Humshakals, the rest of the box office

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  1. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 1h
    #Holiday [Week 2] Fri 4.41 cr, Sat 6.34 cr, Sun 8.78 cr, Mon 3.19 cr, Tue 2.99 cr, Wed 2.75 cr, Thu 2.55 cr. Grand total: ₹ 99.71 cr nett.

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    • taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 2h
      The ₹ 100 cr nett films in 2014 so far – #JaiHo, #2States and #Holiday. India biz only.

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  2. Humshakals Has Mixed Opening
    Friday 20 June 2014 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Humshakals had a mixed opening as it opened to fair collections at places but low collections at other places. The multiplex opening on average was in the 25-30% range and it was similar at single screens. The opening means that occupancies must be stronger in the evening on to get a decent first day total.

    The best opening came in the multiplexes of Delhi NCR area and Gujarat (40%) while West Bengal (15%) saw the weakest start. The film will depend heavily on Mumbai circuit to drive it which is the case with most films in this zone as they do tend to do better in Gujarat.

    The key for every comedy film is that 30-405 growth on Sunday as that is when the family audience comes out and it is they who decide the fate of comedy films unless the comedy is a sex comedy like Grand Masti or youth driven like Fukrey. Humshakals has released on nearly 3000 screens and is the third widest release of the year after Jai Ho and Holiday – A Soldier on Duty.

    The other two releases of the week The Untold Story – Aahinsa and Guardians Who Loved Us were washouts. Both films released in single screens and interiors but with English names which is weird.

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    • Taran has given it a bad review. Feel sorry for saif. He’s a talented guy who after a good run for some years has been struggling in this sense. And he’s tried a lot of different stuff at different points of the production scale but most of it hasn’t worked (unsurprisingly). It’s then down to LAK or Cocktail or something of the sort but even here he has to cede terrain to younger stars obviously. So he finally holds his nose and does Humshakals (just guessing!) and it seems like he’s a bit unlucky here. The larger point I’m making is that this is why most stars make cynical decisions from the very beginning. Very hard to get that commercial/meaningful mix going.

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      • jayshah Says:

        Bad choices, this was a total downgrade. I’m surprised he has not gone for a multiplex feel comedy. I think back to Dil Chahta Hai and how hilarious he was in the film, an absolute riot and he has done very little in that space since.
        Ranbir has a real march in that space. Even something like Rocket Singh or Barfi.
        Saif’s missed the multiplex boat completely and Akshay missed the masala boat by in large, though he attempted some and got success late in the day.

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        • Definitely agree on Akshay. This guy should have been doing something like Holiday after Ghajini! He got on the masala bandwagon after everyone else. He could easily have been in Salman’s position and I actually think makes for a far more convincing star for that sort of thing.

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      • Don’t really have any sympathy for Saif – the way he and Kareena speak about Indian cinema “oh, we only watch white films” is so condescending – and then he has the nerve to do a film like this!

        And the fact that he chooses to marry someone as odious as Kareena says a lot about him 😉

        I don’t mind Saif as an actor though – certainly prefer him to many others.

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  3. “Very hard to get that commercial/meaningful mix going.” Of course, it is never easy. But that does not give Saif the excuse to sing drivel like this. He had LAK, Cocktail and Race II. A film like Omkara or Being Cyrus is never going to explode at the box office. They did reasonably well and got Saif critical acclaim. Okay, Agent Vinod did not work. But that does not mean you go and sign Humshakal. I mean if you do, please don’t expect any sympathy or loyalty from your fans. They will stay with you after an Agent Vinod or Omkara. But not after Humshakal…which is a Lose / Lose deal all the way.

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    • some of those films you mention are many years old. He’d still do an Omkara today if he got the chance. His last few releases have been Bullet Raja, Go Goa Gone, Race 2, Cocktail, Agent Vinod, Aarakhsan, Kurbaan, LAK. Alright more than a few here but this list goes back to 2008. Omkara and Being Cyrus were 2-3 years before this. And the latter while not the worst thing going for that low end of the spectrum was hardly anything to talk about either. probably did 5 crores or something. Too low all things considered. But leaving this aside in that other list other than Race 2, Cocktail, LAK nothing worked and there’s really everything in that list from multiplex quirky (Go Goa Gone) to action thriller (Agent Vinod) to masala with a better director (Bullet Raja) to Kurbaan and Aarakshan. But a bit before this the same thing happens. Omkara didn’t do very much either though it wasn’t bad. If it got prestige for him it was also following on a phase where he had a nice mix in the post-DCH age. The Yahsraj stuff, Parineeta and so on. Harder to get those films when you’re not doing as well in more commercial genres. And in any case they don’t work. The point is if it were possible to be viable just doing this sort of thing irrespective of box office results many stars wouldn’t have a problem. it doesn’t pan out like that. And again even with films like Cocktail and LAK harder to keep up with these once younger stars showing up every week. Not that he couldn’t do a bit more of this, he’s not that old. But he quite naturally doesn’t want his career to be only about a genre he cannot extend very much at this point.

      Where I will agree with is that Humshakals is a bad choice because Saif isn’t the most convincing actor or persona for this kind of lowbrow comedy. He does have a talent for comedy but not for this sort of over the top stuff.

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  4. He’s barely been able to it outside of the Hum Tum, Salaam Namaste, LAK and Cocktail kind of deals. He goes outside the genre and baring Race, he hardly has anything of note BO wise.

    We were talking of Akshay’s decline when his big film is grossing only 120cr but Saif’s range at the BO seems to be around the 60cr mark until now.

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    • yes but Saif was never in Akshay’s position. The latter for a while was a true top star or something close to it (always lacked the prestige film). Even at this point Akshay is still much bigger than Saif.

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  5. Any reason why people are writing off humshakals even before day 1?. I know said went wrong badly in himmatwala but with a comedy he might be on surer footing. I used to love the sajid khan of Ikke pe ikka days.

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    • Sajid was awesome in Ikke Pe Ikka. His side kick was good too.

      I think Sajid has lost it, very quickly. Humshakal reviews so far are worse then himmatwala.

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    • Because normally guys like Taran are big on such films and usually give them good reviews. If they’re not doing so they’re not expecting good box office results. The media isn’t that kind on these films but Taran and co are.

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  6. saif is bloody so rich that he can literally get sam mendeze to make a hollywood for him…what on earth he is doing with Hum$$$$$!!!!

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  7. tonymontana Says:

    The online and social networking media is going crazy on Humshakals. Such kind of bad press was not even seen for Himmatwala. Maybe this is also their way of getting back at Sajid’s pompous, arrogant remarks that claimed he could never make a flop film.

    Anyway, one cannot feel bad for the director as he has actually gone from making bad films to delivering outright trash.

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  8. Rangan makes a case for why contemporary Malayalam cinema might be India’s best:

    http://tinyurl.com/ooqca6c

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    • chipguy Says:

      Good to see the acknowledgement. There is a really strong body of work coming out of that industry now- it’s recovering from the creative doldrums of the last 10 years

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      • I don’t know about Malayam or Tamil or Telugu films (sound the same to me)
        But when I saw kamal hassan as an actor producer director in ‘hey raam’–I said –‘SIR!’
        (& I v rarely call ppl ‘sir’)
        Ps: I think kamalhassan is the biggest film icon down south (other than ar Rahman!)– wot say
        And after skimming thru prabhudeva and murgas (holiday ghajini fame!) I can say that
        South Indian cinema is ahead of Bollywood (in quality)
        Simple living high thinking good work ethic..cheers

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      • yes indeed great to hear even if I have not had a chance to see the films he’s mentioned here. For that matter I’ve not even been able to keep up with Tamil very much over the last few years. For different reasons.

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    • Glad to see that Rangan liked drishyam. I thought it was a wonderful movie, very gripping in the second half. The script was very good and Lalettan was just brilliant. The climax was very good and i liked the way the climax didnt linger long and the movie ended unlike a talaash where they oainstakingly explaned the modus operandi once kareena was revealed to be the ghost. After a long time he got a movie where mohanlaal could play the common man and he did it with his usual panache. There was lot of little things to like in the movie – one scene being the scene which Rangan describes so vividly.
      I heard the movie is being remade in tamil with kamal Hassan. I thought kamal ruined unnaipol oruvan with his fake accent whereas Naseer was brilliant in A Wednesday. For some reason I feel that kamal is no longer suited to play the common man anymore. I wonder if this movie gets remade in Hindi , and I cannot believe any producer will not do that, who will play the lead then?. I don’t know any mainstream hero who has ever played a common man effectively in Bollywood. Even if they do play it once in a while some heroism creep into their acting.

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      • thanks, very eager to see this. On Kamal he’s not done very much for me for a long time. There have been exceptions here and there but by and large I’m not much of a fan of the post-late 80s or at the most early-90s star. And I’d take a 70s to mid-80s Kamal over anything else (from him). On playing the common man though hardly any star that late in a career, specially such a legendary one, is likely to appear ‘common’. On Lal I think he’s better than most great stars in this regard, whether he can nonetheless seem common is I think debatable.

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      • I’d only be able to watch Drishyam once its out on DvD with subtitles. I have not got used to watching an Indian film with subs (for a language I don’t understand, that is). The visuals are familiar because the movie is Indian, the language is alien except for some , few words so I’ve to make an effort push my eyes to the text to read the subs. Each time I read, I feel I’m missing whats happening. This doesn’t ever happen for films of other countries as I’m primarily dependent on the text and the visuals come later, or whatever remains of the scene by the time I come to it. Both limit the experience of viewing, but the former really gets to me.

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  9. Comment of the day is awarded to —
    “And the fact that he chooses to marry someone as odious as Kareena says a lot about him ”
    Agree–one just can’t imagine why saif would’ve done this ‘sin’ of marrying somebody like Kareena !!!
    Does anybody have any answers?(besides the ‘body’!)

    It’s disappointing to see saif in this sort of a deal
    What a fall from the heights of SN, LAK & of course cock tail…

    Anyhow I guess holiday should be hitting a well deserved century…
    Congrats to akshay & sonakshi

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    • saif had his prime youth spent in company like Rosa / Amrita etc. – now at this age if he is getting half-his-age kareena – he would take it with both hands.

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      • Hmm.., I see…
        “take it with both hands.”— what’s “it” ?

        Jus watched bits of humshakals songs
        They’re par for the course –but amongst the better ones rhythm wise–by himesh standards

        The reality is that inspite of all the media bashing humshakals will do more business in the first few days than the lifetime business of bulletin raja….

        Now check out this

        HALL OF SHAME
        but it’s got a sort of ‘rhythm’ to it lol

        Ps: Not ONE of these three women have ANY appeal !!
        Totally inane

        The only thing is– I’m worried what all these three had to do to get this role (knowing sajid khan–shudder!!)

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  10. Humshakal collected about 12.50 crore on Friday, not a bad total for a movie which got bad reviews from all corner.

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  11. Humshakals Does Well On First Day
    Saturday 21 June 2014 13.00 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Humshakals did well on its first day as it collected around 11.25 crore nett. The film started with average collections at most places but multiplexes gained well throughout the day.

    The collections are slightly lower than Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty but has lower costs and prices. The film fared best in Mumbai, Delhi NCR, East Punjab and Rajasthan with collections in single screen circuits like Bihar and CI on the lower side.

    CP Berar another single screen circuit fared better as film fared better in single screens of Maharashtra. The key now is for the film to sustain on Saturday and if that happens then it will be a strong Sunday and a solid weekend total. The first day is the fifth best of 2014 after Jai Ho, Gunday, 2 States and Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty.

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  12. Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Third Friday Business
    Saturday 21 June 2014 12.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty is around the 100 crore nett mark after fifteen days as it collected 1.25 crore nett on its third Friday. The 100 crore mark is no big deal for these big films today.

    The real target is the business of Jai Ho which then could make it the biggest grosser of the first half of 2014 depending on the final business of Humshakals and Ek Villian. This could happen at the end of the third week or it may have to wait until week four or even later.

    The third weekend for Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty should be around 5 crore nett but the growth over the weekend also depends on how Humshakals fares.

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  13. Folks–Inspite of unanimous negative reviews -imo humshakals should get decent nos & cross 30 crores by the 1st weekend

    Unrelated–

    FSoG official First look –(after multiple fanmade trailers/posters!)

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/fifty-shades-of-grey-jamie-dornan-as-christian-grey-in-first-official-film-still-9548096.html

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  14. Humshakals Holds Up Well On Saturday
    Saturday 21 June 2014 23.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Humshakals is holding well on Saturday with collections likely to be in the same range as Friday. They could be down a bit or slightly higher but basically will be in that 11 crore nett range.

    The multiplexes in most areas continued there upward from trend from Friday while some circuits saw a small drop. Multiplexes in the Mumbai and North circuits gained well on Saturday. Going by the trend on Friday and Saturday trend the film is sure to get growth on Sunday.

    The question will be how much will the growth be. The potential is there as it is a family comedy and has the spare capacity and if it can grow well it will be a good sign for the film to sustain well over the weekdays.

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    • taran hasn’t put out any numbers on the film so far.

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      • Yes exactly, he completely goofed up here and now he’s embarrassed. Has Komal Nahta posted anything? He gave it a bad review as well. The last time these two werethis wrong was w/ R…Rajkumar.

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        • no not since his bad review where he too said it wouldn’t do anything at the box office. Now having said that let’s see where this goes. It’s not out of the woods by any means. 22-24 crores in two days is hardly extraordinary these days for this sort of film. It should do more than this tomorrow but will still have to be quite stable on the weekdays.

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          • Yeah lets see where it goes. I actually saw this movie earlier today and I though it was as bad (or good, depending on the person) as Housefull 2. The biggest problem was that Saif is no Akshay and it showed. I honestly don’t know what would be a good box office gross for this movie-given its cost I think anything 80+ would be good? Not sure though.

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          • This has held up well on Saturday. 2 day is around 25 crores which is what holiday had after 2 days. I don’t intend to see it but houseful 2 had a very decent trending and if this is as good or as bad as that one we can expect this to be stable. Additionally this is not as costly as sajid khans previous movies.

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          • it will sharply fall from Monday and might end up doing 50 cr lifetime

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  15. Bandra.NRI Says:

    The following is funny, a child gets it

    http://www.infowars.com/child-exposes-globalist-funded-terrorism/

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  16. Humshakals Set For Good Sunday Total
    Sunday 21 June 2014 23.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Humshakals is set to do good business on Sunday with collections set to be over 13 crore nett and possibly even going towards 14 crore nett. The weekend will go over 35 crore nett..

    The growth on Sunday will be a solid 20% and the film has trended well over the weekend with hardly any drop on Saturday and a good jump on Sunday. The start of the film could have been a bit better but it has done well since Friday afternoon.

    Sunday saw strong business all over although the weekend has seen best business in Mumbai, East Punjab and Rajasthan. Delhi/UP also was good but overall the circuit was hit with a issues as some good collecting single screens in the circuit did not play the film. the collections were a bit lacklustre in West Bengal, Bihar and CI.

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  17. I have some first week figures for Dariya Dil which was a big hit in 1988:

    Bombay- Rs 739 316 (95%), Delhi- Rs 797 937 (100%), Calcutta- Rs 575 791 (96%).

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  18. taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 3h
    #Humshakals Fri 12.50 cr, Sat 12.59 cr, Sun 15.04 cr. Total: ₹ 40.13 cr nett. India biz.

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    • ‏@taran_adarsh
      #Holiday [Week 3 – revised] Fri 1.04 cr, Sat 1.92 cr, Sun 3.05 cr. Grand total: ₹ 105.74 cr nett. India biz. HIT.

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      • This is looking at a 6 cr Monday – a fall of 40% from Friday which is quite decent. A 60 cr first week is on cards. Next week it will be hit by Ek Villian so a 80 cr finish for a movie totally ripped apart by media is there for the taking. I think Sajid will take that and we as audience need to suffer another one from him soon…

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  19. Did not know where to place this as other political threads are closed. Nonetheless interesting turn of events. Will Aamir fans consider change of heart wrt to ‘Honorable Prime Minister of India Shree Narendra Modiji’

    Aamir Khan meets PM Narendra Modi

    On a personal note generally very happy with subservient PM and his remarks until now in public. Particularly his remark to parliament – “ “The rich can afford best educational and medical facilities in the world, but what will the poor do? Should the government be only for the educated or for few? It should be for the poor first.”

    Can’t say the same about the others in govt though its still too early….

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    • You might have missed out on the controversy-a-day this govt has already created from Hindi to article 370 to the rapist minister (Nihalchand) to the hounding of NGOs (coincidentally with great attention paid to all the Gujarat NGOs who troubled Modi.. not to mention the timing of this with the decision to raise the Narmada level..) to the pressure on Congress appointed governors to resign en masse. Not just this on a number of economic policies when they’re not deviating too much from the UPA policies they’re even using the latter as an excuse or for they’re being questioned on these other fronts they’re again saying ‘but look what the UPA did’. Which is of course an old political game but if you pretend to be anti-Congress on every single thing under the sun it’s a bit bizarre to use them as an excuse when you want to follow them in certain ways or when you want to deflect attention in other ways. But this was a line of logic many BJP-Modi supporters used over here in any case (and not just here). The moment you question them it was a ‘look what the Congress did’ response. But you can’t use two different logics on both ends. So you’re anti-Congress or anti-left or whatever but the moment you are questioned you start using the Congress or the Left as a standard. This is political hypocrisy 101 of course but it needs to be pointed out when people pretend to be pure about this stuff. Not saying you’re doing this by the way. Making a more general comment but surprised you’re happy so far because even in these very early stages they’ve made a number of at the very least unforced errors and worse indicated some old ideological strains. I could multiply some of these examples. And incidentally on most of this stuff you even have the most pro-Modi/BJP guy imaginable, Arnab Goswami, raising a stink. So it’s not just the left-leaning commentators from IBN to NDTV.

      The reason there isn’t a political thread anymore is because things were getting out of hand and drowning all other discussion. A one-off comment here and there is fine but if others try and deluge this thread with responses to your or my comment these will be deleted.

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      • It’s funny, here in USA on AajTak and all other Indian new channel, it was all Modi all over as if Modi had bought infomercials on all of these news channel.

        Now few weeks later, people in multiple cities in India are holding protest, burning modi figure, etc…

        The rail will have increase of 14.5% which will have direct trickledown effect on most goods. So even the public who does not travel in train will see the impact as they’ll have to pay more for the goods which are transported via train.

        Modi went on rampage for few months on degrading everything congress did but here we are, few weeks in, he has done nothing differently and in fact is raising the prices.

        Of course he will need more time to do what he wants to, let’s hope he truly does want to help people and not few corporations.

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        • All the misplaced Congress schemes/sops have harmed the very people they wanted to benefit. They claimed to have distributed sweets, but the ghee went on to line the pockets of the corrupt, while the masses just received crumbs from these populist schemes. Someone has to eventually pay the price for profligacy. Socialists never recognize or realize the simple fact that there has never been a free lunch, . One would be totally naive to think that without any bitter pills, money would have just started raining from the skies. The sooner that the expensive cleanup of the mess left behind is undertaken, the better it will be.
          With his work ethic and organizational diktats, Modi has struck fear into the heart of Lutyens Delhi. At this early stage of his term, he will wisely spend his valuable political capital to prescribe all the bitter pills needed to resuscitate this moribund Indian economy. By year 3-4, he will reap all the rewards and in year 5 he will be back with a bigger majority. Just wait and watch how the game is played.

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          • yes there are only free lunches for corporations!

            On the rest the problem here is the current govt taking up many proposals of the previous govt! The problem is precisely the opposite of what you’re suggesting! When asked about it as with the railways hike they claim the previous govt initiated it. As if they’re forced to follow everything that was initiated in this sense! And if they are well then they’re clearly following!

            In any case my point here isn’t the ideological debate but about the rest. If you don’t like the cavalier and disgusting attitude of the Samajvadi party with respect to rapes and rapists one should find the present govt’s defense of Nihalchand equally revolting. If one hated the fact that the Congress dismissed governors left, right and center one should ask why the BJP is following suit. It’s about the principle here and this is important precisely because the debate is not only ideological but also includes questions of corruption and personal ethics and so on.

            On the larger ‘socialism’ debate if anything the world has turned a lot more ‘socialist’ since the recent economic crisis. But consider even in an academic sense the Picketty book that has been making waves globally (and also also been a huge bestseller). It’s received great reviews even from people otherwise not ideologically sympathetic to his project. His data seems ‘too much’ even for most economists (for this sort of book) and yet they find it very convincing. His thesis is remarkable at a number of levels but his ultimate solution for our moment in time is higher global tax rates. Even leaving aside Picketty the standard Reagan line on economics is really a thing of the past. Even the Tea Party rants and raves against it even if they don’t entirely realize what they’re saying!

            But again leaving aside whatever side of the ideological divide one is on (talking about economics here) the argument has to be a bit more sophisticated. One just can’t throw out the old, cheap shenanigans. ‘Socialism’ and so on. Incidentally the most interesting Picketty thesis is that there’s no necessary connection between prosperity in a capitalist model and greater equality in the same. In fact he thinks historically this has never been the case without the political impetus to ‘do’ social policy. But such is usually possible only when there are great crises. Hence when you have world wars or the Great Depression or events of that magnitude govts are able to do certain things which they cannot otherwise. So inequality in the US really goes does only in this period and in the period after when these policies are being implemented over time. But when there is no new social policy those same equality rates become stagnant and over time inequality starts increasing all over again. And so in the US the age of Republican dominance also increased inequality all round. And again Picketty is not just any guy with a theory. He’s taken the economics world by storm. By the way he focuses on France even more because here he feels the data is most comprehensive, moreso than in any other Western country. Why? Because after the French Revolution they kept all kinds of records better than anyone else. Picketty has a larger group of countries he looks at too stretching to South American ones and India and so on but he moslyt depends on countries where the data is most voluminously available.

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          • I hope you are 100% right.

            I must confess, me living in US, I don’t have full ground reality of India. So using the rail budget as an example, were they making loss every year that they had to raise it by 14.5%? What will the travelers get for this raise?

            the raise is now, not 3 to 4 years from now, so there has to be some benefits now too, no?

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          • The railways were losing 900crs every month, their yearly subsidy was 27000crs. The fare increase will only give them 7000crs, so they will still be 20000crs in the red. Lalu claims that when he was the Railways minister in 2005, they were running profits. So how that profitable situation turned to such losses within the last 5-8 yrs requires a deeper study.
            Its not as if Modi has sold the railways to some capitalist. The next target will be Air India, where they will need some serious cost management (given that they cannot raise fares without an airline monopoly).

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  20. Z , well my comment was more on Modi as a person and his humility and humble take on power and some common sense speeches he has made until now. That way Obama too sounds good on paper/ fine in theory or appears to be a good plan but what works in real world is totally another matter.

    On fare hike it’s always better to swallow bitter pill than float in a bubble. At least it will also try to cut down on needless travel by many as at any given time one can never lay a hand on reserved ticket by right means and this after increase in number of passenger trains on regular basis in all zones.

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    • Dhoni, I get what you’re saying but I’m not sure it’s making sense.

      Again staying on rail raise, please see my comment above.

      I don’t think you can ask Indian public to swallow bitter pill now then later. Maybe the service they were getting, they’re okay with it. Ask any indian ir they would rather have the service they had or pay 14.5% increase for better service and you know what the answer will be for majority. Now if you start having increase in everything and have nothing to show for, then wasnt’ the previous govt doing a better job with less money?

      In a movie term, Ra.One or Krish will never look like Spider or Batman because when you spend 10th of what the other person is spending, your product will be like that and it’s okay if 10th is what your budget is. not everybody will have same budget. And this is where I think the problem will be if inflation goes up the roof. Average indian family doesn’t have tha thigh budget and don’t want to pay extra.

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    • The bitter pill thingy makes sense but unfortunately Modi had opposed when UPA had hiked the fares on March 7th 2012 bypassing the parliament. Hypocrisy at its best as Modi has also done the hike bypassing the parliament now

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      • And that’s the point I was trying to make. Modi was on all new channel saying congress this congress that but so far i don’t see any difference and instead there’s a price hike.

        Again, Modi will need more time to get things right, there are intial road blocks, etc but I truly hope that he is different. I just don’t want him to be like Republican party in USA where all they do is Obama this Obama that but they provide no solution.

        US economy is very high right now (just look at the stock prices), imagine if republicans had helped even 25%.

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        • Yeah—Nice to see humshakals cross 30 by the weekend as I predicted. To add salt to some wounds- IMO it should have a moderately decent Monday ..(sharp fall less likely)

          Ps : Satyam– xmen or edge of tomorrow — Kwik…

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          • Liked Edge of Tomorrow more. As I said earlier this is the best Cruise in ages. Liked X-Men too but far less than First Class (the previous one).

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  21. Why are we talking about Modi? o.O
    Anyways, watched Humshakals. Sajid Khan has created a worse movie than Himmatwala here. I will only recommend this movie to the brave few.
    The jokes are non-existent. It seems that Sajid Khan took 100 retakes for every shot and chose the worst one. There’s only one remotely funny scene in the entire movie. And that’s when the warden of the asylum uses “Himmatwala” as a torture device and it’s only the concept of that scene that was scene. The actual scene was dragged on for ages.
    If you’re going to watch it, please be prepared for “Cocaine ke paranthe” and “Vodka ke paranthe”. Yeah, it’s that low!
    If anyone has scene Kamaal R Khan’s Deshdrohi, I’d recommend you go watch it. It’s a lot funnier than this sack of … y’know.

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    • Correction*
      “…concept of that scene that was FUNNY*…”

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    • Also, excuse the spelling errors.
      By the way, you may want to hold on to your tickets, if you had the bad luck of watching it in the theater. The government may announce a relief fund for the victims!

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    • “Why are we talking about Modi?”

      so that we don’t have to talk about Humshakals!

      Just kidding..

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      • Satyam: Did you finish watching “Shahid”? Thoughts? I am very glad that such a film got made in Bollywood in the first place…really liked it and also loved the lead performance by Rajkummar Rao.

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        • sanjana Says:

          I am glad to know that some people keep politics out of films and appreciate good films for what they are.

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        • yes saw both this and Aankhon Dekhi.. liked both but the latter a lot more. Will have more to say on these another time.

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      • it is a shame that HS collects 50 cr in 4 days……we deserve nothing better than sajid khan 😦

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        • sanjana Says:

          I am somehow perversely happy that this film is succeeding. Audience taste is not that great and they just want timepass.

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        • jayshah Says:

          It’s going to crash and sites are suggesting it has on Monday. It’s looking more like a 50 crore week 1 and 60-65 crore total, nestling into the “saif” territory (pun intended) according to the trade due to low costs. I am sure we will endure more of Sajid Khan, but one can safely say he will never have a historic hit as much as he desperately wants one. These films just don’t have the legs and have such a lack of imagination.

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          • Sajid Khan thinks he is a perma-smart-alec, and everything he does and says is a derivative of that attitude. Audiences tire off all the PJs and Puns after a while.

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          • Bandra.NRI Says:

            Humor is not easy. To be funny and clever is still harder, even Seth MacFarlane fizzles (“A Milliov Way……….”).

            Perhaps Sajid Khan should take some time off and recharge his batteries. But then HS is no different than his earlier movies. I have only been able to enjoy random clips of Sajid Khan’s work, but his core audience shows up.

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          • jayshah Says:

            Perhaps Sajid Khan should just take some time off full stop 🙂

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  22. 51cr first week predicted by BOI. May wrap up in the 65-70 range it continues with the moderately decent trending up till now. May end in the ‘Saif’ range of 60-65cr if the trending declines during its second week.

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    • Humshakals Monday Business
      Tuesday 24 June 2014 11.00 IST
      Box Office India Trade Network

      Humshakals grossed 4.75 crore nett on Monday which is a drop of around 55% from Friday. The norm on Monday is around 50% drop from Friday. The four day total is 40.50 crore nett approx. The week is looking to be around 51 crore nett. The collections for the first four days are as follows

      Friday – 10,80,00,000
      Saturday – 10,70,00,000
      Sunday – 14,10,00,000
      Monday – 4,75,00,000

      TOTAL – 40,35,00,000

      The second weekend will be important for the film though it faces competition from Ek Villian which has become a hot film due to the music.

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      • taran adarsh @taran_adarsh · 4h
        #Humshakals Fri 12.50 cr, Sat 12.59 cr, Sun 15.04 cr, Mon 5.10 cr. Total: ₹ 45.23 cr nett. India biz.

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  23. Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty Third Monday Business
    Tuesday 24 June 2014 11.30 IST
    Box Office India Trade Network

    Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty collects around 90 lakhs nett on Monday taking its total to around 6.75 crore nett for the week. It is nearing the business of Jai Ho everyday and now stands at 105.75 crore nett compared to 108 crore nett of Jai Ho. The collections for the first four days of the second week are as follows.

    Friday – 1,20,00,000
    Saturday – 1,80,00,000
    Sunday – 2,80,00,000
    Monday – 90,00,000

    TOTAL – 6,70,00,000

    The third week should do business around 9-9.25 crore nett which is a drop from second week but still decent as it faced competition from a big release like Humshakals.

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  24. Saw Humshakals. I liked the movie 2.5/5 and thought Sajid delivered what he promised.
    Can i ask those who did not like HS, why they got disappointed. From there comments it smells that they do not like Sajid style of comedy…so did they go to see if Sajid becomes Hirani? 😉

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    • The question of ‘expectations’ is a tricky one though. One could go to the worst movies and say one expected nothing more and that no one should compare these movies to Hirani. By this token no movie would ever really be terrible since it would only have been good or bad relative to ‘expectations’. Now clearly there’s a market for over the top comedies today. But the question is whether Sajid Khan is a good representative of this trend or simply an atrocious one. I am generally not a fan of this mode but some examples are better than others.

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      • Satyam, For common audience, a movie is good or bad based on expectation which gets built over a period of time based on promos, songs, etc. Promos of movies are now being shown round the clock and thanks to over the top marketing inclusing interviews from lead stars, siroccos etc, one clearly gets to know the genre of the movie, plot, etc. Most of the movie goers decide which movie to go based on this perception.
        So if anyone chose to watch Humshakals with promo clearly showing what the movie is all about…all he needs to get is a movie that looks as good (for him of course) as what he is made to believe.
        So let me articulate my views based on following perceptions:

        [1] Those who did not like Housefull series or Hey baby….decide to go and watch Humshakal…and then dislike is unreasonable imo.

        [2] Those who have never seen Sajid’s earlier film and then when he does not like…it makes a lot of sense. I shall take their opinion as true any day.

        [3] Those who saw Sajid’s earlier films and then decided not to watch Humskhakals…is wise. But when they question the wisdom of those who liked (and tere are million who liked) then sounds foolish to me. They actually appear juvenile when they start commenting on how BAD Humshakal is (without watching it). 🙂

        Most of the earlier comments from people on top of this thread belongs to this group.

        [4] Those who saw Sajid’s earlier films and liked them and then based on that when they find that Humshakals are not up to the mark or expectations set by sajid’s film…they imo are the best feedback and true (Ofcourse Akshay Kumar fans’ -ve feedback has to be considered appropriately if they dislike just because Akki is not acting)

        This group are the best as they got what they wanted. I belong to this group. If anyone from [1] and [3] question my taste of cinema, i feel how stupid, extremist and arrogant they are…and to some extend feel insulted as well. That some of them are core fans of “certain” stars make them obvious. 🙂
        If anyone from [2] question my liking…then i usually respect that view and think did i really chose a wrong cinema.

        I am open to criticism on my view.

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        • jayshah Says:

          I have seen Heyy Babby and Housefull 1 and Housefull 2. I think much of the resentment for Humshakals stems from 1) Sajid’s utter utter arrogance 2) Saif’s choice of film. It might be most of the resentment are from people in bucket 3 and it is unfair if these people who have not seen it (like me). But I am pretty sure I am not missing a 3 Idiots and there are very very few positive views on the film to scratch the surface on these opinions. Ultimately one can use feedback on a film to make a general assessment on what the film and how it has potentially turned out. Various reviews, trailers, promos, word of mouth build some kind of feedback. It’s like a reading a book. Those who read a book can picture a good story or a bad one. The various reviews have hammered Humshakals. Reality is , it may be slightly OTT, but perception is reality. The box office in general was receptive on the weekend, but has been pretty poor since.
          On the odd chance, we may all be missing a GREAT FILM. A wonder of our times. I am sure if we were, we’d have heard it by now.

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    • Well, as a standalone movie (not comparing to any other), this movie is terrible, in the sense that it’s just not funny. It’s not comedy. It’s all overly done. You see? Rohit Shetty does these kind of films, but he knows how to handle them (at least moderately well). But, this movie was handled poorly. There was no script to it. Saif seemed bored out of his mind. RD and Ram Kapoor tried their best, but at the end, there’s just nothing funny in the movie.

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  25. Ramesh Sippy’s next to feature Hema Malini, Rajkummar Rao

    By Bollywood Hungama News Network, Jun 24, 2014 – 14:41 hrs IST
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    Director Ramesh Sippy who has given Bollywood some of its biggest hits like Sholay, Seeta Aur Geeta, Saagar and many more will soon be returning back to film direction. Sippy’s next directorial venture has been titled Shimla Mirchi and it will star star Hema Malini and Rajkummar Rao.

    While the actress opposite Rajkummar Rao is yet to be finalized, the film will go on the floor in August and is said to be a sweet, romantic story with its quirky twists. Interestingly, this film will mark Sippy’s reunion with Hema Malani after 39 years since Sholay. The film is also said to be the reason behind Rao opting out of Chetan Bhagat’s Revolution 2020.

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    • I will watch anything with Rajkummar Rao, mo one of the best actors currently working in the world. Shahid was magnificent, but he was also the best thing about Queen.

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  26. ScarJo in another flick fresh from ‘under the skin’-versatile chick

    Watched ‘edge of tomorrow’ — comments coming soon (maybe)

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  27. I actually found Hey Baby and the Housefull series funny at times and these movies had those intentionally hilarous moments.

    Himmatwala was poor and even if I like Devgan as an actor, I found the movie unbearable. Humshakal is in the same territory as Himmatwala. It reminds me of Rascals- another film with the promise of actors with good comic timing but the end product being very poor.

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  28. Ek Villian is apparently inspired from “I Saw the Devil”. I didnt know this. I am keen to see how this movie shapes up. Mohit Suri rarely makes bad movies IMO.

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  29. Grand Piano available in Netflix now. This weekly link tells what movies are available for streaming and in what site – http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_raid_2/news/1930808/now_streaming_the_raid_2_under_the_skin_and_more/

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    • this is a great site too:

      http://instantwatcher.com

      haven’t used it for a while but not sure if it has a weekly list. One of the problems with netflix is that sometimes they often ship out movies to you on Mon when they’re actually releasing Tue (since you get them on Tue you’re not beating the release date) and then on Tue you discover that some of those titles are also available for instant viewing. But by then the DVD has been shipped so it’s a waste. Haven’t found a netflix link or rss feed for streaming releases every week though they have one for DVDs. Does this rottentomatoes link update every week?

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  30. Humshakals has worst wom. Yet people went to see the movie.
    And it is not falling drastically which means it is trending reasonably.

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  31. no updates on Humshakals numbers from anyone since Mon.

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  32. Contd from this box office prediction
    https://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/humshakals-the-rest-of-the-box-office/#comment-268788

    Yo another of my prediction seems to be proving true -this one was difficult as well lol
    Yeah a totally panned film rejected even by the tarans –makes 50 cr(wh)ores within a week!
    Ps: some good points by naveen, z & sanju…

    Btw came across this track–not bad by himesh standards…
    Himesh seems to be trying an abba here…
    Ash king is a good vocalist –joins the interesting neeti mohan–jus read the names in the credit…reasonable track

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    • raghavendran Says:

      It wont make 50 cr in week 1. BOI predicted 51 cr first week. But, tuesday is 3.9 cr by girish johar who has mostly same numbers as BOI. And kanpur’s wed numbers are available.
      33% down on wed in kanpur. It will wrap with 48-49 cr week. And 65 cr max total.
      https://twitter.com/girishjohar

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      • if it’s no more than 65 it’s a poor result by any stretch. Himmatwala was under 50 but that would be like saying anything that does better than Besharam is not too bad! This sort of film even with a relatively decent run can easily do 70 crores in week 1. Saif was doing 60-65 crores all those years ago on LAK. One can hardly say humshakals is decent at the same number. Now if it does significantly more than this, even 80 or so that’s a different point. But this doesn’t look likely at all. Does seem like some of the ‘stability’ reports were greatly exaggerated.

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        • raghavendran Says:

          yes being a family friendly genre , it will look worse though BOI might come with below average verdict as They have been insisting on low cost.
          Considering the numbers of shows it has got in second week, these numbers look certain to me.

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  33. On a related note—
    Bipasha & “what’s the lead heroine of humshakal/himmatwalas name”—NO appeal whatsoever

    Ps:Just watched bits of footage somewhere —
    Kirti/ kriti Sanon is promising –should do well…
    She’s got ‘potential’…

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  34. Apex, when it comes to Bipasha, one line immediately comes to mind. In Players, during the climax, Neil Nitin Mukesh tells her, “You have gone past your expiry date”. Sums up well when you see her these days. Beautiful woman, no doubt about that. But seems to have gone stale lately.

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