July 8, 2003
 This week's releases

 Pick your No 1 film

John Abraham scores over Tabu

Two films opened at the BO last Friday. But both Guddu Dhanoa's Hawa, starring Tabu, and Anurag Basu's Saaya, starring John Abraham and Tara Sharma, have not fared well.

Sooraj Barjatya's Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon, with Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan, continues to have a poor run despite a 20-minute cut in the film. The cut includes the song Sanjana, I love you and the Valentine's Day party sequence. The film, though, figures in the Top 15 lists in both the US and the UK.

Meanwhile, it's still good news for Shah Rukh Khan and the Chalte Chalte team, who have produced this year's first genuine hit.

Note: Films are ranked on the basis of their performance at the box office every week. Though a film may be declared a flop, it may have performed better than the other films that week.

Chalte Chalte

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji
Director: Aziz Mirza
Good performances, great music

Unoriginal plot

Number of weeks: 3
BO Verdict: Hit

The review


Cast: John Abraham, Tara Sharma
Director: Anurag Basu
Good music

Slow pace, indifferent acting

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Ajay Devgan, Urmila Matondkar, Nana Patekar, Fardeen Khan, Rekha, Victor Banerjee
Director: Ramgopal Varma
Well-directed, taut film, Urmila's superb performance

Disappointing climax

Number of weeks: 6
BO Verdict: Hit

The review

Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Himani Shivpuri, Pankaj Kapoor
Director: Sooraj R Barjatya
Abhishek Bachchan's restrained performance, beautiful outdoor locales

Nothing novel in the storyline

Number of weeks: 1
BO Verdict: Average

The review


Cast: Tabu, Shahbaz Khan, Mukesh Tiwari, Imran Khan
Director: Guddu Dhanoa
Great performance from Tabu

Poor attempt at titillation, tacky special effects

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Uday Chopra, Rahul Dev, Purab Kohli, Aakash Saigal, Nandita Das, Nauheed Cyrusi
Director: Padam Kumar
Fast-paced flick, intense performances

Confused climax, unrealistic portrayal of the underworld

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Average

The review


Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Himanshu Malik
Director: Govind Menon
Mallika's excellent performance, good music

Poor script, no chemistry between the lead actors

Number of weeks: 5
BO Verdict: Average

The review


Cast: Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta
Director: Raj Kanwar
Good music, exotic locales

Poor story, insipid performances

Number of weeks: 7
BO Verdict: Hit

The review

Jhankaar Beats

Cast: Sanjay Suri, Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Shayan Munshi, Riya Sen
Director: Sujoy Ghosh
Melodious soundtrack

Story lacks conviction

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

88 Antop Hill

Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Suchitra Pillai, Rahul Dev, Jasmine, Sweta Menon
Director: Kushan Nandy
Earnest performance from Atul Kulkarni

Poor plot, bad sound

Number of weeks: 1
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

  Trade expert: Indu Mirani
  Design: Uday Kuckian

  Last week's box-office results


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