August 25, 2008

Phoonk makes money

Ram Gopal Varma's Phoonk turned out to be a surprise package at the Box Office. Being very low priced, it's excellent initial is enough to rate it as a hit.

On the other hand, Venus' Maan Gaye Mughall-E-Azam is poor on all counts.

The other release, UTV's Mumbai Meri Jaan despite winning a lot of critical acclaim, could not result in the same at the BO.

Meanwhile, despite good collections, Singh Is Kinng's high cost has proved to be a deterrent for the distributors -- except in Delhi and Punjab -- to make profit on the film.

Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives the box office verdict.

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


Cast: Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Channa, Shrey Bawa, Jyothi Subhash.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Interesting camera technique.


Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Good Opening.


Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal, Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon.
Director: Sanjay Chhel.
Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon.

Mallika Sherawat, bad direction.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor opening


Mumbai Meri Jaan

Cast: Soha Ali Khan, R Madhvan, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Maurya.
Director: Nishikant Kamath.
Great performances, good storyline.

Very documentarish.

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


Bachna Ae Haseeno

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba
Director: Siddharth Anand.
Ranbir Kapoor's star presence, refreshing romantic-comedy approach, hot hot Bipasha.

Long second half, weak emotional scenes.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Above average


God Tussi Great Ho

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan
Director: Rumy Jaffery.
Anupam Kher.

Terrible copy of Bruce Almighty.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Singh Is Kinng

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia, Sonu Sood, Om Puri.
Director: Anees Bazmee.
Akshay Kumar, hilarious and entertaining film.

Loud humour.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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Ugly Aur Pagli

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Ranvir Shorey.
Director: Sachin Khot.
Ranvir, Mallika rock!

Boring script.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop.


Mission Istanbul

Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Zayed Khan, Suniel Shetty, Shriya Saran.
Director: Apoorva Lakhia.

Poor plot, bad performances, unfunny sequences.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop.


Money Hai Toh Honey Hai

Cast: Govinda, Manoj Bajpai, Aftab Shivdasani, Celina Jaitley, Upen Patel, Hansika Motwani.
Director: Ganesh Acharya.
Good music, funny in parts.

Poorly edited.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop.


Kismat Konnection

Cast: Shahid Kapur, Vidya Balan, Juhi Chawla.
Director: Aziz Mirza.
Shahid, great locales, excellent cinematography.

Vidya, poor music.

Number of weeks: 5
BO Verdict: Hit.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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