Sanchit Shots : “The occupancy for Paa on Saturday is almost double than that of Friday”


What she says does hold good ground. Though the opening wasn’t exceptional (as expected due to its theme), the film has shown a constant increase in crowd inflow with every passing show. Says a trade insider, “The occupancy for Paa on Saturday is almost double than that of Friday. Everyone thought that the film was mainly targeting the class audiences in big cities but it is doing well even in interiors like Nagpur and other cities and towns.”

Vidya Balan Meanwhile, Vidya’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing. “Such appreciation is always welcome. Ever since the film’s premiere, there have been congratulatory calls, which is heart warming. I have been literally glued to my cell-phone for last 3 days at stretch and I am certainly not complaining.”

Given the fact that her last film Kismat Konnection (2008) was a success and so was Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007), she would be used to such adulation, isn’t it?

“Honestly speaking, there have been good words but such volume of calls is a first”, she confesses, “I remember getting quite a few messages during Bhool Bhulaiyaa or Kismat Konnection. However, so many people actually making an effort and giving me a call reminds me of Parineeta days. Paa has fetched me the best response since my debut film.”

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~ by axaptaword on December 5, 2009.

18 Responses to “Sanchit Shots : “The occupancy for Paa on Saturday is almost double than that of Friday””

  1. Thanks for bringing this Blue print piece .. 🙂

  2. How is this possible,when the film has a limited release??

  3. I am sure Paa is gonna do well. I had a question?? Yakuza, has the Indian theatrical rights for DDD been sold for 30 crores or is it the Indian theatrical rights plus the home video and satellite rights?? Is it mentioned anywhere??
    Thanks in advance

    • @claustrophobic , there are some turnaround in things and can confirm in 2-3 days about exact deal.

      This is latest development :

      In times when everyone – whether he is an actor, director, writer or producer – in the industry is out to make a fast buck, Gordhan Tanwani stands apart as a rare breed.
      Tanwani acquired the all-India distribution rights of De Dana Dan from Venus and then sold off the same to different distributors in different circuits. Rea­lising that almost every distri­butor of his would not be able to recover the MG royalty price he had paid for the film, Tanwani has asked them to go ahead and flood the film in UFO screens in the second (current) and third (next) weeks without being bothered about the UFO charges.

      In other words, Gordhan Tanwani has volunteered to shoulder the UFO cost for screening the film in all additional screens beginning December 4. And this, even though Tanwani himself is in the red as he was not able to recover the amount (was it Rs. 33 crore?) he had paid Venus for the all-India rights of De Dana Dan. The UFO charges would not add up to a fat sum but it’s the gesture that counts.


      However Gordhan Tanwani is not such a fool for this type of immature deal, what i was inform last was that deal include satellite rights too (and this was stated clearly at Baba arts web site, which now is removed), i have put query for same but didn’t get clear response yet (yes i got response but that was Golmal type of reply).

  4. @claustrophobic , well i read some where that deal is not fixed for 30 crore, it is dynamic deal based on minimum guarantee, But Yakuza will told you better as he got some information from mr. Tanwani, He was telling me about this today evening. But as i was not interested in DDD at that time so i missed that piece and even lost in chat.

  5. PAA is going very well and might be superhit.

  6. standards very high for all the other actors to follow. It has created a benchmarks that Indians are not going get entertained anymore with unmatured comedies (Kambaqt Ishq) and yawning teen movies (Ajab Prem….) We need something hard core and AB has just brought a gift to all of us in form of Paa.

    After 40 years of a long and everlasting filmy career, AB would agree that this film is his one of the best till date and you can see the actual effort that must have went through to make this legendary film. Indeed the directors has put in the efforts, but the real hero is our Shehanshah- AMITABH BACHCHAN.

    Now comes the performance…. Next, is AB baby. He looks so refreshing such as a watermelon from the fridge. Superb dialogues delivery and well balanced act all the way through. But honestly I felt he missed the climax part. He was not that great in those creepy scenes the way any other actor would have been…otherwise overall —superb.

    Vidya Balan has come a long way from the TV serial Hum Paanch till Paa. She is tremendously talented and is in a total grip in this one too. Her dialogues is just great and look very pretty too. Days are not far when people say her to be the next Madhuri in the Indian cinema. (Folks, I know that no can replace Madhuri, but after every Sachin there is a Sehwag..isn’t it) She has acted so well to in some scenes that she actually clearly covered AB and his baby too….. Kudos Vidya.

    No doubt that AB was the best of the lot. It was him that the film was totally based and centered on. HE CLEANLY SWEEPS THE SHOW…. I am sure that this film is going to be the Indian entry to the Oscars.

  7. Rishtey mein hum sabh k baap hain…naam hai PAA.

    Cinema is not merely song-n-dance and loud bursts of laughter. Cinema can also electrify your body with a flurry of goose pimples. That’s what happens when you watch Paa. There are actors and then there’s Amitabh Bachchan. As Auro, Big B hammers the point across that he’s the undisputed Shahanshah of Brilliance. He reinvents the fine art of acting by challenging all parameters. Even his singing in a child’s voice is incredible. Paa is undoubtedly the best film of the year so far and easily one of the best films of this decade.

    Films are not meant to be decoded or dissected when you’re expected to criticise them. Yes, you do look out for flaws but more importantly the over all impact matters the most. And if, at the end of a movie, you are shaken-n-stirred, then that’s the wondrous example of an extremely satiating movie-watching-experience. Somehow, this applies the maximum to Paa.

    A seriously physically challenged kid Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) goes to Delhi with young-n-dynamic politician Amole Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) but the requisite permission with Auro’s mom Vidya (Vidya Balan) isn’t taken. Strange. Amole’s tirade against the media seems over dramatised and caricaturish. The relationship between Amole and his dad (Paresh Rawal) isn’t very well defined. Also, the movie tends to move at a slow pace.

    In spite of a few roadblocks, what captures the most is outstanding transformation of Amitabh Bachchan as a 12 year old kid afflicted with a rare accelerating-age disease Progeria. The body language, the quirky sense of humour, the voice modulation and an absolute child-like innocence (especially at his age) makes you feel like standing up and applauding forever. It is amazing how an actor who has achieved so much, continues to manufacture an insatiable hunger to sprint on an untrodden path.
    The make up done by Christien Tinsley completely transforms Big B and you can recognise him merely through that familiar grin or the curving-up-of-lips. If winter comes, can spring be far behind. So, if the father has triumphed then how can the son lag behind. Abhishek Bachchan has given one of his career best performances in Paa. He has shed that excess weight of Delhi 6, which is a good trait. His hard hitting dialogues, sensitive interactions with Auro and a very confident aura makes him stand out in spite of the towering presence of his dad.

    There was least hype around Vidya Balan. But this feisty actress generously contributes to Paa being an unforgettable experience. Her loving moments with Auro, how she smartly snubs a woman who tries sympathising with her because of Auro’s ageing condition, stern distance from Amole once he returns back to her life are a few references where she stood out as a fantastic artiste.

    I have always maintained that writing is a very important part of any film. Writer-Director Balki doesn’t disappoint on that front. The dialogues are laced with an adequate dose of humour, pathos, sensitivity and drama. Although the movie moves slowly but you’re still gripped to what-will-happen-next. Balki’s masterstroke is that he doesn’t make the film preachy. There are asides like Vidya (A Gynaecologist) advicing a 33 year old woman that her body is telling her its time to have a baby. Or when Abhishek while delivering his speech at Auro’s school function points out that ’the students are sitting while the teachers are standing’ which is a testimony to the fact that how in these commercial times, the teachers enjoy less respect than the money-showering students. Such moments make the film interesting and provide it a shelf life. Also, Auro isn’t a character that one needs to sympathise with. One needs to empathise with him and the best gift that one can give him is a bouquet of smiles.

    Ilaiyaraja’s music is outstandingly melodious. The Paa theme music is haunting. Mudi Mudi and Gum Sum are special numbers. PC Sreeram’s Cinematography is simple and very effective. Anil Naidu’s Editing is adequate although the film could have been tighter. Jaya Bachchan giving away credits in the beginning was a fabulous idea. This amazing actress captures you even if it is for a few minutes.

    Finally, as I had said before, one is willing to overlook the flaws because the impact of Paa is so overwhelming that it leaves you completely speechless. Films like this makes movie watching experience worth a treasure.

    Paa: A Fascinating Movie Watching Experience

    PS: My star rating will be 4 1/2 stars

    • Fantastic review faridoon!
      btw, r u the real Faridoon from Indiafm? I normally like Faridoon’s reviews unlike that predictable & corrupt Taran Adarsh 🙂

  8. Paa First Day Business

    Paa grossed a poor 2 crore nett on day one. Mumbai circuit was relatively than other circuits better due to presence of premium multiplexes but collections were still much below expectations. The aprrox first day circuit breakdowns are as follows.

    Mumbai -80 lakhs

    Delhi/UP – 40 lakhs

    East Punjab – 15 lakhs

    West Bengal – 10 lakhs

    CP Berar – 5 lakhs

    CI – 5 lakhs

    Rajasthan – 8 lakhs

    Nizam – 9 lakhs

    Mysore – 12 lakhs

    Others – 10 lakhs

    The wait is now to see if it can show a big jump in collections on Saturday and Sunday due to positive reports. The weekend will finish in the 7.50 crore nett region if the film has a normal Saturday and Sunday from its Friday business levels.

  9. Box Office: PAA emerging a box office hit over India
    Saturday, December 05, 2009
    ABCL, the production arm company bearing the name of Amitbh Bachchan in its new form is slowly getting up with a first strike on the box office, with the entry of Abhishek Bachchan as its executing producer and the team of R. Balki (Cheeni Kum) in its first major production venture, Paa. PAA stars the duo of Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan opposite Vidya Balan with Paresh Rawal. And this film is emerging a box office hit in India in commercial terms, much bigger than Cheeni Kum.

    The opening on Friday morning however, despite a glitzy premier where nearly all of bollywood showed up including the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Govinda, was actually slow, albeit better than described in some sections of the trade. Single screen theaters like Galaxy in Bombay reported around 16,000 against 27,000 capacity (62%). Some fared lower, few in East UP, South were higher. Overall however an understated opening with people unsure of what to expect.

    However by afternoon word had started spreading and erstwhile Bachchan fans who in recent years perhaps had gotten detached from Amitabh Bachchan and Bachchans, started packing into the theaters, and by evening and night, collection shows PAA had shot up by over 100%.

    Next up, Saturday saw the pickup continuing, turning phenomenal by the evening. Some theaters in Kandivili in Mumbai were said to have already recorded the best Saturday box office collections of the year when Saturday wasn’t even over.

    But it is Sunday which could possibly end up being one of the highest box office collection days in this era. With theaters like at Satyam in Madras, a multiplex reporting sold out for rest of the weekend; same with Roxy, a single screener in Mumbai going 100% in advance booking for Sunday. The situation is similar at Central Plaza, another single screen in Mumbai.

    Up north a similar upward trend has been witnessed in Delhi and UP. Though the heavy usage of conversational English could keep a segment of the population deterred, the Bachchan factor may be helping compensate for that somewhat, especially in the conventional hindi markets like Kanpur, Allahabad, Gorukhpur etc. Massive pickups have been registered in Bengal, which earlier used to be a very safe Bachchan circuit at one point (ex. suryavansham in 1999 flopped in rest of India, but did hit business in Bengal)

    So at this rate, it appears the 15 crore budget PAA, could end up generating over Rs. 20 crores by Sunday evening itself. The film is a certain hit, the only question is how big will the eventual returns be over the next few months, as unlike the recent trend of 72 hour Fri-Sun box office cycle, Paa will have legs over the coming weekdays as well, and then beyond.

    The other release, Himesh Reshammiya-Shenaz Treasurywala starrer Radio had a very slow start of under 15% on limited prints and reports are not so impressive, however the film has been made at a cost of about Rs, 6 crores only so that would be its mitigating factor in its favor.

    The trailers of Salman Khan starrer Veer were released recently to a good response. It will be recalled that Veer set in the British era is being made by Anil Sharma, who made Gadar, another masala period fare and a major hit.

  10. indrajeet
    IBOS (IBOF: Indian Box Office Fake)
    Box Office: PAA emerging a box office hit over India
    I think those who still quote IBOS as a Source for bollywood boxoffice are either fools or are idiots, for them even aladin was destined to success in their commentary in the first friday and it’s a disaster in all the trade, for them every bachchan movie thios decade is doing well, and his average fare are inflated (ading some virtual cybernetic crores)and declared blockbusters.

    IBOS is no more reliable box office site for their lies manipulations and comunal hate propagated againt a section of the industry( muslim actors and liberal actors that are spreading comunal harmony)so please don’t make a joke on yourself by quoting this falacious site

  11. and to declare a small movie that was slowly starting,with no bumper opening a boxoffice Hit from day one is simply a propaganda tha t shows their fears as they are dounting amithab boxoffice pull and trying to spread lies as fast as possible, i can understand if they wait till the week-end, but THis movie has to do very well in week one for recovery and to do good business in second week to taste some success

  12. here i’m quoting what sandy says in satyamshots:

    sandy Says:
    December 6, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    “But it is Sunday which could possibly end up being one of the highest box office collection days in this era. ”

    IBOS needs to learn one valuable lesson. Even the most fantastical lie needs to have a grain of truth to it, if it has to be taken seriously. 🙂


    ndtv indian of the year,entertainment,2009.
    vote for salman soooooooooon

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