Abhi-Ash in Dubai’s Burj al-Arab

A home away from home

06/01/2008 12:27 AM | By Vinita Bharadwaj, Gulf News Report

In line with the trend of Bollywood celebrities acquiring property in Dubai, power couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai became the latest stars to join the list and
attended a “Residents Party” for owners in Jumeirah Golf Estates’s Sanctuary Falls.

At an intimate reception held at the Burj Al Arab, the son and daughter-in-law of Amitabh Bachchan entered the Al Falaj Ballroom with Rai holding onto Bachchan’s arm as
they made their way down the stairs to mingle with their future neighbours.

Dressed in an embroidered traditional Indian kurta by designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla from her personal wardrobe, Rai was all smiles and poise, making strong eye
contact and greeting guests, while Bachchan nodded his head. Continue reading

Akshay Shah Reviews KUDRAT (Hindi, 1981)

Akshay Shah Reviews KUDRAT (Hindi, 1981)

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The reincarnation genre is one I have a great weakness for, not only does it make up for a riveting watch if done correctly, it’s a genre that has given Hindi cinema one of it’s finest films. Chetan Anand’s KUDRAT is without a doubt the finest entry in to the genre (alongside Roy’s MADHUMATI and Ghai’s KARZ). An eerie, haunting and suspenseful murder mystery executed to utmost perfection, enhanced by excellent performances and featuring one of the finest album’s music albums EVER in a Hindi film….KUDRAT is a bona-fide classic. And yes, despite 22 years passing since it’s release the movie is just as exhilarating now as it was back when it released.

The film revolves around Chandramukhi (Hema Malini) who with her parents goes on holiday to Simla. Chandramukhi’s mum runs in to her childhood who lives im Simla with her psychiatrist son Naresh (Vinod Khanna). There is instant attraction between Chandramukhi and Naresh however their joy is short-loved as Chandramukhi has a horrific nightmare on her first night there where she’s chasing a man who. The night mare occurs again on the second night which prompts Naresh to hypnotize her , he starts by walking her through her adult years, then younger years and before he knows it he’s taken her back to her previous life where her name was Paro! Inexperienced in the field, Naresh stops the hypnosis immediately. However Chandramukhi’s situation keeps on getting worse as slowly she starts recollecting bits and pieces of her previous life as she spends more time in Simla. She also finds herself getting strangely attracted to Public Prosecutor Mohan Kapoor (Rajesh Khanna) who is to marry Advocate Karuna (Priya Raajvansh). Karuna is the daughter of Simla’s wealthiest and most respected man; Choudhury Jannak Singh (Raaj Kumar). Chandramukhi is convinced that Mohan is her lover Madhao from a previous life however Mohan doesn’t believe in reincarnation at first, though eventually something clicks in him and he realises that Chandramukhi is telling the truth and he breaks off his engagement to Karuna. Choudhury Jannak Singh decides to announce the engagement of his daughter to Mohan regardless, Chandramukhi is also invited to the party, and when she meets Choudhury she reacts with a blood-curdling scream. Skeletons now tumble out of the closet one by one as an age old investigation is taken to court. The crime? Rape and murder of an innocent village girl called Paro by Choudhury Jannak Singh. The race against time is on as Mohan and Naresh start trying to gather evidence to prove that this heinous crime did actually occur. Continue reading

AB vartalap Hindi mein

AB vartalap Hindi mein
Author: Subhash K Jha Date: 31 May 2008

Part of Big B’s blog to go vernacular

The Big B is all set to introduce a Hindi section on his blog. Revealing his plans, Bachchan says, “There have been requests. I’ll be writing some pieces in Hindi too. I’m learning how to do that on the Mac. The blog of the day could be partly in Hindi and partly in English.”

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Kaho na copy hai!

The latest poster of Harman Baweja’s Love Story 2050 is strikingly similar to Hrithik’s debut Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’s poster. The big question: Is it deliberate?

Harman Baweja has been ducking and dodging questions about how closely he resembles Hrithik Roshan for a long time. But the newbie actor who is ready with his first movie Love Story 2050 can’t seem to get the comparisons to Hrithik out of the equation.
No coincidence
At the music release of the film held on Wednesday, Harman unveiled a new poster for the film that reminds us of the Kaho Na Pyaar Hai poster featuring Hrithik and Amisha. Not only is the pose similar, but also the way the image stands out against the title font.

A source says, “This can’t be a co-incidence. Everyone remembers the famous Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai pose of Hrithik and Amisha. So it’s weird that Harman would have overlooked the similarities and approved of the same design for his poster.
Also it’s a known fact that the newcomer is involved with the promotion and publicity of the film and personally overlooks everything that is released.”

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Hrithik turns to small screen too!

MUMBAI: After actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Govinda and Salman Khan, it is now Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan’s turn to join the reality show bandwagon.
Hrithik has been named the goodwill ambassador of NDTV Imagine’s new musical reality show “Junoon – Kuch Kar Dikhaane Ka” scheduled to start June 6. “I am very pleased to be associated with this show. I can identify with the participants and their desire to achieve success. I can relate to their positive and exuberant spirit because I believe I have a similar enthusiasm – be it for my work or my personal life,” the Bollywood star said.

The actor would neither be hosting, judging or performing on the show. Hrithik would instead be a support system for the contending participants and teams on the show.
Commenting on the association, Shailja Kejriwal, executive vice president of NDTV Imagine, said: “Hrithik epitomises the passion, which is present in all the talented artists that are part of the show.”
The show, being hosted by Annu Kapoor of “Antakshari” fame would have three teams – folk, sufi and filmy – contesting to become the country’s most popular genre of
music.
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JayShah’s Saturday Box Office Column – Jannat superb in week two…

Note all numbers are from Trade Guide

Reporting Methodology

1) New films most of the time where possible will be benchmarked against other films ‘in the same range’. The gross used for the older films will be either one’s I have computed or a BOI gross or a gross from Joginder’s column
2) Films currently playing – I will always do some trending analysis. This is always against the ‘week before’
3) To compute subsequent week grosses I will always benchmark against ‘the first week’. Before it was always the preceding week, but Week 1 is always the best base because it gives maximum centres to use
4) Going forward I will show ONE example in FULL and show the results of the remaining scenarios

New Releases

All three new releases Dhoom Daddaka, Don Muthuswami and Ghatothkach had extremely poor week collections. Dhoom Daddaka collected around 1Cr, Don Muthuswami around 20Lakhs and Ghatothkach approximately 80Lakhs. All three are resounding flops.

Past Releases Continue reading