Chennai weekend box-office
Heavy rains in Chennai during the Diwali weekend have dampened the
box-office especially the new Tamil releases. Out of five films released for
the festival, Ajith's Attakasam (Rs 14.5 Lakhs net) is the clear winner
closely followed by Silambarasan's Manmathan(Rs 13.85 Lakhs net). Sarath
Kumar's Chatrapathy is a border-line case while Vijaykanth's Niranja Manasu
and Dhanush's Dreams are total disasters.
Sharukh Khan's Veer-Zaara is the number one at the Chennai BO with an
impressive Rs 17 Lakhs from four screens in the first four days of its
release including Id Monday. 7-G Rainbow Colony continues to do well and is
at the fourth position and M.Kumaran Son Of Mahalakshmi is at the fifth
Film Cast Pluses Minuses Trade fact
Veer-Zaara Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee The banner, its cast
and excellent marketing Slow paced with a predictable story and no major
surprises. Fantastic opening at four screens with Rs 17 Lakhs net
Attakasam Ajith, Pooja, Babu Antony, Sujatha, Haneefa Ajith's double role
and his screen presence Lewd dialogues and rehash of earlier fares
Distributors are happy that after two years an Ajith film is profitable!
Manmathan Silambarasan, Jyothika, Goundamani, Atul Kulkarni An excellent
taut thriller with Simbu's surprise performance, music and camera. Is
attracting only the youth and lady audience has nothing in it. Production
cost being high, the film may break-even.
7-G Rainbow Colony Ravi Krishna, Sonia Agarwal Solid story with good
presentation. Yuvan's music and Sonia's performance. A contrived ending and
the length of the film. Has taken a bumper opening all over Tamil Nadu. The
distributors will recover their cost in the first week itself.
M.Kumaran Son of Mahalakshmi Ravi, Nadia Moidu, Asin, Prakash Raj, Vivek
Nadiya Moidu and Ravi combination as mother and son. They are the lifeline
of the film Too mushy in the second half which is highly melodramatic In
Chennai collections are steady with family audience appreciating it.
(Ratings are based on the box office collections and the cost of the film)
The 'Soured' Friendship
The film "Attagasam" got released only after great struggle. The sufferer is
the hero "Ajith", thanks to his long time friend and the producer of this
Ajith gave call sheets to his friend turned producer Karthikeyan, though he
had already committed to two films, 'Ji' and 'Mirattal' in the first place.
He had completed the movie 'Attagasam' by giving priority to this movie than
the other two films.
'Attagasam' which was really to get released in 'Diwali' faced stiff
resistance from many quarters. The reason was that the producer Karthikeyan
didn't settle the agreed amount to many people who worked for the movie. For
the "Art Director" alone, he owed to the tune of Rs.15Lakhs. Apart from him,the
director and the hero also didn't get paid full.
Ajith came to know this problem only at the last moment. Himself and the
director of the film Saran tried very hard and made peace with the opposing
parties. Only after this, the film was allowed to be released. The producer
of this movie Karthikeyan is a close friend of Ajith, but his way of
handling things didn't please Ajith a bit.
He got very upset about the whole affair. So he called his friend
Karthikeyan and told him plainly, that he will not have anything to do with
him in the future. One needs to safeguard friendship as one does with