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Box Office: Bhansali loses to SRK, yet again

Last updated on: December 21, 2015 17:39 IST
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A look at the week's hits and misses.

Two big releases this week and both didn't tempt the box office.

Dilwale suffered due to demonstrations and the cancellation of shows at some centres in the aftermath of the comment on 'intolerance' made by Shah Rukh Khan, which he later clarified. The film, helmed by Rohit Shetty, ended with a less-than-expected weekend figure and showed a noticeable drop on Monday, December 21.

Local distributors from territories like Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and the Central Province stand to lose their money.

Bajirao Mastani, the other big release of the week, had a weak opening and was hampered by controversies about the story's plot; it showed some improvement over the weekend but dropped on Monday.

Trade analyst Vinod Mirani gives us the latest box office verdict.


Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in Dilwale

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Boman Irani, Varun Sharma, Johnny Lever

Director: Rohit Shetty

What works: Sanjay Mishra's comic timing

What doesn't: Weak story line

Number of weeks: New

BO verdict: Fair opening

Read the review here


Bajirao Mastani

Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra in Bajirao Mastani

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

What works: The performance of the entire cast

What doesn't: The film is slow and lengthy

Number of weeks: New

BO verdict: Average

Read the reviews here: Raja Sen / Sukanya Verma


Hate Story 3

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Karan Singh Grover, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah

Director: Vishal Pandya

What works: The skin show

What doesn't: No thrills, no story

Number of weeks: 2

BO verdict: Great opening

Read the review here


Angry Indian Goddesses

Cast: Sandhya Mridul, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sarah-Jane Dias, Anushka Manchanda, Amrit Maghera, Rajshri Deshpande, Pavleen Gujral

Director: Pan Nalin

What works: Great cast and direction

What doesn't: Inconsistent story

Number of weeks: 2

BO verdict: Non-starter.

Read the review here



Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Tamasha

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone

Director: Imtiaz Ali

What works: The lead cast.

What doesn't: First half drags.

Number of weeks: 3.

BO verdict: Flop.

Read the review here


X: Past is Present 

Cast: Huma Qureshi, Rajat Kapoor, Anushman Jha, Swara Bhaskar, Radhika Apte, Piaa Bajpai, Usha Uthup

Directors: Abhinav Shiv Tiwari, Anu Menon, Hemant Gaba, Nalan Kumarasamy, Pratim D Gupta, Q, Raja Sen, Rajshree Ojha, Sandeep Mohan, Sudhish Kamath, Suparn Verma

What works: Performances by Rajat Kapoor, Anushman Jha, Swara Bhaskar

What doesn't: Certain segments jar

Number of weeks: 4

BO verdict: Flop.

Read the review here


Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Cast: Salman Khan, Sonam Kapoor Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher

Director: Sooraj Barjatya

What works: Salman Khan

What doesn't: Outdated melodrama

Number of weeks: 5

BO verdict: Flop

Read the review here


Main Aur Charles

Cast: Randeep Hooda, Richa Chaddha

Director: Prawaal Raman

What works: Top performances, well-directed film, fabulous sound design

What doesn't: Poor dialogues

Number of weeks: 7

BO verdict: Flop

Read the review here

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