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] Continue reading
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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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Return of Hanuman, Showbiz bomb
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.
Incoherent. Continue reading