'Tasveer' fails expectations, joins A-list duds in 2009

New Delhi, April 7 There were huge expectations from Akshay Kumar-starrer '8X10 Tasveer', but the supernatural thriller has failed to impress audiences and fallen flat at the box office.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009 | 8:23:34 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) There were huge expectations from Akshay Kumar-starrer '8X10 Tasveer', but the supernatural thriller has failed to impress audiences and fallen flat at the box office.

Releasing after a lean period of almost two months, the film was expected to be a box-office saviour -- instead it turned out to be another A-list flop.

Despite being the first and only Bollywood film that opened in the second quarter year, it is Akshay's second big-budget dud in the year after 'Chandni Chowk To China' that opened the first quarter for biggies this year.

It is also director Nagesh Kukunoor's second endeavour gone wrong at the box office in terms of commercial cinema post 'Bombay To Bangkok' (2008).

'The reaction to 'Tasveer' is not at all up to the mark. It is in fact very disappointing. Neither the public reaction nor the collections are good -- considering the fact that it is an Akshay Kumar starrer and that it opened as a solo release over a long weekend due to Ram Navami,' Sakshi Mehra, an exhibitor and president of the Motion Pictures Association of Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, told IANS.

'The business for the film started falling Sunday onwards, when otherwise, it should have soared. And with the bad word of mouth now, there is no chance even for it to improve at the box office,' he added.

Released April 3, '8X10 Tasveer' also stars Ayesha Takia, Sharmila Tagore, Javed Jaffery, Girish Karnad, Anant Mahadevan and Benjamin Gilani in pivotal roles.

It is the story of a young man Jai (Akshay) who has a supernatural gift to look into the past of dead people by looking at their 8x10 photographs.

A PVR official said on the condition of anonymity that 'the film has managed to collect 40 percent over the opening weekend despite holidays.' He further added that the collections are slow.

Made on a budget of approximately Rs.600 million, '8X10 Tasveer' released with around 1,500 prints worldwide and the least hype for any Akshay starrer since the last four years. The actor too was reported to be underplaying the promotion of the film.

Trade analysts are not even excepting more than the initial business for the movie.

'The film is dull and shatters all hopes from a director like Nagesh Kukunoor. People had high expectations from the film, as it was after a long gap that a big-budget movie was hitting the screens but it all went wrong,' said an industry source from Mumbai.

'Whatever audiences it managed to draw over the weekend was courtesy Akshay and the supernatural element. However, due to its horrible packaging, it is going to suffer a bad word-of-mouth. It is not likely that the movie will survive more than a week or 10 days at the maximum,' he added.

Utpal Acharya, vice-president (programming and distribution) of Inox Leisure, added: 'It's a different movie altogether and not an in and out masala commercial cinema but due to Akshay's fan following, people have visited the theatres and it has been a good weekend with around 45 percent occupancy overall.'

'The movie has done good and has been liked by the multiplex audience. However, it doesn't have a life more than around two weeks,' he added.

Meanwhile, with the ongoing confrontation between the producer and distributors on one side and the exhibitors on the other over revenue sharing for forthcoming projects, April is again in the dry mode with only low-budget films on the anvil.

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 2:36pm
i agree fire woman im no akshay fan but these guys r too nasty

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 2:33pm
WHOA!Who dumped in all the haters cornflakes today?

Geez, what did Akshay do to - YOU personally - that you hate HIM so much? Don''t like his films - okay. Dislike him as an actor - okay. We all have different ideas of what constitutes a good/great movie/actor. But to be so hateful towards Akshay himself? Don''t understand that kind of hate at all! =/

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 2:33pm
wot katrina is his crutch then wot happened 2 yuvraaj rekhasharma ji

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 1:06pm
Didnt like his movie turned it off
Chandni chowk to china was baaad
and Sign is king didnt think too much of it

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 12:15pm
Akashay will bounce BackThis year might not be his but Akshay will come back stronger he always has when the chips were down and given us a real treat he can do it again.

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 10:11am
very good
i hate akshsy kumar yaar kia hain us main aisa

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 6:52am
tasweer failsThat was quite expected. The fluke success of that shit of a movie Singh is King had gone to Akshay''s head and he had started thinking that he is better than the khans. This will hopefully bring him down to earth with a thud. Serves him right. All his films will meet the same fate when he does not have Katerine Kaif as his crutch.

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 4:10am
akki yaar
take up great and zabardast scripts like Namastey London .... i love that movie immensely for ur performance ..... something good and strong

wish u all the best

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 4:03am
oh wellill still watch and i still like Akkis acting so life has its ups and downs but thats good as downs make u appreciate the ups!!

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Posted on: 08 April 2009 at 3:52am
well bad luck for a good actor !!!the story is not interesting after interval !!!! Akki should check his scripts carefully !!!!!

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