Santa is kind to Akshay, Aamir

Written by Shaheen Mansuri | Mumbai, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:30am hrs
A week after their releases, Sajid Nadiadwalas Welcome and Aamir Khans Taare Zameen Par (TZP) have made it big at the box-office. Welcome, which released with 900 prints (including 400 digital) has garnered business worth Rs 50 crore in the domestic market, whereas TZP raked in Rs 25 crore with the release of just 425 prints. Both films were released on Friday, December 21, which also coincided with Eid.

Says trade analyst Vinod Mirani, TZP had a slow start, but has started picking up since Sunday. Welcome and TZP are two separate genres of cinema. While Welcome is a costlier, mutli-starrer, TZP is a quality film which will pick up business on merit. Mirani says both films had a good response in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Delhi.

However, Sandeep Bhargava, CEO, Indian Film Company, distributors of Welcome worldwide, says that internationally, too, the film has done outstandingly well. He attributes this to timing. It was Eid on December 21 when the film was released and later, Christmas. Now, its New Year celebrations everywhere. People are in a happy mood and are flocking to cinema halls to watch a fun film, he said.

In the US market, Welcome garnered $700,000, in the UAE 2.5 lakh dirhums and 561,000 pounds in the UK. Bhargava adds that after Farah Khans OSO, Welcome saw a huge collection from domestic and international markets.

Aamir Khan, producer and director of TZP, told FE, Taare Zameen Par has got a great response. I got a standing ovation in theatres. The movie has been marketed well and it was a good week for the release. The content of the film, the films storyline has been received well by all.