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  HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



“Sunday”: Starring Ajay Devgan, Ayesha Takia, Irfan Khan, Arshad Warsi; directed by Rohit Shetty; music by Sandeep Chowta, Daler Mehndi, Shibani Kashyap, Raghav Sachar, and Amar Mohile.

You can expect comedy, action and murder in this unusually titled film. Ayesha Takia plays Sehar, a girl who can’t remember a particular Sunday in her life. As she investigates the mystery, her reaction goes from amusement to terror as clues lead to a possible attack against her.

Ajay Devgan plays Inspector Rajveer, her fiancée, who takes the responsibility of helping sort out the puzzle. Soon everyone who crossed paths with Sehar on that missing day becomes a suspect. The group includes Ballu, the taxi driver, played by Arshad Warsi, his friend Kumar, the struggling actor played by Irfan Khan, Ritu, one of Sehar’s close friends and some people she met partying at a disco.

From the director of “Golmaal,” expect plot twists to be revealed in hilarious style. There are two special song numbers, one with Esha Deol and another with Tusshar Kapoor.



“Jodhaa Akbar”: Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Sonu Sood, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Suhasini Mulay and Raza Murad; directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar; music by A. R. Rahman.

This historic epic set in the 16th century chronicles the love story between the great Mughal emperor, Akbar played by Hrithik Roshan and the Hindu Rajput princess, Jodhaa played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Their marriage to strengthen political alliance was resented by the fiery princess who didn’t approve of being used as a pawn.

After successfully expanding his empire over India, Akbar’s greatest challenge was winning Jodhaa’s love. From the battlefield where the young Jalaluddin was crowned, through the conquests that won him the title Akbar the Great, to winning the love of the beautiful Jodhaa, this film shows the journey of the emperor and his great romance.

Expectations are high from Oscar-nominated director Ashutosh Gowarikar. Arguably this film is one of the most anticipated releases in recent years. Reports say Gowarikar hired several scholars and historians to keep the screenplay close to actual historical events. Filming took place in Rajasthan and Karjat. Watch for lavish sets, beautiful costumes and magnificent music.



Not To Be Missed: Khaas Baat picks the 10 best movies of 2007
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



"Cheeni Kum"
Each of these films presented something special to the audience, whether it was sheer entertainment, unique storytelling, inspiring performances or a combination of these qualities along with memorable music. (listed alphabetically)

“Chak De India”

“Cheeni Kum”



“Om Shanti Om”
“Eklavya”

“Gandhi My Father”



“Saawariya”
“Guru”

“Jab We Met”

“Khoya Khoya Chand”

“Om Shanti Om”



“Gandhi My Father”
“Saawariya”

“Taare Zameen Par”





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