August 1, 2006

Critics hot, box office cold over Omkara

The critics might be going crazy over composer-director Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara, but the film might prove to be a distributors' nightmare.

Sold at a high price, the film loses its major source of box-office revenues -- the family and multiplex audience -- thanks to its adult certificate and extensive use of foul language. It may win awards, but it is unlikely to reap box-office rewards.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.


Cast: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi.
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj.
Great performances, visuals, music.

Hard-to-understand dialect.

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

The review

Yun Hota To Kya Hota

Cast: Konkona Sensharma, Ayesha Takia, Jimmy Shergil, Irrfan, Ratna Pathak Shah, Paresh Rawal.
Director: Naseeruddin Shah.
Good performances.

Bad first half, poor dialogues, half-baked characters.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Irrfan, Nisha Kothari.
Directors: Raksha Mistry and Hasnain S Hyderabadwalla.
Good chemistry between Emraan and Irrfan.

Straight lift from Collateral.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tusshar Kapoor.
Director: Rohit Shetty.
Sharman is great, consistent laughs.

Crude humour.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Average.



Cast: Bipasha Basu, Kay Kay Menon.
Director: Madhur Bhandarkar.
Impressive performances, good direction.

Complicated first half.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Disappointing.



Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha.
Director: Rakesh Roshan.
Hrithik is great, good special effects.

Priyanka is wasted.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Superhit.

Review 1 | Review 2


Cast: Akshay Kapoor, Diya Mirza.
Director: Ashu Trikha.
Good performances, interesting concept.

Weak second half.

Number of weeks: 6.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Phir Hera Pheri

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Paresh Rawal, Bipasha Basu.
Director: Neeraj Vorah.
Terrific performances, masala movie with enough laughs.

Bad rip-off of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Superhit.

The review

Chup Chup Ke

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapur, Neha Dhupia.
Director: Priyadarshan.
Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav's great chemistry.

Boring music, poor slapstick humour.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Aamir Khan, Kajol, Tabu.
Director: Kunal Kohli.
Terrific performances, beautiful locales.

Bad screenplay, boring music, too long.

Number of weeks: 9.
BO Verdict: Superhit.

Review 1 | Review 2

  Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani | Design: Uday Kuckian

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