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Abhishek Bachchan, Lara Dutta, Preity Zinta and Bobby Deol star in “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom.”

“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


“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.

“Cheeni Kum”: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Zohra Sehgal; directed by R. Balakrishnan; music by Ilaiyaraaja.

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.

“Metro - Life in the City”: Starring Kay Kay Menon, Shilpa Shetty, Konkana Sen Sharma, Irfan Khan, Shiney Ahuja, Sharman Joshi, Kangana Ranaut; directed by Anurag Basu; music by Pritam. This multi-starrer shows the lives of several Mumbai city dwellers. The story line reads like a soap opera. Some of the characters are Ranjeet and Shikha, married with a young son. Shikha, played by Shilpa Shetty, gave up dreams of a career, while her husband played by Kay Kay Menon focuses on earning a small fortune. Along the way, Ranjeet grows attracted to Neha, an office colleague. Neglected Shikha finds a friend in Akash, a struggling actor. Konkana Sen Sharma plays Shikha’s sister Shruti; she’s single at 30 and ready to be married. Her boss fixes a date with a radio personality she likes who is actually hiding a dark secret. And there’s Rahul, a young man with dreams of making it big in the city who happens to be secretly in love with his boss Neha, played by Kangana Ranaut, the smart executive who has her eyes on Ranjeet.


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