Saturday, December 30, 2006

Bollywood Hits & Flops Of 2006

Hits

Krrish
Is it a bird, it is a plane? No it's Hrithik Roshan!
It's not enough to say that Hrithik is one of the best actors of the country. Extraordinary is the word for the measured manner in which he glides through the air to the beat of Rajesh Roshan's rather-vapid songs... or cuts through the breeze to the stunning special effects created with a verve so-far unknown to Indian cinema.
Fanaa
Send up a silent prayer for rediscovering that old lost pleasure of a powerful plot that 'Fanaa' retrieves so affectionately for us. Also send up a prayer for an actor like Kajol who fills up the screen with feelings and thoughts that go way beyond the tears, fears and jeers of a workaday movie
Lage Raho Munnabhai
'Lage Raho Munnabhai' is a parable on love and companionship. Whether it's Munnabhai's bonding with his faithful companion Circuit, or Munna courting his ladylove (Vidya Balan) and Gandhism, the narrative dodges false notes by remaining sincere to the characters.

Rang De Basanti

If Rakesh Mehra's directorial debut 'Aks' was unusual, then 'Rang De Basanti' is a typical and awe-inspiring. It is not a patriotic film that bores you by glorifying the past. Instead, it meticulously draws a line between the past and the present, both of which move in parallel lines.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
KANK is indeed a definite sign of Karan Johar's maturing as an artiste and a filmmaker. This is a film that derives its inspiration energy from Karan's favourite filmmaker Yash Chopra's interesting but abortive 'Silsila.' KANK with its formidable multi-star cast went on to become the biggest worldwide grosser in the history of Indian cinema beating 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham's' five year old record.
Phir Hera Pheri
You really can't miss the signposts. Brassy and insistent, the humour in 'Phir Hera Pheri' takes off from where the first part left off four years ago.
Malaamal Weekly
Once you get over the initial disappointment of realising that this film is actually adapted from a celebrated Irish film, 'Waking Ned Devine,' you actually get into the giggly groove of the loud and limpid look at the life of a bunch of villagers affected by a lottery ticket.
Golmaal
Rohit Shetty has a blast in store as 'Golmaal' is yet another comic caper at a time when laughter is considered the best medicine. The film is a well-timed, well-orchestrated swipe at every sacred institute in the country
Don
This is a cheeky and chic homage to the earlier 'Don'. It goes to places the earlier film couldn't have dreamt of…
Taxi No. 9211
Director Luthria dares to go against the grain. The profile and contour of the narration are cosmopolitan. And yet at heart, 'Taxi No. 9211' is a purely homespun morality tale about people who choose not to take responsibility for their actions.

Flops
Aap ki Khatir
'Aap ki Khatir' could've been an invigorating experience. Instead, it turns out to be a half-hearted effort that lacks the stamp of an accomplished storyteller.
Zindaggi Rocks
At the concept level, Zindaggi Rocks is indeed a story to reckon with. But translated on the big screen, it turns out to be a wishy-washy film that fails to strike the right chord.
Umrao Jaan
'Umrao Jaan' has a weak first half and a tolerable second. But the damage done by the first half creates a major dent, which the second half tries to repair, but cannot.
Ankahee
'Ankahee' is a movie about relationships. It is a bit too serious with all the weepy, tear-jerking situations, which, though not melodramatic, give a sombre mood to the movie And by the end of the film, all the sobbing and weeping really begins to choke you!

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

Humko Deewana Kar Gaye is saddled with a lifeless script, and the basic premise of the story has been borrowed from flims like 'DDLJ,' 'Forces of Nature,' and 'Notting Hill,' hence leaving you with a constant feeling of déjà vu.
Omkara
Even though it is perhaps the most critically acclaimed film of 2006, the much-hyped and keenly-anticipated 'Omkara,' an Indian adaptaion of Shakespeare's 'Othello' failed to make an impression on the masses. The U.P. dialect, the dark and disturbing theme and also the expletives curtailed the prospects of this multi-starrer to a great extent.

Pyare Mohan

'Pyare Mohan' lacks the stamp of a master storyteller. The film is saddled with a frail plot and powerless screenplay. The film tries too hard to make you laugh, but most of the jokes fall flat and fail miserably at evoking even a smile.
Darna Zaroori Hai
The film lacks the power to scare, frighten, terrify and petrify. In fact, it's as ineffectual as its predecessor 'Darna Mana Hai'. At the box-office, a major disappointment!
Rocky - The Rebel
Old wine in new bottle. That's the appropriate way to describe 'Rocky.' Since time immemorial, we've watched heroes going on a killing spree to avenge the murder of their beloved. Fighting for the rights. Revolting against injustice. That's the essence of the film. Nothing has changed, only the faces have.

Bas Ek Pal

Besides a flawed script, 'Bas Ek Pal' unwinds at a lethargic pace. The story takes it own sweet time to reach the finale, thereby making the moviegoer impatient at regular intervals. And that only dilutes the impact of a film that could've been a rich emotional experience.

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