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By Shephali J. Rele

Bollywood releases expected this month

“Silsiilay”: Starring Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Bhumika Chawla, Rahul Bose, Divya Dutta, Riya Sen, Jimmy Shergil, Ashmit Patel; directed by Khalid Mohammed; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

After last year’s “Tehzeeb,” Khalid Mohammed’s next directorial venture “Silsiilay” is an upbeat look at relationships told through the stories of three women. Tabu plays Rehana, a housewife who must confront her unfaithful husband portrayed by the playback singer and upcoming actor Kay Kay Menon. In another story, Bhumika Chawla is Zia, a successful Bollywood actress whose relationship with her mentor, played by Rahul Bose, is on the verge of a breakup. Riya Sen is the third woman Anushka, a telephone receptionist who seeks tenderness in her relationship with a wealthy suitor played by Ashmit Patel. Meanwhile, Jimmy Shergill portrays an office colleague who loves her silently. She must decide between the two in a romantic finale, which promises a twist. The three stories are weaved together into a complete picture.

“Parineeta”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen; directed by Pradeep Sarkar; music by Shantanu Moitra.

The vibrant city of Calcutta in the 1960s serves as the backdrop for this love story based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s story adapted by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Newcomer Vidya Balan plays a young girl named Lolita who lives with her uncle’s family. She meets Shekhar played by Saif Ali Khan, son of an affluent businessman and budding musician. Shekhar and Lolita grow up sharing joys and sorrows and a relationship of deep friendship and trust occurs. Only when an outsider named Girish, played by Sanjay Dutt, arrives do they discover their true feelings for each other. Greed, misunderstandings and deception plague Lolita and Shekhar’s innocent love. Will they be swept apart by these tumultuous events or is it possible they can reunite? The contemporary retelling of this tale is expected to be full of emotion and drama and has a melodious musical score. Look for Rekha who makes a special appearance in a nightclub song.

“Paheli”: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher; directed by Amol Palekar; music by M.M. Kreem.

An eagerly awaited film of 2005 and Shah Rukh Khan’s first release of the year (not counting special appearances), “Paheli” is a beautiful folk tale from Rajasthan that has come to life. Looking enchanting, Rani Mukherji plays a girl named Lachchi, who is married to a man interested solely in making money. On their wedding night, the husband leaves home for five years to pursue his business. Shah Rukh Khan plays a ghost in love with her. The ghost takes on the husband’s appearance and enters Lachchi’s life. When the husband returns home, relatives and villagers are bewildered. How the situation gets resolved is the “Paheli.” This film shows the dilemma of a woman who must choose between a ghost’s eternal love and her husband’s insensitivity. “Paheli” is based on the story “Duvidha” written by Vijaydan Detha and is a Shah Rukh Khan production.

Bollywood releases previous month

“Mere Jeevan Saathi”: Starring Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor, Amisha Patel; directed by Suneil Darshan; music by Nadeem-Shravan.

This film stars Akshay Kumar as Vicky, an upcoming singer in love with Anjali, played by Amisha Patel. Anjali serves as the inspiration for Vicky’s ambition. Vicky accepts a contract by a local music company but after getting a better offer with a Canadian rival cancels the first offer. The rejected company owners aim to destroy him. But somehow Anjali becomes their target and is bedridden after the incident. She persuades Vicky to leave for Canada to pursue his dream. There he meets Natasha, played by Karishma Kapoor, the owner of the music company. Natasha helps Vicky achieve his ambition of becoming a successful pop singer. The two are drawn to each other in their success but Vicky feels he has betrayed Anjali. What does Vicky do next? This melodrama has the answers.

“Jo Bole So Nihaal”: Starring Sunny Deol, Kamaal Khan, Thomas Tevana, Shillpi Sharrma, Nupur Mehta; directed by Rahul Rawail; music by Anand Raaj Anand.

Sunny Deol plays an honest likable constable from Punjab named Nihaal Singh. A chance meeting with a dangerous mercenary named Romeo played by Kamaal Khan changes his life. Romeo uses Nihaal’s innocence to escape the law and Nihaal is branded a traitor. He is suspended by his job and his family suffers the consequences. Meanwhile, Romeo is spreading his terror worldwide and the FBI is looking for him in connection with a threat against the President. Because only Nihaal has seen Romeo’s face, the FBI needs him for its search. Nihaal is brought to New York and agrees to help on one condition. He will first take Romeo to his hometown to clear his name and restore his family honor. The makers call this caper an entertaining, choppy, roller-coaster ride. (See related story above.)

“Bunty Aur Bubli”: Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji, Amitabh Bachchan; directed by Shaad Ali; music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

After a successful debut with “Saathiya,” this is director Shaad Ali’s second venture with Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji as the title characters in this Bonnie and Clyde-style adventure story. Bunty and Bubli are a burglar-duo who use many disguises while on the run in the back waters of Uttar Pradesh. Amitabh Bachchan plays the cop assigned to find the two culprits. The film is the first release of the year for Yash Raj productions. It features Aishwarya Rai in an item number along with Amitabh and Abhishek. With lyrics by Gulzar, the foot-tapping, catchy music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is sure to rock the charts through the summer.

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