October 20, 2008

Himesh Reshammiya's magic fades at the box office

Karzzzz, the re-make of Subhash Ghai's Karz, proved to be a disastrous experiment. The film, starring Himesh Reshammiya and Urmila Matondkar, opened with average to poor shows and dropped even further over the weekend.

The other release, Jag Mundhra's Shoot On Sight, did not do any better either.

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.




Karzzzz

Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Urmila Matondkar and Shweta Kumar.
Director: Satish Kaushik.
Himesh Reshammiya, good music.

Long winded, dumbed-down plot.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

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Shoot on Sight

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Greta Sacchi, Laila Rouass, Brian Cox, Gulshan Grover and Mikaal Zulfikar.
Director: Jag Mundhra.
Good premise.

Slow pace, cliches galore.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

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Hello

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: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Drona

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

Tacky special effects, mediocre production values.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Kidnap

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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Ramchand Pakistani

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

Tough.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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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: 3.
BO Verdict: Poor.

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Welcome to Sajjanpur

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

Preachy.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Collections pick up.

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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: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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Hulla

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

A disappointing second half.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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