February 12, 2007

Black Friday, Undertrial open poorly

The Indian audience does not like to be reminded of its violent past, especially events that have scarred them. Which explains why Black Friday saw a poor opening at the box office.

The other release of the week, Undertrial -- also inspired from a real life incident -- did not do well either.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.





Black Friday

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Pawan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava.
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Great performances, well-made film, slick production values.

Long second half.

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

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Undertrial

Cast: Rajpal Yadav, Prem Chopra, Kader Khan.
Director: Aziz Khan.
Good plot, decent performances.

Poor dialogues, film starts slowly.

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

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Traffic Signal

Cast: Kunal Khemu, Neetu Chandra, Ranvir Shourey, Konkona Sen Sharma, Sudhir Mishra.
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar.
Excellent performances.

Disjointed film, does not touch you at all.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor.

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Salaam-e-Ishq

Cast: Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Akshaye Khanna, Ayesha Takia, John Abraham, Vidya Balan, Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar.
Director: Nikhil Advani.
Great star cast, good moments in the film.

Very long, poor performances, half-baked characters and stories.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Poor.

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Parzania

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Sarika, Parzaan Dastur, Pearl Barsiwala.
Director: Rahul Dholakia.
Brilliant performances, excellent direction.

Tough!

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Risk

Cast: Vinod Khanna, Randeep Hooda, Tanushree Datta.
Director: Vishram Sawant.
Interesting plot, Randeep performs well.

Loses steam, Tanushree Datta.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Guru

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Mithun Chakraborty, Madhavan, Vidya Balan, Mallika Sherawat.
Director: Mani Ratnam.
Great performances, powerful scenes.

Too one-sided, could have been better.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Average.

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Anwar

Cast: Siddharth Koirala, Nauheed Cyrusi, Vijay Raaz.
Director: Manish Jha.
Wonderful music, cinematography.

Too many unnecessary story tracks.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Bhagam Bhag

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Paresh Rawal, Lara Dutta.
Director: Priyadarshan.
Akshay Kumar.

Too many characters, repetitive fare from Priyadarshan.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Below average.

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Kabul Express

Cast: John Abraham, Arshad Warsi.
Director: Kabir Khan.
Arshad Warsi, great cinematography.

John Abraham, the film has factual errors.

Number of weeks: 8.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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