September 7, 2004

Dhoom, biggest hit of 2004!

With Rakht, director Mahesh Manjrekar has yet another (we can't give you a number; we have lost count) flop on his hands. Even the multi-star cast couldn't save his inspired-by-The Gift thriller.

The other new release, also a thriller, Hum Kaun Hai, fared even worse.

Yash Raj Films' Dhoom is poised to be this year's biggest hit and may overtake Salman Khan's Garv.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Amrita Arora, Neha Dhupia.
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar.

Resorts to 'horror' effects patented by the first family of Indian horror, the Ramsay brothers; unnecessarily violent.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Hum Kaun Hai

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Dharmendra.
Director: Ravi Shankar Sharma.
Gorgeous Dimple.

Poor copy of Hollywood's The Others.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Rimii Sen.
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi.
Gripping action; good performances; fast pace.

Script has holes, but who cares?

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Hit.

The review

Phir Milenge

Cast: Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan.
Director: Revathy.
Sensitive, informative tale about AIDS.

Drags at times.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Shahid Kapoor.
Director: Ken Ghosh.
Good performances, entertaining thriller.

Inconsistencies in the script.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Disappointing box office show.

The review


Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan.
Director: Ramesh Sippy.
The classic. What more can we say?

Nothing that we -- or a generation of critics before us! -- can think of.

Number of weeks: 4 (in its new avatar, that is).
BO Verdict: Semi-hit.

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...

Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi, Amitabh Bachchan.
Director: Samir Karnik.
Fun in parts; good music.

Wafer thin storyline, strung together with elasticine.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Taarzan: The Wonder Car

Cast: Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia. Special appearance: Ajay Devgan.
Director: Abbas-Mustan.
Snazzy car; fun for kids.

Newcomers have low appeal.

Number of weeks: 6.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Mujhse Shaadi Karogi

Cast: Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra.
Director: David Dhawan.
Good comedy.

Old story.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Hit.

The review


Cast: Neha Dhupia, Sanjay Kapoor, Priyanshu, Yash Tonk, Achint Kaur.
Director: Deepak Shivdasani.
Neha's bold avatar.

Zero chemistry among the actors.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Hit.

The review

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