It has now become a routine Friday wisecrack among the industry people – that Hollywood has yet again scored over Bollywood! Friday after Friday, one has been witnessing that English films or even their dubbed Hindi versions open better than the new Hindi releases of the day.
The Hangover Part II took a fantastic start on Friday and even the opening of Kung Fu Panda 2 was good but as compared to these two English films from Hollywood, the Hindi films of May 27 opened to dismal houses. Last week, the opening of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and its dubbed Hindi version, Samunder Ke Lootere: Ek Anjaan Rahasya, beat the initials of the two Hindi releases viz. Pyaar Ka Punchnama and 404. Two weeks prior to that again i.e. on 6th May, Hollywood’s Fast & Furious 5 and its dubbed Hindi version were off to stunning starts whereas Bollywood’s Haunted opened to comparatively lesser houses. The other Bollywood release, Luv Ka The End, didn’t even take a start! No doubt, ‘Haunted’, ‘Luv Ka The End’, ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’, ‘404’, and this week’s ‘Kucch Luv Jaisaa’ and other releases don’t boast of star names in their cast but then, they are Hindi films produced in India. And to think that the desi films took a beating from the ‘phoren’ films!