NG FILM SURVEY – 1

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This is the first in a (hopefully) series of NG-wide surveys regarding upcoming Bollywood films. Basically, this is nothing but an opinion poll and we NGians are going to put out our predictions for some films and see what sort of buzz and expectations are there for the films, in a small scale. I’ll also brief everyone a bit about the films. NOTE:- This opinion poll is only about nearby releases, and three releases will be taken up at a time. The listing is by release date.

Okay, here are the rules :-

* Please be civil and constructive here; DO NOT engage in unnecessary fan wars.

* Be neutral and honest; over-exaggerating and increasing expectations can lead to future disappointment.

What I would like to know from you guys is -

* How much will the films earn, in your opinion?

* Will it sustain/crash (i.e film’s theatrical trajectory)?

1. Kahaani

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Director – Sujoy Ghosh

Stars – Vidya Balan

Release date – March 9, 2012

Kahaani is the latest film to come to theaters. Sujoy Ghosh has a rather mixed record in films, with a well-received Jhankaar Beats but poorly-received Home Delivery and box office bomb Aladdin. The trailers have been very spot-on and have effectively conveyed the mystery and thrill of the film, set in the backdrop of a festive Kolkata. Deception and lies are excellently conveyed, and each trailer has outdone the previous one. The music by Vishal-Shekhar is a big bonus; sinister, quirky, unusually offbeat – in short, fantastic. Vidya Balan, 0ff from critical and commercial success, comes to a heroine-dominated film (a type she usually excels in), and her performance seems to have many facets. All in all, this film excites and interests.

2. Agent Vinod

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Director – Sriram Raghavan

Stars – Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Gulshan Grover

Release date – March 23, 2012

Agent Vinod is Saif’s own home production, and at INR60 crores, its cost quite a mint of money too. An action-thriller in spy style with Bollywood jhatka, it’s one of the biggies of 2012. Sriram Raghavan has highly critically acclaimed films to his credit, not the least of which is Johnny Gaddar; however, none of them have exactly set the box office on fire. The trailers have been plain poor in the beginning. The bad music (composed by Pritam) didn’t help matters. Songs like Dil Mera Muft Ka have already received a fair share of ridicule from musical experts. The second trailer did a whole lot of good and dispelled the bad taste of the film’s early marketing. Saifeena come together for the film, meaning lots of gossip and hence publicity; brawls have helped as well. None of them are stalwarts, but should be adequate, and the settings and locations are gorgeous to say the least. Big explosions, high-power car chases and some whackiness have given this film a hatke feeling. Let’s hope this does well, for Saif’s sake.

3. Housefull 2

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Director – Sajid Khan

Stars – Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin, Shahzan         Padamsee, Zarine Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani

Release date – April 5, 2012

Housefull 2 is a big multi-star cast film composed of veterans, big names, animals and one house. A comedy (officially), the film has hit the marketing blitz with quite a vengeance. Expecting anything good from Sajid Khan is a massive folly; rest assured, cinematic quality is not one of the things that this film will boast of. However, he has churned out hits in both his directions, and the film is a part of a brand. These should help the film quite a lot. The presence of well-known names only helps. The music (composed by hit duo Sajid-Wajid) has been mixed as per audience polls, with Papa Toh Band Bajaye all set to rock charts but Anarkali Disco Chali not being so lucky. The trailer initially received quite a negative response, though things have become much better now; the trailer is actually one of the most searched trailers on YouTube. A lot is at stake here; Akshay Kumar desperately needs a big hit after a downhill-going film career post 2008, while Sajid Khan needs this film to hit the jackpot so as to permanently cement himself as a commercial director. All the stars have less here at stake, though each could do with a big hit in the kitty. The problem is, a multi-starrer divided the success of a film on all of its parts, meaning less recognition for any single individual. Let’s just hope for the best and not reach out too high in the sky.

Your opinions please, in the comments section below.