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Akshay Kumar'Singh Is Kinng' collects Rs 8 crore on day one
09th Aug 2008  23.30 IST
By Agencies  

Opening to an excellent box office initial worldwide on 8-8-08, the Akshay Kumar - Katrina Kaif starrer Singh Is Kinng has collected Rs 8 crores on day one and the weekend collections are expected to be around Rs 28 to Rs 30 crores.

The Vipul Amrutlal Shah production directed by Anees Bazmee is already doing wonders at the Box Office.

Bollywood sighs with relief as the film is all set to do amazing business at the Box Office.

Till date, Shahrukh Khan - Deepika Padukone starrer Om Shanti Om has earned the highest first week collections of Rs 37 crores while the modest projections for the first week collections of 'Singh Is Kinng' is put at Rs 45 crores, which clearly indicates that the film is on its way to make a new box office record.

The film is undoubtedly riding on Akshay's shoulders who all through the past couple of weeks, has charmed viewers with his 'Rugged machismo' and 'witty repartees' in 'Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi', the adventure reality show being aired on the new General Entertainment channel 'Colors'.

Akshay has garnered huge popularity across India through 'Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi' in just over a week of its telecast, coupled with a rise in his stock in Bollywood in the last few years and thanks to a series of successes like Namastey London , Bhool Bhulaiyaa , Heyy Babyy and Welcome , which have generated an unprecedented buzz for 'Singh Is King'.

Further heightening the excitement around the film is the presence of the ethereal Katrina, who plays the female lead in 'Singh Is King'. For, the last few years have witnessed an upswing in the popularity of this model-turned-actress thanks to success of 'Namastey London', Partner , Apne , Race and 'Welcome'.

Trade sources said the strong curiosity surrounding the film is in large part due to the fact that it features the hit pair of Akshay and Katrina, who teamed up in two of last year's biggest hits - 'Namastey London' and 'Welcome'.

Shot in Punjab, Australia and Egypt, the movie has generated tremendous interest in film circles due to its music, which has already climbed popularity charts across India.

A unique feature of 'Singh Is Kinng' is that it has American rapper Snoop Dogg featuring in the movie wearing a turban. While the music of the film has been scored by Pritam , Britain's popular bhangra band RDB has also composed a song for the film.

Incidentally, 'Singh Is Kinng' will be the widest ever day-and-date release of a solo Akshay starrer in the UK, Ireland and Europe, In UK and Ireland, the film previewed with a general release today on a staggering 70 prints.

'Singh Is Kinng' will have a day-and-date release in both Dublin and Belfast, in recognition of the growing Asian community in Ireland.

In addition to this, in Europe, the film opens on 10 prints in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. There will be a deferred release in Poland.

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