What would you call a distributor who has distributed Dabangg and Golmaal 3 this year? Supremely lucky! And what would you call him if he has distributed both these films in not one but two circuits? Supremely and doubly lucky!! But Shankar Agarwal of Ankit Movies considers himself anything but lucky in spite of having distributed the two biggest hits of 2010 in Nizam as well as Andhra circuits.
That’s because all the huge profits he made from these two hits and some more successful films he distributed in 2010, were wiped out by the losses he made in two debacles called Crook and Harry Potter Aur Maut Ke Tohfe (Part I) and its original English version, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows (Part I) laments Agarwal, “I lost Rs. 40 lakh in Mahesh Bhatt’s Crook and Rs. 50 lakh in the latest Harry Potter film. And Rs. 90 lakh is what I earned from my successes, hits and super-hits of the year.So, I made zilch during the year in spite of releasing ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Golmaal 3’ in Nizam and Andhra territories.” Well, that’s the film industry for you. One needs tremendous luck to make a fortune here, but just two flop films can take you back to square one – or even minus one!