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KANK, big hit overseas
Arthur J Pais | August 16, 2006 13:03 IST
Many viewers found the first half of Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna more entertaining; many also thought that the film was a bit over the top in the second half. And some, especially the older moviegoers, thought the climax was not true to Indian tradition.
But an overwhelming chunk of moviegoers, who propelled KANK to be the highest grossing Hindi film ever in
While the review called the film's story silly and the script over-plotted, it still proclaimed KANK was 'surprisingly watchable'.
The Times wrote the film, which also broke records in the
BBC.com, which gave the film three stars out of maximum five, declared: 'As to be expected, there are plenty of tears but sadly few genuine emotions in this melodrama that is taboo by Bollywood standards, but tame by any real measure'.
Though many fans thought Abhishek Bachchan was the real scene-stealer, there is no denying that Shah Rukh Khan's immense popularity abroad, which turned the domestic flop Paheli into a hit overseas, gave KANK a very big boost.
The film's weekend record in Britain is even more impressive, considering that it is playing there in 60 theatres, four theatres less than in
Next week will be crucial for the film. If it does not plunge by more than 40 percent, it might succeed in beating the $6.7 million K3G grossed in North America and Britain. In
While KANK is hogging all the limelight, let us not forget the resilient Omkara, which stole $170,000 in North America, almost reaching $1 million while across the Atlantic, it has grossed an impressive $500,000 in three weeks. The riveting performance by Saif Ali Khan, who has built a solid fan base overseas in the past three years, is one reason why Omkara is having a profitable run abroad. Its steady overseas box-office performance has surprised the box-office pundits in