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'Kites' Grosses Over Rs 60 Crore In Three Days

Producer Rakesh Roshan has hit out at the critics of Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Kites' saying despite poor reviews, the film has grossed over Rs 60 crore in the first three days of its release. "On
PTI May 24, 2010 20:46 IST
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Producer Rakesh Roshan has hit out at the critics of Hrithik Roshan starrer 'Kites' saying despite poor reviews, the film has grossed over Rs 60 crore in the first three days of its release.

"On the first day, the movie grossed Rs 21 crore. On Saturday, it earned Rs 20 crore and then on Sunday the collections increased by another Rs 21 crore," producer Rakesh Roshan told reporters in Kolkata.

The total three-day box-office collections, therefore, stand at Rs 62 crore.

"There has been no drop in collections. Going by the kind of reviews which we have got, the film should have been flopped by now," Roshan said while hitting out at film critics for rejecting the movie.

The Anurag Basu directed film, which also had Mexican beauty Barbara Mori in the lead role, got the widest release with over 2000 screens in India and 500 screens overseas on it's worldwide release Friday.

The film's international version 'Kites Remixed', edited by Hollywood's top director Brett Ratner of 'X-Men' and 'Rush Hour 3' fame, will hit worldwide theaters next Friday.

 Roshan denied media reports that the film, being sold as India's first international project, was made at a budget of Rs 150 crore.

"Rs 150 crore is a very big amount. That is not what 'Kites' is made up of. The budget has been wrongly estimated by the media," the veteran director-producer said.

Asked why he chose to make 'Kites' an international film, he said that he wants Bollywood to go global.

"We have been making films for the Indian audiences and the diaspora. But I wanted to extend it further to other audiences. The whole idea is to take the industry forward and open new doors and new markets," he said adding that the reviews from the West have been very encouraging.

"Look at the reviews from the West. They all have been very good. We were so far reaching 30 countries, but with 'Kites' we have added another 30 countries to the list. This means that our voice is reaching out to a larger number of people," he said.

Roshan, known for directing films with titles beginning with a 'K', said that the letter has now become a part of his family.

"K is a part of my family. You can even call me K Roshan," he said adding that even his next film will have a 'K' title.

'Hrithik and Rajesh (his brother and music director) will also be there," he said. PTI