December 1, 2008

Recession and terror attack keeps movie buffs at bay

Critically-acclaimed films notwithstanding, people want to keep away from theatres, thanks to the current recession and Mumbai's terror attack.

Last week's releases, Maharathi, Dil Kabaddi, Meerabai Not Out and Oh My God!! have all had poor openings, and may not even last through the week.

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.




Meerabai Not Out

Cast: Mandira Bedi, Eijaz Khan, Mahesh Manjrekar.
Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni.
Mandira Bedi.

Climax stretches too long, story drags as well.

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

Review





Dil Kabaddi

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkana Sen Sharma, Payal Rohatgi.
Director: Anil Senior.
Irrfan Khan.

Disjointed plot.

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

Review





Maharathi

Cast:Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, Tara Sharma.
Director: Onir
Brilliant cast, great story.

Lost in translation.

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

Review





Oh My God!!

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta, Saurabh Shukla.
Director: Sourabh Shrivastava.
Vinay Pathak, great story.

Weak supporting cast, shoddy camera work.

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

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Sorry Bhai

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Sanjay Suri, Chitrangda Singh, Shabana Azmi, Boman Irani
Director: Onir
Interestingly handled story, great acting from Sharman and Shabana.

Rushed climax; Chitrangda's character is disappointing.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Cast: Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Exquisite attention to details.

Loud music.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Yuvvraaj

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor, Zayed Khan
Director: Subhash Ghai
Anil Kapoor.

Outdated.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Dostana

Cast: John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra
Director: Tarun Mansukhani
Very entertaining.

The plot could have used more work.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Dasvidaniya

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey
Director: Shashant Shah
Vinay Pathak.

Could have been more imaginative.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Deshdrohi

Cast: Kamal Rashid Khan, Gracy Singh, Kim Sharma, Kader Khan
Director: Kamal Rashid Khan
Tries to capture an important subject

Poor production values.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Poor.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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