Four films release this Friday, 26 October.
No Smoking directed by Anurag Kashyap,
Jab We Met by Imtiaz Ali, Mumbai Salsa
by Manoj Tyagi and Bal Ganesh. And that's
going to be a tough one for audiences. How does
one make the right choice? Will it be John Vs
Shahid? Or Kareena Vs Ayesha? Will it be Anurag
did a swot analysis to try and come up with
some answers. What three of the films have in
common is that new-age directors are helming
them. Though of course, Anurag leads the pack,
already having proved his talent with a film
like Black Friday.
Smoking is touted as a progressive film
whereas Jab We Met is a romantic comedy
and Mumbai Salsa offers a funny look
at dysfunctional relationships in young corporate
But what weighs in favour of Jab We Met
is the lead pair in a romantic film. The festive
season is on and people are in the mood for
feel-good cinema. Also the curiosity surrounding
the lead pair's personal relationship may get
audiences to the theatres.
another commonality being that though all of
them have been made with modest budgets, they
have been very cleverly marketed. No Smoking
remains in the news for its share of contests
and what with John Abraham's appearances at
all the related events, interest level in the
film is sustained.
As for Jab We Met, Shahid's recent train
ride has been splashed across all media properties.
The lead pair's appearances on television musical
shows has also worked in the film's favour.
Salsa in this respect is lagging behind
but word has it that the film will get its share
of the pie as the story of the film is well-etched
out. But the biggest downer could be the absolutely
raw talent in the form of eight newcomers who
make their appearance in the film. The only
exception being Indraneil Sengupta, the television
hottie who plays a vital role in the film.
as these three films vie for a lion's share,
an animated Bal Ganesh (directed by Pankaj
Sharma) too, decides to release on the same
day. What with the Diwali holidays on, this
film may well manage to lure young kids to theatres.
as the battle hots up one still doesn't know
who will lift the box office 'World Cup'. With
two blockbusters (Saawariya and Om
Shanti Om) set to steamroll their way into
theatres on 9 November, the end of the year
could prove to be an indicator of times to come.
the biggies leave everything, including turnstile
records, in their wake? Or will it be a filmy
equivalent of a Zimbabwe or Bangladesh that
walks away with the box office spoils this festive
at least one film lovers' blog that has put
its money on the minnows.