It is Comedy v/s Comedy this weekend [Preview by Komal Nahta]
This weekend, fans of the comedy genre can have a blast. We have brand Priyadarshan clashing with brand Akshay Kumar+Paresh Rawal. Which movie is a better pick of the two, we can't comment now; but which of them has a better prospects, here's a preview by Trade veteran Komal Nahta.
One release a week is always better than two releases. Two releases are always better than three. And if two films releasing in a particular week belong to the same genre, well, they are bound to eat into each other’s revenues. This can be expected to happen this Friday when two comedy films will clash against one another.
Oh My God is a comedy based on a very popular and successful stage-play, Kishan Versus Kanhaiya, which itself was based on the Holllywood film, The Man Who Sued God. (Read: Will Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal be kamaal?) Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal is the second film in the Malamaal Weekly series. (Read: Will GOD bless OMG - Oh My God! with success?)
Oh My God! is about a man who files a court case against God when the insurance company invokes the clause about ‘Act of God’ to wash its hands off the loss he has suffered when his insured shop is destroyed due to an earthquake. It stars Paresh Rawal as the man who dares to drag God to court, and Akshay Kumar as God himself. Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal is an ensemble cast film where comedy is the catchword. While OMG! Is directed by Umesh Shukla, KDM has Priyadarshan calling the shots. It would be interesting to see which film takes a better opening, the one starring Akshay Kumar or the one with an established brand image. Of course, none is expected to take a flying start because of the absence of A-list stars (Akshay Kumar is in a special appearance in OMG!).
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Komal Nahta is one of the most respected trade analysts in India. Komal is Editor and Publisher of "Film Information", the largest circulated film trade journal. He is also an anchor for a popular TV show based on Bollywood. He had been the Bollywood representative of the BBC Radio Network, U.K. for almost 10 years. Komal was the first person from the film industry to be appointed as advisor of the IDBI (Industrial Development Bank of India) for its film financing division.
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