June 22, 2005

No box-office Ssukh for Mallika or Govinda

It was a bad weekend for Bollywood, with some ho-hum releases obviously not setting theatres alight.

Hype-queen Mallika Sherawat's Bachke Rehna Re Baba opened to an average crowd and sunk steadily.

Govinda's 'comeback' film Ssukh came nowhere close to living up to its name.

Khalid Mohammed's Silsiilay garnered some good reviews, but audiences gave the film a total thumbs down.

Meanwhile, Saif Ali Khan's Parineeta continued to do well in the metros, but only on weekends.

Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates.

Bachke Rehna Re Baba

Cast: Mallika Sherawat, Rekha, Paresh Rawal, Satish Shah.
Director: Govind Menon.
Occasionally Ms Sherawat looks hot.

Overdone; bad attempts at comedy; Rekha is frightening.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Average to poor opening.

The review


Cast: Govinda, Preeti Jhangiani, Chunkey Pandey.
Director: Kirti Ahuja.
Hard to find any.

Bad acting, awful script, an overweight dancing Govinda.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Disastrous opening.

The review


Cast: Tabu, Kay Kay, Riya Sen, Bhoomika Chawla, Rahul Bose.
Director: Khalid Mohammed.
Interesting concept, good performances.

Script drags; pretentious; weak climax.

Number of weeks: New.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Dia Mirza, Raima Sen.
Director: Pradeep Sarkar.
An eye-candy film; Saif, Vidya Balan.

Errors in detailing, shoddy climax, overtly sweet.

Number of weeks: 1.
BO Verdict: Multiplex hit.

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Cast: Randeep Hooda, Chunkey Pandey, Isha Koppikar.
Director: Vishram Sawant.
Gritty narrative, Randeep Hooda's performance, realistic film.

Plotholes, drags after the interval.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Average.

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Cast: Arjun Punj, Mona Chopra, Himani Shivpuri.
Director: Chander Mishra.
Hard to find any.

Yet another sleaze flick.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Koi Mere Dil Mein Hain

Cast: Priyanshu Chatterjee, Dia Mirza, Neha.
Director: Deepak Ramsay.
The occasionally attractive Dia Mirza.

A cliched story that tries too hard.

Number of weeks: 2.
BO Verdict: Flop.

Bunty Aur Babli

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan.
Director: Shaad Ali Sehgal.
Good performances, foot-tapping music.

Not a very good con story, abrupt ending.

Number of weeks: 3.
BO Verdict: Great in Mumbai and Delhi, not so good elsewhere.

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Cast: Urmila Matondkar, Anuj Sawhney.
Director: Shripal Morakhia.
Urmila; slick production.

Uninspired remake; not well-paced.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

The review


Cast: Meera, Ashmit Patel, Koel Purie, Aly Khan.
Director: Soni Razdan.
Meera acts well; the film thrills in the beginning.

Ridiculous plot; Ashmit Patel.

Number of weeks: 4.
BO Verdict: Flop.

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