“Too many cook spoil the broth” and the adage goes well with the Bollywood movies released in November. With films like The Shaukeens, Kill Dil, Happy Ending and Ungli that released back to back came out as a big surprise of failures. In spite of having a good cast, decent songs and having produced under well-known banner, the movies fell flat.
The first release of the month was The Shaukeens. Though the director gave explanations on the film being a complete fresh story and having taken just a germ from the original 1982 film Shaukeen that was the greatest age comedy of its time, the fresh storyline and the plot of The Shaukeens rather was a mess making it weak and haywire. In spite of having an interesting trio star cast comprising of Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra, and ‘Queen’ fame Lisa Haydon, the movie did not stand up to the expectations. The movie did not garner appreciation from critics nor from audiences and made below average business at the box office.
The second release was YRF’s Kill Dil, starring an interesting and powerhouse performers like Ranveer Singh, Govinda, Parineeti Chopra and Ali Zafar; it was one of the much-awaited movies audiences were looking forward to. Directed by Shaad Ali, the movie was expected to be a killer entertainer that hit the ‘Dil’ to the core, but nothing as such happened. Govinda and Ranveer Singh garnered appreciations from the critics and audience as well. Though the team tried their best to promote their film by visiting on the sets of well known television serials, and went on inking themselves and designed graffiti, but it looks it did not help much to get what they were looking for. The movie made an average business at the box office.
The third release was Saif Ali Khan’s Happy Ending. Touted to be a different film by positioning it as a spoof on romantic comedies, the movie actually had something else in its reel. In spite of having an interesting ensemble cast of fine actors like, Saif Ali Khan, Ileana D’Cruz, Kalki Koechlin and Govinda the makers failed to prove their art. Sadly, the beginning for the movie was not too happy to get a happy ending; and ended up being an average film and making average business at the box office.
The fourth and the latest release, which rose expectations of being a sensible and intellectual film was Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions’s Ungli. Directed by Rensil D’silva who gave us movies like Rang De Basanti and Kurbaan is not receiving positive response from the critics. Starring Kangana Ranaut, Emraan Hashmi, Sanjay Dutt, Randeep Hooda and Neil Bhoopalam the only thing that can save the movie is a wide acceptance by the audience. As the weekend is still to go, the movie has just a week to cash in numbers at the box office as Ajay Devgn’s Prabhu Dheva directed Action Jackson is releasing next week.
And lets conclude the story with yet another adage “Empty Vessels make more noise” as it goes down well with the multi-starrer Bollywood movies released in November.
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