ACCLAIMED FILM ‘AMU’ TO BE SHOWN JULY 20-26 IN GAINESVILLE
Story provided by Shobana Daniell
Bose’s feature film debut presents a contemporary and politically volatile tale of a young Indian-American woman’s search for the truth about her past. The protagonist Kaju Roy has returned to India to visit her relatives and spends much of her time touring Delhi with college student Kabir. As she visits the slums and crowded markets of the capital city, Kaju experiences haunting feelings of déjà vu. Compelled by her startling visions, she investigates the circumstances of her birth parents’ death and her own adoption. Against the pleas of her adopted mother, Kaju – torn between being Indian and American, between her loving adopted family and the faded memories of her birth parents – embarks on an emotional journey for answers as to who she is and where she comes from.
The Hippodrome is at 25 S.E. Second Place in Gainesville. For more information, call the theater box-office at (352) 375-4477 or click on www.thehipp.org or www.amuthefilm.com
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“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
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES LAST MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Tara Rum Pum”: Starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukerji, Victor Banerjee, Shruti Seth, Jaaved Jaffrey; directed by Siddharth Anand; music by Vishal-Shekhar.
From the director of “Salaam Namaste,” this film tells the story of one man, his family and how they overcome life’s obstacles. Saif Ali Khan plays Rajveer Singh, a pit-crew worker with dreams of race car driving. One fine day, his talents are discovered and on the same day he meets Radhika, played by Rani Mukerji. His life goes into overdrive as he fast becomes one of the best racers in the U.S. and marries Radhika after a whirlwind romance. Soon, they become parents of two bright children, tragedy strikes and Rajveer, now known as RV, is hospitalized for months after an accident. The events that follow force the family to auction their house and move into a rundown neighborhood. The parents hide the truth and tell the kids they are on a reality show where they have to live a poor life to win a fabulous grand prize. They use this fantasy to adjust to their new surroundings. Of course, RV will not be held back for long. He faces his trauma and tries to reclaim his previous life in the fast lane.
This romantic comedy tells the tale of two people who find love and the humorous situations that arise as a result. Amitabh Bachchan stars as Buddhadev Gupta, a pony-tailed 64-year-old chef and owner of an Indian restaurant in London. He is a happy bachelor successfully working at his life’s calling. One day, Nina played by Tabu, walks into his restaurant and there is a disagreement about the food she is served. Nina is a charming confident 34-year-old who has seen and experienced life. She becomes a regular customer and slowly a relationship develops between the two. They both feel they have found their ideal soul mate and decide to get married. Buddhadev informs his mother and Nina introduces him to her father, Omprakash, played by Paresh Rawal. There’s only one problem: her father is six years younger than the groom and he reacts as any father would in that situation. The compositions by music maestro Ilaiyaraaja are sure to be a treat.
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