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13B shows promise, DHOONDTE is ordinary & KARMA is a washout

March 10, 2009 12:16:25 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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Three movies released this Friday - 13B, DHOONDTE REH JAAOGE and KARMA AND HOLI. As was expected, none of the three films saw a worthwhile opening at the box office. The sentiments of paying public are at an all time low, considering the fact that each of the big budget films this year for which they paid a hefty amount for the tickets failed at the box office. CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, BILLU BARBER, DELHI 6 - it is turning out to be the same old story of an ever growing list of flops. No wonder, audience today is thinking not once, not twice but multiple number of times before venturing into a theater. This is why smaller films like RAAZ - THE MYSTERY CONTINUES and DEV D are finding acceptance, others aren't.

In such a scenario, one expected that DHOONDTE REH JAAOGE and 13B may just about throw a surprise. However, that hasn't really happened, as clearly indicated by an extremely low opening on Friday. None of the two films though are a bad watch per se. Let's talk about 13B first.

CHECK OUT: 13B Movie Review

This supernatural thriller can be best described in four words - Fantastic, Fabulous, Flawless and Fun. The movie, in spite of it's 2.5 hours length, is a gripping watch and is aided by some superb acting by Madhavan and excellent technical finesse (read shot taking, camerawork, cinematography, sound and of course the background score). The film has in it to fetch good audiences for itself. Moreover, critics as well as those who have seen the film have already given it a Thumbs-Up. Now one looks forward to the word of mouth resulting in good pick up of collections for this film which deserves a big screen viewing.

The same cannot be said though for DHOONDTE REH JAAOGE which comes with tacky production values, hence pretty much suitable for a small screen watch as well. This Kunal Khemu - Sonu Sood - Paresh Rawal - Soha Ali Khan film too didn't find many takers at the box office and to make matters worst, hasn't found good reviews coming it's way as well. A spoof within a spoof, it is meant to be a comic entertainer and though the first half of the film is still decent, it is the second half where narrative starts faltering. The entire spoof episode (SHOLAY SE LAGAAN TAK) fails to evoke much mirth due to which audience's interest starts fading away as the film reaches its culmination. Overall, this Umesh Shukla directed film is not a bad watch but then not good enough as well to warrant a theatrical watch.


Meanwhile what happened to KARMA AND HOLI? Well, this dubbed English movie has been such a terrible watch that it is already finding a place in the list of elite trash classics like CLERK (Manoj Kumar), CHANDAAL (Mithun Chakraborty), JAANI DUSHMAN (Akshay Kumar, Sunny Deol, Suneil Shetty, Arshad Warsi, Armaan Kohli) and JIMMY (Mimoh Chakraborty). What's the reference point here? Well, each of these films has been so bad that they have been a sheer delight to watch every time a rerun happens on satellite channels. Same holds good for KARMA AND HOLI which is an atrocious piece of cinema (?) which does nothing but bring in unintentional laughter. Coming to its theatrical run, it will be a surprise if it manages to complete a week at the box office.

All eyes are now set on 13B to make some impression at the box office in days to come failing which Bollywood may just see an increase in its pile of ever increasing flops!


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