February 16, 2009

SRK's Billu gets a meek opening

Priyadarshan's Midas touch may be gotten a little rusty, as his film, Billu, opened to a meek response last week. The other releases, Jugaad The Stoneman Murders were both nonstarters.

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.




Billu

Cast: Irrfan, Shah Rukh Khan and Lara Dutta.
Director: Priyadarshan.
Cool item numbers, good performances.

Predictable.

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

Review





The Stoneman Murders

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Arbaaz Khan.
Director: Manish Gupta.
Good thriller, Kay Kay.

Just another assembly-line murder mystery.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Non-starter.

Review





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: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





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: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Chal Chala Chal

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

Outdated, poorly executed film.

Number of weeks: 1.
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: 2.
BO Verdict: Tepid.

Review





Victory

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

Poor direction.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





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: 3.
BO Verdict: Semi-hit.

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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: 3.
BO Verdict: Hit.

Review





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: 4.
BO Verdict: Disaster.

Review


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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