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11-04-2012, 10:26 PM #1
Small films brings brisk box office business
They are small in trems of budgets, but
romantic comedy "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" and horror thriller "1920 Evil Returns" have managed a fair opening for themselves by earning Rs.1.25 and Rs.4.05 respectively on its opening weekend.
Made on a budget of Rs.3 crore "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana" has already broke even - it collected Rs.1.25 crore Friday followed by Rs.2 crore Saturday.
Co-produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Anurag Kashyap, "Luv Shuv..." celebrates the lovable quirks of a Punjabi joint family. Revolves around a secret chicken curry recipe, the film has managed to tickle funny bones of the viewers.
Featuring Kunal Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Rajesh Sharma, the film is Sameer Sharma's directorial debut.
"While Luv Shuv..." took audience on a laughter ride, "1920 Evil Returns" gave goosebumps to the cinegoers.
Produced by Vikram Bhatt on a slightly higher budget of approximately Rs.10 crore, the supernatural thriller collected Rs.4.05 crore Friday and the following day it grossed Rs.3.80 crore.
" '1920 Evil Returns' Friday Rs. 4.05 crore, Saturday Rs.3.80 crore. Marginal decline in mass circuits, while Mumbai increases. Overall very good," tweeted trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
An elated Bhatt said in a statement: "It's overwhelming when something you've worked hard on bears fruit. We are glad audiences are embracing the film".
Directed by Bhushan Patel, the story of the supernatural thriller revolves around Jaidev Verma, played by Aftab Shivdasani. He portrays a famous poet who lives the life of a loner as he is unable to meet the love of his life. He stays with his sister Karuna (Vidya Malvade), who is his support system until he meets Smruti (Tia Bajpai).
Adarsh tags the film as Bhatt's comeback.
"Looking at the Friday numbers -'1920 Evil Returns', it should be titled Vikram Bhatt Returns with a bang. After 'Raaz 3' and now this film. It has packed a punch on Day 1, especially at single screens of mass circuits," he tweeted.