Prem Geet 3, the first Indo-Nepali film, was released in cinemas yesterday, September 23. Surprisingly, the response to this film has been very encouraging, taking the trade and industry by surprise.
Several shows on Friday were sold out, aided by the National Cinema Day offer, whereby multiplexes sold tickets for Rs. 75. However, the said offer won't be available on Saturday and Sunday. Yet, the plans for these two days are fast filling. Moreover, even in a city like Chennai, where the Rs. 75 offer hasn't been made available, the shows were full.
Prem Geet 3 has been released in 500 screens in India, 200 screens in Nepal and 500 screens in Overseas. On Day 1, Prem Geet 3 collected Rs. 1.12 crores gross at the box office in India. In the home market in Nepal, it has collected Rs. 2.05 crores while in the overseas territories; it has netted Rs. 1.67 crores. In short, the film has collected Rs. 4.84 crores gross at the global box office. For a film which has been made at just Rs. 11 crores (Rs. 6 crores being the cost of production and Rs. 5 crores being P&A costs), it is fantastic news.
Indian filmmaker Subhash Kale, the producer of Prem Geet 3, excitedly said, "It was an experiment to release this film in cinemas in India. The positive response from the audience has made all of us happy. We were astonished to see that in a centre like Chennai, the Nepali version of the film was house full yesterday and also today. The word of mouth is very encouraging across the country and we are getting reports and video clips of viewers hooting and clapping during the film."
Prem Geet 3 stars Pradeep Khadka and Kristina Gurung in leading roles along with Shiva Shrestha, Maotse Gurung, Sunil Thapa and Manish Raut. It is directed by Santosh Sen and the late Chhetan Gurung. Chhetan Gurung also wrote the film along with Mandeep Gautam. Besides Subhash Kale, Santosh Sen, Prashant Kumar Gupta and Sushama Shiromanee are the producers of Prem Geet 3.
Prem Geet 3’s collections on the first day in the USA, Canada, UK and Australia
U.S.A - 30,012 USD [Rs. 24.38 lakhs]
Canada - 3,878 USD [Rs. 3.15 lakhs]
U.K - 1,575 £ [Rs. 1.38 lakhs]
Australia - 56,895 A$ [Rs. 30.27 lakhs]
NOTE - Some screens have yet to report collections