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Spook shows generate little interest

By Subhash K. Jha, IANS

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Dhoom WallpapersAfter last Friday when "Dhoom" lived up to its title and "Phir Milenge" faded into virtual oblivion, this week it's time for the release of two spook shows with varying degrees of curiosity for the audience.

While Mahesh Manjrekar's "Rakht" is a star-studded adaptation of Sam Raimi's Hollywood thriller "The Gift", the Hindi-Bengali bilingual "Hum Kaun Hain", with the forgotten Dharmendra (he has lately been appearing in some low-brow action films) and the 'forbidden' cast of Amitabh Bachchan and Dimple Kapadia, has evoked no interest in the market at all.

Not only does the film come after a series of films featuring Amitabh in two months, it also features him with Dimple Kapadia. Together they've been in disastrous films like "Ajooba" (which Shashi Kapoor directed and never returned to direction again) and "Mrityudaata" (Amitabh's comeback film after a five-year hiatus which flopped miserably).

Throw in Moushumi Chatterjee, with whom the Big B was a failed pair in "Manzil" and "Benaam" in the 1970s, and "Hum Kaun Hain" looks like a disaster in spite of the lucky 'Hum' in the title ("Hum Aapke Hain Kaun", "Hum Saath Saath Hai", "Hum", "Hum Tum"...)

So minimal is the audiences' curiosity to see "Hum Kaun Hain" that it isn't even getting a release in some parts of the country.

Rakht Wallpapers"Rakht", jointly co-produced by Suniel Shetty's Popcorn Entertainment and entrepreneur Vijay Mallya, has evoked a certain amount of interest, though not enough to be considered a potential hit.

The film has a large number of male stars including Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan (in a guest appearance doing the popular "One Love" number) Suniel Shetty, Himanshu Malik and Dino Morea (in his first villainous turn), but "Rakht" belongs to Bipasha Basu playing a clairvoyant.

But going by the performance of female-oriented films, including "Phir Milenge", it would take more than a miracle to draw audiences in hordes into theatres to watch "Rakht".

Right now audiences are more in the mood to focus on brawn than oomph. "Dhoom", which has men zooming across the horizon on motorbikes, is probably the greatest hit of the year so far.


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