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The Zoya Factor has no luck at the box office

September 24, 2019 09:00 IST

Last week's releases -- Sanjay Dutt's Prassthanam, Karan Deol's Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas and Sonam Kapoor-Dulquer Salmaan's The Zoya Factor -- fared poorly at the box office.

Vinod Mirani gives us his weekly verdict.

 

The Zoya Factor

Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Dulquer Salmaan, Sanjay Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Sikander Kher.
Director: Abhishek Sharma.
What works: Dulquer Salmaan.
What doesn't: A shrill Sonam, the film does not capture the book's magic.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Poor.

 

Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas

Cast: Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba.
Director: Sunny Deol.
What works: Gorgeously shot.
What doesn't: Poor performances.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Poor.

 

Prassthanam

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Manisha Koirala, Chunky Pandey, Ali Fazal, Satyajeet Dubey.
Director: Deva Katta.
What works: Good performances.
What doesn't: Climax drags, action scenes are badly choreographed, Sanjay Dutt.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Poor.

 

Dream Girl

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Manjot Singh, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Banerjee.
Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa.
What works: Good performances, hilarious film.
What doesn't: Drags, at times.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Hit.

 

Section 375

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Rahul Bhat, Meera Chopra.
Director: Ajay Bahl.
What works: Engaging courtroom drama.
What doesn't: Most of the dialogues are in English.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Below average.

 

Baadhshah Pehlwaan

Cast: Sudeep, Suniel Shetty, Aakanksha Singh, Sushant Singh, Kabir Duhan Singh and Sharath Lohitashwa.
Director: S Krishna.
What works: The chemistry between the lead couple and film's social message.
What doesn't: The hero's abrupt transformation from wrestler to boxer.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Poor.

 

Chhichhore

Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Tushar Panday and Naveen Polishetty.
Director: Nitesh Tiwari.
What works: Heartwarming film, well-written.
What doesn't: Predictable.
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Hit.

 

Saaho

Cast: Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Pandey, Mandira Bedi and Mahesh Manjrekar.
Director: Sujeeth.
What works: Ambitious action set pieces.
What doesn't: Incoherent lazy writing, too long, disinterested performances.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Average.

 

Mission Mangal

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi, Nithya Menen, Sanjay Kapoor and H R Dattatreya.
Director: Jagan Shakti.
What works: Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan.
What doesn't: Absence of genuine conflict.
Number of weeks: 5.
Box Office verdict: Superhit.

 

Batla House

Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Nora Fatehi.
Director: Nikkhil Advani.
What works: The pace picks up in the second half.
What doesn't: A boring first half.
Number of weeks: 5.
Box Office verdict: Hit.

 

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