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I am happy to have come out of the bad phase - Vikram Bhatt

Published: Monday, September 22, 2008, 12:52 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive] 6 years after he last tasted success with Awara Paagal Deewana, Vikram Bhatt finally has a reason to smile. His latest horror flick, 1920, has taken a good opening at the box office with decent reviews turning out to be an icing on the cake.

No one expected this film starring newcomers (Ranjeesh Duggal, Adah Sharma) to record 100% collections at the box office. Also, Bhatt was never set out to make a master piece which would have fetched him 4 star ratings. This is why a 50%-60% opening on Friday coupled with fair reviews all over followed by good word of mouth has resulted in celebrations time for Vikram Bhatt.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] Confirms Vikram Bhatt, "Yes, the film has taken a good opening; in fact at quite a few centers even better than Phoonk. The film has been made at a reasonable budget and is already heading for a safe status. By the time the weekend is through, we should see further escalation in collections because Saturday and Sunday are already looking better than Friday."

First half of the film has been considered to be slow by quite a few filmgoers while the thrilling finale (lasting close to 30 minutes) has been hailed to be the best of the enterprise. "I know that's the general sentiment", agrees Vikram, "The first half of 1920 has gone in establishing the premise due to which it comes across as relatively slow paced. However, across the centers I am getting feedback that second half is being immensely liked by the audience since the thrills and chills in the last 30 minutes have kept them on the edge of their seats. That's fair actually; what is most important is the culmination to the story. If that is done well, the battle is truly won. I am happy that 1920 is being appreciated by the audience."

In comparison, The Last Lear as well as Ru Ba Ru have met with a very poor opening all over, hence improving chances of 1920 even more.

Between Awara Paagal Deewana and 1920, Vikram Bhatt saw 10 films of his releasing and with an exception of Deewane Huye Paagal which still did reasonably OK, remaining bombed at the box office.

"Yes, it has been a long wait. For 6 years I have seen my films not performing well at the box office. Now with 1920, I am happy to have come out of the bad phase. Now, I finally have a success. It should only get better from here on", concludes Vikram Bhatt.

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