Bollywood actress Preity Zinta's comeback film, "Ishkq In Paris" bombed at the box office, failing to draw a high audience to the theatres. The romantic film managed to collect only a little more than ₹1 crore in the opening weekend.
"Ishkq In Paris", which was originally slated for release in September 2012, finally hit the theatres on Friday amid much hype. It was released along with other films like "Hum Hai Raahi CAR Ke", "Zindagi 50:50" and Hollywood film "Fast And Furious 6".
It was reported that "Ishkq In Paris" had a dull opening, witnessing just 5 to 10 percent occupancy.
"#IshkqInParis collected approx ₹1.25 cr to ₹1.35 cr in its opening weekend," tweeted trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh.
"Ishkq In Paris" is Preity's first film after a gap of almost three years. It also marked her debut as a producer. Despite the hype and large-scale promotions for the film, it received bad reviews for its predictable and bland storyline, as Gaurav Malani of The Times of India put it:
"Ishkq in Paris is not a bad film. It's a boring film. And a boring film can be more painful than a bad film. Just before the interval, a voiceover claims 'kahaani toh ab shuru hogi'. Somewhere you want to believe in this unpromising claim, considering practically nothing happened in the first half of the film. Alas the second half lives up to the first half in terms of the emptiness in its story."
Directed by Prem Raj and produced by Preity Zinta and Neelu Zinta, "Ishkq In Paris" features debutant Rhehan Malliek and French actress Isabelle Adjani as well. Salman Khan has also made a special appearance in a song.