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Box office: Article 15 gets decent opening

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Article 15 has earned much critical acclaim and has decent collections considering its subject.

Anubhav Sinha’s film needs to keep steady through the week to be commercially worthwhile.

Kabir Singh is on its way to becoming a super hit.

Vinod Mirani gives us his weekly verdict.

 

Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Isha Talwar, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Nassar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Ronjini Chakraborty.
Director: Anubhav Sinha.
What works: Well-researched, clear-headed movie. Very good performances.
What doesn’t: Seems consciously made to flatter the educated, urban audiences and their polished sensibility.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Decent opening.

 

Kabir Singh

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Arjan Bajwa, Suresh Oberoi, adil Hussain, Nikita Dutta, Kamini Kaushal.
Director: Sandeep Reddy Vanga.
What works: Shahid Kapoor.
What doesn’t: Story, Screenplay.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Hit.

 

Game Over

Cast: Taapsee Pannu
Director: Ashwin Saravanan.
What works: Taapsee, good thrills and chills, well-directed.
What doesn’t: Tough!
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Fails.

 

Bharat

Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Sunil Grover.
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar.
What works: Sunil Grover scores a few laughs.
What doesn’t: Dull. Overlong. Manipulative. Poor characterisations. Ends up mocking its own ambitions.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Below average.

 

India’s Most Wanted

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Jitendra Shastri, Rajesh Sharma.
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta.
What works: Realistic story.
What doesn’t: Staggeringly dull film.
Number of weeks: 5.
Box Office verdict: Below average.

 

PM Narendra Modi

Cast: Vivek Anand Oberoi, Boman Irani, Zarina Wahab, Kishore Shahane, Manoj Joshi.
Director: Omung Kumar.
What works: Nicely shot. Some scenes are engaging.

What doesn’t: Tampers with historical facts, incoherent storyline.
Number of weeks: 5.
Box Office verdict: Below average.

 

De De Pyaar De

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul Preet Singh.
Director: Akiv Ali.
What works: Tabu.
What doesn’t: Recycled, poorly-written film, makes a mockery of the modern family.
Number of weeks: 6.
Box Office verdict: Average.

 

Student Of The Year 2

Cast: Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria, Ananya Panday, Aditya Seal, Samir Soni, Manoj Pahwa, Farida Jalal, Abhishek Bajaj.
Director: Punit Malhotra.
What works: Cinematography, music and production quality.
What doesn’t: The film’s narration, lead actors, direction.
Number of weeks: 7.
Box Office verdict: Below average.

 

Blank

Cast: Sunny Deol, Karan Kapadia, Karanvir Sharma, Ishita Dutta.
Director: Behzad Khambata.
What works: Nothing.
What doesn’t: Karan Kapadia.
Number of weeks: 8.
Box Office verdict: Flop.

 

Setters

Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Aftab Shivdasani, Sonnalli Seygall, Vijay Raaz, Ishita Dutta, Pavan Malhotra.
Director: Ashwini Chaudhary.
What works: Shreyas Talpade, Aftab Shivdasani.
What doesn’t: The sloppy, simplistic and full-of-loopholes writing.
Number of weeks: 8.
Box Office verdict: Flop.

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