September 11, 2006

Munnabhai 2: Biggest 2006 hit?

Last week's releases, Naksha and Dil Diya Hai, were publicised poorly and didn't have much luck at the box office. People were clearly more interested in Lage Raho Munnabhai, which is also Sanjay Dutt's biggest hit overseas.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.





Naksha

Cast: Sunny Deol, Vivek Oberoi, Sameera Reddy.
Director: Sachin Bajaj.
Tough.

Average story, average performances, bad music.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Dil Diya Hai

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Ashmit Patel, Geeta Basra.
Director: Aaditya Datt.
Geeta Basra looks good.

Half-baked screenplay.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Lage Raho Munnabhai

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Boman Irani, Vidya Balan.
Director: Rajkumar Hirani.
Great script, very funny, non-preachy Gandhian philosophy.

Tough!

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Superhit.

The review





Aap Ki Khatir

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Priyanka Chopra, Suniel Shetty, Amisha Patel, Dino Morea.
Director: Dharmesh Darshan.
Akshaye Khanna.

Rip-off of The Wedding Date.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Sandwich

Cast: Govinda, Raveena Tandon, Mahima Chaudhry.
Director: Anees Bazme.
Tough!

Bad performances, outdated movie.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.





Ahista Ahista

Cast: Abhay Deol, Soha Ali Khan.
Director: Shivam Nair.
Warm characters, good performances.

Shaky start, no star appeal.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Preity Zinta.
Director: Karan Johar.
Great performances; terrific music; bold, well-narrated story.

Too long.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Superhit.

Reviews: Raja Sen | Aseem Chhabra | Ronjita Kulkarni





Anthony Kaun Hai?

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Minisha Lamba.
Director: Raj Kaushal.
Arshad Warsi.

Supporting cast very loud and too noisy, confused direction, poor editing.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Darwaza Bandh Rakho

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Isha Sharvani, Chunky Pandey, Manisha Koirala.
Director: Chekravarthy.
Good camerawork, good plot.

Poor performances, silly comedy.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review





Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar

Cast: Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty.
Director: K S Adhiyaman.
None!

Dated film, old-fashioned story, bad direction.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review



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