- heck he even failed ‘miserably’ in comedies. And why doesnot Arshad do such Golmaal like films since i believe he is a very good comic actor. Let’s not even go to Shreyas. And by the way for those who have not seen the Golmaal films, if one is forced to point out a protagonist in them, it’s Devgan- he is the central guy around whom the story revolves- this was very evident in the 2nd film
1)It’s completely inaccurate to imply Devgan is some sort of supporting actor here. He is everywhere in the film. At the same time and as I’ve argued before the ‘greater’ part is not just about comparable footage. It is also about what the footage means.
2)It’s important not to confuse very different folks here as somehow saying the same thing on Devgan. we come at it from many different corners. One can argue with all of these positions but one shouldn’t just lump them together.
3)It is completely consistent in my view to say that one actor is a bigger box office star but that a film nonetheless belongs more to another one who then becomes much more significant for its ultimate success even if he might not have been so in terms of the pure initial (though even this can be contested because as I’ve said with that title and those trailers it would be a bit odd to have an audience say ‘we hate Abhishek’ but we’ll nonetheless show up for this one for Devgan, we’ll just ignore the title and the double part and so on.. even if they say this one shouldn’t believe it..).
4)When comparing stars in this sense one should also look at the projects. So it merely a coincidence that Abhishek gets this kind of attention in every sense precisely when he does a film with someone like Rohit Shetty? If the film and the genre were not a factor London Dreams with both Devgan and Salman would have opened hugely! So yes if Abhishek keeps doing stuff like BB or something as commercial in other genres as solo by all means let’s look at the initial and compare it with Devgan’s! Again it takes time for the cumulative initial. Wanted for example would have done more than its entire gross in week 1 had it come after Dabanng. So important films can change a trajectory for better or worse. If people like Abhishek in BB that matters but only if he does this sort of thing. If he does say D6 again it has little bearing on it.
5)Now on the Golmaal stuff actually even leaving aside the comparison Devgan got out of Golmaal what he couldn’t out of G3 (let alone the older Golmaal efforts). Why? It wasn’t just 100 crores that did it. G3 did more or less as much (though note how it’s 90-95 crores have since loosely been called 100 since! This wasn’t so at the time!) but he didn’t carry the symbolic weight that he did in Singham. This was his true breaking out moment in this current phase. In this sense though even the more moderate grosser, OUATIM, also meant more than the Golmaal films. And again there’s nothing hard to understand here. Akshay is currently with all his failures still a bigger star than Devgan (since they’re doing similar genres the comparison can be made). But the Houseful films with 10 actors or whatever are not at all like Singh is King or something. Not because Mithun or Boman or John or Shreyas Talpade or Ritesh are otherwise huge stars. That does not follow at all. It’s because such films are designed like circuses. You convert them into a comedy show and the lead star then just becomes a minimal marker. Nothing more. Could Devgan get a big initial for a Singham sequel or a Himmatwala remake? Absolutely. But you’re proving my point.
6)Between 2005-2007 Devgan certainly wasn’t a bigger box office force than Abhishek. And till his recent resurgence he still wasn’t doing better than Abhishek despite the latter’s failures. Now of course it’s different story. So it’s important to be precise. The numbers reveal the truth on all this much as even in this great current phase of his he has utter disasters like Tezz and Aakrosh and a failure like Rascals in a crowd-pleasing genre. All of this counts too.
In any case I have never made an argument ‘against’ Devgan inasmuch as this implies a kind of agenda or politics that is not based on sincere opinion. Whether I like him as an actor or not has nothing to do with how I rate him. If anything I celebrate his success much as I do Akshay’s and Salman’s whatever my opinions on each of them might be.
perhaps your argument wasn’t addressed to me but I detected some examples that I had used and I thought I’d make things clear.
I’d put Aamir on top as being able to get the best possible initial for any given subject. But if someone wants to put Salman up there on current form I wouldn’t argue too much because he does a certain kind of film and all those open hugely with minimal effort. Next I’d probably put Hrithik and Akshay at the same level. Because given a strength genre or a film with lots of frills (remake, sequel, whatever) Hrithik can put up some very big initial numbers. Akshay doesn’t quite get to the same stratosphere because of his large number of failures for a while. On the other hand given his greater volume his average initial is still very strong. Again I could see a case being made for either star being placed over the other but I’d keep it a tie. SRK I’d place next because his has been a diminishing game where to get those numbers he has to do vastly more than all those other stars. Still if accounting for this one still wants to place him at Akshay’s level one could I suppose. Devgan is I think a notch below because across a variety of hits he still hasn’t reached that stratosphere yet. Maybe he will with Himmatwala. But I doubt Son of Sardar will do this. Don’t think he’s quite at SRK level even allowing for SRK’s weakness. Will say though that among these stars all are going through either their absolute best career seasons or relatively strong ones. With SRK it’s very different.
according to just these numbers BB is a crore behind HF2, a bit more than this behind Ready, 3 crores ahead of Singham and G3.. just looking at recent 100 crore grossers. Not comparing Ghajini, that’s too old at this point. If one wants to include Rajneeti (it did 90 or so) BB is 2 crores or so ahead.
Note by the way how Raavan after all the disastrous reviews and terrible WOM did exactly as much on day 1 as OUATIM did.
and to add to this I will repeat another point I always make. It’s not just about the numbers but the commentary as well. Let’s say the BB 12 crore number is absolutely accurate. In the link above looking at some of the other numbers I’ve just compared it with it seems fair. But it’s also what happens at the other end. When those other films release whether it’s BOI or Taran or Nahta they go crazy in terms of their commentary. It’s as if 3I is releasing every other week! You then get to the actual numbers and it’s a different story. Much as the entire 100 crore framing is a dishonest one. Why is it only about this when there’s a 200 crore film! leaving this aside whether a film scrapes through to 100 after collapsing completely off a great initial or does 110 or 120 or 130 or 140 it’s all the same thing. But do we ever think 40 and 50 crores is the same? or 55 and 70?! But suddenly this 100 crore ‘club’ is created and everything is leveled out. The only person really disadvantaged here is Aamir. No one talks about the fact that when he did it for Ghajini he was well ahead of the curve, no one has replicated this film’s trending since (other than Singham – though it started off lower it was nonetheless liked enough to be that stable) and of course everything in a bigger way with 3I (note how BOI were quite happy to focus on trending with RR!). But getting back to the point when Ready released or G3 did or some of those other films the usual suspects celebrated them as if these had opened like 3I. there was no nuance anywhere. Only the very best centers were reported, the very best shows offered as examples, so on and so forth. And these films didn’t release a million years ago! The inflation in any sense is not that massive a factor. Ghajini is another matter. In absolute terms it opened like singham, obviously too much time has passed, today it would open to a lot more). But within a couple of years it’s a different thing. In any case even accounting for some inflation the point is that those numbers aren’t Sholay-like figures! This is precisely what all the completely and idiotically breathless commentary applies. On the other hand when you have a BnB or a BB (treating it as an Abhishek film here for these purposes for the obvious reason that the trade is understating things for this very reason.. they treated a far lower Singham opening far better than this.. had this been a Devgan solo or some other star alongside him they would have gone crazy with this) first of all the numbers are suspiciously lower (certainly so with BOI here) or else even if relatively accurate the commentary is far more ‘depressed’. These things make a difference. Obviously BB opened superbly in the morning shows like so many other big films. Otherwise it couldn’t have reached 12 crores just with later shows. But these are the things that happen everytime. Even with Taran who these days pretends to be most moderate he too plays the same game but in far more subtle fashion. Yesterday for example he was among other things going crazy over Eega saying how Rajamouli had made Indian cinema proud and what not. I want to watch this film myself but Taran seems to have discovered Telugu cinema in a big way just yesterday! So besides the stuff on BB there’s this subtle message that Eega’s the real deal here. Which I might believe otherwise but these guys say it for cynical reasons. The classic example here was Sivaji where the trade suddenly discovered Rajnikant and have been cynically building him up against Bachchan ever since. When it’s Guru again everyone pretends it’s poor opening that picks up for all sorts of reasons. A number of films that open half as well in much more commercial subjects are given kinder coverage. It’s quite simple:
1)Make the failure a disaster
2)Make the solo success an ok film that never comes with an initial
3)Make the success a multistarrer, with or without this make it a non-event (‘yeah it’s doing well, nothing special’)
I’ve always argued for this institutional bias. It’s happening with Abhishek today. It was happening with Bachchan at his peak and sure enough the BOI tables reflect this. They have Bachchan as the top star for very many years but they ‘write down’ the scale of the success in many cases. The trade was playing games with him even at his peak. Sure the producers/distributors didn’t care, no one does ultimately. But still the narrative keeps repeating itself.
i also feel that the number posted are lower. if one can just follow the BB twitter trend for half an hour one can understand that people are just loving it. It is baffling for me why they are posting low numbers
Satyam, it’s not just limited to this- i remember some years back, an Abhishek film had released and in his review Taran had said that Abhishek was mediocre. Incidentally after a couple of months, another Abhishek film released and now Taran said this- “I have always believed that Abhishek is one of the best actors we have”. This was an LOL moment. And Taran has said the same things abt other actors too.
dmd first day reported number was3 cr and it was changed to 5.4 cr(after rohan declaed number…never ever seen a 80% mismatch and ya it was there in one of your threads just search which was just not possible)
not bothered about bb or number(with due respect to junior) but real target is someone else on this boi site or whatever it is
a guy who was called one man industry have didn’t this new invented classification called bb or attbb( but forgets the basic assumption that on those days a movie has to double its investment to be even called hits)…nahata’s classification on net when compared today’s movie will caught many lies(just gave you hint)
and ya take out rights and all in today’s context most of the movies following that will even struggle to get hitswho are even called atbb
amitab’s old movie and their verdict and numbers have been tempered badly
Amirs Fan: No way Zanjeer is a masala film. In fact it is a very anti-msala film. Withoiut getting into too much into definition, suffice to say, because it is a single rasa film, a singe tone film , focussing on the main narrative without too much distraction. That is the Hollywood narrative, the exact opposite of masala, though thee may be more melodrma in the tone than the Hollywood counterpart. You should not confuse melodrama with masala. And you haven’t told me why exactly Ra One isnt a masala film.
“2) Agneepath is definitely a masala film just like the older film though it is also an action-thriller. And a film does not require a romantic/comedy track to be called a masal film- The greatest example here is Zanzeer which according to me is the “1st” ‘pure action film’, the greatest bollywood ‘pure actioner’ and incidentally one of the greatest masala films of all times- somehow i find it a very ‘uncontaminated’ film”
just to clarify this comment was made by saurabh and not by me. he has much greater knowledge then me hence much better description then i could ever give on ‘masala’. i do agree with the points he has made in the above comment…but ill add that BB is also along the lines of a ‘masala’ film.
RaOne has SOME elements of ‘masala’ but the basis…or the core of the movie isn’t that. that’s why i made that comment about SRK. hell even Don 2 has elements of masala but again the core is not. pretty much every hindi film has to have some kind of ‘masala’ to entice the audience(thats whats seperates the hindi viewing audience from the rest, hell that is why i enjoy watching hindi movies).
but i was talking about a full fledged ‘masala’, Ready, BG, RR, Ghajini, Dabangg, Agneepath, Singham, and now BB IMO.
“. he has much greater knowledge then me hence much better description then i could ever give on ‘masala’.”- LOL, AF thanks much but i certainly don’t deserve this kind of praise (this kind of complement is reserved for Satyam/GF/Q/Abzee/Ami etc)- i hardly know anything abt masala or abt movies in general, for that matter- BTW liked reading ur thoughts on Ted- exactly what i expected. And since you are one of the few who followes Hollywood box-office and watches new releases, do keep us updated abt them
thanks appreciate comments but i think you are under estimating yourself here man. anyway, i will be taking a break from watching movies starting next since Ramadan will be starting on July 20th. Which means ill be waiting a while since i watch TDKR.
Bol Bachchan had a good Saturday as it grossed in the 11-11.50 crore nett range but it failed to grow on Saturday. The trending in not impressive as the Friday opening was good but not huge so film had potential to add on Saturday.
The two day business of the film is around 22.50 crore nett. The only circuits which managed to put on worthwhile growth were the circuits which opened low on Friday. The bigger circuits like Mumbai, Delhi/UP and East Punjab all had similar collections to Saturday. Rajasthan which opened very well dropped around 10%.
Sunday should see good growth as it is a film for families but North India business is a concern going forward as it forms a big chunk of the all India business and it is very difficult to put up a real big lifetime number without good business in the North.
so according to this around 22.5 for two days..other numbers i’ve range at 24-25cr in two days. so lets say 22.5-25cr in two days. sunday should be stronger. so looking around 35-40cr weekend? not bad.
Box office India has declared on twitter BB collection as
FRI- 12.10 crores and now if we take 11.50 on SAT.. it is 23.60 crores…not 22.50 crores… they play with facts a lot… by the way other trade analyst hace 12 crores for SAT too…. so would take 24.10 crore total for 2 days… and if earn lets say around 14 crores on sunday.. 38 + weekend…. That is commendable for an actor who according to shailesh kapoor never had a 50+ grosser.. WOW
And y should I take ‘.com’ over ‘.co.in’… r they ISO certified..!! …well they r ‘Dickheads certified’ for sure… I dont think 24.10 for two days is bad… When it is the biggest two day total for shetty and team.. I think its good. you stick to ‘.com’..!!
LOL, they had far less ‘concern’ when Singham opened to 8-9 crores, stayed the same on Sat, on Sun it did 12 crores, they thought it was fantastic and even earlier they thought Fri was very good and so on! All available in this thread:
Their numbers have been on low side here anyway. In any case Singham was very strong on Mon and Tue as well. The thing with BOI is they’re playing the old game of starting with a lower number and chipping away a bit, it adds up by the end. Put differently if the film does 100 crores it will be at 90 or 92 or something at BOI. If it does 110 crores or more then they’ll have it at 100. With an Abhishek film there’s always a 10-20% differential on the numbers at their end on the lower side! Had this been a Devgan solo they would have celebrated it much as they were doing so with Singham which had much lower numbers!
Incidentally hardly any film these days jumps on Sat. From the biggest to smaller films. Usually it’s the same number, many even fall by 10%. Sun is then good or huge for the films that work. I have myself been puzzled about why Sat growth is now invariably limited for films. Or at least it’s rare.
this is really frustrating to see that people are pulling down numbers. The twitter response to the film is better than RR. Satyamji throw some light why would they do so? the overseas numbers are definitely better. i think its gonna do around 40-42 cr. 3 day business but they will show it as around 35-36. Difficult to understand
“Don 2 has elements of masala” Not really. It does not have a comedy track. It does not have a romantic track, not even one romantic song between hero and heroine, no emotional track, no singing and dancing by the hero . It is as our an action film that you have seen in a mainstrean Hindi film ever.
And Ra One maybe sci-fi story at the core but that does not mean it is not a masala film. mr India too is a scifi fntasy. But it is a masala film. That it is also a very god film does not mean it is not masala.
Don 1 was a masala film to some extent. but not Don2.
Have to say, this is the BEST as far as I’m concerned. Female foeticide (which I thought was the best) does not have this deep a destructive effect.
The other reason for considering this the best is that coming on stage to tell all is absolutely effective here. It isn’t individualistic, but societal.
Lastly, it reflected what I have always felt. People think having shopping centres, multiplexes etc is the mark of how developed India is. I think no where else in the world are human beings manually cleaning the human waste. This really has to be the most degrading of all jobs, a job where one can’t say there is dignity in every kind of labour.
I do hope that something will be done here legally with the help of what Amir seems to have promised.
SHOWY things are blossoming all over India. The biggest example is; there are cars, but not enough roads.
The last thing is being done first.
How easily the priest made ‘feet’ lowly.
The question that he should have been asked is whether he illtreats his feet, and would get away with a diseased foot.
One could draw up a lengthy philosophy about the importance of feet, and the necessity of looking after it well, and keeping it healthy. And of course the necessity of feet to uphold the rest of the body.
He didn’t seem like even a normal ordinary thinker.
I’m sorry for spamming, but I’m writing my thoughts as they come.
“Lastly, it reflected what I have always felt. People think having shopping centres, multiplexes etc is the mark of how developed India is”
Good thoughts there…
Haven’t seen this episode
Thought this was banned and non existent now
Isn’t this problem in india much less now? With reservation etc…
The problem still persists in small town and villages..I don’t think there is such an issue in big cities..Even in small villages if people are earning well they don’t have to endure such discrimination. If you are from lower caste and not earning well it is a double whammy.
I don’t think being an NRI should stop you or anyone from commenting..Many people suggest that as NRI you don’t know the problem…But in reality people who live in India hardly interact with say more than 1000 people..so I am not sure that thousand is a good sample of India..when India itself is so diverse in every way..
Film lost 1 to 1.5 cr nett to regional releases on 1st Day but on 2nd Day film registered modest growth. Film has got generally very positive response from aam junta and that was visible on 2nd Day. CI, CP, UP, Delhi, NCR and Mumbai were strong and Gujarat and Rajasthan were amazing. Though circuits in South and West Bengal remained average.
As per early estimates, film has collected 13.25 cr nett on Saturday which is 13% growth from Day one. In two days film has collected 24.65 cr nett. Film is now heavily dependent on tomorrow when film has to show big jump in order to touch 40 cr nett. Film is a success but how big that will be decided in next few days.
Below are the collections for the film –
First Day Collections- 11.40 cr
Second Day Collections – 13.25 cr (early estimates)
Total Domestic Collections – 24.65 cr nett
Total Overseas Collections – 03.80 cr
Total Worldwide Collections – 28.45 cr nett
Rohit Shetty’s latest directorial venture ‘Bol Bachchan’ is doing well at the box office. The film had opened to mixed reviews but later the film’s business picked up. The Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan starrer is doing better than ‘Rowdy Rathore’, ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Agneepath’ in the overseas market. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweets, “#BolBachchan New Zealand Fri NZ$ 18,578. Better than #RowdyRathore 11,320, #Don2 10,161, #Agneepath 12,064, #Ready 11,881, #Bodyguard 16,280.”
Adarsh has also given the break-ups of the business in foreign markets, “#BolBachchan Australia Thu A$ 18,561, Fri A$ 35,389. Total: A$ 53,950.”
However, he says that the business is not satisfactory in some prominent markets, “#BolBachchan UK Fri £ 39,251 on 50 screens.
at 16 it would be 41 crores for the weekend going by the 12 crore base. By the way the Singham weekend was 30 crores and it went onto 100 crores.. It was stable after this but other than very massive openers films need to be stable anyway.
looking at the response of masses i think it is going to be stable. I also feel that cocktail will not give tough competition next week as far as single screens are concerned. I hope that true numbers are reported because i feel that movie is under reported. One more thing satyamji there is no comment by bigb this time on abhishek movie. what could be the reason? he is neither praising it nor critisizing. This is strange considering that he has commented on most of his(abhishek’s) major movies. and this movie was sold to foxstars do you think their numbers will be higher than others?
On Bachchan I think he doesn’t want to say anything this time but he’s said a few things opaquely on his blog. He knows it’s a success, he just doesn’t want to talk about it. Abhishek has himself not said anything on twitter since the end of May or something. Even now he’s not on it. There’s some superstition they have this time where they’re just not saying anything publicly. He responded a bit after the special screening where he looked truly happy but again he didn’t say much. In fact he was asked a question about how everyone was saying the film was all about him and he chided the guy for this saying it was everyone’s film and that everyone had done well but didn’t say anything else.
looking at the current trend what are your final numbers for the film. i have been only posting things related with numbers lol. But i guess at this juncture this is what matters for him. also i read somewhere that he is doing businessman with puri jaggannath. any news about it?
they always report things on the lower side for a Bachchan film. BOI’s conduct is utterly shameful here but not surprising. They have always done this. When it’s a big success they can’t keep saying it’s not so they just downplay everything. But even the rest of the trade numbers are often on the low side and don’t match the hype. In every other case they do! Of course this whole thing of presenting one number and not a range is ridiculous anyway. The idea that the film for example did 12.1 crores on Fri. They have no such numbers. No one has these totals in India. It’s all about estimates but for it to make sense and given the scale of the Indian market you need minimally a 3 crore range if not more. So you ought to be saying something like ‘ the film did 11-14 crores on day 1 or 12-15 crores or whatever. To give out very specific numbers is pure fiction. And this is true for every film of course. Just that with the others no one’s trying to underreport things. Even with a range one could for example say it’s 12 crores for one film and 15 for another. Just take the lower end of the range for one and the higher end for another. It would be within the realm of the factual but it would become a lie if consistently one side were taken for one star and the other for another.
I’m not going to take names here but I’ve been told in more than one instance by people who used to report on this stuff that they did this depending on the star. Won’t get into the specifics.
At the end of the day though a general audience is not bothered about this stuff nor is the industry. No one cares whether it’s actually 95 crores or 100 or 105. They know how much they’ve made or not on the film. They’re not exactly waiting for Nahta or Taran or BOI to tell them. This is stuff for online or media consumption. There’s always a general audience sense about these things and from the get go the ‘hit’ label has been baked in the cake for Bol Bachchan. No one has any doubt about this at any point. Note how even Nahta, the most anti-Bachchan guy, also took the extraordinary step of coming out on Fri itself on twitter and saying it was an ‘aag maar’ or ‘sure fire’ hit. He’s never done this before. Now they can downplay the numbers or whatever. It doesn’t make a difference. This is their modus operandi anyway. When all else fails try and reduce the magnitude of the success. Stop it from getting to 100 crores. Or whatever. I’ve followed this stuff for years. Believe me Taran and Nahta are still better on Bol Bachchan than they were on BnB and Guru (to quote two examples). Perhaps the Devgan deal gives them some leeway.
Bol Bachchan is at no.8 with $11,750,000 weekend international collection collections. this is good news. it comes to about 64.62 cr.(* Rs.55) this is great news. this is just an estimation but even then this are great numbers. satyamji your thoughts please
Weekend Report: ‘Spider-Man’ Swings High But Falls Short of Predecessors
by Ray Subers
July 8, 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man got off to a very good start over the past six days, though it didn’t perform at the same level as the previous series entries. Meanwhile, Ted continued to play well, Savages got off to a decent start, and Katy Perry: Part of Me disappointed. The Top 12 earned an estimated $187.1 million this weekend, which is up 28 percent from the same frame last year.
The Spider-Man reboot earned an estimated $65 million for the three-day weekend. Adding in its previous three days of grosses, the new version of the webslinger’s story had a $140 million six-day opening. Over the identical six-day period in 2007, Transformers earned $155.4 million.
That six-day opening is significantly higher than Batman Begins ($79.5 million) or X-Men: First Class ($69.9 million) among comic book reboots. The best way to judge the movie’s success, though, is not to compare to different franchises, but instead to compare within the Spider-Man franchise. It did wind up close to the first Spider-Man’s $144.2 million six-day start, though it was way off from Spider-Man 2 ($180.1 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($176.2 million). Batman Begins, on the other hand, had the highest six-day start in Batman franchise history at the time.
First Class provides a more accurate comparison; it was also a reboot that opened five years after a trilogy conclusion that made tons of money but was creatively disappointing. X-Men: First Class’s $55.1 million debut was about in line with the first X-Men’s $54.5 million, and at the time it was deemed mildly successful; therefore, The Amazing Spider-Man deserves about the same status at this point.
According to distributor Sony Pictures, the movie’s audience was 58 percent male and 54 percent were 25 years of age and older. They awarded Spider-Man an “A-” CinemaScore, which suggests good word-of-mouth that could propel the movie to close to $300 million (assuming it doesn’t get completely crushed by The Dark Knight Rises in two weeks).
Even though on the surface it appeared to have one of the more interesting uses of 3D in recent years, only 44 percent of The Amazing Spider-Man’s grosses came from those higher-priced tickets. IMAX was comparatively much more impressive: the format accounted for $14.3 million, or roughly 10 percent, of the six-day grosses (all of that is included within the 3D share).
In second place, Ted fell 40 percent to an estimated $32.6 million. That gross is about even with The Hangover’s second weekend, albeit with a steeper decline. However, the movie’s $120.2 million 10-day total is ahead of The Hangover through the same point, and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Ted doesn’t close above $200 million.
Brave dipped 41 percent to $20.2 million in its third weekend. Even if it plummets against Ice Age: Continental Drift next weekend, its $174.5 million gross-to-date means its all-but-assured to be Pixar’s 10th $200 million movie.
Brave also helped Disney become the first studio to pass $1 billion at the domestic box office on Saturday. The studio reached the milestone on the 187th day of the year, which is a new record for them. It also ranks sixth all-time behind Paramount (2008, 2010, 2009, and 2011) and 20th Century Fox (2010).
do you know why after a certain amount of comments i make, the blog stops letting me post comments? is it because i am posting comments too much, too fast? let me know. i’ve had this happened to me twice in the past week…kind of frustrating because of the convo’s i was having and all of a sudden my responds weren’t going through…
It is very rare that one directors praises a fellow filmmmaker`s movie. But Karan Johar makes an exception and lauds Rohit Shetty and his recent release ‘Bol Bachchan’, Zee News reports.
Released on July 6, ‘Bol Bachchan’ (BB) features Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai in lead roles.
“So absolutely thrilled to hear the outstanding feedback Junior Bachchan (Abhishek) is getting for BB!!!! Way to go AB!!!!! Love you lots,” Johar tweeted. “And I now believe Rohit Shetty has the formula! He is undoubtedly the most mainstream man we have in the business!!!! The Rs.100 crore man,” he further added. daily times monitor
Bol Bachchan had a good jump on Sunday as it grossed around 14.75 crore nett for a 38 crore nett weekend. The approx breakdowns were 11.25 crore on Friday, 12 crore nett on Saturday and 14.75 crore nett on Sunday.
The film has done fantastic business in Gujarat, Rajasthan, CP Berar and CI. Other regions were good or decent while Nizam, West Bengal and Mysore under performed. North India had a healthy jump on Sunday especially the UP region. Single screens across the country have put up excellent numbers while multiplexes in certain centres have lagged.
Bol Bachchan is likely to emerge a hit but the weekdays and second weekend will decide if it can become a big grosser. It is the highest opening ever for an Ajay Devgn starrer beating the 35 crore nett figure of Golmaal 3.
Sunday Growth Of BOL BACHCHAN Against Other Big Releases
Saturday 7th June 2010 10.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
Bol Bachchan showed around 23% growth on Sunday. As business is growing more in mass centres, the Sunday growth is also getting bigger. A few years back 15-20% growth on Sunday was done by the films which worked universally and now the figure is up to 25-30%. Below is how Bol Bachchan compares with the films that showed big growth on Sunday released in the last year or so.
>> We love nothing more than watching a rip-roaring film over the weekend and this week’s fare Bol Bachchan did not disappoint. Abhishek’s hilarious reprisal of his roles as both Abbas and Abhishek had us giggling in the aisles. And going by the rest of the audience at PVR, we weren’t the only ones.
“Rohit (Shetty) and I spent a lot of time working out the two characters because although they are twin brothers we wanted them to be poles apart in their characteristics,” said the young Bachchan when we spoke to congratulate him on his performance.
And what was it like working on the film? “Shooting with the whole crew of Bol Bachchan was a complete blast. Although the work was very tough it’s hard to believe that we managed to finish the film and it hardly felt like work. Rohit loves a playful atmosphere on set and makes the shoot very memorable,” he said. About his neighbour and friend Ajay Devgn he was even warmer.
“Apart from our boundary wall, we share a great rapport. AJ is like an elder brother to me and I someone rely on a lot. He’s always been there for me and gives me very good advice. He’s a true friend and a brilliant co-star, one that I’ve learnt so much from. And owe a lot to as well.” We could not help asking Bachchan if he’d lend the vowel-challenged Devgn a few of his.. er vowels. “He can ask me for anything and I would be more than ready to give it. That’s the kind of friendship we have. He’s done me such a huge service by giving me Bol Bachchan and I will always be indebted to him,” said Abhishek deadpan.
Review: ‘Bol Bachchan’ turns up the farce
Abhishek Bachchan is a charming star of Rohit Shetty’s comedy, but a central ruse plays out to little pleasurable effect.
By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2012, 10:10 p.m.
There’s a father-son handoff of sorts in the sublimely catchy opening dance number for Rohit Shetty’s comedy “Bol Bachchan,” with legendary Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan singing and dancing with son Abhishek, the film’s star.
The wink-wink aspect of the movie’s title becomes further apparent when the farcical plot kicks in: Abbas Ali (Abhishek), a jobless Muslim fallen on hard times, breaks the lock on a Hindu temple to save a drowning boy but is introduced to the village by a risk-averse buddy as “Abhishek Bachchan” to avoid being identified as Muslim.
“Abhishek” becomes wingman to honesty-obsessed tough-guy boss Prithviraj (Ajay Devgn), who likes to put deceivers in the hospital. But lie begets lie, and soon “Abhishek” must invent a gay, mustache-less twin brother, which sends him into the arms of Prithviraj’s beautiful sister (Prachi Desai).
In an ostensible homage to the ’70s Bollywood comedy-of-errors classic “Gol Maal,” there’s a lot of sweating out the central ruse to little pleasurable (or believable) effect, despite spirited turns from the gifted Devgn — relishing his character’s dim-bulb righteousness and mis-learned American phrases — and the charming junior Bachchan.
Though Shetty’s movie love is noticeable, his reliance on frantic sound effects and empty action-comedy set pieces over well-thought-out farce mechanics is ultimately wearying.
Critics might have panned it, but Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan is doing a decent business at the BO. The film has collected approx Rs. 43.10 crore in its opening weekend. The movie has also become the biggest opener for Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn.
The Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty combo was worked wonders again at the box-office with Bol Bachchan collecting Rs 43.10 Crores in its opening weekend.
Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty have been an indomitable combination at the box-office always ensuring blockbuster success. Same is the case with their latest offering Bol Bachchan that has expectedly opened to a fabulous response. The opening weekend collection is Rs 43.10 Crores Net (Breakup: Friday – 12.10 crores, Saturday – 14 crores, Sunday – 17 crores). The business continues to be strong and the film is expected to make more money in the coming days.
Bol Bachchan has also performed phenomenally well at the overseas box-office. As per official figures given by the production house, Bol Bachchan has grossed US$ 2.06 million over the weekend. (Breakup: US – US$ 540000, UK – US$ 255000, Middle East – US$ 650000, Australia – US$ 167000, Rest of the World – US$ 450000).
The film has already broken earlier Shetty-Devgn records having generated 36% higher figures than Singham and around 43% bigger than Golmaal 3 during their opening day. Surely this one is another contender to reach the coveted Rs 100-crore mark.
The coming week sees the release of Saif Ali Khan’s home production Cocktail that costars Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty with the actor. The film carries a fresh romantic-comedy feel and its solo release should possibly help it open to good response.
B-Town’s super hit duo Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty are continuing to strike gold at the box office with the spectacular opening weekend of Bol Bachchan!
The action comedy has augmented its firm presence at the box office by amassing a grand total of RS 43.10 Crores Net Box Office over the weekend in INDIA, with further increases expected!
After opening at 12.10 crores net on Friday and 14 crores net on Saturday Bol Bachchan, the Net Box office in India saw a phenomenal increase on Sunday thanks to packed cinema houses contributing to the day’s total of 17crores (approx), with numbers still coming in from all centers.
Presented by Fox Star Studios, the Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision and Ajay Devgn Ffilms’ produced flick is reportedly shaping to be Devgn-Shetty’s biggest films, having generated 36% higher figures than Singham and around 43% bigger than Golmaal 3 during their opening day. This remarkable feat was achieved in spite of monsoons and other anticipated regional releases such as EEGA in South and ‘Jatt and Juliet’ in Punjab
With a perfect combination of action, comedy and dhamaal entertainment the movie which stars Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai in the lead roles has been generating a tremendous reaction from audiences with immense appreciation especially for Ajay Devgn as the macho yet endearingly funny pehelwan. Joining the Lion King this time is Abhishek Bachchan whose hilarious presence has added a unique flavor to the laugh riot and is being well received by audiences as well!
Internationally too, positive reports are flooding in from all centers with Bol Bachchan doing extremely well when compared to other recent releases overseas.
Bol Bachchan has grossed US$ 2.06 mn. over the weekend with the split as follows US – US$ 540000, UK – US$ 255000, Middle East – US$ 650000, Australia – US$ 167000, Rest of the World – US$ 450000
In fact Bol Bachchan has fared significantly better than all Devgn – Shetty combination films and recent releases including Rowdy Rathore.
Well it seems that the coveted 100 crore mark is not far away!
[Has emerged Ajay Devgn-Rohit Shetty’s biggest opener ever. Though the film started on a decent note on Friday morning, the business increased rapidly during the course of the day. The business showed an upward trend at multiplexes on Saturday and reached the optimum level on Sunday. In fact, the growth in business on Sunday ranged from 35% to 50% over Friday numbers in various circuits. This, despite strong opposition in the form of Punjabi film JATT & JULIET in North India and Telugu film EEGA in South India. Collected approx 43.10 cr in its opening weekend. Breakup:- Fri 12.10 cr, Sat 14 cr, Sun 17 cr. ]
Mumbai: Rohit Shetty and his constellation of Bollywood stars couldn’t have been happier. ‘Bol Bachchan’, the latest to come out of the Shetty camp, has already generated gross revenue of 72.8 crores. And all of that hefty cash in the first three days itself!
The film was released countrywide on Friday, and has been in news ever since. Lead actors Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan have been lauded for their performances, and despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, the film has managed to woo the audience.
‘Bol Bachchan’ is a comedy based on Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Gol Maal’, and has been loved by moviegoers thus far. And it seems the film will be another member of the year’s 100 crore club!
Bol Bachchan Wraps Weekend At 38 Cr Plus
by Shinjini Bose (July 9, 2012)
Last week’s release, Bol Bachchan, wrapped the weekend with exceptional numbers – Rs 38 crore all-India. After taking an excellent opening, the Rohit Shetty film picked up further over the weekend, and tradewallahs say it is still doing remarkably well.
Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines in Mumbai says, “The pan-India weekend collection of Bol Bachchan is Rs 38 crore, while within Mumbai, the film earned Rs 14 crore at the weekend. The week will be spectacular for the film.”
Bol Bachchan has exceeded expectations in Delhi, where G D Mehta of Bobby Arts International remarks, “The pan-India weekend collection of Bol Bachchan is around Rs 40 crore, and in the Delhi-UP circuit, Rs 7.25 crore.”
According to Surendra Saluja of Lakshya Movies in Punjab, Bol Bachchan earned Rs 2 crore at the weekend in the territory, and it was a good weekend in West Bengal too. Sunit Singh of Aum Moviez says, “The weekend collection of the film was Rs 1.2 crore in West Bengal. It is doing equally well at single-screens and multiplexes in our region.”
In CP, Sarang Chandak of Shri Rang Films reveals, “The weekend collection of Bol Bachchan was Rs 80 lakh. Today, the film took an impressive opening as well and the week will wrap with marvelous numbers.”
Jeetu Khandelwal of Movie Pioneers in Orissa concludes, “Bol Bachchan had a good weekend in our region and it is doing well in both small and big centers. Bol Bachcan is a typical Rohit Shetty masala movie, which always appeals to the masses as well as the classes. It earned Rs 18 lakh in our region during the weekend.”
38 or 43 its more or less in the same range, just highlighted the politics behind these insignificant differentials.
Anyways, a Golmaal 3 like follow through should give 70-75 cr first week and 120-125 cr end total which will be very good trending in my books.
Unfortunately that may still not satisfy the lofty standards of doubling the week 1 excuse used here to bring down movies but wont stop lionizing BB (not saying this shud not be lionized – i think it deserved to be applauded).
Actually there’s a significant %age difference on those two numbers. And again normally BOI are never more than 2 crores behind Taran’s numbers except for here. But their agenda is once again rather obvious. Anyone who doesn’t see it is either blind or shares the agenda! Usually the latter. Not saying you’re doing this.
Doubt it will be that high for week 1. Or let’s say I’d be surprised. If the 7.25 or greater number is right for Mon and let’s assume Tue is a bit lower. You might have another 13 crores or so, that would take you to 56 crores or so off the first five days. Even 5 crores each on the remaining two days would get you to 66. So I’d expect more realistically something in the low 60s here, maybe a bit more if the film is stronger. For your range to be correct it would need to do 3I kind of trending where there would be 7 crores every single day. Don’t think that’s possible. Or if that happened we would be looking at something even greater than 125 crores.
On the doubling it’s not a lofty standard. Singham achieved it, Ghajini did it at a much higher level. Not even getting into 3I here. With some of the other films you get better trending the moment there’s a better film. RR for example. With most of the other 100 crore grossers you’re really getting a huge weekend followed by a couple of relatively strong days and then things peter out all of a sudden. These are 100 crore or more grossers mostly because of the initial ‘rush’. Even with RR it’s more stable in single screens after the first week or two. Which also is not surprising looking at the content of the film. In other words the film is a bit more stable than even the better trending suggests. But it’s not so in multiplexes to the same degree because it’s not a multiplex film. Here one of the issues is that barring Aamir with those two films no one has been able to thread the needle or getting some parity in both kinds of centers. So Singham too never quite ‘roared’ in the multiplexes. It was obviously good but not at the level of these other films. Meanwhile a lot of the Southern masala doesn’t have strong legs in multiplexes unlike in the South. so it’s still largely an initial game. Having said that this was true even for BnB. It did huge initial numbers in the metros but it was strong here for a couple of weeks whereas it was stronger in small centers for much longer. Once again it’s not surprising that the Aamir films did that much. You need a strong narrative one way or the other. No real substitute for this. You could watch Ghajini again, most people could watch 3I again, I think even Singham could be repeated, not most of the others. Note how Dabanng even with such a huge soundtrack and the iconic character, famous lines and son still couldn’t double its initial like Ghajini. Again I never thought much of the Dabanng narrative either. But so far I haven’t seen a 100 crore surprise in terms of trending. I think there is a correlation between the two (narrative and trending).
Rohit open to ‘Bol Bachchan’ sequel
IANS | Jul 9, 2012, 02.20PM IST
Director Rohit Shetty is overwhelmed with the response his comic caper ” Bol Bachchan” is getting and is open to making a sequel.
“You want me to make a sequel? OK, we will think about it,” said Rohit at a theatre where he and Abhishek Bachchan had come to gauge the audiences’ reaction.
Abhishek, who has worked in the Dhoom frenchise and also doing Dostana 2, is more than eager to pitch in.
“He (Rohit Shetty) is a sequel king director. He has made three-four sequels and I have worked in three-four sequels. So if he says, we both are ready but now we have to persuade Ajayji (Ajay Devgn) for it,” the 36-year-old said.
Rohit’s first comedy film Golmaal: Fun Unlimited released in 2006 and was a super hit. He made two sequels to the film – Golmaal Returns (2008) and Golmaal 3 (2010) and is already working on Golmaal 4 slated for a release in 2013.
Meanwhile, Abhishek is very happy that the movie is running to full houses.
“Today, our movie has been screened here (Galaxy Theatre, Mumbai) and is being liked by the audiences. So it feels good. Till now, we haven’t met the audience. We are standing at the back waiting for them to know their reactions. But the biggest compliment is that the movie is running houseful,” said Abhishek.
“We must stand for the films that matter, not let their remakes trample box office records. Nothing will remain sacred anymore, and we’ll be doomed to nightmarish remake loops forever, our greatest cinematic glories rehashed into forgettable flicks.”
Odd that it never occurred to Sen to cry this ethical foul when Agneepath, Don or Sholay were being remade. Give me a break.
Actually BB is a far better option because if you make a closer remake the stakes are far more high and the disaster greater. In this sense Aag was not a bad experimental idea, it’s just that the execution was completely disastrous.
I’ve said this before but had Hirani remade Golmaal with this framing (the temple et al) we could arguably have seen a film on par with the original or even greater. Of course it would also require someone else in Devgan’s part. A truly fine actor. I’ve again felt here that Boman would have been great. But even if one didn’t want to stick that close to the original I think Dutt would have been excellent under Hirani.
Well Farhan’s Don had its share of general negativity due to the popularity of the original – the film suffered both on box office and perception front due to that.
Agneepath remake had its share of negativity due to Amitabh’s cult VDC – although the original movie on its own does not hold wide scale patronage – thats one of the reason why Kjo could successfully pull off his renovation.
Anyways, if Golmaal had to be remade I would have liked to see Boman and Abhay Deol under Hirani’s direction.
Hirani is getting crippled by his own exponential success – he is finally starting to shoot his next after 3 years since 3 Idiots released! For a guy who deals with small/medium budget productions that is too much time spent in pre-production.
Dookudu was fairly enjoyable but in truth relatively stale on the whole. Bachchan and Rajni are the only stars I’ve seen who could repeat the same stuff again and again and still make it very enjoyable and fresh. with most other stars the staleness starts setting in soon. Dookudu is probably at Pokkiri level as a narrative. But it nonetheless seems stale. Had the films been switched here I might have said the opposite. I also think Mahesh Babu is losing something by constantly appearing on screen as ‘superman’. There’s no vulnerability to his persona anymore. Okkadu is by far his best film even in this sense. I enjoyed Pokkiri a lot but his similar act in every film isn’t quite as captivating. Nonetheless this film is enjoyable. On the other hand Businessman is truly poor stuff. Half a narrative really. Not surprised this film didn’t sustain too well after the initial. Don’t think Abhishek should do this one. Actually Dookudu would be a far better idea if he wanted to. Businessman has nothing. And the disturbing thing about Puri of late is that he is really making wafer-thin narratives.
A 5cr differential betn BOI and Taran is enormous. So even if they split the diff, BolB has a ~41cr weekend which is pretty good. Now that BOI themselves claim a 7cr Monday, they will not be able to “numerically” stop this from joining the 100cr gang. Significantly, this will cross the lifetime of DMD in its first 5 days! So much for totally writing off JrB. It seems he has finally found his groove. Lets hope he sticks to the winning formula. Beti ke janam se Lakshmi ghar mein aayi hai, usko dono haathon se pakad ke rakho.
BOI is obviously on a sticky wicket here and their partial commentary underlines how corrupt their reporting is.
Obviously interested parties and those inconvinienced by BB and Abhishek’s success will try and use their numbers and their commentary to save their lying faces but sane people know the truth and this commentary and reporting by BOI is really a piss in the wind.Abhi has emerged victorious here and no amount of verbal gymnastics and statistical thievery by the likes of BOI really matters in public perception of how ig BB is and who deserves a lion’s share of the credit.
Actually there have so much media declare about 43 crore weekend that BOI and other Anti bachchans cant hide the truth..
When influential Media channels like Zee news, Star news (ABP news) and leading papers like Hindustan times and Times of India are declaring it to be 43 Crores it becomes impossible for BOI to fool people. Even if they dont admit it hardly matters because 99% people believe these sources not BOI.
Also retweeting of no. 43 crores is enormous on Tweeter… Its like everybody who watched it wants it to succeed… or people were waiting for abhishek to be back to the place he left in 2008.
ETC bollywood is also reporting it to be 43 crores… NDTV too have 43.10 crore as weekend number.. lagta hai saari kaynat bol bachchan ko hit karane ki saazish kar rahi hai… koi to insaaf ke masiha BOI ko kaho ki wo insaniyat ko bacha le… Bhalo manush kahan ho tum… kahan ho..!!
Kya hua Doctor Saab. Aaj khush toh bahut honge aap..Humesha flop denewale Abhishe ko bhagwan (Ajay Devgn) ki kripa se hit mil gayi…Aise bhi hit toh milne wali thi..yeh nahin toh Dhoom 3 toh definitely hit hoti aur 200 crore se jyada kama leti…
On a serious note…I will always stick to BOI figures..I don’t go for any random tweets or sites or trade analyst because it quotes a higher figure for my fav star. In case of Ra One also i never followed Taran/Komala or any body from Twitter world. Earlier i used to follow Taran until i found BOI. I will be glad if another portal comes up with better and REGULAR updates and then i will start following that.
Chalo aap hi bol do…koi ek site/news channel other than BOI which i should follow. We can then compare. If you want to follow ETC then stick to it for all films. It will be easy for me to find mistakes for that site and ridicule it similar to what is done to BOI. Earlier some of the guys (mainly bachchan fans) were following IBOS. Later it turned out to be a big JOKE.
At the time of Buddha Hoga tera Baap also some of the guys came up with Andhra Box Office. This site was born during that time and died after the movie flopped badly.
So i quite agree with BOI on two things. first is 38 Cr for the weekend and i don’t have any issue if later they correct this figure. Second when they say it is Rohit Shetty- Ajay Devgn film. Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty has to perform with out each other. Rohit Shetty with a lesser star like Hirani who delivered a BB with Sanjay Dutt. Till that time i will consider them Both a major force at the BO.
Abhishek now has Bol Bachchan but i will wait for the Solo Bachchan what ever genre it may be. I declare that if Abhishek Gives a 100 crore in a solo starrer till 2015, he will be number one for me and will not remain a FLOP STAR. When i say solo that means it should not have another actor with a substantial role from the 100 Crore group.
@ Bhalo manush…jab aap itna soch rahe hain ye decide karne se pehle ki kis site ko follow kiya jaye….. to zara sochiye… Times of India, Hindustan Times,India Today, Zee news, IBN7 News , NDTV, ETC… all of them …ne kitna socha hoga ye declare karne se pehle…. Ya apke hisaab se itne bade bade media houses aur newspapers ki koi izzat nahi hai, Koi authenticity nahi hai…. Sirf BOI ki izzat aur authenticity hai… Jisse swayam bhagwaan shiv ne dharti waasiyo ke udhaar ke liye banaya hai…
I cannot buy an Idea which says Times of India has published a news without cheking real facts… itna bada akhbaar chalana mazaak nahi hai… and BOI ki aukaat TOI ke samne kya hai… ab yeh bhi batana padega…
Haath kangan ko aarsi kya, padhey likhe ko faarsi kya..!!
Yahan BOI ki authenticity ki baat nahin ho rahi hai..Koi bhi site 100% authentic nahin hoti hai..Main sirf itna keh raha hoon ke BOI sabse behtar hai…
“I cannot buy an Idea which says Times of India has published a news without cheking real facts… itna bada akhbaar chalana mazaak nahi hai… and BOI ki aukaat TOI ke samne kya hai”
Chaliye aap yeh keh rahe hain ki TOI authentic hai. Woh jo khabar chhapti hai ek dam sahi hai…Aaj se tab TOI ko hi follow kar lete hain aap ki tarah…Abhi ate rahiye is blog par aur dekhiye kis tarah TOI ki dhajjiyan udti hain…
Aaj se Box office ke liya TOI ko hi quote karenge..thik hai toh…
Leave BOI and follow TOI…
“I think you should follow BOI or any other site which has the lowest possible figures for Abhishek and the highest possible for SRK.”
Well i understand this has been your trick to follow any site that puts highest figure for Abhishek’s films and lowest for SRK’s
But this is not working for you and will neither work for me. Due to this you have been jumping from IBOS to Andhra BO to Amul Mohan to Time of India to NDTV to random tweets…
That’s why i am asking give me one site other than BOI. I am ready to leave BOI coz it is biased, corrupt site. It throws random numbers in air.
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they themselves don’t claim responsibility or authencity of any of their numbers because one can be easily sues
and ya producers don’t give income tax by the data of any random box office sites …its more the online consumption
reputed stuff like ians and pti don’t go by any bo sites or random entertainment article
Comedies always seem to work for Abhishek Bachchan and it’s turning out to be no different for the actor in his most recent release Bol Bachchan, where his performance is garnering much appreciation. But while the industry’s talking of the genre being lucky for the actor, Abhishek waves it off. “Lucky or not, I don’t know. I really don’t believe in all that, but all I know is that it is the film that works, not the genre,” he says. And as we catch up with him for a quick tete-a-tete, the actor also talks about being back on the wish-list of filmmakers and reveals why he’s taking a break from experimenting on screen…
Q: The slapstick kind of comedy you have done in Bol Bachchan is a far cry from your real wry sense of humour…
A: Yes, the film’s comic pitch was completely different from anything I have done before and yes a far cry from my own sense of humour. But that was the challenge for me… to completely give in to the role. Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) and AJ (actor Ajay Devgn) just told me to become completely besharam and just go all out and that’s what I did. Just threw caution to the winds and went completely besharam (laughs).
Q: So are you having the last laugh as far as your detractors go?
A: I don’t hold any grudges, so there’s no question of any last laugh. I am too happy with the response the film is getting to think about all of that. Right now I am just celebrating, taking blessings from my parents, hugging my wife and daughter, and gearing up for my next film (Dhoom 3).
Q: But how does it feel to suddenly be back on most top filmmaker’s wishlist?
A: To be honest, it feels really good to have filmmakers appreciate your work. I have been through the phase where people didn’t want to work with me, of people not taking my calls, so now I am really happy to see their confidence restored in me. I don’t take this or success for granted at all. It restores my own confidence in myself as an actor, after there being phases when I have doubted it myself.
Q: Now that you have found your comfort space in the hardcore commercial zone, are you still as keen on experimenting with your roles?
A: No, I don’t want to experiment any more, atleast not for a long time (laughs). It’s seldom that the audience decides to love you like this and the worst thing would be to not consider what they want to see you do. So, for now I just want to do what the audience wants and do more commercial fare.
Q: Are you waiting to show your films to daughter Aaradhya?
A: She’s too young! I haven’t even thought about it. I’ll let her decide what she wants to see, but yes I will hope she chooses my films (laughs).
saddened by his second last response here.. I don’t know what he means by ‘long’ but I was always a bit nervous about his getting too much success. I don’t blame him as he’s been through a lot. The trouble though is that if he goes too far in the direction it will be that much harder to pull back.
Exactly. And if he does remain committed to going full-on commercial, I hope he at least works with the right people–Hirani of course, but also someone like Santoshi. My hope is also though that when he speaks of “experimenting” he’s not necessarily saying he won’t work with certain filmmakers but that he will be more cautious in signing up what they offer him. I dont think one should say no to Ratnam or even Rohan Sippy in any scenario, but Abhishek might be more inclined to sign their films going forward if they’re not as ambitious/risky as the previous collaborations. Then again, given Abhishek seems to have passed on what looks to be a very by-the-books kind of deal from Sippy, one wonders if he really means to stick to the Shettys and the Abbas-Mastans to play it safe.
He has said even recently he would do any Rathnam film, even a Tamil one in any capacity. of course Rathnam doesn’t make films that often. The rest of the time it’s about Bollywood filmmakers and he might just raise the bar higher here. Which too would be a pity because you sometimes have exciting young filmmakers who can do interesting stuff. Again the step he’s missing here is the Aamir one. The compromise shouldn’t be with the project itself or the director but the ‘script’. So just so risky stuff with greater attention on the script. There is a danger of his over-learning his lesson. On the other hand it could also be a somewhat strategic move on his part to create some confidence with potential investors who might feel that even when he has such a moment he walks away from it by doing risky stuff. And again I worry about the snowball effect here. Is he more likely to resist commercial fare after 2-3 big successes?! either way this is the one dark cloud for me on this film’s success. Would utterly hate to lose him to BB and D3! Or whatever. I guess we’ll have to be in suspense for a while on this score.
if you’re referring to things I’ve been saying I think you should congratulate me for some integrity here! I’ve not forgotten the kind of cinema I support and the kind I’ve supported with Abhishek just because he has this big moment in BB. But leaving this aside he’s a young guy and there’s a lot more of the show left! Let’s see where he takes it in a year or so. If it turns out that he’s sticking to very commercial stuff most of the time I’ll be disappointed of course but there are worse fates in life! Hey don’t credit my prestige theory only when he starts getting successful elsewhere. My position though has always been consistent on this and is so today! But in terms of Abhishek’s response give him a break. It’s just the morning after! I know I’ve said some stuff here but I’ve always said this stuff in every situation. Said it after Raavan, saying it after BB.
Really Happy for JR that this has worked out, Really hope it trends well during the week some tweets are suggesting it maybe around 7 to 8 cr for monday. if true it can easily hit 65 cr for the week. Not sure how cocktail is going to hold up. Did read somewhere Sail Ali mentioning that cocktail has a lots of western influence to it and its strictly multiplex.
As far as BB is concerned, agree with many here does not do much for Jr as an actor, good he is getting is dues but shouldn’t have been for something like this, wish this was true for DMD.
Going by the distributors/exhibitors interviews above, I do feel it may have touched 50 cr in first 3 days, Bachchans’ always get the short end of the stick, its all good its all progression from here on if Jr chooses his movies correctly.
Satyam Sir, Q fine piece by both of you on the films, and the discussions that followed were a great read as well. I have some free time on hand now will try and go back to your first post ever on this blog and keep clicking next lol.
After doing a whopping 43 Crores of business Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan is still restless on Box office India, as the collections remain almost steady on Monday.
Bol Bachchan also done superb raise in Weekend box office collection, as it increased form 12.1 to 17 Crores on Sunday due to holiday. We expected Bol Bachachan to drop by aost 50% on Monday.
Bol Bachachan Fourth Day Collection (Monday)
Let me break down Box office collection of the First three days including total first weekend collection –
Friday – 12 Crores
Saturday – 12.30 Crores
Sunday – 17 Crores
Total Box Office Collection on First Weekend – Approx 43 Crores in India.
On Fourth Day (Monday) Bol Bachchan has collected approximately 10+Crores, which is pretty impressive compared to any movie released this year in Bollywood. As most movies collection drop below 50% of the weekend, Bol Bachachan is keeping its revenue steady till now.
So Now total box office collection of Bol Bachchan is 53 Crores and heading rapidly towards the 100 Crores of collection mark. And as we know it is more important for any movie to keep its collection consistent to let it become blockbuster, Bol Bachchan will definitely be on top of this list right now!
10 crores seems pretty unbelievable. Would be amazed if that’s true. would suggest 3I-like trending! scarcely seems possible. taran did say some of the Mon morning and noon shows were better than Fri’s. But you have to take these guys with a bucket of salt sometimes. I think 7-8 crores is more likely. However if it does have 10 we’re in for something very special. But again I don’t quite believe it.
I dunno, It maybe true cause many are tweeting to be 7 to 8 cr for monday and that too was an early estimate, this maybe true here. Like I said,, going by the dist/exhib above, the total for friday should be have been much higher than reported. Again, Not gonna play the # game here, Its been appreciated, jr has been appreciated movie is doing well. That’s all it matters.
BTW it is trending like 3I on twitter though, So many people are praising the film and jr, Some say they have gone to see it 3 times already, Mind you out of 100 there maybe 2 to 3 that didn’t like the film but even they say it offers a few laughs, Hardly anyone is pounding on Jr on this one. Almost everyone is loving it. (I am sure you have done this but, just go on twitter and do a search on Bachchan – It has an amazing response)
Came across this crap song
It it’s so crap that it’s good in a certain way
The other gross injustice is tthat both these gals are opposite ‘studs’ like Tushar and that other guy…
Btw the girl opposite Tushar deserves an award
For being cute
Just witnessed how success changed the perception about actor and how fan following increased after box-office success. Abhishek came to twitter after 1.5 months to say thank you to twitter fans and in less than 5 minutes he is flooded with congratulatory replies in more than thousand.
I have not seen BB yet, but i am sure his DMD act was one of his best, but unfortunately there was no boxoffice reward and word Flop just suppressed his brilliant act in movie. Though i must add he was not good enough in Players and Game.