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November 28, 2020

Box Office: Bala is a hit!

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Ayushmann Khurrana’s latest film Bala opened well and consolidated itself over the weekend. It has become a hit.

The other releases — Bypass Road, Satellite Shankar and Mr Black Mr White — fail to deliver.

Vinod Mirani gives us his weekly verdict.



Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam and Bhumi Pednekar.
Director: Amar Kaushik.
What works: The cast, the story, the screenplay.
What doesn’t: Bhumi Pednekar’s tacky make-up.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Hit.


Satellite Shankar

Cast: Sooraj Pancholi and Megha Akash.
Director: Irfan Kamal.
What works: Megha Akash, the second half of the film.
What doesn’t: The first half is slow.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


The Bypass Road

Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Adah Sharma and Shama Sikander.
Director: Naman Nitin Mukesh.
What works: Neil Nitin Mukesh’s dapper looks.
What doesn’t: Shoddy and insensitive writing.
Number of weeks: New.
Box Office verdict: Flop.


Ujda Chaman

Cast: Sunny Singh, Maanvi Gagroo, Saurabh Shukla, Karishma Sharma.
Director: Abhishek Pathak.
What works: Maanvi Gagroo is the saving grace.
What doesn’t: Dull and insensitive film.
Number of weeks: 1.
Box Office verdict: Average.


Housefull 4

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Riteish Deshmukh, Pooja Hegde, Bobby Deol, Kriti Kharbanda, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Rana Daggubati.
Director: Farhad Samji.
What works: Good music.
What doesn’t: Done-to-death story, crass comedy.
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Hit.


Saand Ki Aankh

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Prakash Jha, Vineet Kumar, Shaad Randhawa.
Director: Tushar Hiranandani.
What works: Good performances from Taapsee and Bhumi, an interesting first half.
What doesn’t: The second half flounders. Except for the two leads, the other characters are all one-note. The film is made to appeal to our basic liberal goodness.
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Average.


Made in China

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, Gajraj Rao, Paresh Rawal.
Director: Mikhil Musale.
What works: Good performances.
What doesn’t: Pedestal comedy, too much drama, filmsy film-making.
Number of weeks: 2.
Box Office verdict: Average.



Cast: Sanaya Irani, Shivam Bhargava.
Director: Vikram Bhatt.
What works: The first half.
What doesn’t: Not scary at all.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Poor.


Laal Kaptaan

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Zoya Hussain, Sonakshi Sinha and Deepak Dobriyal.
Director: Navdeep Singh.
What works: Saif Ali Khan and amazing cinematography.
What doesn’t: The length of the film.
Number of weeks: 3.
Box Office verdict: Poor.


The Sky is Pink

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf.
Director: Shonali Bose.
What works: Fantastic performances.
What doesn’t: Rather than allow us to feel things on our own, the film tells us when to cry.
Number of weeks: 4.
Box Office verdict: Below Average.


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