'Fanaa' cruising on controversy

Jun 21, 2006 IANS

Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Pre-release controversy over its hero Aamir Khan is working wonders for "Fanaa", also starring Kajol. The love story between a terrorist and a blind girl - Kunal Kohli's second directorial venture - tops the chart this week too.

Here are the top 10 Hindi films:

1. "Fanaa" - Director: Kunal Kohli. Apart from Aamir Khan-Kajol's pairing there isn't any other attraction in "Fanaa" but pre-release controversy may have helped lure audiences who are still thronging the theatres.

2. "Tom, Dick & Harry" - Director: Deepak Tijori. After lying low for weeks the film has taken a leap this week and reached No.2 position. It seems audiences have started enjoying the antics of three physically impaired heroes.

3. "36 China Town" - Director: Abbas-Mustan. The Shahid Kapur-Kareena Kapoor magic is wearing out and the movie has slipped a notch.

4. "Chup Chup Ke" - Director: Priyadarshan. Paresh Rawal and Rajpal Yadav's chemistry is the highlight of the comic caper.

5. "Phir Hera Pheri" - Director: Pankaj Vora. The film has some funny moments and Akshay Kumar's comic act is enjoyable. Writer-director Pankaj Vora, who penned the script of "Hera Pheri", has not used his creativity this time - the movie is a copy of British filmmaker Guy Ritchie's "Snatch".

6. "Rang De Basanti" - Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The film's unprecedented success at the box office has not only added another feather in Aamir Khan's cap but also given a new lease of life to Mehra's career.

7. "Gangster" - Director: Anurag Basu. Audiences are no longer showing interest in the mobster's love story. As a result the film has nose-dived from the third position and landed on number seven.

8. "Sacred Evil" - Director: Abhigyan Jha and Abiyaan Rajhans. Inspired by real-life witch Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, the film about religion and evil fails to appeal to non-believing audiences.

9. "Humko Deewana Kar Gaye" - Director: Raj Kanwar. The film has nothing new to offer, moves at a sluggish pace and lacks depth too.

10. "Pyare Mohan" - Director: Indra Kumar. The director has failed to place the jokes in the right places as a result of which the film falls flat on ticket windows.

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