December 31, 2007

Return of Hanuman, Showbiz bomb

The last releases of the year had no takers at the box office. Mukesh Bhatt's Showbiz and animated film, Return Of Hanuman were both duds.

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




Return Of Hanuman

Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Enlightening and entertaining.

Incoherent.

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

Review





Showbiz

Cast: Tushar Jalota, Mrinalini Sharma.
Director: Raju Khan.
Novel idea.

Badly written and executed.

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





Taare Zameen Par

Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tisca Chopra.
Director: Aamir Khan.
Terrific performances, a well-directed, sensitive film

Slightly repetitive, disappointing end.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Welcome

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Feroz Khan, Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat.
Director: Anees Bazmee.
Complete entertainer.

The film starts slowly, with poor jokes.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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Strangers

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Shergill, Nandana Sen, Sonali Kulkarni.
Director: Aanand Rai.
Good story, adapted from the 1951 classic Strangers On A Train

Slow first half.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Khoya Khoya Chand

Cast: Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Soniya Jehan.
Director: Sudhir Mishra.
Fantastic cinematography, classic feel of 1950s cinema, good performances from Soniya, Soha

Shiney disappoints, hard-to-relate-with characters.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Dus Kahaniyaan

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Dino Morea, Dia Mirza, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Masumeh Makhija, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar.
Directors: Hansal Mehta, Rohit Roy, Meghna Gulzar, Apoorva Lakhia, Jasmeet Dhodi and Sanjay Gupta.
Some of the stories are interesting and well-narrated; film holds your interest throughout.

Stories are too short and lack depth.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Aaja Nachle

Cast: Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kunal Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Ninay Pathak, Irrfan Khan.
Director: Anil Mehta.
Excellent performance by Madhuri

Boring.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal

Cast: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Bipasha Basu, Boman Irani.
Director: Vivek Agnihotri.
John can juggle a football well.

Full of cliches.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Om Shanti Om

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal.
Director: Farah Khan.
Masala fare, with plenty of laughs.

Threadbare plot.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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