Two weddings and a funeral that never was
The Kung Fu king of the Indian silver screen, Akshay Kumar, is back. This time, opposite the queen of dance, Madhuri Dixit.
The much awaited Arzoo, which also has Saif All Khan to complete the triangle, opened last Friday. On the opening day, box office collection were average at 83 per cent in theatres in Mumbai.
Critics say that the movie’s plot is a mix of previous hits like Saajan and Mohabbat and has nothing absolutely new to offer.
On the plus side though, are some hummable tunes by Anu Malik and the locations used in the film.
Dayavanti Picture’s Arzoo is about men who are in love with the same girl. The first protagonist, a pilot by profession, marries the girl. He later dies in an accident, leaving behind his new bride and their new-born child.
The widow then gets married to the second guy, only to find to her horror, that her first husband is not really dead.
The pilot, her first husband, turns up in her life again and when he finds her married to his friend, sets out to seek revenge.
But things turn out well and the first pair lives happily ever after. But that, of course, is accomplished only after the second fellow is conveniently shot dead by the villain.
Says Trade Guide, “On the whole, Arzoo does not meet the expectations its raises.”
Trade circles also feel that an oft-repeated script and a weak second half could be the picture’s undoing.
More than Mumbai, theatres in Delhi have reported a better collection.
Collections in Calcutta, say trade sources here, were around 70 per cent on the opening day.
Lal Badshah has not been doing too well at the box office in its second week, according to trade sources.
Collections have registered a drastic drop. In Mumbai, the film collected only around 49 per cent as compared to 71 per cent in the first week.