October 13, 2008

Hello opens well

The only Bollywood release last week, Atul Agnihotri's Hello, opened well. Though collections dropped a little on following two days, Sunday's collections were very good. With its reasonable price tag, it should sail safely.

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: Sharman Joshi, Gul Panag, Sohail Khan, Amrita Arora, Isha Koppikar, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif.
Director: Atul Agnihotri.
Sharman, Gul and Sohail.

Too filmi.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Opens well.



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

Tacky special effects, mediocre production values.

Number of weeks: 1.
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: 1.
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: 1.
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: 2.
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: 3.
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: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.



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

A disappointing second half.

Number of weeks: 3.
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: 4.
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: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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