Asia Bizz: The much awaited Bollywood movie ‘Agent Vinod’ was finally released on March 23, 2012, but despite all the advertisements and controversy surrounding the movie produced by Saif Ali Khan’s production house, Illuminati Films, it seems to have received moderate business on the first day.

The trend at the Bollywood box office collections of the movie starring Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan continued over the weekend. The collections in most of the parts of the country were below the expected figures on the first day.

The dip in the box office earnings was more noticeable at single screens and despite the Sunday holiday, there was no dramatic change noticed. The total business of the three day accounted to approximately Rs 275 million net.

Moreover, the weekend trend did not bring hope for any positive change from Monday onwards either. To add to the woes of the film makers, the movie received mixed responses from the audience as well as critics.

In the movie, lead actor Saif Ali Khan’s role seems to be interesting enough only in the first part of the movie, but unfortunately in the second part, the protagonist itself does not seem interesting enough to hold the attention of the audience.

Critics say that the negative controversy surrounding the movie – which includes Saif punching 2 men at a Mumbai restaurant and an Iranian band suing the film makers for plagiarism – is possibly the cause of the box office collections turning up much lower than expected.