March 12, 2007

Water, Red, 1971, Sarhad Paar flop

Last week, a variety of films hit the theatres.

Water, which got the best reviews, is Deepa Mehta's tragic tale of widows forced into prostitution. 1971 is one of the best recent war films. While Red oozes oomph, Sarhad Paar is a complex tale about terrorists and a prisoner of war.

Trade pundit Vinod Mirani delivers his verdict on the box-office fate of the films.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.





Water

Cast: John Abraham, Lisa Ray, Seema Biswas, Sarala.
Director: Deepa Mehta.
Great performances, touching story, brilliant direction.

May be too intense for some viewers.

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

Review





Red

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Celina Jaitley, Amrita Arora.
Director: Vikram Bhatt.
Celina, Amrita look hot.

Cheesy film with no story, and too many unnecessary sex scenes.

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

Review





1971

Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Ravi Kissen, Deepak Dobriyal
Director: Amrit Sagar.
Great performances, one of the few good war films.

Lack of big stars may not attract crowds.

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

Review





Sarhad Paar

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Tabu, Mahima Choudhary, Chandrachur Singh.
Director: Raman Kumar.
None!

Disjointed script, films looks dated.

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

Review





Nishabd

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Jiah Khan, Revathy, Shraddha Vyas.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma.
Great performances, tight first half.

Abrupt after the interval.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Very poor response.

Review





Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani, Kay Kay Menon, Raima Sen, Abhay Deol, Minissha Lamba, Dia Mirza, Ranbir Shourey, Sandhya Mridul, Vikram Chatyal, Amisha Patel and Karan Khanna.
Director: Reema Kagti.
Superb music, good performances.

Drags, poor ending.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Eklavya

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen.
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Great direction, excellent performances, well-made.

Too intense, some say the film is too gimmicky.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Commercial failure.

Review 1 | Review 2





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: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Undertrial

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

Poor dialogues, film starts slowly.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





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: 5.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review



  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani | Design: Uday Kuckian

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