The one word that's coming out of my ears is 'Recession'. Everywhere you go, everyone you visit, everyone you talk to, the conversation veers towards recession and the global meltdown. Yes, it has affected all of us in some way or the other, but can we talk of hope for a change?
Was in conversation with a successful veteran film-maker and he made a poignant remark, which I want to share with all readers. 'If a film is bad, we tend to pass on the buck to a host of things, from cricket matches to examinations to elections to recession? Why can't we get real? Why can't we accept that our films are bad?' Point to be noted!
But not all films that succeed are good films and not all films that fail are bad films. It's also a fact that external forces play a key role in deciding the fate of a film.
Let's talk of 13B and DHOONDTE REH JAOGE. The cricket match on Friday and Sunday, the ongoing examination period and also the pre-election phase may've affected the business to an extent. Of course, the 'Adults' tag must've also kept a sizable chunk of audiences away from 13B.
Both 13B and DHOONDTE REH JAOGE had a tepid start at the ticket window. 13B was slightly better [20%], but that's no reason to rejoice. If the first weekend is negative, only a miracle can bail you out on weekdays. And the numbers on Monday and Tuesday are only depressing.
The third release of the week, KARMA AUR HOLI, was a non-starter. It sank even before it leant to remain float. Its disastrous fate just doesn't come as a surprise to me!