January 27, 2009

Slumdog isn't quite a millionaire in India

Mukesh Bhatt's Raaz - The Mystery Continues saw a very good initial in the three-day weekend, thanks to Republic Day. But it is not expected to sustain.

Slumdog Millionaire, despite getting 10 Oscar nominations, was slow on the initial collections. The long weekend did help, and the film is expected to sail through.

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.

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: New.
BO Verdict: Will sail through.

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: New.
BO Verdict: Good opening.


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: 1.
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: 4.
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: 4.
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: 6.
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: 7.
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: 7.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, Tara Sharma.
Director: Onir
Brilliant cast, great story.

Lost in translation.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Oh My God

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Divya Dutta, Saurabh Shukla.
Director: Sourabh Shrivastava.
Vinay Pathak, great story.

Weak supporting cast, shoddy camera work.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Flop.


  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

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