August 16, 2005

Verdict on The Rising is unclear

This one is a bit of a mystery.

The year's most anticipated film Mangal Pandey released on Friday with much fanfare, announcing Aamir Khan's return to the big screen after four years.

While no one is surprised with the film's massive opening day, trade reports vary in terms of ticket sales on consecutive days. And when we get reports from across the metros saying tickets are readily available for current shows of the film, including on a national holiday like August 15, it seems like Ketan Mehta's mammoth historical epic is having trouble taking off.

For now, let's wait before we pronounce judgement.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.

Mangal Pandey

Cast: Aamir Khan, Toby Stephens, Rani Mukerji, Amisha Patel.
Director: Ketan Mehta.
Well directed, Aamir is utilised properly.

Historical inaccuracies, inconsistent narrative.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Tremendous first day.

The review


Cast: Jimmy Shergil, Minissha Lamba.
Director: Shoojit Sircar.
Well shot, tight script.

Too simplistic, predictable climax.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review

7 1/2 Phere

Cast: Juhi Chawla, Irrfan.
Director: Isshaan Trivedi.
Juhi Chawla.

Poor performances, aimless subplots, poor humour.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Arshad Warsi, Mahima Chaudhry.
Director: Kabir Kaushik.
Arshad Warsi, realistic film.

Done to death plot.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, John Abraham and Anusha Dandekar.
Director: Mahesh Manjrekar.
Amitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore and a good script pre-interval.

Weak second half.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Poor to average.

The review

Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya

Cast: Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif, Sohail Khan.
Director: David Dhawan.
Good slapstick comedy, good music.

Lacks a well-told story.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Doing well.

The review


Cast: Sanjay Duttt, Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Esha Deol, Dia Mirza.
Director: Anubhav Sinha.
Shilpa Shetty, good action, slick.

Weak story.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Average.

The review


Cast: Shilpa Shetty, Manoj Bajpai, Shamita Shetty.
Director: Deepak Tijori.
The Shetty sisters.

Predictable, loose story.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Atul Kulkarni, Neha Dubey, Zafar Karachiwala.
Director: Anup Kurian.
Great performances, beautiful locales.

Moves at a slow pace.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Tulip Joshi, Sushant Singh.
Director: Manish Jha.
Novel subject, powerful performances.

Slow pace, not a family film.

Number of weeks: 5.
BO Verdict: Flop.

  Design: Uday Kuckian

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