While it was only last year, that Bollywood started the New Year on a high when No One Killed Jessica became the first hit and the first film in few years to break the January release fears, Bollywood seems to yet again have the January Jinx hunting them.
The first and the most anticipated film by Abbas-Mastan – Players has failed to bring a smile on the producer’s face and even in its second week collections have been dismal. While the first week collections range around 25crore, noted film critic Taran Adarsh says that it has not even managed to reach to level of smaller films like Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl.
The film boasted of some high profile stars in the league of Abhishek Bachchan, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh but a weak and a completely hopeless story made the film fall flat on its face. Even the Abbas-Mastan charm did not work in the favour of producers.
A lot was expected out of Chaalis Chaurasi which had a terrific star comprising of Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon, Atul Kulkarni and Ravi Kisen but again a weak story and horrifying direction by Hriday Shetty (Director – Plan) did not register cash at the box office.
Ghost starring Shiney Ahuja, who is making his so-called comeback went and sank without a trace. Sadda Adda and Tutiya Dil had no takers at all.
With January 2012 being a complete damper for Bollywood, all eyes is set on the 26th when Karan Johar would release the much anticipated Agneepath. Releasing a day prior to the scheduled Friday and with Republic Day weekend buzz, a lot many things are in favour to make Agneepath the first hit of the year.
Also since there are no releases prior to Agneepath and along with Agneepath, the film has the making of getting a good opening.
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