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Box Office: Badla gets decent opening

By Vinod Mirani
March 12, 2019 08:47 IST
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The hits and misses of the week.

Badla -- starring Taapsee Pannu, Amitabh Bachchan and Amrita Singh -- a whodunit worth watching after a long time, has been received well.

With a decent first weekend figures, it can be rated a success.

Vinod Mirani gives us his weekly verdict.



Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Manav Kaul, Tony Luke.
Director: Sujoy Ghosh.
What works: Has all the ingredients for a suspense thriller.
What doesn't: Malayalam actor Tony Luke.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Decent opening.


Luka Chuppi

Cast: Karthik Aryan, Kriti Sanon, Aparshakti Khurana.
Director: Laxman Utekar.
What works: Has all the ingredients to be a hit.
What doesn't: Lame formula film.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Hit.



Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranvir Shorey, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpaiyee, Ashutosh Rana.
Director: Abhishek Chaubey.
What works: Terrific performances, stark, stirring tale of dacoits.
What doesn't: May seem too bleak.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


Total Dhamaal

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaferi, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever.
Director: Indra Kumar.
What works: Mdhuri and Anil Kapoor.
What doesn't: Bad performances by the rest of the cast, lack of story and jokes, clumsy VFX .
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Hit.


Gully Boy

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturved, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash, Vijay Maurya.
Director: Zoya Akhtar.
What works: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt Vijay Raaj, Siddhant Chaturvedi.
What doesn't: Abrupt ending.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Hit.


Hum Chaar

Cast: Prit Kamani, Simran Sharma, Anshuman Malhotra, Tushar Pandey.
Director: Abhishek Dixit.
What works: Okay performance by the three male actors.
What doesn't: Repetitive drama and super slow film.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Flop.



Cast: Sachin Joshi, Nargis Fakhri.
Director: Bhushan Patel.
What works: Tough!
What doesn't: Not a single scary moment or thrill in the film!
Number of weeks: 4.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


The Fakir Of Venice

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Annu Kapoor.
Director: Anand Surapur.
What works: The lead cast.
What doesn't: Film is too dated.
Number of weeks: 4.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Akshay Oberoi, Regina Cassandra, Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla.
Director: Shelly Chopra Dhar.
What works: Novel story, good performances.
What doesn't: Too meek in its assertion of same sex romance.
Number of weeks: 5.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayub, Atul Kulkarni, Danny Denzongpa.
Director: Krish, Kangana Ranaut.
What works: Kangana does well.
What doesn't: Significant historical characters are sidelined.
Number of weeks: 6.
Box Office verdict: Above average.

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