Raj Kumar Hirani's PK released last Friday, has become a much bigger hit than expected. This leaves this week's two releases Anurag Kashyap's Ugly and the Hindi version of the Rajinikanth starrer Lingaa a little short of breath.
PK's collections are, to put mildly, awesome. On Tuesday it collected Rs. 18.85 crore rupees, bringing the total collection in India until Tuesday to Rs. 135.4 crore rupees.
Apparently, theatres across the country have refused to vacate ample shows for the two new releases.
A prominent exhibitor from Bihar argues, "Why should we give up PK when every show is going full? Even in the chilly winter nights we are getting full houses for PK in the night shows. Ugly may be a good film. But it doesn't look like the kind of film people want to see during the festive week of Christmas and New Year. As for Lingaa, it has already flopped in Tamil. We aren't releasing it in Hindi in Bihar."
A source closely associated with Ugly says, "We are struggling to get screens. But it's difficult. The year has been bad for the trade. The exhibitors won't let go shows of PK for a new film."
Arun Rangachari the co-producer of Ugly says, "No doubt PK is a very good film. We just hope Ugly will offer audiences a distinctive choice specially given the holidays. We've tried our best to showcase Ugly as a film that crosses formulistic frontiers while entertaining the audience."
Adds Rahul Bhat who plays the lead in Ugly, "Ugly is a different genre of a film. Its audience is niche. We know this only too well. We just need 5 percent of PK's audience."
Mumbai's prominent distributor and exhibitor Anil Thadani says, "If Ugly is a good film it will sustain itself at the box office, as it is an unusual film. As for Lingaa, its fate is in any case decided in Tamil and Telugu."
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