Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab – Not Much Cheer at Box Office

Folks, the U.K. box office numbers for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab are out.

And there’s not much santosh (cheer) here for the movie’s director Rajkumar Santoshi.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab has fared worse than some of the crappiest Bollywood films like Sarkar Raj, Dostana, Chandni Chowk to China et al.

But why are you surprised?

After all, a chorus of Indian critics had already slammed this movie as junk.

Here’s how Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab fared compared to a few prominent Bollywood movies at the U.K. box office:
Ajab Prem Ki Box Office Report

7 Responses to "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab – Not Much Cheer at Box Office"

  1. Bhagat_Singh   November 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Taran Adarsh says its collections is USA and UK are good and also its opening in india is said to be in top 3 of this year……

    I watched in theaters last week and thought it was an OK movie but def not a ‘agonizing bore’…. 🙂

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: Taran Adarsh says its collections is USA and UK are good

    Taran can scribble anything but the comparative numbers tell a different story.

    Also, he seldom does a comparative analysis of a movie’s performance at the box office vis-a-vis other Bollywood movies of the last 18 or 24 months the way we do, which is very important.

    We don’t know about India but in the U.S. Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is NOT in the top 3 this year. Love Aaj Kal, Kambhakkht Ishq, Chandni Chowk to China, Delhi 6 and New York are all ahead on the box office front if you go by Taran’s Ajab Prem numbers.

    2. As for the ‘agonizing bore,’ that is from Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN (some SI readers speak well of him).

  2. Jyoti Ramakrishnan   November 11, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Movie’s average gross is higher than blue, sarkar raj and chandni chowk.

    It looks like a good opening, not very good but definitely good.

    I have seen only good reviews by critics and especially from viewers.

    Amazed Kaminey was pathetic at the box office. I guess not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Heard Apkgk made well over 450000 at US boxoffice which is pretty good.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: Movie’s average gross is higher than blue, sarkar raj and chandni chowk.

    Isn’t a movie’s total gross a better reflection of its box office popularity?

  3. sunnysonu   November 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Recently i watched few movies but could not find any reviews abt them on SI any particular reasons for you not to write a review on them….i think you might have watched all the movies in my list

    1) A Beautiful Mind
    2) God Father ( Part 1)
    3) The Exorcist (1973)
    4) Rashomon ( Japanese Movie)
    5) Blood Diamond
    6) The Departed

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ve watched Departed, Godfather and Exorcist in your list.

    The reason we don’t have reviews for them is because our watching-those-movies predated the start of the SI blog.

  4. sunnysonu   November 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Probably you can watch and review Beautiful Mind… Russel Crowe`s acting was quite good…..

    Also please try to review Blood Diamond, American Beauty

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We’ll definitely watch and review A Beautiful Mind. We like Russell Crowe. Decent actor.

  5. guruprasad.s   November 12, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I saw parts of Ajab …..
    I wasnt disappointed.
    It definitely raises a few laughs.
    The humour is not definitely of the level of Singh is King etc, but not great either.
    Ranbir Kapoor makes the movie work at a certain level.

    A Beautiful Mind is a beautiful movie.

    What happened to Baton Baton Mein (along with Iruvar) ?
    BBM is good clean fun with some fine songs.
    But I still suggest you to watch and review Golmaal first.
    Movies like BBM, Khatta Meetha and Pestonji depict, very nicely, a slice of life of the Parsi community in Mumbai.
    Basu Chaterjee, who has directed BBM, Khatta Meetha and Choti see baat, has good hold over this genre.
    He also directed Vyomkesh Bakshi ( a TV serial on DD, based on the investigations of a detective of the name Vyomkesh Bakshi). Nice TV serial, Indian equivalent of Sherlock Holmes.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: The humour is not definitely of the level of Singh is King

    OMG, did Singh is Kinng have any humor?

    2. Many decades ago, we watched Khatta Meetha (in your list) on a hot summer day while on a vacation to your state capital at the old Alankar theater on K.G.Rd. Not sure if the theater is still around. The theater was rumored to belong to the then leading Bollywood star.

    Love the title song Khatta Meetha.

    Can’t remember much of the movie except that Preeti Ganguli was a fatso and Ranjit Chowdhry was a scrawny fellow. And was there a romance between them in the movie?

    3. You write: What happened to Baton Baton Mein (along with Iruvar) ?

    Baton Baton Mein, Gol Mal, Iruvar et al will come when they come. You see, we’re beri beri bizee on an eating binge these days (both outside in NYC, NJ and at our command post). Hesarukalu Saaru, one of our new favorites. 😉

  6. shadowfax_arbit   November 13, 2009 at 3:55 am

    The Beautiful Mind is one of my all-time favorites. Ofcourse I have an inclination towards Math. Not sure about you..

    On the acting, Russell Crowe was good. Jennifer Connelly was better 😉

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    We liked Russell Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma and State of Play but found him disappointing in Body of Lies.

    Jennifer Connelly is over the hill now. 🙁

  7. Vetti Jijaji   November 13, 2009 at 8:02 am

    Jennifer over the hill? Beautiful mind was released 8 years ago. Early 30s.. yummy.. for that matter, late 30s is yummy too.. oh well, yummy comes in different ages.

    If you are only interested in her hills at their best.. check out http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1030149-hot_spot/

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Story sounds very interesting. Will watch.

    Wondering if you noticed what one of the reviewers wrote: Maybe worth seeing just for Jennifer Connelly’s numerous assets, otherwise it’s a dry and wandering affair. 😉

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