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    Default Kahaani opens well, but Vidya’s TDP was bigger!

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    It was a double whammy for Vidya Balan last week. First, her raunchy performance in The Dirty Picture got her the Best Actress National Award. Then, her new film Kahaani had an impressive opening at the box office. An overwhelmed Vidya herself said, “I’ve got more than expected.”

    Maybe so, but critics and fans had clearly been expecting great things out of Kahaani if Vidya’s run of luck with No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture last year were any indication. And Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller of a pregnant woman in search of her husband, which released nationally on March 8, appeared destined to ring the box office tills loudly.



    Opening weekend collections were most encouraging and revealed that Kahaani had received a thumbs-up from audiences. “The first day’s collection was Rs. 85 lakh, which was slow, but on Friday it was Rs. 2.7 crore and Saturday between Rs. 4.5 and Rs. 4.75. The film took a big jump as Vidya has a fan following which might not go on the first day, but as soon as they realise the film is doing well – they will go for it,” said trade analyst Komal Nahta, adding, “I have no clue about the exact overseas collection, but these type of films are made for the Indian markets.”

    Nahta had no doubt that Kahaani was doing well in Kolkata and its neighbouring cities, because Durga Puja has been showcased in great detail and accuracy in the film, and the Bengali cine enthusiast would be proud to see his city and culture so excitingly captured by Bollywood. However, Kumar Mohan of Complete Cinema was of the opinion that Kahaani had not got more than a lukewarm response in Kolkata. He was keeping his fingers crossed that the film would collect around Rs. 11 crore this week.

    Said Mohan, “This is meaningful cinema and Vidya has given a brilliant performance. Kahaani opened to a 30-40 per cent collection, but picked up over the weekend. I hope it will touch Rs. 10-11 crore after this.” According to Mohan, this would be “pretty good” given that Kahaani had virtually an unknown star cast and Vidya was carrying the film on her slender shoulders alone. “But it had a more bullish opening in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai as compared to Kolkata,” Mohan stressed.
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