Saawariya garners Rs 50 cr within first week of release

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Mumbai, Nov 15 (UNI) Sony Pictures' first Indian co-production 'Saawariya', in collaboration with Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has garnered Rs 50 crore (USD 12.5 million) across 754 screens in India over the Diwali weekend November 9-11.

Saawariya, the first Bollywood production from any Hollywood studio, lit up screens in 12 other markets (across 230 screens) -- UK, US, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Singapore, and collected 1.5 million dollar.

The worldwide tally for the same weekend is 14 million dollar, said Uday Singh, managing directr of SPE Films India.

Commenting on this performance and the fact that Saawariya released on the same day as 'Om Shanti Om', Mr Singh said ''We are thrilled with the opening and the fact that audiences everywhere have connected with the film, especially the youth, who have loved the heartwarming performances by the two newcomers -- Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.'' ''Sony Pictures congratulates Shah Rukh Khan and the entire Om Shanti Om team for setting the all-time record for a film during the Diwali box office weekend. It is truly an amazing accomplishment.

But what is even more significant is that two major films competed against each other and both did enormously well. The marketplace can accommodate two major motion pictures and both can succeed. We could not be more pleased with the success of Saawariya and we are proud that we have played a role in setting the record for our industry during Diwali week,'' he said.

The statement comes in wake of reports that 'Saawariya' has been panned by critics and audiences alike as against favourable response to Om Shanti Om. Similarly, a section of the media reported Bhansali's remarks against Shah Rukh Khan and his film.

UNI

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