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Good reviews, but no one's buying

July 19, 2010 18:49 IST

Three films released last week and all of them opened poorly. Tere Bin Laden has got good reviews and was appreciated by critics. Some theatres even replaced Lamhaa with Tere Bin Laden. Udaan, too, is expected to sink.

Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the box office verdict for the week.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates. The thumbs ups and downs reflect rediff's views.


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor.
Director: Rahul Dholakia.
Honest and practical.

Songs appear abruptly.

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



Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Ronit Roy, Aayan Boradia.
Director: Vikramaditya Motwane.
Rajat Barmecha.

Hard to find.

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


Tere Bin Laden

Cast: Ali Zafar, Pradhuman Singh.
Director: Abhishek Sharma.
Good performances.

Low budget, therefore most of the film is restricted to the interiors.

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


Milenge Milenge

Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor.
Director: Satish Kaushik.
Kareena Kapoor.


Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.


Red Alert - The War Within

Cast: Suneil Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Vinod Khanna, Seema Biswas, Ayesha Dharker, Seema Biswas, Naseeruddin Shah, Gulshan Grover.
Director: Anant Narayan Mahadevan.
Brave foray into hitherto unexplored territory.

Trivialises a very serious issue.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.


I Hate Luv Storys

Cast: Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Samir Soni, Bruna Abdullah, Samir Dattani.
Director: Punit Malhotra
Good performance from Samir Soni. Lovely songs.

Very cliched. Filled with masala.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Average.


Mr Singh Mrs Mehta

Cast: Aruna Shields, Prashant Narayanan, Naved Aslam and Lucy Hassan.
Director: Pravesh Bhardwaj

Prashant is good, deft handling of infidelity.

Slow pace.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Flop.



Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Vikram, Govinda.
Director: Mani Ratnam

Visually stunning, great performances.

Weak screenplay.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review 1 | 2 | 3


Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai, Arjun Rampal Naseeruddin Shah.
Director: Prakash Jha

Shruti Seth.

Weak screenplay, clunky dialogue and too long.

Number of weeks: 6.
BO Verdict: Hit.



Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Babara Mori, Kangna Ranaut, Kabir Bedi.
Director: Anurag Basu

Hrithik and Babara look hot, film is visually appealing.

Everything else.

Number of weeks: 8.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Review 1 | 2

Trade pundit: Vinod Mirani

Last week's box office results