January 14, 2008

Halla Bol, Anthony flop

The year started badly with both Halla Bol and My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves faring poorly at the box office.

In Halla Bol, Rajkumar Santoshi stuck to his old formula of masses joining forces with a single honest man taking on mighty villains like in his earlier film Damini. But such stories have been told dime a dozen since and people don't care for issue-based films any more.

E Niwas' My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves was a non-starter.

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




Halla Bol

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Pankaj Kapur, Vidya Balan.
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi.
Shows Bollywood interestingly, Pankaj Kapur.

Too preachy, too lengthy.

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

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My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves

Cast: Amrita Rao, Nikhil Dwivedi.
Director: E Niwas.
The film packs in an interesting blend of action, dance, drama, comedy and tragedy.

Slow in parts.

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

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Return Of Hanuman

Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Enlightening and entertaining.

Incoherent.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Showbiz

Cast: Tushar Jalota, Mrinalini Sharma.
Director: Raju Khan.
Novel idea.

Badly written and executed.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.





Taare Zameen Par

Cast: Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tisca Chopra.
Director: Aamir Khan.
Terrific performances, a well-directed, sensitive film

Slightly repetitive, disappointing end.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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Welcome

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Feroz Khan, Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat.
Director: Anees Bazmee.
Complete entertainer.

The film starts slowly, with poor jokes.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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Strangers

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Jimmy Shergill, Nandana Sen, Sonali Kulkarni.
Director: Aanand Rai.
Good story, adapted from the 1951 classic Strangers On A Train

Slow first half.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Khoya Khoya Chand

Cast: Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Soniya Jehan.
Director: Sudhir Mishra.
Fantastic cinematography, classic feel of 1950s cinema, good performances from Soniya, Soha

Shiney disappoints, hard-to-relate-with characters.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Dus Kahaniyaan

Cast: Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Dino Morea, Dia Mirza, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Singh, Jimmy Shergill, Masumeh Makhija, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar.
Directors: Hansal Mehta, Rohit Roy, Meghna Gulzar, Apoorva Lakhia, Jasmeet Dhodi and Sanjay Gupta.
Some of the stories are interesting and well-narrated; film holds your interest throughout.

Stories are too short and lack depth.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Aaja Nachle

Cast: Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kunal Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranvir Shorey, Ninay Pathak, Irrfan Khan.
Director: Anil Mehta.
Excellent performance by Madhuri

Boring.

Number of weeks: 6.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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