September 14, 2004

End of Salman's lucky run?

Is Salman Khan's eyepopping run at the box office this year ending?

No one expected his recent Phir Milenge to rewrite records at the box office, but Sallu's army of fans can make just about any film work at the box office.

Just check what his star charisma turned Garv -- which no one expected to do well, let alone become one of the year's biggest hits -- into.

Sallu's latest release Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa has opened to a poor response. It is bro-in-law Atull Agnihotri's first film as director and co-stars Bollywood's Heroine No 1 Preity Zinta and the very happening Bhoomika Chawla.

"If the film becomes a hit," Salman told, "the credit goes to Atull. If it doesn't do well, I will be responsible because that would mean I didn't play Rishabh's role properly. My character is fantastic. The film's success and failure depends on that."

We thought the actor was being modest. But after watching Dil Ne... there may be more than a grain of truth in what Sallu says!

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.

Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa

Cast: Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Bhoomika Chawla.
Director: Atull Agnihotri.
Atull gets some marks for first attempt.

Age-old story; too much rona-dhona.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


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: 1.
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: 1.
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: 3.
BO Verdict: The year's biggest 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: 3.
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: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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: 5 (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: 6.
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: 7.
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: 8.
BO Verdict: Hit.

The review

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