HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
"Sarkar Raj": Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tanisha Mukherjee; directed by Ram Gopal Varma; music by Amar Mohile.
Director Varma describes this political drama not a sequel but rather a new adventure for the Nagre family dealing with more complex issues and conflicts than the original "Sarkar." Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is Anita Rajan, an ambitious CEO of an international company proposing to build a power plant in rural Maharashtra. Shankar Nagre, played by Abhishek Bachchan, wants to bring business and prosperity to the people. He recognizes the advantages the project would bring forth. Though his father Sarkar, known as the messiah to the people, played by Amitabh Bachchan, originally opposes it, Shankar convinces him to support the plan. The three set out to the villages to win over the masses. However Shankar's dream project soon becomes a political minefield when opposition forces gang up to bring down Sarkar's entire regime. This film takes a close look at power and the issue of development.
After a more serious turn with "Fanaa," director Kunal Kholi repeats his successful lead pair from "Hum Tum," in this light-hearted Yash-Raj production. Saif Ali Khan plays Ranbeer Talwar, a leading industrialist who has lost everyone he's loved. His life is turned upside down when a court orders him to look after four orphaned children. For some reason, the kids hate him and have no desire to live with him. Ranbeer can't even communicate with them. Things are miserable all around and the children pray to God for help. Magically, help arrives in the form of a mischievous, endearing angel named Geeta, played by Rani Mukerji. She rides down a rainbow into their house as the new nanny. Geeta manages somehow to make them enjoy being together. The makers promise a roller-coaster ride of laughter, emotions, magic and love. The refreshing catchy soundtrack is sure to be a hit. Watch for Ameesha Patel in an item number.
This latest comedy from the director of "Dhol" and "Malamaal Weekly" is said to be a remake of a Malayalam hit. Akshaye Khanna stars as Gaurav, dutiful son of widower Janaradhan, played by Paresh Rawal. After diligently raising two children, the roles are now reversed. Sons Gaurav and Chirag look after their father, household and their business. Gaurav uses whatever means necessary to discipline his dad and keep him out of trouble. Om Puri plays Madhav, dad's prankster best friend who's always on the lookout for a wife. Gaurav is forever bailing the two out of jams. One day, he's reunited with an old college friend, Sheekha, played by Genelia D'Souza. They discover that her guardian Anuradha happens to be Janardhan's long-lost first love. The two embark on a bumpy but hilarious path to arrange his father's love marriage. In doing so, Gaurav and Sheekha also find each other. Naseeruddin Shah makes an appearance for the first time in a Priyadarshan film.
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