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Rohit Jagessar
DIRECTOR JAGESSAR WAS INSPIRED BY GRANDMOTHER TO MAKE "GUIANA 1838"
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Rohit Jagessar is one happy man. And he has one big reason for it. Just last month, his film "Guiana 1838" picked the Best Feature Film of the Year Award at the third Belize International Film festival. That meant shutting out such competition as Ashutosh Gowarikar's "Swades" and Subhash Ghai's "Kisna." The annual weeklong event showcased films from Belize, the Caribbean, Southern Mexico and Central American regions as well as India, United Kingdom and the rest of the world.
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Bollywood Preview
By Shephali J. Rele

Bollywood releases expected this month

“Main Aisa Hi Hoon”: Starring Ajay Devgan, Sushmita Sen, Esha Deol, Anupam Kher; directed by Harry Baweja; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

Ajay Devgan plays Neil, a kind man with the mentality of a 7-year-old. Neil shares his life with his young daughter, Gungun, who he adores. Gungun’s mother, Maya, played by Esha Deol, left them after giving birth. Father and daughter face life’s difficulties together. Their not perfect but happy world is turned upside-down when Neil’s father-in-law Dayanath makes a sudden appearance. He just recently learned of his granddaughter’s existence. After meeting Neil, he files a lawsuit to gain custody. Neil hires an ambitious attorney, Neeti Khanna, played by Sushmita Sen to take the case. Will she be able to win? And what about Maya? Will she return to help Neil? “Main Aisa Hi Hoon” holds the answers.

“Waqt”: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Boman Irani; directed by Vipul Shah; music by Anu Malik.

This family drama revolves around a father and son relationship. Amitabh Bachchan plays Ishwar Sharawat and Akshay Kumar plays his son Aditya. Ishwar owns a toy company and makes generous donations every Diwali. With wife Sumita, played by Shefali Shah by his side, they appear to lead a perfect life. Apparently, this is not the case. After Aditya marries Mitali, played by Priyanka Chopra, Ishwar hopes his son will become more responsible. Over time, the differences between father and son grow and Aditya is thrown out of the house. A shocked Aditya now aspires to prove his worth to his father. He takes a job as a stunt man and enters a talent contest. As the competition ends, the mystery behind his father’s behavior is revealed. After the action-thriller “Aankhen,” director Shah tries his hand at family drama.

“Lucky”: Starring Salman Khan, Sneha Ullal, Mithun Chakraborthy; directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru; music by Adnan Sami.

This romantic tale is set against the backdrop of Russia. Salman Khan plays Aditya, the sophisticate son of an Indian ambassador. Newcomer Sneha Ullal plays Lucky, a young schoolgirl who is a dreamer at heart. Their two paths merge after strife from a sudden insurgency breaks out in the city. Lucky runs into Aditya, a fellow Indian, as they both attempt to reach safety. They begin an unforgettable journey facing many obstacles to survive. Despite not having much in common, Lucky takes a liking to Aditya. The heart of the film is how they succeed on their journey home. Actual Russian locales are used in this movie, which is produced by Khan’s brother, Sohail.
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KAL PENN STARS IN NEW FILM 'A LOT LIKE LOVE'
By NITISH S. RELE - editor@khaasbaat.com

Kal Penn, who starred in the 2004 hit “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” is back in North American movie theaters this month.

In "A Lot Like Love," the Indian American portrays the role of “Jeeter,” best friend and business partner of “Oliver,” played by Ashton Kutcher. Directed by Nigel Cole, the romantic comedy is scheduled to hit the screen on April 22.

At present, Penn has several films in the making such as "The Namesake," directed by Mira Nair, Bryan Singer's "Superman Returns" and "Man About Town," directed by Mike Binder.


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