‘Do Dooni Chaar’ has sprung a surprise by seeing massive appreciation coming its way. The film opened on (predictably) a low note with barely noticeable collections. However, there was an increase witnessed from Saturday onwards, as the word-of-mouth coupled with fabulous all around reviews reached out to wider audience.
Also, the comeback of Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh as a couple has been accepted with open arms. Such strong has been debutant writer-director Habib Faisal’s hold on the medium that ‘Do Dooni Chaar’s is even being likened to Hrishikesh Mukherjee brand of cinema. This one is expected to do better with sustained word of mouth.
On the other hand for ‘Crook’, one wonders if it was due to over confidence or lack of any, but the film turned out to be one of the most under promoted films coming from the house of Bhatts. Also, if one has to take into consideration an Emraan Hashmi starrer, then the comparison becomes even more apparent because seldom has a film featuring him not quite warmed up around its release.
This was one of the first factors that hit ‘Crook’ on its release i.e. the opening by itself was on the lower side. With the collections failing to touch even the 50% mark, it was crystal clear that the film hadn’t reached out to the audience. In fact the hallmark of Emraan Hashmi’s films, its music, too didn’t make much dent this time around which was a pity because Pritam had done well yet again with his compositions here. In some pockets of North India, the film still opened reasonably better due to local hero Babu Mann, who sung number ‘Challa’. However, beyond that one could sense that audience weren’t enticed enough to catch the flick.
Further damage was done with the critic reviews that steered towards being average or below average. A few did appreciate the film but the majority wasn’t much pleased which meant that it as hard for the film to find further respite. The common complaint was that the first half had unwanted elements like love story and comedy while the core issue of racism (in the second half) wasn’t fully explored.
With close to 8 crores expected over the weekend, the film has a tough road ahead. Add to this, the fact that ‘Crook’ has only one week for itself with ‘Aakrosh’ and to some extent ‘Knock Out’ expected to take over the screens totally and the journey is definitely going to be tough for this film from Bhatts. The sole silver lining for the film is that Emraan Hashmi’s performance has gone unscathed and the young actor has found good appreciation coming his way all over again.
There weren’t any expectations that one had from the animation film ‘Lava Kusa’. The film saw near to nil footfalls and could barely survive a full weekend, let alone an entire week. A box office disaster, ‘Lava Kusa’ only makes one exclaim – ‘Can’t we ever grow up?’ Even if we are making films for kids, can’t we have something really exciting, really enthralling and really noteworthy enough? When an animation film like ‘Lava Kusa’ arrives, it just makes one believe that it serves us right to see a 100% failure record here in this genre of cinema.
As for the fourth film of the week, a Z grade horror comedy ‘Bachao’, it didn’t even see a proper all-India release. No wonder, neither audience nor critics bothered to check out the film.
– Joginder Tuteja / Sampurn Wire