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Box office: The Tashkent Files, 5 others open to disastrous collections


John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter made Rs1.25 crore on its second Friday. 

Our Correspondent

As the new week started at the box office yesterday, several Hindi films hit the theatres. However, all have turned out to be disasters. In fact, director Vivek Agnihotri’s The Tashkent Files, supposedly the best of the lot, collected a meagre Rs35 lakh, as per figures shared by Boxofficeindia.com.

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Starring Shweta Basu Prasad, Naseeruddin Shah, Mithun Chakraborty, Pankaj Tripathi and Pallavi Joshi, the film tries to solve the mystery of the death of India’s former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri. As per trade sources, the film is made at a budget of arounda Rs10 crore.

The rest of the releases — Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyun Aata Hai?, Blackboard v/s Whiteboard, Gun Pe Done, Paharganj and Ek Haqiqat Ganga – went completely unnoticed. Of these, Paharganj managed Rs8-10 lakh while the numbers for others are lower than that.

Hollywood movie Hellboy, which also hit the theatres yesterday, collected Rs75 lakh. While the figure is quite low, it is better than the performance of all the Hindi releases taken together.

John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter made Rs1.25 crore yesterday on its second Friday. The film has so far earned Rs30.75 crore. The film, directed by Robbie Grewal, is made at an estimated budget of Rs34 crore.

Akshay Kumar-starrer Kesari entered its fifth week today. The film, directed by Anurag Singh, made Rs60 lakh on its fourth Friday yesterday, taking its grand total to Rs144.40 crore.

Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Badla made Rs20 lakh yesterday, which was its sixth Friday. Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, the film has earned Rs85.22 crore so far.