February 9, 2009

No takers for Dev D

Anurag Kashyap's Dev D found much appreciation from the critics. Unfortunately, that did not translate into good box office collections.

Chal Chala Chal and Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye found no takers at all in theatres.

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.

Dev D

Cast: Abhay Deol, Mahi Gill, Kalki Koechlin, Dibyendu Bhattacharya.
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Well-made contemporary take on Devdas, great music, good performances.

Second half tends to drag, abrupt end.

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


Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye

Cast: Arbaaz Khan, Raima Sen, Randeep Hooda.
Director: Madhureeta Anand.
The film has quite a few sweet and quirky moments.

Tends to drag and get repetitive, does not have much to offer.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Chal Chala Chal

Cast: Govinda, Reema Sen, Om Puri.
Director: Rajiv Kumar

Outdated, poorly executed film.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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: 1.
BO Verdict: Tepid.



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

Poor direction.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


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: 2.
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: 2.
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: 3.
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: 6.
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: 6.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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