March 23, 2009

Disastrous times at the box office

Last week saw many film releases but all of them opened to disastrous collections. In fact, none of them crossed the 10 percent mark, and many shows had to be cancelled due to lack of audiences.

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.




Firaaq

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Deepti Naval, Sanjay Suri, Tisca Chopra and Shahana Goswami.
Director: Nandita Das.
Sensitive depiction of life after the Gujarat riots, 2002.

Too serious.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





Straight

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Gul Panag, Anuj Choudhry.
Director: Parvati Balagopalan.
Vinay Pathak.

The film has nothing else going for it.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





Aloo Chaat

Cast: Aftab Shivdasani, Aamna Sharif.
Director: Robby Grewal.
Good performances.

It seems like a single episode of a television sitcom was stretched to feature length.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





Barah Aana

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz, Arjun Mathur and Tannishtha Chatterjee.
Director: Raja Menon.
Good performances.

This 'comedy' has no laughs.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.

Review





Lottery

Cast: Abhijeet Sawant, Manisha Kelkar, Rucha Gujarathi.
Director: Hemant Prabhu.
Tough!

The film fails on all counts.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Poor.





Gulaal

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh, Mahi Gill, Ayesha Mohan, Riyush Mishra.
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Good music, great performances.

Language is very abusive.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Little Zizou

Cast: Jahan Batiwala, Iyanah Batiwala, Imaad Shah, Sohrab Ardeshir, Boman Irani, Zenobia Shroff, Shenaz Patel.
Director: Sooni Taraporewala.
Very well-directed film.

Very simplistic.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





Jai Veeru

Cast: Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda and Naomi Campbell
Director: Manish Gupta.
Decent performances from the supporting cast.

Ordinary dialogues, shoddy editing, story has no logic, boring film.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.





Karma & Holi

Cast: Sushmita Sen, Randeep Hooda and Naomi Campbell
Director: Manish Gupta.
Tough!

No sense of plot development or character consistency, bad dubbing.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review





13B

Cast: Madhavan, Neetu Chandra.
Director: Vikram K Kumar.
Compelling climax.

First half drags

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review


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