March 26, 2007

Namastey London opens well

Last week, we saw very different movies at the marquee. Namastey London was a fun comedy starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif.

The Namesake, meanwhile, was a touching film about a family comprising of Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kal Penn, living in the US. It was critically acclaimed, but was unable to draw in the audiences.

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

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

Namastey London

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif.
Director: Vipul Amrutlal Shah.
Cool humour, beautiful locations, good performances from the lead pair.

Predictable, too many songs.

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


The Namesake

Cast: Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Kal Penn.
Director: Mira Nair.
Excellent performances, touching and realistic story.

May be too intense for some.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Could not draw the audiences in.



Cast: Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Danny Denzongpa, Kunal Kapoor and Rimii Sen.
Director: Milan Luthria.
Danny Denzongpa, the film has some good moments.

The cricket angle is too forced.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor response.


Just Married

Cast: Fardeen Khan, Esha Deol, Satish Shah, Kirron Kher, Perizaad Zorabian, Bikram Saluja, Raj Zutshi, Tarina Patel, Mukul Dev and Saddiya Siddique.
Director: Meghna Gulzar.
Satish Shah and Kirron Kher, good comic moments.

Tacky climax, poor show from the lead couple.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor response.



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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.



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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.



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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Sarhad Paar

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Tabu, Mahima Choudhary, Chandrachur Singh.
Director: Raman Kumar.

Disjointed script, films looks dated.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.



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

Abrupt after the interval.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Very poor response.


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: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani | Design: Uday Kuckian

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