Friday, June 15, 2007

Abhiwarya box office update

Now that the hottest couple in Bollywood is official, it's time to look again at how their media-power translates into box office clout.

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya have done the following movies together as principal characters.

Dhai Akshar Prem Ke (2000)
Part romance, part thriller - Abhishek was with Karisma and Aiswharya had entered the akhada with Salman Khan (so to say). Verdict: Unknown

Kuch Naa Kaho (2003)
Abhishek was still trying to find his mojo in Bollywood while Aishwarya was firmly entrenched in stardom when they came together for this movie. Abhishek's split with Karisma had just gone public while Ash had embarked on her three year long dalliance with Vivek Oberoi. KNK didn't have an international release and collected about $1.8 million at the box office. Verdict: Flop

Bunty Aur Babli (2005)
Sure Aishwarya only did a dance here - but the popularity of "Kajra Re" is so unmatched that its positively iconic. It's also terribly wink-wink (only rudely gossipy Bollywood insiders will know what I'm referring to). Rumors of Abhiwarya get hot. Bunty Aur Babli pulls in $3.3 million worldwide. Verdict: Respectable

Dhoom 2 (2006)
Their biggest hit together and they weren't even opposite each other. Aishwarya essays a cringe worthy turn as Sunehri, a small time crook trying to get in league with the heistmaster himself - Hrithik. But she delivers what she was ostensibly hired for - smashing looks and mesmerizing dances. Abhishek retreads his surly inspector from Dhoom and flirts briefly with Bipasha Basu. Everyone awaits Abhiwarya's wedding date. Dhoom 2 collects over $32 million at the box office worldwide.Verdict: Blockbuster

Umrao Jaan (2006)
This movie was a disaster for both at the gates. Made as a visual spectacle with a treacly story, the film failed to connect with women and men alike. Umrao Jaan barely cleared $1.3 million at the box office worldwide.Verdict: Disaster

Guru (2007)
Abhishek and Aishwarya received the best critical reviews of their careers for this movie, which was widely believed to be based on the life of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani. Guru collected just over $24 million at the box office worldwide making it a huge success especially for a movie of this kind in Bollywood. Verdict: Hit

Next up: Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar 2 tentatively due this year. Father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan reprises his titular role from Sarkar.

14 comments:

suresh said...

wow this is a good post.. i am a keen fan of imdb.com and one thing they lack is the ability to find a movie where two actors have acted! U must have spent a lot of time writing this.. :-)

Aspi said...

Suresh, you're right about the lack of a cross-reference in imdb. I wonder if it is a premium account feature. But it sure would be nice to have that for regular users like you and me who don't want to pay.

As it turns out, I almost missed the first movie A&A did together.

Manish Sahu said...

No Suresh, Nathi Aspi. IMDB does have a pairing feature. yes, it took me a while to figure that out, but it does exist.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0706787/workedwith

So, thanks to IMDB, I can quickly tell you that Aishwarya, Abhishek and Salman were together in a movie called "Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000)".

I don't recollect Salman in the movie, but that would be a wonderful trivia question.

Aspi said...

Manish Sahu, you are a genuis! Thanks for sharing this discovery. Its a great feature to use in IMDB.

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