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Second chance for the Box Office!

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New Delhi, April 2 -- After a dismal first quarter, Bollywood is aiming at a more promising run at the box office over the next three months.

There's more than Rs. 400 crore riding on big-ticket films, such as Gabbar is Back, Piku, Bombay Velvet, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! and Tanu Weds Manu Returns. This quarter also includes some small and medium budget films like Kuch Locha Hai, Dharam Sankat Mein and Hamari Adhuri Kahani, which look promising according to experts.

"There is plenty to look forward to this season, with such a promising lineup. To add to these, there is also Mr. X, which falls somewhere in the middle, but looks promising. This will be much better than the first quarter," predicts trade analyst Komal Nahata.

The last quarter, on the other hand, saw just a handful of films doing well. Akshay Kumar's film Baby proved to be one of the few high grossers, while films such as Badlapur and Dum Laga Ke Haisha did average business.

Meanwhile, The Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be held from April 8 to May 24, isn't really threat to this quarter's business, add analysts. "IPL will start in April, but we have a good lineup of films, which people will not miss. So occupancy will go up anyway, and so will the figures," says film distributor Rajesh Thadani.

A mix of genres is another factor which makes the second quarter interesting. "We have so many different kinds of films this time around. We have a period love story like Ek Paheli Leela, there is a comedy - Welcome Back, a period thriller, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Such films are bound to do well at the box office," says trade analyst Atul Mohan.