Filmmaker Amole Gupte's Hawaa Hawaai has made a decent business at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend. While it topped the domestic chart, another new release Mastram, which has been made with a shoe-string budget of Rs 75 lakhs, has collected four times of its production cost in three days and landed in the second place.
Along with other new movies Koyelaanchal, Yeh Hai Bakrapur, Manjunath and Mastram, Saqib Salim and Amole's son Partho starrer Hawaa Hawaai, which has been made with a budget of Rs 15 crore, released in 750 screens across the country on May 9. Having registered decent amount of occupancy, the movie has collected Rs 5 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in the first weekend.
Mastram features Kapil Dubey, Rahul Bagga and Tara Alisha Berry in the leads, Its trailer, which released on February 14, had garnered over 16 lakh hits on YouTube in two months. The film has been directed by Gangs of Wasseypur fame screenwriter Akhilesh Jaiswal and produced by Bohra Bros. It has collected approximately Rs 3.45 crores nett at the Indian Box Office in its opening weekend.
Other releases Yeh Hai Bakrapur and Manjunath have failed to impress the audiences. A trade expert from Bollywood says, "Both the movies have earned less than Rs 50 lakh each. Koyelaanchal did relatively better. It collected around Rs 1.5 crore in four days."
However, Hawaa Hawaai is one of the new releases, which has not only won the hearts of the audiences, but celebrities like Karan Johar, Juhi Chawla and Mahesh Bhatt, who tweeted positive reviews about the film. Going by the positive response, Amole is said to be working on its sequel that is likely to roll in 2015.