of our finest films, and has got everyone from the industry talking about it. Albeit, the box-office numbers belie the fact that Shahid is a brilliant piece of cinema. It collected Rs. 2.05 crore in its opening weekend, according to Taran Adarsh. ďShahid was a small film. There was buzz about it, considering the critical acclaim it got before the release, but that didnít match the numbers as far as the audience is concerned. It was a very average Friday, with a slight improvement on the other two days. The word-of-mouth didnít help the film either, because it was a very dry subject about lawyers and terrorists. It wasnít even like The Lunchbox where the family or women will go. When you donít have women audience for a film, it doesnít really do well. Films like Shahid or Madras Cafe, are mainly seen by the male audience,Ē says Mehra.
While the Hindi releases arenít creating wonders, the Hollywood releases are doing exceptionally well. Mehra adds, ďAmong the Hollywood releases, Captain Philips and Escape Plan have done extremely well. And of course, Gravity is a phenomenal success, especially in the Imax 3D format. So, itís not like people are not going to the theatres, theyíre going, but only good cinema is being watched.Ē
This Friday sees few releases, but none of them are big ones or star-dominated. Thereís Mickey Virus, with Manish Paul making his debut, along with the Vir Das-starrer Sooper Se Oopar, Ram Gopal Varmaís Satya 2, and Ishk Actually starring Rajeev Khandelwal. But thereís no buzz as such, as of now surrounding any of these films.
The month of October has been extremely thanda as far as the box-office is concerned. A case in point being Besharam. A number of big releases also didnít manage to shine. The film earned a domestic total of Rs.59.80 crore in its two-week run, despite being a mid-week release. Last weekís release War Chhod Naa Yaar, failed too. Boss too also hasnít met expectations. Mehra believes, ďThereís a pre-Diwali lull, but then, thatís not the only reason why the films