April 2001

Monday, April 30, 2001

Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

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Goldie Behl, the childhood friend of Abhishek Bachchan, makes his debut as a director with BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.

BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… is shot extensively in Varanasi. The story of the film, inspired to an extent by director Aziz Mirza's Nana-SRK-Juhi starrer RAJU BAN GAYA GENTLEMAN, goes thus:

Abhishek plays a character hailing from Varanasi. He is an ambitious man who aspires to make it big some day. He decides to try his luck in Mumbai. While trying to manage a foothold in the city of dreams, Abhishek comes across Rani Mukherji and falls in love with her.

Falling in love proves lucky for him because his career starts taking off. Jackie Shroff, a successful media personality, takes him under his wing and Abhishek believes in him completely. Jackie's right-hand woman is Sushmita Sen, his ally in all his shady deals and a temptress.

Slowly, Abhishek starts enjoying the luxuries of life – a bungalow, flashy cars, money et cetera.

But he realises that that the man he has admired and wanted to emulate – Jackie Shroff – is not the good man he thought him to be, but a manipulative, calculating, power hungry editor of a paper.

Instead of staying with Jackie and Sushmita, he returns to Rani for a content, peaceful life, away from materialistic happiness. (IndiaFm)

Wednesday, April 25, 2001

Shararat

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Sometimes one story ends, so that another can begin! SHARARAT, directed by Gurudev Bhalla, tells the story of 'Ashiyana' – a home away from home.

"SHARARAT is a daringly different film that revolves around a young boy (Abhishek Bachchan) who, due to circumstances, has to spend 30 days of his life in an old age home. Abhishek plays a young, fun-loving car freak," states Gurudev Bhalla.

A character sketch of the principal characters of SHARARAT:

* Abhishek Bachchan plays Rahul, who never took life seriously. But one mischief changed his life forever.

* Hrishitaa Bhatt is Neha, who knew him… before he knew himself.

* Amrish Puri is Prajapati, the unelected leader of 'Ashiyana'. Old he may be, aged he is not. Authoritative and enthusiastic, his tough exterior conceals a soft heart. He does not demand respect… he commands it!

* Helen is Anuradha Mathur, the epitome of motherhood. Loving and forgiving. Why then are her eyes moist and her smile sad? Why was all that she loved taken away from her?

* A.K. Hangal is Gajanan Desai, the eldest resident of 'Ashiyana'. Beneath his frail, defeated frame, lies a volcano of hurt and despair. Concealed due to his inherent self-respecting streak. But will the volcano ever erupt?

* Dara Singh plays Mr. Gujral, a strapping 'old' man. Circumstances bring him to 'Ashiyana' and what comes with him are a bagful of smiles. He is at peace, willing to take on life as it comes.

* Daisy Irani is Mrs. Gujral, the better half of Mr. Gujral. Bouncy, matronly and superstitious, she is constantly at loggerheads with her husband. It is nevertheless their love that makes her believe that home is where the heart is.

* Tinnu Anand is Saifuddin, the oldest inhabitant of 'Ashiyana'. He is slow, yet restless. Helpful, yet often helpless. Curious to know, yet quick to forget. His forgetfulness is taken lightly, until one day the repercussions are too serious to ignore.

* K.D. Chandran is Subramaniyam, impressionable and impressive. A self-respecting man. Once hurt, it is difficult for him to come around. He believes that all his decisions are his own. Is he fooling himself?

* Shubha Khote is Shanta Deshpande, who may have retired, but retiring she is not. Loud and dictatorial, her strict demeanour is her hallmark. But even she understands the universal language of love.

* Viju Khote is Keshav Deshpande, who always has a worried look, with words unsaid. After-effects of his sister Shanta Deshpande's presence. He is still her 'little brother' and under her restraining thumb.

* Pratap Oza is Kailash Oza, the proverbial benign 'rocking chair' grandpa. A bystander, he is a man of few words. But do not mistake this for nonchalance. Because his mind is burdened by many unanswered questions.

"SHARARAT caters to that stratum of society that loves pure entertainment. Every form of entertainment has been incorporated in the film, so that the viewer comes out feeling satisfied thoroughly. Meri film kabhi hansati hain to kabhi rulati hain. It has everything for the youth of today," Gurudev adds.

SHARARAT co-stars Mohnish Bahl, Ashish Vidyarthi, Anjan Srivastava, Raj Zutshi.

Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

Movie Previews : Bollywood : Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

Goldie Behl, the childhood friend of Abhishek Bachchan, makes his debut as a director with BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.

BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… is shot extensively in Varanasi. The story of the film, inspired to an extent by director Aziz Mirza's Nana-SRK-Juhi starrer RAJU BAN GAYA GENTLEMAN, goes thus:

Abhishek plays a character hailing from Varanasi. He is an ambitious man who aspires to make it big some day. He decides to try his luck in Mumbai. While trying to manage a foothold in the city of dreams, Abhishek comes across Rani Mukherji and falls in love with her.

Falling in love proves lucky for him because his career starts taking off. Jackie Shroff, a successful media personality, takes him under his wing and Abhishek believes in him completely. Jackie's right-hand woman is Sushmita Sen, his ally in all his shady deals and a temptress.

Slowly, Abhishek starts enjoying the luxuries of life – a bungalow, flashy cars, money et cetera.

But he realises that that the man he has admired and wanted to emulate – Jackie Shroff – is not the good man he thought him to be, but a manipulative, calculating, power hungry editor of a paper.

Instead of staying with Jackie and Sushmita, he returns to Rani for a content, peaceful life, away from materialistic happiness.

Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar

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Ripples Picture Entertainment's YEH TERA GHAR YEH MERA GHAR, directed by S. Priyadarshan, is a light entertainer, like the director's last flick HERA PHERI.

"YEH TERA GHAR YEH MERA GHAR is a film for the entire family," Priyan tells me. "It's a comedy where laughter is not created, but generated through funny situations," he adds. The story of the film, based in Mumbai and focussed oin the Rent Act, goes thus:

Dayashankar Pande (Sunil Shetty) is a man from the North, who inherits a house from his father. The house is located in an old building and has a long-time occupant, who pays a meagre rent.

Saraswati Joshi (Mahima Chaudhary) is the tenant who lives with her brother, sister and mother since years in the said premises. Dayashankar wants the room vacated and he seeks the help of O.P. Yadav (Paresh Rawal), a cop who happens to be his friend.

Yadav is determined to help his friend, but his intentions change when he sees Saraswati. Yadav intends remaining a 'brahmachari' all his life, but Saraswati's beauty makes him change his mind.

His problem now is that he can neither say 'no' to Dayashankar, nor does he want Saraswati and her family on the roads. He starts double-crossing to keep both the parties happy.

In the final tally, does Sunil get his house? What happens to Mahima? And what about Paresh's plans?

"It's a fun film that sees the problem from the landlord as well as the tenant's eyes," Priyan confides. The story is inspired by a South film, MINARAK, though Priyan adds that he has incorporated his thoughts in the story.

YTGYMG is slated for release on May 11, 2001.

Rahul

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“My mother was a wicked woman. She did not love me.”

This is how little Rahul (Master Yash Pathak) knows his mother. His father, Akash (Jatin Grewal), told him and he believed it. She left him and his father immediately after Rahul’s birth and he never found out why. All he knew was that she was wicked enough to have left them and that she was a taboo topic at home.

Rahul and his father Akash lived, cooked, sang, exercised, fought, laughed and cried together. Theirs was a complete family, a place where two men (and Rahul was definitely a man at 5) led a life of complete harmony. Rahul could toast bread for his father, lay the table and even polish his shoes on his own.

Every morning he saw his father off to work at the bus depot, for Akash ran a travel agency by himself, and then walked off to school. He had Jumbo and a 9-year-old Isha (Tanvi Hegde) for friends, while his drawing kept him company at other times. Isha amazed him with her ‘magic’ and Rahul was slave to her every idea, every piece of advice Isha had in store for him. His world didn’t seem to need a mother.

And then, one sunny afternoon in church, he discovered that his mother wasn’t the wicked one he had imagined at all. In fact, she seemed to remember him every day of those five years and continues to love him dearly. Ever since he finds this out from John (Gulshan Grover), a local grocery man, Rahul has a plan to meet his mother, Meera (Neha).

When he does, he discovers that she did indeed loves him and is overwhelmed to have him back. Yet, she never wants to meet his father ever again. Reconciliation between them seems next to unfeasible.

Meanwhile, Akash decides to marry winsome Sheela (Rajeshwari Sachdev), while Meera is being wooed by the gentle Naveen (Mahesh Thakur). A double marriage seems to be on the cards and every attempt of Rahul and Isha to thwart these inevitabilities prove unsuccessful.

On Rahul’s fifth birthday, his mother plans to file for custody while his father plans to get married to counter the lawsuit. Who will Rahul opt for?

This is the adult world of dilemmas, anger, betrayal, hurt and humiliation that Rahul has to deal with and he has no clue how to go about it. All he knows is that he loves both his parents equally and wants nothing more than having them together again.

RAHUL is a heart-warming story that pits a child’s innocence against adult problems. A refreshing look at the adult world from a child’s point of view.

Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya

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A few years ago, Ramgopal Varma had proposed to attempt a remake of the Michael Douglas-Glenn Close starrer FATAL ATTRACTION with Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar playing husband and wife, and Juhi Chawla as the other woman. The project did not materialise. Ramu started SATYA in the intervening period, starring two relatively new faces ­ Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpai.

Ramu intended attempting FATAL ATTRACTION again two years ago with Manoj Bajpai in the lead, Sushmita as his loving wife and Urmila as Manoj’s obsessed lover, but somehow the project fizzled out.

However, Ramu was so ‘fatally attracted’ to this subject that he decided to give it a third try. But there’s a change now! Ramu is merely producing the film in association with Venus Records, while his ex assistant, Rajat Mukherjee, is in the director’s seat.

“It would be wrong to state that PYAAR TUNE KYA KIYA is a scene-to-scene copy of FATAL ATTRACTION,” Ramu tells me, adding, “There are definitely some elements of FATAL ATTRACTION, but our film is not about a man who has a one-night-stand with a woman he meets at a party. PYAAR TUNE KYA KIYA is more about a married man who strays. In that respect, I think PYAAR TUNE KYA KIYA is far more complex than FATAL ATTRACTION.”

The story Jai (Fardeen Khan) is a fashion photographer who’s an incorrigible flirt, but also loves his wife Geeta (Sonali Kulkarni). However, Geeta is always suspicious of her husband’s motives. In fact, her suspicion shakes the foundation of their marriage. In the midst of all this, Jai meets a gorgeous model, Ria (Urmila Matondkar), a mildly psychotic woman, and for both of them it’s a fatal attraction.

Ria is a pampered rich girl who always gets whatever she wants in life. But this time she wants something that belongs to someone else.

One fine day, the truth dawns on Geeta that Jai has been cheating on her and is dating Ria. So what happens next? Does Geeta win back her husband? Or did Ria’s fatal attraction wreck their marriage?

So is Urmila attempting a negative role? “The treatment is very humane. I’m sure, the audiences are bound to identify with the characters,” Ramu concludes.

PYAAR TUNE KYA KIYA was shot on the shore areas of Goa. The film, slated for release in April, has music by Sandeep Chowta.

Love You Hamesha

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Directed by Kailash Surendranath, reputed ad filmmaker since the past 20 years, Love You Hamesha is a story based on stresses and fractures in relationships caused by careers.

Akshaye Khanna plays Shaurat, a young introverted rebellious mechanic. Set in a small town in Rajasthan, Shaurat is instantly zapped by Shivani (Sonali Bendre). Shivani is a beautiful girl from a family of declining fortunes. Even Shivani falls for Shaurat. The flash in the pan is Samrat, (model Amitabh Nanda), who is Sonali's fiancé. Samrat is rich, obsessive and manic personality. When Shivani breaks her engagement with Samrat and starts seeing Shaurat, all hell breaks loose.

Samrat freaks out and in a bout of manic personality, harrass Samrat and his father and run them out of town. His mother assists him in this task. From this, Shaurat realizes it is important to be somebody and arrives in Bombay with a fire in his belly. After a brief struggle he is absorbed by filmmaker Ketan Desai (Manmohan Desai's son playing himself) into the Bollywood. Another spoke in the wheel comes up in the form of his heroine, Meghna (Riya Sen), who has a crush on him.

Meanshile, Shivani and Samrat also arrive in Mumbai. Career pressures ensure Shivani's and Shuarat's relationship is turbulent. The differences are magnified by Shivani's work in the fashion scene with Rohit Bal, who mentors Shivani. (a real-life cameo) and the presence of Meghna in Shaurat's life.

The rebel in Shaurat makes him do the unpardonable; he doesn't turn up at his own secret wedding to Shivani.

What happens next? See the movie on the big screen.

Little John

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Noted director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, who has over sixty films to his credit in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages, notable among them being PUSHPAK, APPU RAJA and MAYURI, is ready with his latest venture, LITTLE JOHN, which has been made in three languages – Hindi, Tamil and English.

Slated for release in April 2001, the film stars Jyotika, Anupam Kher, Nasser, Anjan Srivastava, Bharati Achrekar, Prakash Raj and Hollywood actor Bently Mitchum, who plays the title role. It has music by Pravin Mani and cinematography by Thiru (HEY! RAM, CHAMPION).

John McKenzie (Bently Mitchum), an American anthropologist, arrives in India to do research on the legends of miracles attributed to the ancient temple Mukuthiyamma, the Goddess with a nose-ring.

He stays with an Indian family (Anjan Srivastava, Bharati Achrekar) and falls in love with their daughter Vani (Jyotika). John meets Swami-ji (Anupam Kher), the head of the temple, who enlightens him about the true powers of the deity's nose-ring. But John is not convinced.

One fine day, the deity's nose-ring is missing and John becomes the prime suspect. Before the police (Nasser) can nab him, by a quirk of circumstance, John is reduced to a seven-inch midget and escapes.

Swami-ji knows that John is innocent and it is the work of Kal Bhairav (Prakash Raj), who has been waiting for six thousand years to possess the nose-ring and its powers. Bhairav has to get it before the sunset.

How is John going to convince Vani of his innocence? If the nose-ring is not replaced before sunset, John will remain a midget forever. So will John make it?

LITTLE JOHN has approximately 40 minutes of special effects, created by he experts at Pentamedia in Chennai, who have been associated with JEANS, MUDALVAN, AVVAI SHANMUGHI etc.

About Bently Mitchum: A BFA graduate from the University of Southern California, Bently has done lead roles in films like BLOOD MONEY, DELTA FORCE ONE, BREAKING THE SILENCE etc. and TV serials like PROMISES TO KEEP.

In LITTLE JOHN, he plays John McKenzie, the romantic hero, the innocent suspect on the run and the adventurous midget.

Jodi No.1

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Time Films International Jodi No.1 produced by Dhirajlal Shah is a rib-tickling comedy from director David Dhawan. The movie stars Sanjay Dutt, Govinda, Monica Bedi, Twinkle Khanna, Anupam Kher & Rajat Bedi in lead roles.

Jai (Govinda) & Veeru (Sanjay Dutt) are partners and friends in crime. That is why their friendship is called Jodi No.1. They dupe people after gaining their confidence. But they have to run from Bombay after a clash with a local Bhai. In the course of their travel, they happen to meet Inder (Rajat Bedi), an NRI, who is on his way to Goa to work as a manager for Rai Bahadur (Anupam Kher), a wealthy businessman, who owns a beer factory.

They manage to get Inder behind bars and proceed to Goa with Jai deciding to act as the NRI manager and Veeru as his friend. Both start their job in the factory with just one purpose – to run away with Rai Bahadur's wealth. But their plans are put to hold when they come into contact with Tina (Twinkle Khanna) and Rinky (Monica Bedi). Jai falls for Tina while Veeru is after Rinky. They decide to shelve their plans and take pledge for solving the problems of the factory along with the problems of their heart.

What happens next? Will Tina & Rinky reciprocate their love? Will Inder come back and reveal their plans? See the movie on the big screen.

The movie has been co-produced by Pravin Shah & Hasmukh Shah and Himesh Reshammiya & Anand Raj Anand have composed the music. The movie will be released in March this year.

Ek Rishtaa

Movie Previews : Bollywood : Ek Rishtaa

After the above average response to JAANWAR, Suneel Darshan is ready with his next film -- EK RISHTAA-THE BOND OF LOVE. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Raakhee, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Simone Singh, Mohnish Bahl, Shakti Kapoor, Anang Desai and Ashish Vidyarthi. Nadeem-Shravan compose the music.

“EK RISHTAA-THE BOND OF LOVE is a story of relationships and how they endure the upheavals of time. The film revolves around these characters, their bindings and bickering as they go through happy and turbulent times Moments that rip them apart, moments that bring them closer,” Suneel divulges.

EK RISHTAA-THE BOND OF LOVE tells the story of Vijay Kapoor (Amitabh Bachchan). A dynamic businessman, his source of strength is his wife Pratima (Raakhee). They have three daughters – Rani, Priya and Priti (Juhi Chawla), the eldest daughter who is the apple of her father’s eye. The son, Ajay (Akshay Kumar), is studying abroad to secure his Masters in Information Technology.

An aspiring business graduate Rajesh Purohit (Mohnish Bahl) idolises Vijay Kapoor and the latter is impressed by his qualities and capabilities. Priti falls in love with Rajesh and Vijay Kapoor approves their relationship.

Meanwhile, Ajay wishes to start his own business to which Vijay Kapoor convinces him that it is imperative for him to first gain experience in the family business as he is just a novice, and later delve into different spheres.

As they start working together, ideological differences start cropping up between the father and son. Obviously there is a generation gap between them. Ajay has imbibed western ideologies, which he wants to apply, while Vijay Kapoor strongly opposes it. This leads to a rift between the father and son.

Obstinacy to their stands worsens the condition, leading to a fallout between the father and son. What happens next? What happens to the bonds of love that once held the family together? Will these relationships ever reunite? Will they stand the test of time?

“EK RISHTAA-THE BOND OF LOVE is about you, me, about all of us. It’s a story of what people are all about,” Suneel concludes. EK RISHTAA-THE BOND OF LOVE is slated for release on May 18.

Albela

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No gory fights, no loud melodrama, no mindless violence in this film. Is this Bollywood's commercial offering for real? You bet! Albela is that rare species that will keep you chuckling through the film and long after its over!

Albela is set in Malaga, a picturesque town in Goa. It features Tony (Govinda) as a happy-go-lucky tourist guide who enjoys his passion and all that comes with it. He hams his way through life, taking each day as it comes and making the most of it.

All this changes when an astrologer tells him that a light-eyed princess from across the seven seas will change his life forever on meeting him.

Well, as you know, astrologers are never wrong! And sure enough he bumps into Sonia (Aishwarya Rai) while waiting at the airport for prospective customers.

The stunning Ash has just landed from abroad and she has light eyes (obviously)! Tony zeroes on her as his princess and appoints himself as her tourist guide. But catch is that Sonia has not come to Malaga for a vacation; she is actually in Goa to search for her mother's grave.

Tony is only too happy to escort her gorgeous princess around town, helping her in her quest. The only unhappy person is Nina (Namrata Shirodker), who has always loved Tony from childhood. Sonia while enjoying Tony's amusing and charming company is blissfully unaware Tony actually loves her.

In course of their tramping across Malaga, Sonia comes to Tony's house and notices a frame holding the pride of place on the wall. The frame is an article about Tony, the Albela guide written by a journalist named Prem (Jackie Shroff).

Sonia is astonished. It is like a lighting strike and instantly her entire world turns upside down. Trying hard to keep control she asks Tony to meet this Prem. And Tony, true to his character, happily agrees. He can never deny his princess anything.

And suddenly the film takes an unexpected and delightful turn.

Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

Movie Reviews : Bollywood :Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai

Goldie Behl, the childhood friend of Abhishek Bachchan, makes his debut as a director with BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… The film stars Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukherji, Sushmita Sen and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles.

BAS ITNA SA KHWAAB HAI… is shot extensively in Varanasi. The story of the film, inspired to an extent by director Aziz Mirza's Nana-SRK-Juhi starrer RAJU BAN GAYA GENTLEMAN, goes thus:

Abhishek plays a character hailing from Varanasi. He is an ambitious man who aspires to make it big some day. He decides to try his luck in Mumbai. While trying to manage a foothold in the city of dreams, Abhishek comes across Rani Mukherji and falls in love with her.

Falling in love proves lucky for him because his career starts taking off. Jackie Shroff, a successful media personality, takes him under his wing and Abhishek believes in him completely. Jackie's right-hand woman is Sushmita Sen, his ally in all his shady deals and a temptress.

Slowly, Abhishek starts enjoying the luxuries of life – a bungalow, flashy cars, money et cetera.

But he realises that that the man he has admired and wanted to emulate – Jackie Shroff – is not the good man he thought him to be, but a manipulative, calculating, power hungry editor of a paper.

Instead of staying with Jackie and Sushmita, he returns to Rani for a content, peaceful life, away from materialistic happiness.

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