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Jun 302008

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

And for Bollywood film movie-maker Yash Raj Films, the numbers expose their shame.

With just a few exceptions, Bollywood fans are mostly showing Yash Raj Films the middle finger in a clear signal that they are sick of the garbage dished out by this movie house (please see below table for opening weekend numbers).

Barring Dhoom 2 and Fanaa, both the opening gross and the average per screen for the opening weekend of most recent Yash Raj films is pitiful.

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic is the latest crappy Continue reading »

Jun 302008

Yash Raj Films Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic has met with a deservedly disastrous response at the U.S. Box Office.

This pitiful apology of a movie has grossed a mere $181,610 for the June 27-29, 2008 opening weekend.

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic opened in 69 theaters in the U.S. and its average per theater worked out to a measly $2,632. What a shame.

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic opened at No-19 at the U.S. box office.

Given its pathetic quality, it’s no surprise that Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic has had one of the lowest openings Continue reading »

Jun 272008

There should be a law to prevent the lobotomized idiots at Yash Raj Films from ever producing movies.

From the nincompoops who brought us trash like Tashan Aaja Nachle, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Ta Ra Rum Pum, comes a new horror show – Zyada Garbage, Zero Magic oops Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (the correct but inapt name of this piece of trash).

A depressingly bad movie, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic has no raison d’etre except some dodos in Mumbai fancy that if the likes of Ram Gopal Varma can make bad movies, hey, they can make worse movies.

This movie falls way, way short of delivering on its cute title that we feel compelled to describe it in the rest of this review by the more apposite Zyada Garbage, Zero Magic.

Zyada Garbage, Zero Magic has little going for it.

It lacks a decent story.

It lacks decent acting.

It lacks decent music.

In short, Zyada Garbage, Zero Magic lacks all the essential ingredients of a nice Bollywood movie.

Zyada Garbage, Zero Magic is (mis)directed by Kunal Kohli, the same fella who brought us that fine Continue reading »

Jun 242008

Kuselan – Judas Rajinikanth Spits on Tamil Movie Fans

Sitting in the U.S. it’s hard to definitively say how Kamal Haasan’s crappy freakshow Dasavatharam is faring at the box office.

But news reports trickling in from India suggest that Dasavatharam is not doing well at the box office. If that is indeed the case, we would not be surprised because the movie is a pathetic fiasco from the so-called Ulaganayagan (Universal Hero).

Ha ha, if Kamal Haasan is Ulaganayagan, then we are Alexander the Great.

A report from Indiatimes (part of the Times of India group) says that the movie has not done well at the box office.

Here’s an excerpt from the IndiaTimes Report:

Yes, the hype, hoopla and the billions spent on it have not been able to save Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus Dasavatharam from sinking at the box office …. Dasavatharam has not been able to hold up interest levels over the weekend.

Times of India’s Indiatimes is not the only one Indian Continue reading »

Jun 232008

2008 has so far turned out to be an annus horribilis for fans of Tamil and Hindi movies.

If you are sick of crappy movies like Dasavatharam, Sarkar Raj, Tashan, Bhoothnath, Kuruvi and Azhagiya Tamil Magan coming out of the Augean pits of Bollywood and Kollywood we don’t blame ya. So are we. Sick to the stomach.

The blundering buffoons of Bollywood like Ram Gopal Varma and Abhishek Bachchan and the know-nothing knuckleheads of Kollywood like Kamal Haasan and Vijay have heaped rubbish on the heads of fans this year even as they extort hefty sums in ticket prices.

But despair not, film buffs.

If the Bollywood buffoons and the Kollywood knuckleheads can’t deliver, there’s plenty of fine foreign films out there, if only we are willing to expand our sights.

Here are a few nice foreign movies that the Bollywood buffoons and the Kollywood knuckleheads Continue reading »

Jun 172008

Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s and his fellow principals at Dreamworks SKG are close to a deal with Anil Ambani’s Reliance ADA Group that will provide them with $500 million-$600 million to create a new movie venture, according to Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Although a new comer to the entertainment business, Reliance ADA Group has quickly built up a significant presence in Bollywood (India’s Mumbai-based film industry and a factory for mostly crappy Hindi movies) through its various ventures like Adlabs Films, Reliance Big Entertainment, BigFlicks, Big Motion Pictures and Big Animation.

Reliance ADA Group Chairman Anil Ambani’s wife Tina Munim is a former Bollywood actress.

Here’s an excerpt from the WSJ’s Front Page story:

Mumbai-based Reliance ADA Group would provide Mr. Spielberg and company with $500 million to $600 million in equity, moving them one step closer to ending one of Hollywood’s most contentious and closely watched battles [between Spielberg et al and the Paramount bosses]. In Reliance, the DreamWorks team also would have an unusual and ambitious partner in the film business: an Indian firm with interests in telecommunications, financial services and entertainment that wants to build a media empire by financing Hollywood pictures.

The deal amounts to a marriage of some of the biggest names in the Hollywood and Indian business worlds, with Reliance getting a large stake in the new company. DreamWorks, which makes live-action films that have included last year’s “Blades of Glory” and “Dreamgirls” in 2006, would likely seek another $500 million or so in debt financing elsewhere to give its new venture enough money to make a slate of about six films a year. The company would then choose a studio to distribute the films, which is still an open question. General Electric Co.’s Universal Pictures, where Mr. Spielberg began his career, is thought to be the director’s preference to release his future works, but News Corp.’s Twentieth Century Fox also is thought to be a serious contender. (News Corp. is the owner of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal.)

Boy, we sincerely hope that Steven Spielberg et al Continue reading »