As many as 8 Bollywood movies are scheduled to release in the 1st week of February 2013 – David, Vishwaroop, Midnight’s Children, Listen Amaya, Deewana Main Deewana, Mai.., The Unsound and Pyaar Ka Jalwa.
Out of all those films, only two will have a proper release at both multiplexes and single-screens. Bijoy Nambiar’s David and Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop.
Which film do you plan to watch this weekend? Tell us in the comments section below.
1. David: Hailed as the director to watch out for, after his critically acclaimed debut ‘Shaitan’, Bejoy Nambair is returns after a gap of two years with David. The film will have 3 tracks, which go back and forth. Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has a role to play in one of the tracks, while Tamil superstar Vikram, Tabu, Vinay Virmani and several other actors are also a part of the ensemble cast. Talking to us recently, Bejoy promised a gripping film with good performances.
David Box Office Prediction: The film is expected to open slow (20-30%) and then grow on word-of-mouth publicity. There is nothing quite like positive WOM for medium-budget films, like we saw with Kahaani and Vicky Donor last year.
2. Vishwaroop: This movie has been constantly in the news over the last 2 weeks or so. The whole ban-clear-reban-stay fiasco, has ensured that the film has received enough publicity. Starring Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Shekhar Kapur, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat and others, Vishwaroop is a spy thriller written, directed and produced by Haasan.
Vishwaroop Box Office Prediction: Barring any untoward incidents, the response to Vishwaroop should be good – atleast better than it otherwise would have (without the controversy). Having said that, Kamal Haasan isn’t quite as big a star as he down south, so a 30% opening will be considered ‘good’. Balaji Motion Pictures is releasing the Hindi version of the film in India.
3. Midnight’s Children: Is an adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel with the same name. The film has a few known Indian faces – Soha Ali Khan, Shriya Saran, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Shahana Goswami, Rahul Bose,, Seema Biswas, Siddarth Narayan and even Taare Zameen Par star Darsheel Safary. Midnight’s Children is written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta.
Midnight’s Children Box Office Prediction: Will have a predominantly multiplex release and it’s fate will rely almost entirely on the audience response.
4. Mai… : Marks the acting debut of legendary singer Asha Bhosle. The audience awareness of the film’s release is close to nil.
5. Deewana Main Deewana: It was hard to even recognise Priyanka Chopra in the trailers, as the film has been in the making for over 10 years now. Ditto for Govinda who like he shot for the film soon after Haseena Maan Jayegi. At the boxoffice, don’t expect much! Priyanka’s presence might help the film get a 10% opening.
6. Listen Amaya: The film stars veteran actor Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval. In Deepti’s own words, the film “explores the relationship and thought process of the younger generation vis-a-vis the middle-aged”. A film that you can watch with your family. At the ticket window, well, it’s a multiplex release again. The film has been made on a small budget, so a decent response will help the producers recover their investment.
7. The Unsound: Is a thriller with unknown actors. Directed by Alok Shrivastav.
8. Pyaar Ka Jalwa: Phew! Not too sure how many people can afford to watch one movie a week and we have 8! The makers have promised a film that is unlike any other sweet romantic comedy that you have seen.