September 21, 2004

Ek Se Badhkar Ek: a non-starter

Last week's release, Ek Se Badhkar Ek, could not recreate Kundan Shah's magic, like his Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron and Kya Kehna.

Not only was ESBE in the making for a long, long time, but it also starred a non-happening cast of Suniel Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Shekhar Suman.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.

Ek Se Badhkar Ek

Cast: Suniel Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Isha Koppikar, Shekhar Suman.
Director: Kundan Shah.
Has its share of comic moments.

Tries to ape Shah's classic debut Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, but fails.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa

Cast: Salman Khan, Preity Zinta, Bhoomika Chawla.
Director: Atull Agnihotri.
Atull gets some marks for first attempt.

Age-old story; too much rona-dhona.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Dino Morea, Amrita Arora, Neha Dhupia.
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar.

Resorts to 'horror' effects patented by the first family of Indian horror, the Ramsay brothers; unnecessarily violent.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Hum Kaun Hai

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Dharmendra.
Director: Ravi Shankar Sharma.
Gorgeous Dimple.

Poor copy of Hollywood's The Others.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop

The review


Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Rimii Sen.
Director: Sanjay Gadhvi.
Gripping action; good performances; fast pace.

Script has holes, but who cares?

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: The year's biggest hit.

The review

Phir Milenge

Cast: Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan.
Director: Revathy.
Sensitive, informative tale about AIDS.

Drags at times.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Shahid Kapoor.
Director: Ken Ghosh.
Good performances, entertaining thriller.

Inconsistencies in the script.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan.
Director: Ramesh Sippy.
The classic. What more can we say?

Nothing that we -- or a generation of critics before us! -- can think of.

Number of weeks: 6 (in its new avatar, that is).
BO Verdict: Semi-hit.

Kyun! Ho Gaya Na...

Cast: Aishwarya Rai, Vivek Oberoi, Amitabh Bachchan.
Director: Samir Karnik.
Fun in parts; good music.

Wafer thin storyline, strung together with elasticine.

Number of weeks: 7.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

Taarzan: The Wonder Car

Cast: Vatsal Seth, Ayesha Takia. Special appearance: Ajay Devgan.
Director: Abbas-Mustan.
Snazzy car; fun for kids.

Newcomers have low appeal.

Number of weeks: 8.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

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