Releasing this Friday is Samir Karnik’s Yamla Pagla Deewana. While the first trailer of the film was well-received, the mood in the industry is one of gloom, thanks in no small measure to the harm done by last year’s big disappointment, Tees Maar Khan. When we asked a leading exhibitor of Delhi-U.P., Brijesh Tandon, about his expectations from YPD, he told Koimoi.com, “With a hit filmmaker like Farah Khan delivering a dud called ‘Tees Maar Khan’, what can you expect from Samir Karnik’s ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana’, given the fact that all his previous films were flops?”

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Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif (Tees Maar Khan Poster), Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol (Yamla Pagla Deewana Poster)

Adds another trade person, “Filmmaking is a 24-hour job. But, when successful directors like Karan Johar and Farah Khan spend so much of their time for appearing on television shows, their concentration is bound to be adversely affected. And there is little we, distributors and exhibitors can do except rue this fact.”

We just wish that this mood of despondency in the industry disappears in the coming weeks. But sometimes, that is asking for too much.

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