“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil had done for the rest–
…Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum”
Boy, it’s hard not to feel a certain degree of schadenfreude over Amitabh Bachchan’s shame tonight.
Serves the old geezer right.
The old man has made a habit of profiting from theft – Hum Kisise Kum Nahin (Analyze This), Ek Ajnabee (Man on Fire), God Tussi Great Ho (Bruce Almighty) et al.
And tonight is judgment night for the wig-wallah.
Folks, Amitabh Bachchan’s Paa is a monumental disaster at the U.S. box office rivaled only by his spawn Abhishek Bachchan’s Drona.
What an irony!
Bada Bachchan’s failure matched only by the Chota Bachchan’s failure.
Ha ha ha.
Excuse us for a moment will you while we pour ourselves a drink.
(Pause: The sounds of a bottle opening and ice cubes dropped in a glass).
We’re back, guys. With a drink in our hands and a million dollar smile on our lips. 🙂
In its opening weekend at the U.S. box office (December 4-6, 2009), Paa has suffered an overwhelming rejection by the wise desis of America.
God, how do we even tell you the gross numbers? So embarrassing.
The piece of junk grossed a mere $199,228. So gross, na?
Imagine, with all the hype and the presence of the two Bachchans in the film, the 67-year-old Amitabh Bachchan couldn’t even manage $200,000 for the opening weekend.
A Shakespearean tragedy, no less. Lear, redux.
Paa opened in 67 theaters in the U.S, came in at No-24 and had an average gross of a mere $2,974.
Here’s how Paa has fared at the U.S. box office compared to a few other prominent Bollywood films:
Are We Surprised?
Of course not.
Unlike many of the gushing readers of this fine blog we never felt any enthusiasm for this movie.
Not for a minute.
In fact, we ignored this junk and went and saw George Clooney’s Up in the Air last Friday (Up in the Air did $1.18 million from just 15 theaters in the opening weekend).
Before we say adios, it’d be fitting to leave y’all with an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times review of Paa:
Although the makeup, involving a large prosthetic head, is pretty good, it wasn’t worth the effort, for the film is no more than a tedious, over-long Bollywood soap opera…. writer-director R. Balki stretches out “Paa,” which is “Pa” in Hindi, to an unconscionable 145 minutes that seems all the longer since it’s clear that father and son will eventually learn of their relationship.