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  HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



Akshay Kumar plays Sardar with style in "Singh is Kinng."
"Singh Is Kinng": Starring Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif, Om Puri, Kirron Kher, Sonu Sood, Javed Jaffrey, Neha Dhupia; directed by Anees Bazmee; music by Pritam.

From the makers of "No Entry" and "Welcome" comes this action comedy starring a current king of Hindi cinema. Akshay Kumar is the mischievous Happy Singh from a small town in Punjab. He's considerate and helpful but accident prone and his efforts to do good usually backfire. His fellow villagers are fed up of his antics and send him on a long mission to find and bring back Lucky Singh played by Sonu Sood. Lucky happens to be an underworld don in Australia surrounded by a gang of colorful characters. Happy drags his friend Rangeela, played by Om Puri, along the journey. On the way, he finds love after a chance meeting with Sonia, played by Katrina Kaif. Following a series of comic misadventures, Happy thwarts an attempt on Lucky's life but later when Lucky ends up paralyzed Happy is crowned the new underworld "king." Shot extensively in Australia, the film features chartbusting music with a guest track featuring rapper Snoop Dogg.



Ranbir Kapoor romances Minissha Lamba in "Bachna Ae Haseeno."
"Bachna Ae Haseeno": Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Minissha Lamba, Deepika Padukone; directed by Siddharth Anand; music by Vishal-Shekhar.

This Yash-Raj production traces the story of one guy's romantic journey with three loves from various stages of this life. Ranbir Kapoor is Raj Sharma, a heartbreaker who the girls can't help but fall for. His easy charm and sense of humor make him irresistible. There's Mahi, played by Minissha Lamba, a sweet innocent girl from Punjab who believes no wrong can ever come to her, a true romantic. Then there's Radhika, played by Bipasha Basu, a confident city girl. She lives on her own and hopes to make it big on the silver screen. Radhika doesn't follow old-fashioned rules and does whatever makes her happy. Deepika Padukone plays Gayatri, a smart girl who's gone abroad to study and find success. She's ambitious and not afraid to face a challenge head-on. Each girl teaches Raj about love and life and their unique individual ways. From the director of "Salaam Namaste" and "Tara Rum Pum," expectations are high for Kapoor and Padukone after successful debuts last year.



Salman Khan uses divine powers to win over Priyanka Chopra in "God Tussi Great Ho."
"God Tussi Great Ho": Starring Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Priyanka Chopra, Sohail Khan, Manisha Koirala, Satish Kaushik; directed by Rumi Jaffery; music by Sajid-Wajid.

Inspired by the Hollywood flick, "Bruce Almighty," starring Jim Carrey, writer Rum Jaffery makes his directorial debut with this comedy. Salman Khan stars as Arun Prajapati, who desperately wants an anchor job at the television company where he works. He's in love with Alia, played by Priyanka Chopra who works with him as an anchor but is not able to convey his feelings. One day, his colleague, Rocky, played by Sohail Khan lands the job he's been after and Arun fears he will soon win Alia's heart also. After a bad day, he angrily blames God for his misfortunes. Suddenly, God, played by Amitabh Bachchan, appears and challenges him to perform his job better. God grants him all his divine powers and Arun uses them to achieve success. Alia is amazed with the new confident Arun, who decides that granting everyone's wishes would make the world a better place. Of course, mayhem ensues and Arun realizes being God isn't as easy as he thought.





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