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BOLLYWOOD PREVIEWS HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Dulha Mil Gaya”: Starring Sushmita Sen, Shah Rukh Khan, Fardeen Khan, Mohit Chada, Johny Lever, Suchitra Pillai, Bina Kak, Tara Sharma, Vivek Vasvani; directed by Mudassar Aziz; music by Lalit Pandit.
The makers say this is a heartwarming tale about four individuals who have different views on personal relationships. Fardeen Khan is Donsai, a sophisticated young man who is afraid of commitment and marriage. Samarpreet, played by Ishita Sharma, is a Punjabi girl who cherishes and lives by her relationships. Sushmita Sen is Shimmer, a glamorous diva who values independence and success more than love and relationships. Shah Rukh Khan makes his entrance midway through the film playing Pawan Raj Gandhi or PRG, a suave multi-millionaire. PRG is all heart and believes that winning love is the greatest victory. The four characters cross paths and fireworks follow. Each one influences the other and their interwoven love stories reveal new meaning to each on relationships and love. This romantic comedy aims to make you smile.
“Chance Pe Dance”: Starring Shahid Kapoor, Genelia D’Souza; directed by Ken Ghosh; music by Adnan Sami and Sandeep Shirodkar.
Shahid Kapur gets to show off his dancing skills as Sameer, a talented struggling actor who’s full of energy. He takes on various jobs while working toward his big break. Along the way, he meets Tina, played by Genelia D’Souza who is a choreographer. Just when his big break falls through, Sameer ends up living in his old car as he’s unable to pay the rent. He starts teaching dance to school kids even though he doesn’t like kids and the kids do not care for dancing. Meanwhile, the director who had promised to launch his career has now decided to pick his hero through a reality talent contest. Sam’s struggle continues and he becomes more focused on the school kids. With Tina’s help, he connects with them and even helps the children win a prestigious dance competition. Ultimately, Sameer enters the reality contest and achieves superstar status. Expect some foot-tapping numbers in the movie about music and dance.
“Veer” Starring Salman Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Sohail Khan, Neena Gupta, Zarine Khan, Lisa Lazarus, Vinay Apte, Bharat Dabholkar, Shahbaaz Khan; directed by Anil Sharma; music by Sajid-Wajid.
After “Gadar,” director Anil Sharma brings us another period drama. This epic love story of a warrior is set in 19th-century India, when many kings and nawabs were entrusting their kingdoms to the British Raj. Salman Khan plays Veer, a tough and brave warrior who would rather fight to his last breath than lose his motherland. Sohail Khan is Veer’s loyal younger brother. Mithun Chakraborty is Prithvi Singh, head of the Pindharis tribe and Veer’s father who seeks to avenge the deception that cost them their land. The enemy is played by Jackie Shroff, the Raja of Madhavgarh. To save himself and his father’s honor, Veer must fight the might of the British empire. Also at stake is his love for Princess Yashodhara, played by newcomer Zarine Khan. The action-packed film boasts some grand battle scenes, including a gladiator arena and several lavish sets.
-- Compiled by SHEPHALI J. RELE
1ST ANNUAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IIFF) OF TAMPA BAY SET JAN. 22-24
Story provided by INDO-US Chamber
The INDO-US Chamber of Commerce will present the India International Film Festival (IIFF) of Tampa Bay Jan. 22-24, 2010, at Channelside Cinemas in Tampa. The three-day festival will open with a main feature presentation and opening night gala at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a variety of feature films, short films, and documentaries from different genres.
More than 35,000 people of Indian origin call Tampa Bay their home. It is one of the fastest growing demographic and contributes about $3 billion in revenue. One field that plays a vital role in connecting this community and engaging others is films. India is the world’s largest makers of films producing more than a 1,000 films annually in several languages. With the IIFF, the chamber hopes to bring the community and business together, while providing a platform for independent film-makers to showcase their efforts.
Those with a passion for movies and are interested in getting involved in the organizing the fest can call Francis Vayalumkal at (813) 719-0303 or e-mail francis.Vayalumkal@gmail or Rachana Dinkar at RachanaDinkar@Outback.com. More information will be available at www.IIFFTampa.com
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