The box office met with a dismal fate this weekend as there were no big releases. The three films that released were Ram Gopal Varma’s Not A Love Story, Ajay Chandok’s Chatur Singh Two Star featuring Sanjay Dutt, and Parvin Dabas’ Sahi Dhandhe Galat Bande (SDGB). All three films failed to leave a mark as far as openings were concerned.
Delhi distributor, Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts says, “Chatur Singh Two Star took the best opening of all three films. We had high hopes from RGV’s Not A Love Story and it did come a close second in terms of box-office performance. But SDGB took a very poor opening and will do less-than-average business.”
In Mumbai, Not A Love Story found takers in multiplexes. Hemant Shah of Tilak Enterprises remarks, “The opening of Chatur Singh Two Star was 8 to 10 per cent and it was the same for SDGB. Not A Love Story took a decent opening of 18 to 22 per cent. The long weekend will help RGV make a profit.”
Concurring with Shah is Mumbai distributor Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines. “Not A Love Story took an opening of 25 to 30 per cent in the morning show. The reports of the film are quite positive compared to those of Chatur Singh Two Star.”
It was a lackluster opening for Not a Love Story in Orissa while SDGB had a limited release. Jeetu Khandelwal of Movie Pioneers says, “Not A Love Story had an opening of 30 to 35 per cent. Chatur Singh Two Star had an average opening of 40 to 45 per cent. SDGB was released in four screens in the province and had a very poor opening.”
According to Delhi distributor Brajesh Tandon, even the long weekend will not salvage the three films. “The opening of Chatur Singh Two Star was 30 to 35 per cent, Not A Love Story 20 to 25 per cent and SDGB 10 per cent.”