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Dhool Poised To Be Huge Hit

Aarkay | January 23, 2003 13:57 IST

Tamil cinema haKamal Haasan, Kiran in Anbe Sivams begun 2003 with a bang.

Seven films were released on Pongal (January 14): Anbe Sivam (starring Kamal Haasan, Madhavan and Kiran and directed by Sunder C), Dhool (starring Vikram, Jyotika, Sayaji Shinde, Reema Sen, Vivek and directed by Dharani), Sokka Thangam (Vijayakant, Prakash Raj and Soundarya, directed by K Bhagyaraj), Ramachandra (Satyaraj, Ashish Vidyarthi, directed by Raj Kapoor), Vaseegara (Vijay, Sneha and Vadivelu, directed by Selvabarathy), Kalikambal (Ramya, directed by Ramanarayanan) and Kalatpadai (with new faces).

The first week was enough to tell the story – Dhool emerged the clear winner. Industry calculation is it will earn about a crore per territory – which means it is headed for a Rs 15 crore haul, minimum.

Chokka Thangam, with a strong family theme, is set to collect around Rs 80 lakh per territory, which puts it within striking distance of a Rs 6 crore overall take.

Vaseegara has picked up after an initial hiccup, and could end up with around Rs 8 crore overall.

Anbe Sivam was the biggest film off the blocks, made for Rs 11 crore and sold for Rs 4.5 crore for overseas, audio rights and satellite rights for other states, while within the state the film was given on distribution basis, with Rs 3.5 crore collected from each distributor as deposit.

On table, the film was released at a deficit of Rs 3 crore. The film's performance at the box office has been bad, with distributors worldwide losing out – in Europe and Canada it is expected to collect only print costs (approximately Rs 35 lakh); in Australia the distributor is expected to lose around Rs 30 lakh, and in Chennai, the situation is dire.

Veteran distributor Suresh took Chingleput territory for a deposit of Rs 2 crore, and now expects to collect around Rs 50 lakh at best. The Madurai area was taken by former minister Ragupathy for a Rs 70 lakh deposit, and is set to losSneha, Vijay in Vaseegarae around Rs 40 lakh. In Coimbatore, a bastion for Kamal fans, the film is expected to collect Rs 40 lakh tops.

The bottomline is that distributors will have to be given back large amounts out of their deposits, meaning that Lakshmi Movie Makers, the producers, are set to lose around Rs 5 crore.

The other three films mentioned in the list have also bombed – which means that out of seven Pongal releases, four have flopped.

Or again, the cup can also be seen as half full – three are on the way to becoming big hits, and three hits at one time is an augury for a bright new year.



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Sub: Your Comments

Your predications on DHOOL proved to be correct. Anbe Sivam is O.K and is considered a winner. It sets a different trend in Tamil Cinema. ...


Posted by S. Parthasarathy





Sub: Baloney!

Aarkay you should take your 'kaadula poo suthal' work elsewhere. here is a sampling of your ramblings - 1. Dhool is said to collect 1 ...


Posted by kannan





Sub: Anbe Sivam

Kamal's acting was brilliant. The flasback and the ending was very bad and were the dark spots and killed the movie.


Posted by maran





Sub: Campaign Against kamal??

Hello: Kamla always overdoes, I have problem with Kamal too but this article and Anbe sivam review is slanderous and does not deserve derisive view ...


Posted by Prasanth





Sub: You're right!!

hey Mr. Aarkay, you're right. "Dhool" is poised to be a huge hit. Will it beat "Gemini" in box office collections. Gemini had nothing but ...


Posted by Sai Anand




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