November 25, 2003
 This week's releases

 Pick your No 1 film

Brande's Hindi debut: out of control!

Even Baywatch babe Brande Rodrick could not light up the box-office with her debut Hindi film, Out Of Control. The film sank, as did the other release of the week, Robin Khosla's Taj Mahal: The Story Of Eternal Love.

The one silver lining may be the fact that these will be the last releases during the period of Ramzan. As Eid approaches, so do the bigger releases: Kal Ho Naa Ho and Janasheen.

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.


Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Paresh Rawal, Lilette Dubey,
Aman Verma, Samir Soni, Divya Dutta, Suman Ranganathan, Nasir Khan, Asrani, Sahil Chadda, Rimi Sen, Yash Pathak
Director: Ravi Chopra
Moving performances from AB and Hema Malini.

Tired plot. Audience disinterested in watching an oldies' romance.

Number of weeks: 6
BO Verdict: Hit

The review

Out Of Control

Cast: Ritesh Deshmukh, Brande Rodrick, Hrishitaa Bhatt
Director: Apoorva Asrani
Light-hearted entertainment.

Repetitive story, Ritesh looks too kiddish to be married.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II

Cast: Arshad Warsi, Sandhya Mridul, Prashant Narayanan, Suchitra Pillai, Pratima Kazmi, Anant Jog, Mahima Chaudhry
Director: Shashanka Ghosh
Good performances from Warsi and Narayanan.

A wacky story doesn't make a great film.

Number of weeks: 1
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

Taj Mahal: The Story Of Eternal Love

Cast: Raghu Raj, Purnima, Danny
Director: Robin Khosla
Pleasant locations.

Amateurish acting and direction.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

Jodi Kya Banayi Wah Wah Ramji

Cast: Paresh Rawal, Amar Upadhyay, Reema Sen, Gulshan Grover, Tiku Talsania, Rakesh Bedi, Avtaar Gill
Director: Raman Kumar
Paresh Rawal has his moments.

Outdated plot, bad acting.

Number of weeks: 1
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Om Puri, Revathy, Sanjay Suri, Gul Panag, Gopi Desai
Director: Ashwini Chowdhary
Realistic story, excellent performances.

Dreary and depressing at times.

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Sharad Kapoor, Hyder Kazmi, Nirmal Pandey, Mukesh Tiwari, Payal Rohatgi, Govind Namdeo
Director: Shivram Yadav
The moral: violence begets violence.

Beaten to death theme.

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

Ek Din 24 Ghante

Cast: Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Piyush Mishra, Vineet Kumar and Kabir
Director: Anant Balani

Story, acting, you name it.

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Amitabh Dayal, Nandita Das, Om Puri, Anoop Soni
Director: N Chandra
Good performances.

Too grim, tends to glamourise an encounter killer.

Number of weeks: 3
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Dino Morea, Karan Nath, Tanishaa, Gaurav Kapoor, Suvarna Jha, Kushal Punjabi, Teena Chowdhary, Aly Khan
Director: Pavan S Kaul
Good locales. Great performance from Dino.

Poor climax, too long.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

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  Design: Uday Kuckian

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