January 27, 2009

No luck for Chance, no chance for Victory

Zoya Akhtar's Luck By Chance earned rave reviews but its start at the box office was tepid. Collections improved slightly over the weekend only to fall again on Monday. Overseas, however, the film has fared well.

Ajitpal Mangat's Victory, on the other hand, was a non-starter.

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.

Luck By Chance

Cast: Konkona Sen Sharma, Farhan Akhtar, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla.
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Well-directed film, great performances and good music.

Disjointed climax.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Tepid.



Cast: Hurman S Baweja, Amrita Rao, Anupam Kher.
Director: Ajitpal Mangat
Good effort from Hurman.

Poor direction.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: A non-starter.


Slumdog Millionaire

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan
Director: Danny Boyle
Touching and well-directed film, great performances, good music.

The script has quite a few loopholes.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Semi-hit.

Review 1 | Review 2

Raaz: The Mystery Continues

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Adhyayan Suman.
Director: Mohit Suri.
Great first half, keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Poor climax.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Hit.


Chandni Chowk To China

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Mithun
Director: Nikhil Advani
Akshay Kumar, cool action stunts.

Far too many to count.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Disaster.



Cast: Aamir Khan, Asin, Jiah Khan.
Director: A R Murugadoss.
Great performances, cool action.

Too long, Aamir's transition from the suave businessman to the ruthless killer is never explained.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review 1 | Review 2


Cast: Voices of Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta, Dimple Kapadia, Rajpal Yadav.
Director: Kompin Kemgumnird.
Good animation, cool voice-overs.

Predictable, contrived plot.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Anushka Sharma, Vinay Pathak
Director: Aditya Chopra.
Good performances.

Dated story told at a very slow pace, boring music.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review 1 | Review 2

Meerabai Not Out

Cast: Mandira Bedi, Eijaz Khan, Mahesh Manjrekar.
Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni.
Mandira Bedi.

Climax stretches too long, story drags as well.

Number of weeks: 8.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Dil Kabaddi

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Rahul Bose, Konkana Sen Sharma, Payal Rohatgi.
Director: Anil Senior.
Irrfan Khan.

Disjointed plot.

Number of weeks: 8.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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