What is it in English Vinglish that prompted Sridevi to make a comeback to the silver screen? Is the film indeed so appealing? Talking about the other release this week, Kismet Love Paisa Dilli is counting on the young cinegoers to add moolah to its pockets. Will they succeed? Here's a preview by Trade Expert Komal Nahta.
Sridevi’s comeback film, English Vinglish, may not take a good start and Sridevi would have nothing to do with that. For one, women-centric films rarely open well. Secondly, the comeback films of almost every heroine, whether she was Madhuri Dixit in Aaja Nachle or Karishma Kapoor in Dangerous Ishq, have performed so badly at the box-office that people have almost lost faith in comeback ventures of stars. But if the trial reports of Gauri Shinde’s debut directorial venture is anything to go by, the film has such strong merits that collections will pick up phenomenally due to word of mouth. Incidentally, Sridevi must have had a lot of faith in the script and the director to have signed on the dotted line for a film which boasts of no other star names whatsoever – neither male nor female. As one trade person remarked, share bazaar king Rakesh Jhunjhunwala is 50% producer in EV, and his immense luck will definitely rub off on the film. The other 50% partner, R. Balki, must be hoping the words come true. After all, it is not just a film, it is also his wife’s debut as writer and director.
The other release of this week, Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, KLPD for short, is trying ‘hard’ (no pun intended) to attract the youngsters to the cinemas because of the double-meaning abbreviated title. A couple of songs of the film are doing well. Vivek Oberoi, Mallika Sherawat, Ashutosh Rana and the rest of the stars would have to hope that the film manages to tickle the funny bone, just like the title KLPD does. If that happens, the people associated with the moderately-budgeted film can breathe easy.
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