August 13, 2007

Chak De: Another blow for Yash Raj?

After the Jhoom Barabar Jhoom debacle, the Yash Raj camp may still not have recovered from its slow run at the box office.

Its new release, Chak De! India had a slow opening, despite being Shah Rukh Khan's first release of the year. It picked up speed over the weekend before tapering down on Monday. Commercially not viable, however.

Sunny Deol starrer Kaafila, meanwhile, was a nonstarter.

Trade pundit Vinod Mirani tells us the fate of these films.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates. The thumbs ups and downs reflect rediff's views.





Chak De! India

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan.
Director: Shimit Amin.
Top notch performance from Shah Rukh Khan, well-directed and well-paced film.

Hockey may not be such a crowd puller.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Promising opening.

Review





Kaafila

Cast: Sunny Deol.
Director: Ammtoje Mann.
Explores the plight of illegal immigrants.

An over-the-top Sunny Deol, film is very long.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor opening.

Review





Blue Umbrella

Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma.
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj.
Great direction, wonderful story adaptation, Pankaj Kapur is excellent.

Some scenes are too darkly lit.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor opening.

Review





Cash

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Riteish Deshmukh, Zayed Khan, Shamita Shetty, Dia Mirza, Esha Deol.
Director: Anubhav Sinha.
Shamita looks hot.

Poorly executed action and animation, unbearable Ajay, Zayed and Esha.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Gandhi My Father

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Shefali Shah, Darshan Jariwala, Bhoomika Chawla.
Director: Feroz Abbas Khan.
Excellent performances.

Very slow-paced.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Naya Daur

Cast: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Ajit.
Director: B R Chopra.
Good performances, well-narrated story.

May not be relevant in today's times.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Partner

Cast: Salman Khan, Govinda, Lara Dutta, Katrina Kaif.
Director: David Dhawan.
Salman Khan and Govinda's chemistry.

Abrupt end.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Cast: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint.
Director: David Yates.
One of the best made Harry Potter movies so far.

Not quite as dramatic as the book.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Naqaab

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Bobby Deol, Urvashi Sharma.
Director: Abbas-Mustan.
Interesting concept, well-shot.

Could have been much better, terrible climax.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Bombay To Goa

Cast: Sunil Pal, Raju Shrivastava, Ehsaan Qureshi, Tinu Anand, Vijay Raaz, Asrani, Jagdeep.
Director: Raj Pendurkar.
Funny in parts

Long and monotonous screenplay.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani | Design: Uday Kuckian

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