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Darshan Jariwala is Gandhi and Akshaye Khanna plays his son in “Gandhi My Father.”

“Gandhi My Father”: Starring Darshan Jariwala, Akshaye Khanna, Bhumika Chawla, Shefali Shah, Daniel Janks; directed by Feroz Abbas Khan; music composed by Piyush Kanojia.

Mahatma Gandhi’s role in India’s freedom struggle is known to everyone. But not everyone has knowledge of Gandhi as a family man and father. This film tells the story of Gandhi’s turbulent relationship with Harilal, his eldest son who lived in his father’s shadows during India’s freedom movement. Veteran stage actor, Darshan Jariwala reprises the role of Mahatma from the play “Mahatma vs Gandhi” on which this film is based. After his aspirations to study law in England were discouraged, Harilal, played by Akshaye Khanna, rebelled and tried to seek his own identity. Harilal converted to Islam, offending his father who felt he converted for material gains not out of belief. He later returned to Hinduism. Shefali Shah plays Kasturba, caught in the middle between her devotion to Gandhiji and her love for her son. After a life full of self-destruction, Harilal died a homeless alcoholic months after his father. This poignant film is directed by veteran theatre artist Feroz Abbas Khan and produced by Anil Kapoor.

Shah Rukh Khan plays a hockey coach in “Chak De India.”

“Chak De India”: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Vidya Malvade, Tanya Abrol, Sandia Furtado, Lalhmingkimi Khiangte, Shubhi Mehta, Arya Menon; directed by Shimit Amin; music by Salim-Suleiman.

This highly anticipated release from Yash Chopra stars Shah Rukh Khan as Kabir, a former hockey player-turned-coach to a feisty team of girls training to win the World Cup. Troubled with past sorrows, Kabir’s only desire is to see his country’s flag held high during the hockey competition. Newcomer Vidya Malvade plays Vidya, a girl who wants nothing more than her parents consent to play. The team eventually makes it to the World Cup where their exercise regime is being telecast on a reality show. The girls’ determination, dignity and skills are put to the test as they strive to make their nation proud. For Kabir, it’s a chance to reclaim lost honor. Shot at various locations in Australia, the producers gave out tickets to watch the shooting. This way they got a full stadium as hockey spectators. The film will have its world premiere in London kicking off a festival called India Now celebrating the growing ties between India and London. The director Shimit Amin previously made the gritty “Ab Tak Chhappan.”

Fardeen Khan, left, Riteish Deshmukh, Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan star in “Heyy Babyy.”

“Heyy Babyy”: Starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani; directed by Sajid Khan; music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

What happens when three handsome bachelors must deal with the realities of parenthood? Reminiscent of the Hollywood film “Three Men and a Baby,” this masala entertainer stars Vidya Balan as Esha, the mother who refuses to marry her child’s father because she believes he’s unfit. Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, and Riteish Deshmukh are Aroush, Al and Tanmay, three guys living it up and having fun in Sydney, Australia. Their non-stop partying comes to a halt when a bouncing bundle of joy lands on their doorstep. Before long, the carefree “men about town” are transformed into loving fathers. Choreographer turned director, Farah Khan’s brother Sajid Khan tries his hand at direction, with his sister handling the choreography. The makers promise drama, comedy, tears, romance and a special highlight, a song sequence with superstar Shah Rukh Khan.


Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol star in “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.”

“Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”: Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta; directed by Shaad Ali; music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

There are high hopes for this Yash-Raj production from the director of “Bunty aur Babli,” and “Saathiya.” The storyline involves two couples. Abhishek Bachchan and Preity Zinta play Rikku and Alviria, two strangers living in London waiting for a train. Rikku who is originally from Bhatinda now considers himself the sultan of Southhall. He’s not quite a crook but will do whatever it takes to make a buck. Alvira is a Pakistani Brit, a princess by nature and prim and proper.

Both are waiting for their fiancés and are forced to share a table in a crowded café. They pass the time by sharing how they met their loves. For Alvira, that’s Steve, played by Bobby Deol a handsome rich lawyer with all the right moves. For Rikku, it’s Anaida played by Lara Dutta, a charismatic manager of a posh Paris hotel who can handle any crisis. As the stories unfold they are surprised they actually enjoy one another’s company despite vast differences. This attraction complicates matters after their respective partners arrive. Watch for Amitabh Bachchan who dons an unusual getup and Shah Rukh Khan in special appearances. ith lyrics by Gulzar, composers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy deliver another hit with what is sure to be one of the year’s best soundtracks. e


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