June 23, 2008

Disastrous weekend at the box office

Last weekend was disastrous at the box office. While two of the three releases -- Pahlaj Nihalani's Khushboo and Kumar Mangat's Haal-E-Dil -- are being pulled out of theatres, Sahara One's De Taali is faring only a little better, but being a loser all the same.

Despite much appreciation, Aamir has still not been able to capitalise at the box office.

Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the box office verdict.

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

De Taali

Cast: Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani, Ayesha Takia and Rimi Sen.
Director: E Niwas.
Good performances, good direction.

Film has a slow and uninteresting start.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Loser.



Cast: Nakuul Mehta, Adhyayan Suman, Amita Pathak.
Director: Anil Devgan.
Newcomers are impressive.

Bad story, terrible direction.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Disaster.



Cast: Rishi Rehan, Avantikka.
Director: Rajesh Ram Singh.
Good music, beautiful locales.

Imitates Jab We Met, uninspiring.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Disaster.

Mere Baap Pehle Aap

Cast: Akshye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Genelia D'Souza, Om Puri
Director: Priyadarshan
Good chemistry between Akshaye and Paresh.

Insanely chaotic film, with forced sensuality.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Summer 2007

Cast: Sikandar Kher, Yuvika Choudhary, Gul Panag.
Director: Suhail Tatari.
Good concept, efficiently tackles major issues.

Too similar to Rang De Basanti, poor climax.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Sarkar Raj

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma.
The film has some good moments, Amitabh does well.

Too many close-ups, the film falls flat.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Gajraj Rao.
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta.
Excellent performances, great thriller, terrific music.

Could have been tighter.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Woodstock Villa

Cast: Sikander Kher, Arbaaz Khan, Neha Uberoi.
Director: Hansal Mehta.
Sikander does well in his debut film.

Cliched murder mystery.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Hastey Hastey

Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Nisha Rawal, Rajpal Yadav.
Director: Ramanjit Juneja.
The film is well shot.

Poor script, ridiculous dialogues.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Director: Singeetam Srinivasa Rao.
Cute protagonist.

Tacky animation.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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