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Khatta Meetha Economics

Budget – 30 cr Total Investment(including print and publicity) ~ 45 cr Satellites rights – 12 cr Overseas distribution rights – 5 cr Music rights – 4 cr Home video rights – 2 cr Domestic distribution rights – 25 cr Total Recovery for Producers – 48 cr Recovery amount of Indian Distributors – 50 cr

3 Idiots Breaks All Records On Idiot Box

The television premiere of blockbuster gives Sony 800% jump in rating, 239% of increased time spent and 135% jump in reach. This movie didn’t only break all records at the box office but also devastated every possible rating a movie got on any TV channel. And what else could be better for a TV channel

Masand: ‘Khatta Meetha’ is a schizophrenic film

Whatever else you do, don’t forget to carry cotton for your ears when you’re heading off to watch Khatta Meetha, director Priyadarshan’s loud and outrageously insensitive new film. To give credit where it’s due, Akshay Kumar is the film’s only bright spot. He throws himself sincerely into the movie’s slapstick gags and makes even the

Komal Nahta reviews Khatta Meetha

On the whole, Khatta Meetha has masala for the single-screen audience and small centres but not enough for the multiplex viewers and the public in the big cities. Its theatrical business will be disappointing and, therefore, those distributors who’ve paid high prices for acquiring the film, may lose part of their investments. Business in Maharashtra

Aamir tops Filmfare Power List again!

In what has become a pattern of sorts, Aamir Khan, whose last three films Taare Zameen Par, Ghajini and 3-Idiots have earned around Rs 825 crore, has managed to retain his position at No 1 on the 2009 Filmfare Power List. His December 2009 release Rajkumar Hirani’s 3-Idiots is the biggest hit in Bollywood history,

A Note on Critic’s Reviews, WOM, Trending and BO

4 categories of movies considered (according to my personal opinion). Note 1: Critic’s Reviews Aggregate from (default choice as no other website does this): Poor Commercial Movies Housefull – 47% DDD – 43% Blue – 42% KI – 38% Tasveer 40% CCTC – 40% Tashan – 36% Range: 35~45% Good STAR-centric Hit Commercial Movies SIK

Abid interviews Rahman

A.R. Rahman is an internationally renowned, Grammy and Academy award winning musician and composer. The first Asian artist to be signed by Sony Music, Rahman has sold over 200 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s top selling recording artists. His recent and prominent rise in the west came through his work on

Yash Chopra wants Aamir

When veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra and his wife Pamela attended Aamir Khan’s party for international musician Gustavo Santaolalla, they weren’t just socialising with the Bollywood superstar. Their visit also had a serious business connotation to it. Chopra has reportedly left behind a script for Aamir to leaf through for his next directorial venture. And Aamir

Box office bombs: Bollywood half-year report

It was a disappointing first half of the year 2010 for Bollywood as far as collection at the box office is concerned. The half-yearly report card is out. While 125 movies were released in the last six months, only veteran director Prakash Jha’s “Raajneeti” was declared a blockbuster with a net gross of over Rs

Mani Ratnam returns to city based romance

CHENNAI: The media was full of stories of ‘Raavan’s dismal performance at the box office, but nothing much is known about how ‘Raavanan’, the Tamil version of the film, had fared. But fact remains that the film’s satellite release rights were sold for Rs.5 Crores, a record by itself. Meanwhile, Mani Ratnam has decided to

Deccan Herald Mid-year BO report: Damp beginnings

So far, Bollywood’s 2010 report card has seen a spate of flops, including highly anticipated, big budget movies. What went wrong? asks Rajiv Vijayakar. It’s official. No year in the Hindi film industry’s history has had such a poor first half as 2010. Consider these facts — only Raajneeti and Housefull, just two from the

FilmStreetJournal: 2010 Half-Yearly Report

Ishqiya – 3 cr profit Veer – 20-25 cr loss Prince – 15 cr loss Housefull – 15 cr profit MNIK – 15 cr loss ATKJ – 5 cr profit Raajneeti – 10 cr profit LSD – 4 cr profit Raavan – 60 cr loss Kites – 50 cr loss

MNIK lost 15-20 cr in totality

MNIK Box-office: India gross – 23.1 M USD ~ 106 cr inr India nett – 69 cr (@ 0.65 conversion rate which is the maximum possible conversion factor) India DS – 34.5 cr (@ 50% conversion rate for a multiplex movie) Worldwide gross – 40.8 M USD (may end at 41 M USD) Overseas gross

Is Bollywood out-pricing itself?

Of the 70-odd films that released over the last six months, barely a handful managed to scrape through and only a couple entered the ‘hit’ category. While last year’s dry run in the first half could be attributed to the multiplex strike, trade pundits say 2010’s flop show is due to bad content and over-pricing.

Mid-Year Report: No show for Bollywood in first half

Bigger the hype, bigger the disappointment of audience and this seemed to be the general trend at the box office in the first half of 2010 as several biggies namely Kites, Raavan and Veer fared miserably. While 125 movies were released in the last six months, only Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti was declared a blockbuster with

Raavan vs Raavanan

Raavan and Raavanan, like many other Mani Ratnam films, will be forever entrenched in the history of Indian cinema. It marks new heights for all those involved and raises the bar of expectations from Indian cinema by audiences worldwide. The bilingual saga has finally reached verdict day. The good, bad and the ugly has all

Is 2010 a repeat of 2000?

Flashback 2000 Two big budget high priced movies released within 4 weeks gap – Mela (Aamir with the director of Raja Hindustaani) and PBDHH (SRK in his home production). Both flopped. In between released KNPH which became a blockbuster making Hrithik a superstar and contender to next #1. Present 2010 Two big budget high priced

Stardust: RAAVAN, KITES loss Rs 100 crore, RAAJNEETI profit Rs 10 crores!!

The poor showing of Abhishek Bachchan-Aishwarya Rai starrer mega- budget flick ‘Raavan’ and Hrithik Roshan- Barbara Mori starrer ‘Kites’ at the box office has made film corporations of bollywood lose around Rs 100 crores, while the hit ‘Raajneeti’ starring Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif could bring a meager Rs 10 crore in profit. Industry sources reveal that

Vikram scores better than Abhishek Bachchan

Stories about Mani Ratnam’s Raavan a.ka. Raavanan are far from over. Even though it has got moderate response, still the movie is making news. Now, critics have started scanning Abhishek Bachchan’s and Vikram’s performances about who has portrayed the lead role better? It is understood that Tamil audience will rate Vikram acting as a best

Abhishek the cause of Raavan’s failure

There has to be something really flawed about a film which is based on Ramayana, has Mani Ratnam at the helm of affairs, stars the Bachchan couple, boasts of music by A.R. Rahman and has the who’s who from the technical department. Still, Raavan hasn’t worked with the audience. We analyse why! Boring narrative? Everyone

Raavan even worse than Kites

Till just a few days back, the industry was smiling with the blockbuster success of Raajneeti. However, the smiles have vanished all over again with Raavan turning out to be disaster at the box office. Wait, before we delve into the box office fate of the film, let’s also talk about the film by itself.

BOC: Raavan collections slump, Monday 2 cr

It was all the way downhill for Mani Ratnam’s Raavan on Monday at the box office. The movie did net collections of approximately Rs 20 million (Rs 2 crore) in India on Monday. As was reported earlier by, the movie’s opening weekend collections were Rs 170 million (Rs 17 crore). Raavan’s India net collections