January 31, 2006

Aamir is back with a box-office bang

Aamir Khan's Rang De Basanti opened to rave reviews, and a welcoming audience.

But director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film will have to build on its great opening to end up profitable.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.





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: New.
BO Verdict: Great opening.

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: 1.
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: 1.
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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Jawani Diwani

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Celina Jaitley, Hrishita Bhatt.
Director: Manish Sharma.
Good locales.

Stereotypical storyline, miserable performances.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Shikhar

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Bipasha Basu, Shahid Kapir, Amrita Rao.
Director: John Mathew Matthan.
Good performances, beautiful locales.

Poor climax, gets too preachy.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Mr Prime Minister

Cast: Dev Anand, Boman Irani, Tara Sharma.
Director: Dev Anand.
Novel plot.

Awful direction, pathetic screenplay.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Anjaane

Cast: Manisha Koirala, Sanjay Kapoor.
Director: Nilesh Ubhe, Shailesh Rane and Krishna Jani.
Tough!

Bad acting, poor sets, bad direction.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Dosti: Friends Forever

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Lara Dutta.
Director: Suneel Darshan.
Some good emotional scenes.

Loud performances, old story, bad music.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Average.

The review





Vaah! Life Ho Toh Aisi!

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Shahid Kapoor, Amrita Rao, Arshad Warsi.
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar.
The film has its moments, good special effects, good children's fare.

Screenplay should have been tighter.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review



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