Monthly Archives: June 2007
Akshay Shah Reviews GOOD BOY BAD BOY (Hindi, 2007)
Does Subhash Ghai as a producer actually keep an eye on the films that are being churned out of his production company MUKTA Entertainment? Agree that JOGGERS PARK (2003) and IQBAL (2005) were superior products which went on to garner critical acclaim as well as Box-office success. However the same production house has delivered 36, CHINATOWN and now GOOD BOY BAD BOY? Youâ€™ve seriously got to wonder.
GOOD BOY BAD BOY is one of the most confused and poorly made films Iâ€™ve seen in recent times, and given Iâ€™ve just seen Guddu Dhanoaâ€™s BIG BROTHER, thatâ€™s say quiet a lot. I donâ€™t have a problem with â€œ dumbâ€ comedies, and I have no qualms in accepting that I whole heartedly enjoyed KYA KOOL HAI HUM and APNA SAPNA MONEY MONEY (co-incidentally produced by Ghai too) .However GOOD BOY BAD BOY is a uninspired, lame, contrived and above all pointless film which really makes the viewer wonder WHAT WAS THE POINT OF ALL THAT?
Akshay Shah Reviews BIG BROTHER (Hindi, 2007)
How the times have changed, there was a time when Sunny Deolâ€™s brand of ear bursting shouting, over-the-top eye rolling, completely filmi melodrama, and hardcore violence was the flavour of the season. From 1996 when Sunny Deol delivered a pulse-pounding performance in Raj Kanwarâ€™s modern day MUQADDAR KA SIKANDAR in JEET to INDIAN in 2001 Sunny delivered back to back hits and his formula for success was one of the most guaranteed in the industry. GHATAK, AJAY, BORDER, ZOR, SALAAKHEN, ARJUN PANDIT, and GADAR (his peak) all made money at the Box-office. Heck INDIAN even released on the same day as Shahrukh Khanâ€™s home production ASOKA and raced ahead at the box-office. Sadly Sunny got stuck in a rut of sorts, as time moved on the formula started to wear thin, and as the trend goes in Bollywood Sunny Deolâ€™s brand of masala wasnâ€™t so hot anymore. MAA TUJHE SALAAM, 23rd MARCH 1931: SHAHEED, JAANI DUSHMAN, KARZ, JAAL-THE TRAP, KHEL, LAKEER, JO BOLE SO NI HAAL, TEESRI AANKH and NAKSHA all bombed at the box-office except making a few penniesâ€™ in the Northern belt which has always been the Deolâ€™s mainstay traditionally.
Cut to 2007, Sunny Deolâ€™s long delayed BIG BROTHER finally releases after under-going name changes for almost 6 years and the result is a film which belongs to another era. The intentions at the time the film was being made may have been honest, however in todayâ€™s times a film like this just doesnâ€™t, not because Sunnyâ€™s star-power is at an all time low, but because BIG BROTHER is a shamelessly violent film with an incoherent storyline, confused direction and lacklustre performances despite Sunny Deol screaming his loudest.
Link Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network The promos of Sajid Khan’s HEYY BABYY, featuring Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Vidya Balan are out and as usual Akshay Kumar (in a comic role) looks in cracking form. HEYY BABYY …
My Birthday week! Bollywood Trade News Network
Link Eros International, the leading global player in the Indian entertainment sector, announces the release of ace comedy director David Dhawanâ€™s film PARTNER, which will be distributed by Eros globally.
Starring Salman Khan, …
Seems like Dharam, Boxing and Sunny Paaji are the highlights(in that order)!
By Martin D’Souza, Bollywood
View Apne Movie StillsThe Champ was a runaway hit when released in 1979. A love triangle between a father, his son and the woman who came between them, it was a super film brilliantly essayed by Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway and Rick Schroder. The flick had boxing as its backdrop. APNE, tries to go The Champ way, and succeeds in a way.
But here, the script revolves around a boxer father; how he was â€˜fixedâ€™ and banned from boxing and his desire to have his eldest son bring back the glory. Realizing that there is no future in boxing in India, Angad (Sunny Deol) the eldest son ventures into business. So it is left by divine intervention for the youngest son Karan (Bobby Deol) who has a useless left hand, and who is miraculously cured, to enter the ring and challenge the World heavy Weight Boxing champion, Luca Garcia (Jonnie Brown) and realize Baldev Choudharyâ€™s (Dhammendra) dream.
View Apne Movie StillsThe film begins with a whimper, but somewhere along the way there is a loud bang, thanks to the superbly filmed boxing bouts. If at all there is anything that will work here, itâ€™s the scenes in the boxing ring. Also, the curiosity factor of seeing the Deols together on screen for the first time. The chemistry Dharmendra shares with his sons reflects easily on screen and the awe in which Sunny is of his father is there for all to see. Together they punch their way on screen to give the viewer some engrossing moments.
Shilpa Shetty as Sunnyâ€™s wife has some substance in her role while Katrina Kaif walks in and out. Canâ€™t blame her, she has nothing to do and in one scene where they celebrate Karanâ€™s first win, she is nowhere in the frame!!!
Welcome back Joginder
First weekend performance of latest release
From sheer release timing, it was the best that CHAIN KULLI KI MAIN KULLI could have expected. JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM wasn’t exactly setting box office on fire and to add to the fun, CK2MK was the sole release of the week. In spite of these two factors going in it’s favor, CK2MK took a no-show start at the box office. Reason was simple – poor promotion and near-zilch awareness.
Ok, so agreed that Rahul Bose doesn’t have a standing that he can pull a movie completely on his own. But give him just the right platform, an able promotional campaign and some good visibility and one can be rest assured that his fan following would help do some talking. Unfortunately none of that happened in case of CK2MK which just released suddenly and is not expected to sustain beyond a week.
B.O. update: ‘Aap Kaa Surroor’ Opens huge
Himesh Reshammiyaâ€™s first film as an actor, AAP KAA SURROOR, has caught the entire film industry unaware. The film has opened to an earth-shattering response [95%-100%] everywhere, from East to West, from North to South
Box-office is most unpredictable! The stupendous opening of Himesh Reshammiyaâ€™s first film as an actor, AAP KAA SURROOR, has caught the entire film industry unaware. The film has opened to an earth-shattering response [95%-100%] everywhere, from East to West, from North to South. In fact, at several centres, the opening of this film is at par with KRRISH and DHOOM 2, the biggest openers of 2006. Incredible, isnâ€™t it?
Tendulkar milestone in India win
Second one-day international, Stormont:
India 227-4 (49 overs) beat South Africa 226-6 (50 ovs) by six wickets
Tendulkar guides the ball through mid-wicket during his 106-ball innings
Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to reach 15,000 one-day runs as India levelled their best of three series against South Africa in Belfast.
Tendulkar made 93 before being bowled by spinner Thandi Tshabalala as India slumped from 134-0 to 142-4.
June 28, 2007 15:43 IST
America is in chaos. Hackers are shutting down every computer system and network in the country, and cop John McClane is huddled up with a couple of geeky hackers in a basement that couldn’t be any nerdier. The chief baddie, a deranged superhacker, makes his ultimatum clear, via webcam.
A distraught McClane (Bruce Willis) turns to his hacker buddies to start coming up with a plan, placing his hand over the webcam as he talks. He’s interrupted by the villain, Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant). ‘Mr McClane, covering the camera does not turn off the microphone.’
’nuff said. Bruce Willis [Images], now 52, isn’t the yippee-ki-yay mo*bleep* cowboy he once was — and even if he were, he’s way past his sell-by date. Compared rightly (and obviously All-Americanly) to a Timex watch in a digital age, McClane can’t cope with the country taken over by vindictive hackers.
All he knows is that these guys need to be shot. Oh, and he needs to save his daughter — there’s always gotta be some emo-involvement for John. It’s as blockbuster as it gets, and the reason we love McClane — who calls an astonishingly acrobatic villain names like spider-boy — is because he’s old-school.
June 29, 2007 15:30 IST
There are many reasons to make a film but when the reasons are to explain why Himesh Reshammiya always wears a cap or why he never smiles, then God save us!
Two years ago, Himesh and his childhood friend Prashant Chadha decided to make a video of the smash hit single Aashiq Banaya Aapne, featuring the singer-composer. What followed was an unparalleled success story. Now, we have a film that tries to explain the cult of Himesh Reshammiya aka HR.
Aap Kaa Surroor: The Moviee: The Real Luv Story is about HR, a widely successful rockstar now on the German leg of his world tour. He is a simple God-fearing, non-smiling cap-wearing Indian, who imagines his dream woman in a salwar kameez even though she’s walking up to him in a pink party dress! HR not only hears the Gayatri Mantra every time he comes face to face with Riyaa, he also hums a jazzed up version of it when he realises he’s in love.
Joginder Tuteja, IndiaGlitz [Friday, June 29, 2007]
Indian producers have been campaigning for an official release of Bollywood films in Pakistan. Years back, films with a distinct Pakistani flavour, Soni Mahiwal, Mughal-e-Azam and Taj Mahal, were cleared for release, but because of political problems, no contemporary Bollywood title has ever found a simultaneous theatrical release in Pakistan.
Mahesh Bhatt’s Awarapan, releasing today, will create history in Pakistan, if the Federal Film Censor Board in Lahore is understanding. A print of Awarapan was taken to Pakistan to be shown to censor officials on Wednesday. If the film is cleared, it is likely to witness a theatrical release in Pakistan concurrently with the rest of the world, giving the cinemas there a fresh lease of life and the audience a valid reason to rejoice.
The screening of Awarapan before the Censors does not come as a surprise given the Bhatts’ affinity for Pakistan and the talent there – be it in the form of actress Meera or music personalities like Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Ali Azmat, to name a few. “It’s payback time,” says an industry insider. “Pakistan should let Awarapan release in its country as there are compelling reasons to justify this.”
In Awarapan, Mahesh Bhatt has introduced the chartbusting compositions and renditions of Roxen vocalist Mustafa Zahid, Annie and Rafaqat Ali Khan, making this the first Bollywood soundtrack to feature musical talent from Pakistan in entirety. This is also the first Bollywood film in recent years to have been shot in Lahore. (The Rishi Kapoor-Zeba Bakhtiar starrer Henna had been shot in Pakistan more than a decade back).
P Vasu to direct Kamal’s forthcoming flick
IndiaGlitz [Thursday, June 28, 2007]
Padma Shri Kamal Hassan, who won several National Awards, is presently working under the direction KS Ravikumar for a film ‘Dasavataram’ produced by Oscar Ravichandran.
It is a heavy experimental movie. The speciality of the film is that Kamal Hassan is portraying 10 roles in the movie. The shooting of the film is almost nearing completion.
As the shooting is coming to an end, there was a hot debate among the industry circles and also among his fans across the world as to what would be his next project.
Dedicated to Shettybhai;)!
IndiaGlitz [Friday, June 29, 2007]
All eyes are now on Vikram’s Bheema. The movie featuring Vikram and Trisha in lead roles is complete.
Vikram says, â€œThankfully we have completed the entire shooting of Bheema. The end product is scintillating. It has come good and director Lingusamy has worked hard and his dedication is visible on the screenâ€.
Vikram is gearing up to commence his next Kandasaamy, while a few portions of dubbing in Bheema need to be completed.
Asked about the release, Vikram, says, â€œThanks to the co-operation from the whole unit, we have completed the shooting of Bheema. It is now for the producer (A M Rathinam) to decide the releaseâ€.
Nice to see Jogbhai watching a Tamil film!! Well written!
By Joginder Tuteja
, June 29, 2007 – 13:50 IST
After a month long vacation, there was quite a lot of backlog that I had accumulated when it came to Bollywood and Hollywood flicks. And guess what I was ignorant about most? That in the interim there was this Tamil film that had released which ultimately turned out to be the first film that I wanted to watch as soon as I landed back into the town!
No Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, no Ocean’s Thirteen, no Shrek 3, no Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli no Fantastic Four – what I wanted to catch up was, you guessed it right, SIVAJI!
Not that I won’t be catching up on the flicks mentioned above, yes I certainly would, but then within a couple of hours of landing, I marched straight to catch the first available show of Sivaji at my neighborhood multiplex.
GO HIMMESH!:D In some ways I would be happy if this is a blockbuster, will through a momentary spanner in the star system of sorts:-)
By Subhash K. Jha, June 29, 2007 – 11:38 IST
Riteish Deshmukh: â€œI’m a big Himesh fan. I’ve already booked the tickets for me and my friends for his film. I’m really looking forward to his film. I wish him all the best.â€
Vipul Shah: “For Himesh to be accepted as an actor is a big challenge. But I also know Himesh has risen from the ranks and so he knows what it takes to be successful. He’s a clever man and a canny musician. I’m sure he has covered all bases before becoming an actor. I wish him all luck.”
Suniel Shetty: “Aap Ka Surroor is going to be a massive hitâ€¦ a blockbuster. Nothing can stop Himesh. His critics can say he sings through his ear, nose or throat, it makes no difference. Audiences adore him. I’ve seen how they react to Himesh abroad. The man is a phenomenon. And everyone is just waiting to watch him on screen. Himesh will be a big success as an actor. He’s hardworking and he has an attitude. A deadly combination. I’m a big, big fan of his and I wish him all the best.â€
Javed Akhtar: “My best wishes are with him.”
Link By IndiaFM News Bureau, June 29, 2007 – 11:43 IST The promos of Pooja Bhattâ€™s directorial film Dhoka are being shown during the show of Awarapan. Dhoka is the awaited film presented by Mahesh Bhatt which is introducing supermodel …
3Â and 1/2 Stars
By Taran Adarsh, June 29, 2007 – 12:41 IST
Choosing an interesting story is difficult. But doing justice to the story is nothing short of an achievement. AWARAPAN, directed by Mohit Suri, gets it right on both the levels — on paper first, on celluloid later.
For Hindi moviegoers, the story may remind you of Rakesh Roshan’s KOYLA [SRK, Madhuri, Amrish Puri], but in actuality, AWARAPAN borrows from director Kim Ji-woon’s Korean film A BITTERSWEET LIFE [2005; Korean title: DALKOMHAN INSAENG; starring Lee Byung-Hun, Kim Young-Cheol, Shin Mina]. Nothing wrong with being inspired, since every director has his way of interpreting a story. Also, Mohit adapts the content to suit Indian sensibilities.
AWARAPAN is as raw as a gash inflicted by a rod. A number of Hindi films have plunged into the underbelly of the underworld/mafia in the past, so how different is AWARAPAN from films of its ilk? AWARAPAN packs in all this and something extra in those 2 hours — a love story and spirituality.
3 and 1/2 stars AGAIN
By Taran Adarsh, June 29, 2007 – 12:38 IST
With SHRADDHANJALI, his directorial debut, Anil Sharma proved that he could make you moist-eyed. With HUKUMAT, he proved that he could pull off a vendetta fare with gusto. With GADAR, he proved he could handle a love story with two neighboring countries as the backdrop with remarkable ease.
APNE, his new endeavor, is all about familial bonding. In a way, the storyteller goes back to his roots in his new outing — emotions.
APNE casts a father [Dharmendra] and his two real-life sons [Sunny, Bobby] in roles that suit their personalities. Besides, the backdrop of boxing makes the conflict in the story look convincing.
3and1/2 Stars ! WTF?Â
By Taran Adarsh, June 29, 2007 – 12:31 IST
Television producer. Music composer. Singer. And now actor. Oh yes, Himesh Reshammiya wears many caps. Literally! Everyone’s curious to know how HR is as an actor? Is he a fine actor? Or has he strolled into the wrong alley?
Don’t expect miracles. HR is no Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, SRK or Aamir Khan when it comes to histrionics. He’s not the best looker in town either, not anywhere close to Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan or Akshay Kumar.
But you’ve to hand it over to HR for being the most courageous and confident person around. Can you ever imagine actors like Amitabh Bachchan or SRK turning music composers overnight? It’s difficult to take risks, especially when you’re under a scanner constantly. Like the famous lines go, every step you take, every move you make, the world’ll be watching youâ€¦
First show reactions
News trickling in on the much-hyped Aap Ka Suroor is that it has apparently managed to get more-than-decent reactions from the public. This two hour movie has about 12-14 songs and is supposedly a good time-pass fare. …
MUMBAI – If you want to understand the hold that Bollywood has over India, go to Manoj Desai’s old movie palace, in the crowded neighborhood known simply as Mumbai Central. Go to the early show, at 11:30 a.m., when the line for tickets occasionally spills off the sidewalk and into the parking lot.
The cheap seats then are just 35 cents, and the audience is mostly from the city’s vast slums. Everyone seems to know the dialogue by heart.
They’ve been lining up, every day, for 12 years.