This time it is Bhool Bhulaiya and this time
the beneficiaries to star in this thriller of
a movie are Akshay Kumar and Vidya balan with
a host of others in tow. Well, this story has
not failed to give a fillip to the career of any
actor appearing in it. First time round it gave
Mohanlal his then biggest hit of his career and
Shobhana the national award for the best actress.
Then the story traveled to Kannada as Apthamithra
where Vishnuvardhan grabs it for his biggest hit,
it ran for nearly a year. Then it came down to
Tamil Nadu and who should be waiting but Superstar
who proved that he is the King once and for all.
Jyothika surpassed expectations of even her most
ardent fans and Prabhu made the best move of his
career (not just by acting in the movie, but by
producing it). Now in Hindi the same story is
making Id memorable for all people in Bollywood.
It has been named as the biggest overseas opener
of the year, and Akshay Kumar’s biggest
ever opening in his entire career. Remember, this
is a year that boasts of hits like Chak De India
and Partner not to forget Akshay’s very
own Hey Baby. Finally the big point here is that
Bhool Bhulaiya has nearly trounced the mighty
opposition in the form of Yashraj films’
Lagaa Chunari Mein Daag that had enormous star
value attached to it. The fact that Lagaa…
received very poor reviews and even more dismal
word of mouth has only helped Bhool Bhulaiya.
But that cannot account for the figures of the
first day in theaters. Bhool Bhulaiya opened at
nearly 95% while Lagaa… scored a meager
20% at best. Now, that is not reviews or word
of mouth at work, it is sheer magnetism of a star
who never disappoints and a director who knows
what he is doing.
So, guess it is time we paid a tribute to the
man who started it all. A name, that perhaps needs
to have received due recognition, Madhu Muttam,
the man who penned the story for the original
Manichithrathazhu. It is from that inspired work
that four very nearly historic hits have sprung
forth. The story is indeed a lucky charm for everyone
who gests associated with it. What next, Will
we get to see a Hollywood remake?