Dhobi Ghat is a dull gentry film for a very select audience which likes to watch festival films. It will have to rely on Aamir Khan’s presence in its cast and the Republic Day holiday on Wednesday to take its collections to a somewhat respectable level, mainly in the big cities only. Recovery of the relatively low cost of the film (considering that it stars Aamir Khan, who has worked for free) does not seem to be a difficult proposition at all since it has taken a fair start in cities because of his name and it should also fetch a fair price for its satellite rights, again thanks to his name.
While Dhobi Ghat’s publicity was so-so, the film’s opening, on Friday, January 21st, was dull at many of the centres and fair in several cities, mainly in the good multiplexes there.
This week’s other two Hindi releases did not get a good opening. The Vatsal Seth starrer, Hostel is a very poor show and will, therefore, find hardly any takers. Lack of promotion will only add to its tale of woes. Season Of The Witch is also too ordinary to make much of a mark at the box-office.