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Last Updated 02.04.2020 | 9:18 PM IST




By Bollywood Hungama

All eyes are on L.O.C. The keenly anticipated film opens today. A few questions cross my mind as I pen this piece –

  • Will the excessive length [4 hours, 1 minute] gel well with the viewers who are used to watching 3-hour flicks?
  • Will the strategy of holding two/three shows at various cinema halls across the country [against the normal trend of four/five shows] work to the advantage of the film? Will the policy of holding lesser number of shows indirectly create an enormous demand for the film?
  • How will the audiences react to the film at a time when the relations between the two countries [India, Pakistan] are getting better with each passing day?
  • Who will benefit most from the film? Sanjay Dutt or Ajay Devgan or Abhishek Bachchan or Saif Ali Khan or Akshaye Khanna or Manoj Bajpai…?
  • Will its business surpass that of BORDER, J.P.'s biggest hit to date?


    MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. has met with mixed reactions at the box-office. The film is faring exceedingly well in Mumbai-Maharashtra [the collections picked up dramatically as days progressed!], but the cold wave, as also the Mumbaiya flavour of the film, has made a dent in its business at several parts of the country.

    The observation that Sanjay Dutt starrers click only if they have violence/action in generous doses, is indeed amusing. It only goes to say that Sanju shouldn't be cast/seen in love stories/emotional fares. This is one big joke!

    Let's not forget that Sanju was widely appreciated in SAAJAN [more than Salman Khan]. Also, this film was a major money-spinner at the box-office. Why, the turning point in Sanju's career was also an emotional fare – NAAM. On the flip side, some of Sanju's action fares, including HATHYAR [even the title was violent!], fared miserably at the turnstiles. Let's not bullshit!


    If Sanjay Dutt faces the risk of getting over-exposed [four of his films are releasing back to back – MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S., L.O.C., PLAN, RUDRAKSH], John Abraham is also feeling the heat. Three of his films – AETBAAR, PAAP and LAKEER – are releasing one after the other, in three consecutive weeks. Point this out to the talented actor and he agrees that it can prove to be a professional hazard. "But releasing a film is not in my hands. All I pray for is that they work at the box-office," he smiles.


    KAL HO NAA HO continues to spell magic in the Overseas territory. The film has grossed $ 1,787,378 [approx. Rs. 8,93,68,900] in U.S.A. and 1,294,079 Pounds [approx. Rs. 9,05,85,530] in U.K. The success of the film on foreign shores has strengthened the belief of producers that Overseas continues to be the hottest territory today!

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