How Mumbai Rains are Affecting This Week’s Bollywood Releases
Three films are lined up for the week and their future, at least in the Mumbai territory, will be dependent on the deluge
Unprecedented rains lashed Mumbai on Monday and Tuesday thereby putting a massive question mark over this week’s release. There are no blockbusters lined up for this Friday. But there are small but significant films which need nurturing at the box-office, like Ashok Nanda’s terror thriller One Day: Justice Delivered starring Anupam Kher and Esha Gupta and Karanvir Bohra’s large-screen debut Humen Tumse Pyar Kitna directed by Lalit Mohan.
Karanvir Bohra, a vital name on television has produced Humen Tumse Pyar Kitna. Says the actor, “We are confident of our film. And young audiences who form the core of my film’s viewership are just the audience profile that seeks romance in the rains. Movie theatres are just the safe haven that they wish for.” That’s a pretty unorthodox way of looking at the monsoonal deluge.
One Day: Justice Delivered director Ashok Nanda feels the rains cannot affect his film. “If in spite of the rains, Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 can do well why not our film? One Day Justice Delivered falls in the same category. Nothing can stop Mumbaikars from doing what they like best: their work and the movies.”
The hardest hit could be the Sanjay Leela Bhansali production Malaal introducing Bhansali’s niece Sharmin Segal. It is the biggest release of the week and the rains are a bit of disappointment for the film’s team. “Mumbai does mean a great deal to the box-office. Although Malaal will open normally in the rest of the country, the rains affecting Mumbai and Maharashtra’s audience will in turn impact the film’s overall performance,” says a source close to the project.