September 22, 2008

No Hulla at the box office

Shyam Benegal's Welcome To Sajjanpur got some great reviews but did not manage a good opening at the box office. The other releases, Saas Bahu Aur Sensex and Hulla, did not see a better fate.

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.




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: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





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: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





Hulla

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

A disappointing second half.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





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: 1.
BO Verdict: Disaster.

Review





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.

Review





1920

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

Too long, boring and unscary.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Average.

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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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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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: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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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: 4.
BO Verdict: Hit.

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