GURU is doing great business in BangaloreJan 22, 2007 R. G Vijayasarathy
The publicity relating to the marriage engagement function has nothing to do with the mind-blowing collections of Mani Ratnam directed GURU says Goldie Sourav, the distributor of the film in Karnataka Area. Reeling out statistics about the day to day collection reports, Sourav says that as for as Bangalore Metro was concerned the marriage engagement was of no consequence and the engagement news or Amitabh's appreciation of his son's performance in the film may not substantially add up to the collections at a later date.
"The fact is that the film has been quite appreciated here and it is largely attracting audience of all age groups which will ensure a long run for the film" says Sourav of Goldie films. 'All of us know that Abhishekh-Aishwarya starrer Umrao Jaan was a disaster in Bangalore as in other centers. Ditto in the case of Mani Ratnam's earlier film YUVA released two years ago. But the Bangalore audience have always have special place for Mani Ratnam directed films and they have always opened well. The success and failure has much depended on the quality of the film. GURU got fantastic reviews and the educated metro audience could easily identify Abhishekh's character with that of industrialist Dhirubhai Ambani who is also equally popular' says Sourav.
He said that the collections have been the same in multiplex screens and single screens. 'In theatres like Urvashi, Symphony and Cauvery which are single screen theatres, the collections have proved to be beyond the expectations. The multiplex screens and the single screens are reporting houseful shows from the day of its release, though the film was released in the pre festival days' says Sourav.
According to Sourav, the Tamil and Telugu dubbed versions of GURU 'have miserably flopped in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, but the Hindi version of the film released in the major urban centers of both the states is doing remarkable business. The failure of dubbed versions is mainly due to the non sink of lips in the dialogue delivery and also absence of native ambience in films, according to Sourav. According to Sourav, though DHOOM II was declared a big hit from day 1, the film could not sustain for a long time and the film was targeted the youthful audience. But GURU has become a hit with the family audience too' he adds.
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