Indo-Asian News Service
New Delhi, (IANS) Director Anurag Basu's latest venture "Gangster - A Love Story" is a surprise winner at the box office this week. Apparently inspired by mobster Abu Salem and his girlfriend Monica Bedi's romantic alliance, the film built up the right amount of pre-release publicity. Produced by Vishesh Films, it is definitely reaping profits now. Shiney Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut have done a good job in the film. The top 10 Hindi movies this week are:
1. "Gangster" - Director: Anurag Basu - In an era of violent films, this one stands out. Newcomer Kangna Ranaut is a pleasant surprise.
2. "Pyare Mohan" - Director: Indra Kumar - The film suffers due to a faulty script, probably because the director was unsure of using physically impaired characters for comedy.
3. "Humko Deewana Kar Gaye" - Director: Raj Kanwar - The film has nothing new to offer and moves at a sluggish pace and lacks depth too. However, Katrina Kaif, who did a fine job in "Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya", has made a mark in this film too.
4. "Darna Zaroori Hai" - Directors: Ram Gopal Varma - Though the film has seven stories, none of them seems to have appealed to the audiences. It is as insipid as "Darna Mana Hai".
5. "36 China Town" - Director: Abbas-Mustan - While it has a glossy look, the film fails as a thriller. Akshaye Khanna is the only saving grace in the film.
6. "Rang De Basanti" - Director: Rakesh Mehra - One of the biggest hits of the year, the film is going strong even after months of its release.
7. "Malamaal Weekly" - Director: Priyadarshan - In spite of the presence of veterans - Om Puri and Paresh Rawal - it fell flat at the box office.
8. "The Mistress Of Spices" - Director: Paul Mayeda Berges - Weak script, loose direction and a poor performance by lead actress Aishwarya Rai has turned it into a box office fiasco.
9. "Shaadi Se Pehle" - Director: Satish Kaushik - Actor-cum-director Satish Kaushik has tickled the funny bones of audiences with his comic acts in several films, but as a director, he has failed to elicit laughter.
10. "Taxi No. 9211" - Director: Milan Luthria - The film was a moderate success at the box office and the audience liked the on-screen chemistry between seasoned actor Nana Patekar and upcoming star John Abraham.
(Source: Bang on Target)