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But Bollywood is still celebrating!
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; May 4, 2011)
It is ironical that Bollywood sees mirth in gloom. Of the 67 odd films (including the dubbed ones) that released, only six made an impact at the box office. That is a meagre 10 per cent ratio. However, Bollywood trade pundits say that the first four months of 2011 have definitely been more lucrative than the corresponding period in 2010. And that is the reason why even cynics are smiling, not scowling.
Better than 2010 The January to April 2010 period saw major turkeys like Shahid Kapoor’s Chance Pe Dance, Priyanka Chopra’s Pyaar Impossible, Amitabh Bachchan’s Teen Patti and Abhay Deol’s Road Movie to mention a few. “This year we have been lucky,” says Vajir Singh, Editor of trade journal Box Office India. “First we broke the January jinx with No One Killed Jessica and the huge hit in Yamla Pagla Deewana. Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji and Dhobi Ghat sailed through. In the World Cup season too we managed to have a runaway hit in Tanu Weds Manu.
Hits versus flops Trade analyst Taran Adarsh (Bollywood Hungama) agrees that the producers did fear the ides of March; this month didn’t have any significant release but April brought some relief in Faltu that opened well. Taran also adds that 2011 most certainly brought a smile on the faces of some distributors. “While the number of flops far outnumbered the hits, the important thing to note is that the dark horses worked. More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 7, 2011 – 12:27 IST
This is something I fail to understand. Why do interesting ideas or one-page concepts fail to translate into a fascinating and captivating screenplay? I can list a number of films that boasted of attention-grabbing stories, but the excitement disappears as you watch the reels unfold. VIKALP, directed by Sachin P. Karande, suffers for this reason.
The Australian mini-series BANGKOK HILTON  is fresh to this date. In Bollywood, the most famous interpretation of the mini-series remains GUMRAH [Sridevi, Sanjay Dutt]. VIKALP doesn’t really borrow from BANGKOK HILTON, but you can draw parallels with the plot. Besides, VIKALP also talks of hacking and terrorism, so that makes it all the more interesting.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
So what’s the problem? Well, the writer seems clueless when it comes to doing justice to the subject material. What could’ve been a taut edge-of-the-seat thriller becomes a tame, bland and amateurish attempt in its latter reels. In fact, the sequences leading to the finale and also the conclusion of the film throw a spanner in the works.
Rishika Gandhi [Deepal Shaw], a docile, middle class girl from an orphanage, is a sort of prodigy in the field of computer education. She works in an IT company in Mumbai. Some goof up happens and she resigns from her job. At the same time, her personal life too gets a jolt from the blue when her boyfriend’s family accuses her of using their son More >