The film fraternity rarely showers praises on films theyâ€™re not associated with, but Sriram Raghavanâ€™s JOHNNY GADDAAR seems to be an exception. Although the film has under-performed at the box-office, several respected film-makers are extolling praises, calling it one of the finest films to hit the Indian screens in a long, long time.
â€œItâ€™s an incredible film,â€ NO SMOKING director Anurag Kashyap tells me, â€œOne of the finest thrillers to have come out of Bollywood.â€ Madhur Bhandarkar cannot stop praising the film. â€œIt swept me off my feet. Sriram has done a fantastic job. And Neil is a star. Not only is he blessed with great looks, the level of performance is rare for a first-timer,â€ Madhur states.
Meanwhile, Adlabs is hopeful that the business would gather momentum in days to come since the word of mouth is very positive. â€œOctober 2 [Gandhi Jayanti] is a holiday and the business should show an upswing,â€ an Adlabs personnel told this writer.