September 3, 2007

RGV's Aag bombs

Despite the hype and hoopla since its launch, Ram Gopal Varma's version of Sholay, Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag finds no takers, with opening shows all over drawing about 12 to 15 people!

Anant Mahadevan's Victoria No 203 -- a remake of producer Kamal Sadanah's father, Brij's film of same name -- is another failed attempt.

Pooja Bhatt's Dhokha -- a film about terrorism, alienation of a minority community and police injustice sans entertainment -- has not been able to make a mark at the box office.

Trade pundit Vinod Mirani tells us the fate of these films.

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





Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Ajay Devgan, Prashant Raj, Sushmita Sen, Nisha Kothari.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma.
Mohanlal.

Terrible performances, poor excuse for a film.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Dhoka

Cast: Tulip Joshi, Muzzamil Ibrahim.
Director: Pooja Bhatt.
Great concept.

Poor execution, too preachy.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Victoria No. 203

Cast: Jimmy Shergil, Soniya Mehra, Kamal Sadanah.
Director: Anant Mahadevan.
Tough!

Poor remake of a classic comedy.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flops.

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Heyy Babyy

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Vidya Balan.
Director: Sajid Khan.
Akshay Kumar.

Poor direction, too melodramatic.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Opens well in multiplexes.

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Kaise Kahein

Cast: Rajveer, Neha Jhulka.
Director: Mohit Hussain.
The film has some bright moments.

Dull screenplay and direction.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Marigold

Cast: Salman Khan, Ali Larter.
Director: Willard Carrol.
Unabashed embrace of romantic love.

Flat characterisations, badly telegraphed plot points.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Buddha Mar Gaya

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Anupam Kher, Ranvir Shorey, Prem Chopra, Vinay Pathak, Rakhi Sawant
Director: Rahul Rawail.
Prem Chopra and Vinay Pathak shine in their cameos.

Tasteless adult jokes, weak screenplay.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Chak De! India

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan.
Director: Shimit Amin.
Top notch performance from Shah Rukh Khan, well-directed and well-paced film.

Hockey may not be such a crowd puller.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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Kaafila

Cast: Sunny Deol.
Director: Ammtoje Mann.
Explores the plight of illegal immigrants.

An over-the-top Sunny Deol, film is very long.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Blue Umbrella

Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Shreya Sharma.
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj.
Great direction, wonderful story adaptation, Pankaj Kapur is excellent.

Some scenes are too darkly lit.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani | Design: Uday Kuckian

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