Now Playing: Vishwaroop, David & more

This period’s movies running in theater are:

Vishwaroop, David.

Also still running are previous week’s Race 2, Akaash Vaani.

It also includes previous releases like Balak Palak, Dabangg2 and others.

Please post their reviews, Box office reports and other news items here.


  1. Nirjhar
    February 2, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    Review: David
    by IndiaTimes

    Rating: 4.5/5 stars


    Bejoy Nambiar’s second feature film after Shaitan interconnects the lives of three characters named David, played with outstanding conviction by actors belonging to three different generations. The three protagonists, who by chance share the same name, didn’t have to be linked in the plot at all.

    Each David occupies a distinctive emotional spatial and chronological dimension. Each story is told with a muted flourish that eschews the flamboyant edginess of a recent, highly favoured and over-flavoured genre of Hindi cinema… you know the Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bharadwaj genre where the characters are darkly drawn from life’s most sombre colours.

    Nambiar’s universe is populated by victims who refuse to bow down to what we call destiny and what in many circumstances is plain cowardice. In the hard-hitting story about a young rock musician’s conflict with religious fundamentalism, Vinay Virmani (a prized find) confronts Hindu radical Rohini Hattangadi in a lift to ask why his Christian father was defaced. That small mobile cubicle becomes the cosmos for a question that swirls and dances around the narrative posing questions that go far beyond the moment.

    Nambiar’s command over the space that his characters occupy is supreme. Whether it’s Vinay Virmani giving guitar lessons to single-mother Lara Dutta on a leafy verandah or southern maverick actor Vikram sozzled in the Goan seascape perched on palm tree making eyes at the mute-and-deaf Isha Sharvani – the characters seem to inhabit places where their mind, heart and body are intrinsically at home.

    Then there is Neil Nitin Mukesh, making a glorious impact as a Muslim don’s chief lieutenant in the London of the 1970s. Shot in a shimmering brooding bewildering play of light and shadow by cinematographer Sanu Verghese, this episode in Nambiar’s trilogy is both a brutal depiction of internecine gang war and an intense love story, a Shakespearean tragedy set in the 1970s and yet conveying contemporariness. All that grips us from the first to the last.

    Just how Nambiar manages to bring the stories of an identity-challenged gangster in the 1970s, a fun-going-into-fundamentalism musician in the 1980s and a sozzled moony-eyed fisherman in the 1990s into one line of vision, is a question that only Nambiar and his compelling co-writer Natasha Sahgal can answer.

    By the time the three stunning stories converge on March 3, 2012, we are so involved with the three protagonists’ moral and political awakening that the lines dividing the different eras simply evaporate, leaving us to look into that chasm in the individual’s soul where life’s worthiness is weighed against human relationships that may or may not last for as long as the individual desires.

    Nambiar’s three-tiered screenplay is a marvel of architecture. Some credit for holding up the three storey edifice must go to the technicians. Cinematographers Shanu Verghese, P.S Vinod (who has shot Vinay Virmani’s musical odyssey) and R. Rathnavelu(creating a Goan idyll for Vikram’s story that goes far beyond touristic titillation) collaborate with the film’s editor, the indomitable Sreekar Prasad to bring to bear an infinite lightness of being on the potentially top-heavy plot.

    Nambiar’s film could easily have collapsed under the weight of its cleverness. Miraculously, the director imparts a ceaseless sense of spontaneity into what appears to be the story of three lives connected only by their first name. Not the most promising of premises to hold up a plot. Yet, David is unflinchingly engaging.

    Nambiar’s command over his characters’ destiny is masterly. And there are so many of them! Big or small, the characters leave an enduring mark in the script.

    Each of the three actors playing the title role provides an evocative centre to the screenplay. It is hard to choose a favourite since all three actors occupy entirely distinctive spaces. Neil as a gangster whose loyalty is under murderous pressure, works hard to achieve oneness with his character. He looks the part and gives to it a feeling of lived-in familiarity. This is a new beginning for Neil.

    Vikram as the fisherman who shares a rather eccentric relationship with his dead dad(Saurabh Shukla), living mother(Rubi Chakravarti) and the neighbourhood massage-parlour owner (Tabu) is in one word, spectacular. His body language and spaced-out expressions of drunkenness and love (sometimes both at the same time) are to die for.

    But it is Vinay Virmani as the musician who finds his life changed by politics and religion, who takes us by surprise. A very appealing screen presence and a non-rehearsed charm ensure that Virmani stands tall in the formidable cast.

    Tabu and Lara Dutta are effective but underused. On the whole, every actor in the smallest of roles shines in the plot’s huge canvas.

    David is a world shot in a deep-focus darkness lit up at the edges by a sense of joie de vivre that the characters preserve even when their soul is under siege. Nambiar bleeds brilliancy into the film. This is a rugged pulsating parable of passion and redemption shot in three time zones unified by the theme of love’s loss and the soul redeemed.

    David is many things at the same time. Finally though, it is a magnificent morality tale that tells us it is trendy to be bad, but being good is timeless.


  2. Nirjhar
    February 2, 2013 at 3:52 AM

    Post content column is too small, I wish it had a bit more in width :P

  3. Nirjhar
    February 2, 2013 at 4:12 AM

    Found out that the previously posted David review is written by Subhash K Jha, of IANS

  4. Aditya007
    February 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Vishwaroop Movie Review by Rajeev Masand

    Rating: Two & half Stars

    Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat, Pooja Kumar, Shekhar Kapur, Nassar, Andrea Jeremiah

    Director: Kamal Haasan I’m happy to report that Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop (the Hindi version
    of his Tamil film Vishwaroopam that became embroiled in controversy) contains nothing that might offend any community. Set around and after the events of 9/11, the film contains a message of anti-terrorism, but never anti-Muslim. During a tense moment in the film, a key character casually points out
    that “Everyone here has a double role to play.” It’s this very element of mystery that lends some excitement to Haasan’s story, especially as the action kicks in. But alas, Vishwaroop quickly loses its way, and more than once during its two-and-a-half hour running time you find yourself asking that familiar question: “What’s going on here?” As the film’s opening scenes establish, Dr Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) is an oncologist based in New York, who is having her Kathak teacher husband Vishwanathan or Wiz (Kamal Haasan) followed by a private
    detective because he seems altogether too strange for her. Nirupama is upfront about her marriage – she isn’t attracted to the effeminate and much older Wiz and only got hitched to him because she wanted a green card. Yet there’s more to Wiz than meets the eye, and his past catches up with the two, even as they face dangers far greater than a threat to their marriage.

    The twists in Vishwaroop work, and writer-director Haasan shifts
    between the past and the present in surprising, sometimes spoofy,
    cuts. The film’s middle portion is set in terror camps in Afghanistan,
    where Haasan makes a statement for senseless killings in the name of
    jihad. Like the director’s earlier film Hey Ram, there are a couple of
    beautifully captured, moving moments…like one in which a teenaged jihadi soldier sways back and forth on a swing, trying to recapture
    some of his stolen childhood. At the same time, the film is also
    relentless in its depiction of violence – you’ll often see maimed hands,
    blown torsos, and men savagely kicking others to death. There is a technical finesse to the action scenes and to the way in
    which the attacks in Afghanistan are filmed, but the same can’t be said
    of the confused screenplay that lingers on a bunch of needless
    characters who converse exclusively in Arabic. These bits, along with
    the plot’s return to New York in the final act turn a tired story into an
    even more trite one. Of the cast, Rahul Bose hams it up as terrorist mastermind Omar,
    alternating between menacing and caricature with a raspy voice and
    the event he makes out of the act of inserting a glass eye into its
    socket. Omar’s right-hand man is played by the gifted actor Jaideep
    Ahlawat (last seen in Gangs of Wasseypur), but Shekhar Kapur is stiff in
    a smaller part. Pooja Kumar is suitably ditzy as Vishwanathan’s wife, giving the film its comical interludes. Expectedly, it’s Kamal Haasan
    himself who steals the show with his uninhibited performance. He
    gives the film a heart and its conscience by questioning terrorism.
    Vishwaroop is his most accessible film in years, even though the script
    is sadly all over the place. I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for Kamal Haasan’s
    Vishwaroop. A lot of it is unabashedly entertaining, although you’ll wish the film was shorter and smarter.

  5. Aditya007
    February 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Vishwaroop And David First Day Business:

    Vishwaroop improved in the evening slightly after a low start to
    collect 1.75-2 crore nett region with Mumbai circuit giving a major
    contribution of around 70 lakhs. The collections of the film are just a
    bit lower than Robot which was is the highest collecting film from
    the South in the Hindi market. Vishwaroop was released on 1000
    screens approx in the Hindi market. David collected a poor 50-60 lakhs nett on its first day. Again it was Mumbai circuit which gave a contribution of around 50%. The other films released this week like Deewana Main Deewana, Mai And Listen Amaya all had very dull collections and shows were cancelled at many places due to lack of audience.

  6. Aditya007
    February 2, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Race 2 Second Friday Business:

    Race 2 did pretty well on its second Friday collecting around 3.25
    crore nett. The collections were down 75% from day one but were
    not much lower than Thursday. The film had dropped through the
    weekdays but did not drop much on the 8th day especially in the
    North where collections were very close to Thursday figures. The film should show a good pick up on Saturday and go to
    weekend figures of 13-14 crore nett. The film was helped by the
    new releases providing little competition leaving Race 2 as the first choice in its second week also.

  7. Aditya007
    February 4, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    BoxOfficeIndia – Not On Twitter Facebook Or Magazine Format :

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Due to many readers asking about Twitter, Facebook accounts and
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  8. Prem
    February 6, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Race 2 On Course To Be First 100 Crore Film Of 2013

    Wednesday 6th February 2013 10.30 IST

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Race 2 is looking to be on course to be the first 100 crore film of the year as it records steady collections in the second week. Last week the film had dropping collections on the weekdays and a 20 crore second week looked a tough ask but the film has been rock steady since its second Friday. The weekdays in the second week are also very steady.

    The film is likely to gross 20-21 crore nett in week two which will take the film to 90-91 crore nett and then the third week becomes the key. There are new releases this week (Special Chabbis and ABCD) but none of them are your bumper openers which just totally wipe out the business of the films playing.

    One of the new releases having appreciation and a upward trend at the box office may affect Race 2 on Saturday and Sunday.

  9. Prem
    February 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Final Distributor Shares 2012: Top Twenty

    Wednesday 6th February 2013 10.30 IST

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Dabangg 2 has come to an end of its run and the final distributor shares (approx) for 2012 are as follows.

    1. Ek Tha Tiger – 106 crore

    2. Dabangg 2 – 84 crore

    3. Rowdy Rathore – 73 crore

    4. Agneepath – 67 crore

    5. Housefull 2 – 59 crore

    6. Jab Tak Hai Jaan – 55 crore

    7. Bol Bachchan – 53 crore

    8. Barfi! – 50 crore

    9. Son Of Sardaar – 49 crore

    10. Talaash – 47 crore

    11. OMG! Oh My God -38.50 crore

    12. Cocktail – 37.50 crore

    13. Raaz 3 – 36 crore

    14. Khiladi 786 – 33 crore

    15. Student Of The Year – 32 crore

    16. Kahaani – 26.50 crore

    17. Jannat 2 -22.50 crore

    –. Agent Vinod – 22.50 crore

    19. Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum – 22 crore

    –. Ishaqzaade – 22 crore

  10. Gorilla
    February 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I am happy to see Race 2 close to touching Rs 100 Cr.
    My WOM prediction is again Bang ON!! :lol:
    Prediction was done in this thread few weeks back when Race2 released.

    “Gorilla’s WOM on Race2: not as good as Race?The WOM for Race2 is good. The second edition however is not as thrilling as the first one. This has resulted in some negativity in the WOM. However despite this, Race2 is enjoying a pretty good WOM. Saif and Deepika is getting appreciation…Abbas Mastaan reaffirms their position as India’s best director in thrillers.
    BO prospects: Race2 is expected to collect Rs 110 cr nett and will emerge a solid superhit.”

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