February 21, 2006

Box office cold to Chingaari, Fight Club

Yet another Friday, and yet another round of flops at the box office.

Sohail Khan's Fight Club, with all its violence, did well initially. The film's poor show on Sunday could have been because of the India-Pakistan one day international cricket match. The film is, however, expected to recover its investments.

Audiences did not seem interested in Kalpana Lajme's Chingaari, and the film sank without a trace.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.





Chingaari

Cast: Sushmita Sen, Mithun Chakraborty, Anuuj Saawhney.
Director: Kalpana Lajme.
Sushmita Sen.

Long, dragging script, excessive foul language.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

The review





Fight Club

Cast: Dino Morea, Zayed Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Aashish Choudhary, Sohail Khan, Rahul Dev, Suniel Shetty, Neha Dhupia, Dia Mirza, Amrita Arora.
Director: Vikram Chopra.
Some good action scenes.

Straight copy of Hollywood's Fight Club, terrible script, performances and direction.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

The review





Holiday

Cast: Dino Morea, Onjolee Nair.
Director: Pooja Bhatt.
Great dancing, pleasant music, nice locales.

Straight copy of Dirty Dancing; overacting; flawed characterisations.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor.

The review





Mixed Doubles

Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranbir Shourie, Koel Puri, Rajat Kapoor.
Director: Rajat Kapoor.
Good performances, well-directed film.

Second half of the film is a letdown.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor.

The review





Aksar

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Udita Goswami, Tara Sharma.
Director: Anant Mahadevan.
Hard to find.

Bizarre plot, overdone sleazy scenes.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Success.

The review





Mere Jeevan Sathi

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor, Amisha Patel.
Director: Suneel Darshan.
Karisma looks fabulous.

Awful script; hackneyed plot; bad direction.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Rang De Basanti

Cast: Aamir Khan, Madhavan, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan.
Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
Brilliant performances, great music, poetic direction.

Too long; too simplistic.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

The review





Zinda

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, John Abraham, Lara Dutta.
Director: Sanjay Gupta.
Sanjay Dutt, great soundtrack.

Too gory, straight copy of the Korean film Oldboy.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Family

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Bhoomika Chawla.
Director: Raj Kumar Santoshi.
Hard to find!

Badly directed, acted and written film.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





15 Park Avenue

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Konkona Sensharma, Waheeda Rahman, Rahul Bose.
Director: Aparna Sen.
Excellent performances, very well directed film.

Too dark, repetitive dialogues at times.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review



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