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We hardly cover box office related news on the blog. But this is really becoming ridiculous, and in epic proportions. If you don’t track the box office numbers closely, let us explain what we mean.

Nikhil Advani’s D-Day released last friday. After its one week run, here are some of the box office number floating around. First one is by Taran Adarsh, who is a well respected trade analyst if you go by the tweets of B-townies. Also, well endorsed by most Bollywood people. Here’s what he tweeted about D-Day’s 1st week collection

TaranSo the figure given by Taran is 26 crore net.

Now, check out the figure given by others who also track box office. Amul Mohan edits another well known and respected trade magazine called Super Cinema. Here’s what Amul tweeted

AmulBy Amul’s report, the total box office collection of first seven days is 16.5 crores net. As you can see in the tweet, he has given the daily break up too.

So that means a difference of about 10crores (9.5 crores to be exact). A difference of 10crores! Is this a joke? Such a big industry and there’s no accountability of box office figures. Let’s check out the figures given by other sources too.

BoxOfficeIndia has given the same figure of 16.5 crores net.

BOIGirish Johar, who is with Balaji’s distribution wing and tracks box office on daily basis, has also tweeted the figure of 16.5 crores net. Komal Nahata, Editor of trade magazine Film Information, has pitched it far less at Rs 15.75 crores.

UPDATE – Box Office India magazine, which is another reliable source for numbers, they have also finally released the 1st week total of D-Day and it’s Rs 14.6 crores. Ooh la la.

This difference in the figure actually started from its opening weekend. Going by Taran’s tweet, D-Day opened with a collection of Rs 13.69 crs net. For the same three days, Amul tweeted the figure of Rs 9.65 crores net. And strangely, the figure given by DAR Motion Picture (Producer of D-Day) is something else – Rs 12 crores as quoted in this report. If you compare Taran and Amul’s numbers, the opening day collection is still close (Rs 2.94/2.50), but looks like Taran’s figures suddenly got wings from saturday.

Everyone in the industry knows that many trade analysts inflate/deflate box office figures based on various other factors – the kind of reviews they have given to show that they were correct in assessing the film’s potential, relationship with the star/maker, and other ulterior motives. A difference of 1 to 5 crore is almost the accepted norm every week. With no central body that does the job of tracking box office numbers, it’s left to the whims and fancies of trade analysts who play around with them the way they want. Strangely, when they endorse a film and it doesn’t manage to get good numbers, they sometimes don’t even reflect the numbers in their box office report. More generic terms like “not up to to the mark”, “above average” (when you don’t even know what average is), “good not great”, are used to cover up the numbers. Well, all this is for a bigger post some other day.

But CAN SOMEONE FIRST PLEASE EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE OF THIS 10 FUCKING CRORES ?

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Once upon a time there was a filmmaker called Nikhil Advani who directed Kal Ho Na Ho. And the rest, as they say, is all history. Salaam-e-Ishq, Chandni Chowk To China, Patiala House. And looking at his history, some say KHNH wasn’t that Advani but might have been that Johar. If that wasn’t enough, he has signed Akshay Kumar for one more film. And somewhere in between is the Delhi Safari.

It’s a 100 minute 3D animation feature which involves 7 main characters voiced by Govinda, Akshay Khanna, Urmila Matondkar, Boman Irani and Prem Chopra. And here’s a trailer of the film..

And if you are still curious about the film without thinking much about Rango, Rio or Kung Fu Panda2, here’s the synopsis of the film…

The animals of the national park in Bombay welcome a bright sunny morning, birds singing, animals running, Sultan the leopard and his young cub Yuvi, playing by the lakeside. The jungle has an air of joy and peace. Until, a distant thunder breaks the silence and a closer look reveals the jungle being raided by man and machine, destroying everything in its path. Sultan tries to fight a futile battle and ends up losing his life. A sign announcing a proposed apartment complex is hammered into the ground where Sultan has fallen.

That night, a group of frightened animals gather to discuss their fate. Yuvi, Sultan’s cub, tries to reason with the elders, urging them not to give up their homes. Asking them to do what his father would have wanted. The hot headed military monkey, Bajrangi, wants to declare a full scale war, but the anger management Guru, Bagga the bear, has a more civilized suggestions. He believes that all problems could be sorted out through peaceful discussions. Saying the best way to get back their homes is to have a dialogue with the humans and win their hearts. The only problem being that animals can’t speak to humans. Then, Air India, a pigeon with short term memory loss, remembers meeting a parrot who spoke human.

With hope in their hearts, Yuvi, Bajrangi, and Bagga set out and ultimately find Alex, the talking parrot, in his luxurious golden cage. However, their hope turns to despair as Alex is not interested in helping the barbaric animals with their cause, since this would mean leaving his life of luxury. Also Alex is sure that such issues would need to be addressed in the parliament at Delhi.

The motley crew manage to coerce Alex to join them and they begin their journey across the mountains and rivers of India, hitching rides in trains and trucks, to take their petition to the leader of the humans in Delhi. Along the way they discover that not only are their homes in jeopardy, but the homes and lives of thousands of other animals on the way. Their exciting journey becomes one where enemies become friends and an unlikely family comes together to fight for what rightfully belongs to them – A HOME.

Tip – Jhandubaba Chinchin

The official synopsis of Nikhil Advani’s Patiala House is out. Read on.

The protagonist of the film (Akshay Kumar) runs a corner shop (Phir corner shop ? Memories of CC2C?) in Southall but his desire is to break into sports/cricket. His father is a strict traditionalist and his mission is to ensure his family do not lose their Indian culture and identity. Akshay, however wants to play cricket – not for India but for England – and he gets the chance to do this. Also, according to the makers of the film, cricket is just the catalyst, the real deal is father-son drama.

The film is also about British Asian identity and the cross-generational conflict between a father and son. The primary message of the film is about family ties and duty, a yearning to follow one’s dreams, and trying to make sense of the dichotomies that life presents when one’s family has migrated to another land. Other strong subject matters in the film include:

· The experiences of British Asians in the UK across all generations

· Life for Asians when they migrated to the UK back in the 50s and 60s

· Conflicting identities for 3rd and 4th generations Asians/Ethic minorities in the UK

· Following your dreams vs parental obligation

Huh! This really sounds like something “official”. Looks like Nikhil Advani is going Vipul “Waqt” Shah way with Akshay Kumar. Comedy kaam nahi aaya toh emotional try karte hain! Punjabi Tadka, naach gaana plus we have CRICKET! Balle balle hai ji! Hit hai sir, film hit hai – the way they say it!

The film stars Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor and Hard Kaur and will also feature cricket players like  Andrew Symonds, Keiron Pollard, Durk Nanis, Simon Katich, Graham Gooch, Shaun Tait and Sanjay Manjrekar.

Naah, we are not interested. Na southhall ka haal jaanne me, na Advani ke maal me!

After Chandni Chowk to China, Nikhil Advani has again paired up with Akshay Kumar for his new film Patiala House. And yes, cricket is at its core. The film is being shot in London and a reader of our blog alerted us about these two videos which are out now.The second video tells more about the film than the first one which has Akshay’s interview. Click on the play button if you are still interested in either Akshay Kumar or Nikhil Advani film.

After writing more than a dozen shitty films, Milap Zaveri has turned director with Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. The film is produced by Nikhil Advani & Mukesh Talreja, presented by Warner Brothers and stars Ritesh Desmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez. Aladin again ? Ritesh looks, acts and talks the same! Straight from Aladin and his co-star is again the same. Baki kahani trailer me.

Akshay Kumar & Nikhil AdvaniIts Level 2 of Khatroon Ke Khiladi. Akshay Kumar is back on tv. And Nikhil Advani is back with Akshay Kumar again.

According to Indiafm, their new film is titled Patiala House and will star Anushka Sharma and Rishi Kapoor alongwith Akshay Kumar. The name Patiala House sounds like a sequel to Singh Is King but it seems its a father-son story set in Southall, UK.

The son gives up his dream to save his father’s reputation, until he meets a girl who gives him the strength to stand up for what he believes. It’s about second chances.

Second chances ?? Yeah, pun intended ? LOL!! Nikhil really must be praying for this second chance!  Only if he can reduce his snob value a bit!

Warna we will sing again…

from chandni chowk to chai-na,

mujh-ko kuch samajh aai-na!

LuckOne was “tremendous” and the other “stupendous”.

Test screenings are not common in bollywood. We are all about hiding, too scared, if its bad, then ? Things are slowly changing, better safe than sorry.

But can someone tell the makers of both the films, Luck & Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hain, that test screenings are done to gauge audiences reaction and not for press release or create buzz or any kind of publicity. Its to make the film better and not the film’s publicity better. Also, we wonder what can one/two screenings reveal when the target audience is huge and so diverse.

Luck is produced by Ashtavinayak Films, directed by Soham Shah and stars Imran Khan, Shruti Hassan, Mithun Chakraborty and Danny Dangzongpa. According to this report, the test screening report was “tremendous”. Click here to read our post on the script of Luck. May be we are not the correct target audience for Luck!

Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai is proudced by Nikhil Advani/Mukesh Talreja/Warner Brothers and its the directorial debut of writer Milap Jhaveri (Hey Baby, Naksha, Pyare Mohan, Home Delivery, Lucky, Musafir, Masti, Kaante) and stars Ritesh Deshmukh,  Jacqueline Fernandes & Ruslaan Mumtaz. According to Milap, the reponse was “fantastic” and “stupendous”.

With “tremendous” and “stupendous” reports, hope we will get to see two good films soon. You can read the Indiafm and Mumbai Mirror news reports here & here. Btw, if Nikhil Advani is really giving out his script of Patiala House to readers to get feedback as mentioned in this report, someone please do mail it to us moifightclub@gmail.com . We will make sure that he gets the most honest feedback!