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'Billu' slow despite good feedback

February 18, 2009 - 09:20 IST

First LUCK BY CHANCE, which starred Hrithik Roshan in an extended cameo. Now BILLU, which stars Shah Rukh Khan in an extended special appearance. Compare it with a KRRISH or an OM SHANTI OM, which were riding on the respective stars' popularity. It is evident that the viewer of today can segregate a special appearance and a full-fledged role.

A few decades ago, when Amitabh Bachchan ruled the roost, the viewer knew how dissimilar DON, SHOLAY and AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY were from BEMISAAL, ALAAP and JURMANA. They knew that the first three films were out-and-out masala fares, while the last three films were meaningful/middle of the road cinema.

Talking of LUCK BY CHANCE and BILLU, the viewers knew, much before their release, that the films belonged to other actors [Farhan Akhtar and Irrfan Khan, respectively] and that's one of the reasons why the two films didn't fetch a thunderous start, something that you generally expect from an SRK or a Hrithik Roshan starrer.

There's another reason why BILLU started slow. Generally -- there's data to prove it -- family sagas/socials start slow, but once the word of mouth is favourable, the business shows an escalation with each passing day. In the past, Ravi Chopra's BAGHBAN, Sooraj R. Barjatya's VIVAH, Aamir Khan's TAARE ZAMEEN PAR and Aditya Chopra's RAB NE BANA DI JODI had a lukewarm start at several places, but the films gathered steam gradually.

A similar trend was noticed in the case of BILLU, which had a slow Friday, a robust Saturday and an excellent Sunday. But the film fell on the 'dreaded' Monday [almost every producer has started fearing Mondays, hence the term 'dreaded'].

SRK discussed the price he has sold BILLU at, on my show -- Rs. 35 cr. + Rs. 2 cr. for promotion -- which means that the price is below Rs. 40 cr., definitely not Rs. 50 cr. [a few badly informed sources have been spreading this lie]. One is curious to know if the India theatrical business coupled with the revenue generated from Overseas [good], Satellite and Home Video would ensure recovery for the investors.

BILLU is a well-made film and the general feedback is very positive, so let's see if there's an escalation in business in days to come. Let's wait for a few days more before we pass judgement!

http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/business_talk/index.html
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Finally, Priyadarshan's wife's proud of him!

Chhaya ToshniwalThursday, February 19, 2009 23:59 IST Email


Mumbai: Though Priyadarshan is a well-known name in the film industry, it took Shah Rukh Khan to make his wife Lakshmi realise that.

A special moment: Priyadarshan reveals, "She has always been Shah Rukh Khan's fan. But when Shah Rukh met her, brought her lunch, walked with her to the car and opened the door for her, she was so happy. She had never dreamt of Shah Rukh doing all this for her. When I got back home that day, she had tears in her eyes and she told me that now (after meeting Shah Rukh) she thinks I'm a 'big' guy in the industry and that she's proud of me."

While it was indeed a special moment for the director when he heard this from his wife, he breaks another news to us. He reveals, "All my heroines are scared of me and they come on time to the sets because of this."

The film-maker also says his son and daughter who are studying in Singapore are not inclined to follow his footsteps. He says, "I don't want them to get into the media but if they decide to do so, I'll let them do whatever they want to do. When I wanted to get into FTII in my younger years, my parents objected to it. Being government employees they wanted me also to do a government job. So I had to fight my way. Today, they are happy with my achievements. I will not let my children go through the same thing. I'll let
them do what they want to do."

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1232482

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