September 8, 2008

Great reviews, poor show at the box office

UTV Motion Pictures' A Wednesday has won much acclaim from critics and viewers alike. However, the appreciation has yet to reflect on the box office. As of now, only a few multiplexes have shown steady figures. The other well-reviewed film, Tahaan, also saw a poor run.

The other releases -- Hijack and Jeena To Hai -- did not fare any better too, and saw disasterous collections at the box office.

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.




A Wednesday

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Aamir Bashir and Jimmy Shergill.
Director: Neeraj Pandey.
Terrific performances, a great watch.

Ham-handed moves and maneuvers.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Good Opening.

Review





Hijack

Cast: Shiney Ahuja, Esha Deol and Kaveri Jha.
Director: Kunal Shivdasani.
Shiney Ahuja.

Illogical plot with many loopholes, bad dialogues.

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

Review





Tahaan

Cast: Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Sarika, Rahul Bose, Sana Shaikh and Ankush Dubey.
Director: Santosh Sivan.
Top notch performances, superb camera work

Tough!

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

Review





Rock On!!

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Luke Kenny, Prachi Desai, Sahana Goswami.
Director: Abhishek Kapoor.
Highly entertaining, well-shot, great music.

Predictable, like most Bollywood movies.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Chamku

Cast: Bobby Deol, Priyanka Chopra, Ritesh Deshmukh
Director: Kabeer Kaushal.
Tough!

Tacky, boring story, terrible performances, twitchy cinematography.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





C Kkompany

Cast: Mithun Chakraborthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Rajpal Yadav and Raima Sen.
Director: Sachin Yardi.
Tough!

Terrible on all counts.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Phoonk

Cast: Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Channa, Shrey Bawa, Jyothi Subhash.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Interesting camera technique.

Climax.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





Maan Gaye Mughal-E-Azam

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal, Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon.
Director: Sanjay Chhel.
Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon.

Mallika Sherawat, bad direction.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Mumbai Meri Jaan

Cast: Soha Ali Khan, R Madhvan, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Paresh Rawal, Vijay Maurya.
Director: Nishikant Kamath.
Great performances, good storyline.

Very documentarish.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Bachna Ae Haseeno

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba
Director: Siddharth Anand.
Ranbir Kapoor's star presence, refreshing romantic-comedy approach, hot hot Bipasha.

Long second half, weak emotional scenes.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Above average

Review


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