October 29, 2007

Kareena beats John Abraham

Last week saw four film releases: Jab We Met, No Smoking, Mumbai Salsa and Bal Ganesha. However, all of them have paid dearly for releasing in the Pre-Diwali period.

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





Jab We Met

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur.
Director: Imtiaz Ali.
Great performance by Kareena, good dialogues.

Second half is irrelevant, songs seem out of place.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: So-so.

Review





No Smoking

Cast: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shourey.
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Good music, unconventional direction.

Viewers may not understand the film.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Damp squib.

Review





Mumbai Salsa

Cast: Linda Arsenio, Indraneel Sengupta, Dilip Thadeshwar, Manjari Phadnis, Vir Das, Neelam Chauhan, Ray Irani.
Director: Manoj Tyagi.
Decent performances, the film has its moments

May appeal to urban audiences only.

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





Bal Ganesha


Director: Pankaj Sharma.
Good animation.

Poor editing.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor opening. But it may do well on the VCD/DVD circuit.

Review





Speed

Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Aftab Shivsani, Zayed Khan, Sanjay Suri.
Director: Vikram Bhatt.
Urmila does a decent job.

Lacks originality.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Bhool Bhulaiyaa

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Amisha Patel, Shiney Ahuja, Paresh Rawal.
Director: Priyadarshan.
Good music.

Too long and predictable.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Laaga Chunari Mein Daag

Cast: Rani Mukherji, Konkana Sen Sharma, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor.
Director: Pradeep Sarkar.
Excellent performance by Rani, Konkana

Cliches galore.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Go

Cast: Nisha Kothari, Gautam Gupta.
Director: Manish Srivastava.
Tough!

Weak plot, tasteless songs.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





It's Breaking News

Cast: Koel Puri, Swati Sen.
Director: Vishal Inamdar.
Noble premise.

Lacks certainty, humour, incompetent performances.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





50 Lakh

Cast: Mohit Chadha, Pavan Malhotra.
Director: Chandrasekhar Yeleti.
Well-told story.

Bad performances.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.


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