TEEN THAY BHAI has been rejected and it's no secret. Till a few weeks ago, a big chunk of the industry felt that medium-budget films were the ray of hope for film-makers who couldn't manage/afford to sign the big ones for their projects. The box-office response to films like BAND BAAJA BAARAAT and TANU WEDS MANU in particular reiterated this belief. But the poor response to TEEN THAY BHAI has spoiled the party.
TEEN THAY BHAI had no major contender to compete with. It was a solo release. Had holidays during the week. Was backed by top notch names. Starred actors who are respected by moviegoers. But the poor reports and negative reviews went against the film completely. The silver lining is its low costs [between Rs. 7.5 cr to Rs. 7.75 cr; excl. P & A expenses], but the theatrical business is dismal.
Okay, so what's the status on THANK YOU? The PR machinery would like us to believe that the film will recover costs, but the truth is THANK YOU is a losing proposition. Ask the distributors who have acquired the film and you will get the correct picture. The business is definitely better than Akshay's PATIALA HOUSE, but that's no compliment.
Also, the figures pertaining to the Satellite Rights and Music Rights, reported in a section of the media, are way off the mark. Oh yes, the figures are inflated; just to prove that the film will have a smooth sailing, as far as the economics are concerned. Nope, it won't!
Abhishek Bachchan is nervous. He's appearing for a new examination this Friday. DUM MAARO DUM has to show dum at the ticket window. His last few films recorded dismal figures and made holes in the pockets of its investors. DUM MAARO DUM has everything going in its favor - ensemble star cast, popular soundtrack, great promotion, right distributors [Fox Star]. It has to click!
Incidentally, Fox Star is giving it an extensive release. The film will have a wide release not just in India, but in markets like U.K., U.S.A. and Australia too.