More than three decades ago, the Jeetendra starrer MERI AAWAZ SUNO  gave birth to a number of bold, hard-hitting movies. Films depicting the common man's fight against the corrupt and dishonest netas and babus, cops and government officials became the flavor of the season overnight. The success ratio of movies was on a decline then and film-makers based in Mumbai decided to cling to this genre, hoping and praying that their film would attain a similar fate at the ticket window.
Over the years, the cry against corruption has met with diverse response at the box-office. Some films clicked, some didn't. Last week's GALI GALI CHOR HAI hit a new low as far as the weekend business is concerned. The occupancy at cinemas was disturbingly low. The opening weekend figures were simply terrible. As for the fate of the film on weekdays, your guess is as good as mine.
So why did GALI GALI CHOR HAI prove a dud? A prominent distributor of Mumbai circuit feels the aam aadmi, though disturbed by widespread corruption in almost every sphere, is in no mood to watch a repeat of real life on celluloid. That's one of the prime reasons why this cry against corruption suffered a severe setback at the box-office. A section of the industry also feels that [a] Akshaye Khanna is not 'hot' amongst moviegoers and [b] The hype was missing.
On the other hand, AGNEEPATH is the first film to cross the 100 cr mark in 2012. The question is, where will it stand in the final tally? What will be its estimated *lifetime business* in India? Leave your estimates in the comments section below...