October 6, 2008

Drona, Kidnap flop

Goldie Behl's Drona, which opened to tepid response last Thursday, dropped further and will be a major loser.

Sanjay Gadhvi's Kidnap got a decent opening but could not sustain its position at the box office.

Javed Jabbar and Mehreen Jabbar's Pakistani venture, Ramchand Pakistani has gone unnoticed despite rave reviews, and has been discontinued at some centres.

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: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kay Kay Menon, Jaya Bachchan.
Director: Goldie Behl.
Priyanka Chopra.

Tacky special effects, mediocre production values.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Minissha Lambha, Vidya Malvade.
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi.
Imran Khan.

Poor direction, too many loopholes in plot, terrible performances.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Ramchand Pakistani

Cast: Syed Fazal Hussain, Nandita Das.
Director: Mehreen Jabbar.
Great performances from the entire cast, appealing and dramatic and music.


Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Hari Puttar

Cast: Zain Khan, Sarika, Lillette Dubey, Jackie Shroff, Swini Khara, Saurabh Shukla and Vijay Raaz.
Director: Lucky Kohli.
Funny in parts.

A rip-off of Home Alone.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Poor.


Welcome to Sajjanpur

Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Rao, Ila Arun, Divya Dutta, Ravi Jhankal.
Director: Shyam Benegal.
Well-written film, great performances.


Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Collections pick up.


Saas Bahu Aur Sensex

Cast: Farooq Sheikh, Kirron Kher, Lillete Dubey, Tanushree Dutta and Masumeh Makhija.
Director: Shona Urvashi.
Great performances from Farooq Sheikh and Kirron Kher.

Caricature-like characters, the director fails to convert the film into a mature romance between a divorced Kher and single Sheikh.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Sushant Singh, Rajat Kapoor.
Director: Jaideep Varma.
Hilarious and brilliant first half.

A disappointing second half.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.


The Last Lear

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal and Shefali Shah.
Director: Rituparno Ghosh.
Great performance from Amitabh.

Stilted use of English.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Disaster.


Ru Ba Ru

Cast: Randeep Hooda and Sahana Goswami.
Director: Arjun Chandramohan Bali.
Sahana does well.

Drags and how!

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma.
Director: Vikram Bhatt.

Too long, boring and unscary.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Average.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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