Go Goa Gone had an average opening of around 25% at multiplexes as metros opened at 30% and other major centres at 20%. Single screen opening will be much lower. The film is mainly catering to premium multiplexes and these tend to do better in the evenings.
The business of film will be mainly restricted to cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore while not much can be expected from other cities. The film will find it very difficult to collected in UP, CPCI Rajasthan etc with even the premium properties in these areas finding it tough.
The key will be how the premium properties go in the evening. The other release Gippi is a film totally dependent on word of mouth and as expected has started with low figures.
Bollywood has dabbled with ghosts, spirits and paranormal movies aplenty. Besides, the supernatural and horror genre is fast gaining popularity with dream merchants, after a hiatus. Now, storytellers in Mumbai are geared up to take the genre to an altogether new level, introducing the spectators to zombies. GO GOA GONE, directed by Raj and DK, is India’s first ‘zom-com’.
Romance, action and comedy continue to be the most privileged genres in Bollywood, but the past few years have witnessed a number of experiments catching the audience eye. Fear and hilarity are opposite sides of the coin. To amalgamate them in a movie script requires a truly fertile mind because you don’t anticipate humor and horror to go hand-in-hand. The expectations from GO GOA GONE are, evidently, colossal, in view of the fact that something like this hasn’t been attempted on the Hindi screen earlier, although cineastes have witnessed zombies in Hollywood films. A zom-com can pave the way for movies of similar genre in times to come, if it finds an audience…
GO GOA GONE is looked forward to for varied reasons: The zom-com aspect, zany look of the film, Saif’s bleached getup [he plays a zombie killer in the movie], wicked one-liners and enticing music… But the challenge lies in educating the spectator about zombies, since there’s no zombie folklore to enlighten them thus far.
TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. STANLEY KA DABBA. CHILLAR PARTY… Several prominent film-makers have made films that transport you to your early days. Now Karan Johar takes you back to your teenage years with GIPPI, directed by first-timer Sonam Nair. While this is Karan/Dharma’s first film with a lady director, it also marks the production house’s foray at narrating a story minus ‘stars’. The focus, obviously, is on kids here, but let me add in the same breath, the confidence that these kids emanate easily equals most skilled actors of our times.
We’re often asked, which have been the best years of our lives? As one reflects on the years gone by, one realizes that the years spent in school were the best, for sure. Of course, one didn’t value it as much then, but the truth dawns upon you in the latter years of life. GIPPI takes a leaf out of our lives to recount an account that one can relate to.
Frankly, Gippi’s could be yours, mine, anybody’s story. Many of us go through a phase that’s between teens and adulthood. Films like GIPPI talk to every parent, every child since kids, generally, at that age, don’t know how to deal with situations and challenges that life throws at them.
The producers of Bombay Talkies succeeded in cajoling as many as 20 prominent stars to appear in a music video that is being used to promote the film commemorating 100 years of Indian cinema. However, one star conspicuous by his absence in the video is Salman Khan. Gossip mongers insist that the star turned down the producers’ request because he didn’t want to be a part of any project that Shah Rukh Khan was also involved in, but a source close to the actor reveals that Salman just didn’t have the time or the interest. “Bhai didn’t see why he needed to do this. He’s not acting in the film. He isn’t particularly close to the directors of the film. They weren’t offering any compensation in return for making an appearance.”
Also missing from the video are all of the Bachchans. Neither Amitabh, nor Abhishek or Aishwarya are to be seen in the video that features, among others, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Madhuri Dixit, Sridevi, Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra. Word has it the Bachchans were travelling and couldn’t make it “despite being relentlessly pursued to spare a few hours”.
One for the Self-Help Book
Amisha Patel—she of the giant hoardings and print campaigns advertising an eyewear brand that doesn’t exist!—wants you to know that she’s going to Cannes.