Monthly Archives: December 2007
Midweek BO- TZP hit ; Welcome blockbuster
Midweek: ‘Welcome’, ‘TZP’ continue to rock!
Film Cast Plusses Minusses Verdict
Welcome Feroz Khan, Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Mallika Sherawat, Paresh Rawal Non-stop entertainer Second half drags slightly and uninspiring music [Blockbuster]
Taare Zameen Par Aamir Khan, Darsheel Safary, Tisca Chopra, Tanay Cheda, Sachet Engineer, Vipin Sharma Darsheel Safary’s bravura performance, Aamir’s brilliant execution and several heart-rending moments Post-interval portions could be shortened [Hit]
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Director: Subhash Ghai
Cast: Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani and Katrina Kaif
What’s it about: Here’s another musical extravaganza from Subhash Ghai’s stable. The story is about three billionaire brothers who embark on a quest for happiness. Salman Khan in his characteristic manner woos Katrina Kaif, who plays an ace musician. The film is set to release during Diwali.
Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Producer: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Sonu Sood
Itâ€™s the No. 1 year for Bollywood!
1 Jan 2008, 0005 hrs IST,TNN
The year 2008 adds to number 1 and people born on the 1st, 10th, 19th and 28th in any month are termed as number 1 people, ruled by the planet Sun. Leos are also ruled by the Sun, though indirectly.
The Sun is the creative force, which is so powerful that it gives light and life to the universe, so radiant that we can hardly see any other planet or star when the Sun is in its element. This gives us reason enough to safely predict that number 1 should do quite well in 2008, the year of the Sun.
Amongst celebrities who fall in such a category, we have the likes of Mukesh Ambani (19/4), Bill Gates (28/10), Ricky Ponting (19/12), Rahul Gandhi (19/6). The Sun or No.1 goes well with Moon, No 2, (2, 11, 20 and 29 born), Uranus, No 4 (4, 11, 22, and 31 born), and Neptune, No 7 (7, 16 and 25 born). For No 8 too, 1 is amongst their best numbers. So 8, 17 and 26 born should also have a field year ahead of them. Hence, it could turn out to be a good year for those born on such dates adding to 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8.
Dilli 6 is jinxed!
1 Jan 2008, 0000 hrs IST,SANDIPAN DALAL ,TNN
This is one project thatâ€™s surely jinxed. Dilli 6 is stuck in the doldrums again and this time it is not director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who is to be blamed.
Lead pair Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor had to return to Mumbai after shooting for only a few days at a village near Sambhar in Rajasthan.
Abhishek lost his grandmother Teji Bachchan on December 21 and had to return to Mumbai to perform the last rites. As for Sonam, she too lost her maternal grandfather and had to come back to be with her family in the moment of crisis.
How small became so big
31 Dec 2007, 0000 hrs IST,JYOTI SHARMA ,TNN
Size does matter! Ask the guy who first used this â€˜memorableâ€™ line in his ad copy to take a bow and fade into the night. Because one thing that nobody gave a whit about in circa 2007 was size.
And that great purveyor of everything that is in and that isnâ€™t — Bollywood was a perfect example. Mainstream masala flicks, niche quality cinema, films with children as their leads, films with a budget less than what a star charges for cutting a ribbon… they all worked. Oh, there was but one condition attached: They had to be entertaining and they had to have a solid script. And invariably, the small guys turned out to be the big winners.
The report card
All those multi-crore, multi-star extravaganzas, which had scripts thinner than a wafer ended up on the dark side of the BO. Small became the new big as films like Bheja Fry, Taare Zameen Par, Jab We Met, Black Friday, Life in a… Metro and Johnny Gaddaar pipped such worthies as Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Ramgopal Varma ki Aag, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Eklavya: The royal Guard, Salaam-e-Ishq, Nishabd and Aaja Nachle to the post.
The plethora of films in Team B, which came a cropper had all the trimmings â€“ big star casts, backing of big banners, promo budgets that can feed a small African state for a year but they forgot the script somewhere midway.
The last releases of the year had no takers at the box office. Mukesh Bhatt’s Showbiz and animated film, Return Of Hanuman were both duds.
Note: Films are ranked according to their release dates. The thumbs ups and downs reflect rediff’s views.
Return Of Hanuman
Director: Anurag Kashyap.
Enlightening and entertaining.
The Indian movie “Taare Zameen Par” had its premiere not long ago — at a department store in New Dehli. Among the guests at this rare venue, were Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife. Aamir’s apperance caused something of a sensation.
At 42, Aamir Khan has played the leading roles in some acclaimed Indian productions like Do Your Thing in 2001 and Paint it Yellow in 2006. In “Taare Zameen Par,” Aamir Khan sat in the directors chair for the first time. He also plays a fine arts teacher in the film.
A departure from the typical, rather colourful Bollywood musical, Taare Zameen Par tells the story of how an eight year old boy recovers his self-confidence through the help of his teacher. Talking about his first big-screen work as a director, Aamir Khan said he’d felt a lot pressure.
Sorry about the little bump in the road. I was trying something for NG3 and corrupted the database in some fashion. We’re back up again — but please report any unusual things to either RKS or myself.
A BIG THANKS TO RKS and ASHOK FROM INDICINE!
Box office analysis – Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Saturday, December 29, 2007]
First weekend performance of latest release
Yes, it has happened. While November saw the Diwali battle of OM SHANTI OM and SAAWARIYA getting murkier with every passing day and OM SHANTI OM turning out to be eventual winner, in case of WELCOME and TAARE ZAMEEN PAR, the GADAR v/s LAGAAN nostalgia has been revisited. Both the films have worked with the target audience in a big way and while WELCOME got into the fifth gear from the very first show itself, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR caught on in the same way as CHAK DE INDIA earlier this year by the time opening Friday came to a closure.
As anticipated, WELCOME opened to >80% response while TAARE ZAMEEN PAR too near around 50% opening only to improve further as the days progressed. Pleasant part about both the films is that they have not been restricted to the mass (WELCOME) and class (TZP) respectively; they have cut across segments with both films turning out to be eventual winners. As of now there are smiles all around for both Akshay and Aamir and it is only going to be ‘mauja hi mauja’ as the year comes to an end.
(Dedicated to IBOS fans/BOI haterz )
Screen- Source no N gives the same totals for the year
Not to forget this from Times Of India
Link Akshay Kumar’s suberb 2007 run ends with Welcome recording rich collections in most of India over the opening week. Though the film is lifted by Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor, the box office credit will go primarily to Kumar. …
Five things we learnt at the movies in 2007
- Akshay Kumar has the Midas touch: No actor’s films got worse reviews this year, but he turned Namaste London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyya into whopping hits, and now Welcome seems well on its way to super success. Also who can forget how he stole the show with that walk-on cameo in Om Shanti Om?
Saturday, December 29, 2007 14:59 IST
AMRITSAR: Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, along with wife Jaya, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya paid obeisance at the Golden Temple here on Saturday.
The Bachchan family accompanied by family friend and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh reached the Golden Temple amidst a tight security cover.
The magic recipe that helped Chak De! India score at the Bollywood box-office comprised women’s hockey, a dash of patriotism — and its Muslim protagonist.
Director Shimit Amin says the film appealed to audiences because it depicted a Muslim hockey player being ridiculed and branded a traitor only because of his religion.
“The religion bias gave the necessary dramatic twist to the plot,” says Amin.
JayShahâ€™s Saturday Box Office Column â€“ Welcomeâ€™s extra-ordinary opening, TZP gains momentum after shaky startDecember 29, 2007 | jayshah 86
Note all numbers are from Trade Guide
1) New films most of the time where possible will be benchmarked against other films â€˜in the same rangeâ€™. The gross used for the older films will be either oneâ€™s I have computed or a BOI gross or a gross from Joginderâ€™s column
2) Films currently playing â€“ I will always do some trending analysis. This is always against the â€˜week beforeâ€™
3) To compute subsequent week grosses I will always benchmark against â€˜the first weekâ€™. Before it was always the preceding week, but Week 1 is always the best base because it gives maximum centres to use
4) Going forward I will show ONE example in FULL and show the results of the remaining scenarios
Welcome & Taare Zameen Par
Billed as a legitimate clash by some, this week saw the release of two completely different films and two completely different release strategies. It would be quite a fatal flaw to compare the opening of an audience friendly comedy mulitstarrer (virtually the most bankable product when starring Akshay Kumar) to the opening of a smaller canvassed filmâ€¦let alone comparing a reported 900 print count (Welcome) to a reported print count of close to 400 (TZP) ! In all honesty, it was clear that Welcome was going to be the front runner; the only question was by how muchâ€¦
The shutting down of the historic Chanakya Cinema in Delhi marks the end of an era. Hence it came as no surprise when yesterday scores of DelhiitesÂ were present at the Complex to bid adieu to one of the cityâ€™sÂ favourite theater and the adjacent Nirula Restaurant.