February 17, 2004

 Pick your No 1 film

At the BO Suniel, Sanju are no-shows

The Valentine's week did not see any romantic films at the marquee. Instead, it saw a supernatural and a patriotic film.

Mani Shankar's Rudraksh was expected to fare decently, thanks to its cast and the fact that his debut film, 16 December, did well. But Rudraksh bombed.

The other film, I Proud To Be An Indian, had a lower opening, thanks to its outdated story.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Ishaa Koppikar
Director: Mani Shankar
Star names in the cast lineup.

Tacky SFX, absurd story, boring music.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

I Proud To Be Indian

Cast: Sohail Khan, Hina, Imran Ahmed, Asif Sheikh, Mona Ambegaonkar, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Director: Puneet Sira
Rich concept.

Half-baked characters, poor screenplay.

Number of weeks: New
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Raveena Tandon, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Kapoor
Director: Mehul Kumar
Sincere performances, no songs.

The sensitive issue of rape is handled tackily.

Number of weeks: 1
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Tabu, Irrfan, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Masumi
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
Superb performances, technically sound direction.

Slow paced, will appeal only a niche audience.

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: John Abraham, Udita Goswami, Mohan Agashe
Director: Pooja Bhatt
Good music and locations.

Poor performances, bad voice modulations.

Number of weeks: 2
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai, Tusshar Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni.
Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
Detailed characterisation of every actor. AB's first rate performance

Too many action scenes in the first half.

Number of weeks: 3
BO Verdict: Average

The review


Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Bipasha Basu
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Amitabh Bachchan.

Bhatt packages last year's Inteha in a new parcel.

Number of weeks: 3
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

Ek Hasina Thi

Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Saif Ali Khan, Seema Biswas
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Great performances, film shows the darker side of love.

Script is too convenient and does not offer explanations for things like Urmila's competence with a gun, shadowing people and killing.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

God Only Knows

Cast: Anjan Srivastava, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Vijoo Khote, Sharbani Mukherjee, Vihang Nayak, Kishore Pradhan, Shahriyar Atai
Director: Bharat Dabholkar
Good comedy.

Some of the jokes seemed forced.

Number of weeks: 4
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Yashpal Sharma, Makrand Deshpande
Director: Sudhir Mishra
Chameli attempts to be different; great performance from Rahul Bose; good music.

Stagey look, half-baked characters.

Number of weeks: 5
BO Verdict: Flop

The review

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