JUNE 2011
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Salman Khan rescues Asin Thottumkal in “Ready.”

“Ready” Starring Salman Khan, Asin Thottumkal, Paresh Rawal, Mahesh Manjrekar, Eva Grover, Akilendra Mishra, Sharat Saxena, Puneet Issar, Arya Babbar, Manoj Joshi; directed by Anees Bazmee; music by Pritam Chakraborty.

This comedy is a remake of a 2008 Telugu hit by the same name and has since been remade in Kannada and Tamil. Set in the exotic locales of Thailand, the story revolves around Prem, played by Salman Khan, who is heir to vast family empire. Mahesh Manjrekar plays his father, who wants him to settle down and marry, but Prem is a happy-go-lucky guy enjoying the single life. Asin Thottumkal plays the lovely Sanjana, a wealthy damsel in distress who Prem helps and later falls in love with. Unfortunately, Sanjana’s feuding uncles, played by Sharat Saxena and Akilendra Mishra, have other devious plans for her marriage, the goal being to take over her inheritance. Prem and his entire crazy family make it a mission to unite them. Comic mayhem ensues when everyone assumes various identities in their efforts to fool Sanjana’s uncles. Schemes and conspiracies are planned by both parties to outwit the other. Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, and Kangana Ranaut have cameos. The makers promise a hilarious fun-filled ride.

“Always Kabhi Kabhi” features four new faces.

Always Kabhi Kabhi” Starrring Ali Fazal, Giselli Monteiro, Zoa Morani, Satyajeet Dubey, Satish Shah, Mukesh Tiwari, Manoj Joshi, Lillete Dubey, Vijay Raaz, Akash Khurana, Navneet Nishan; directed by Roshan Abbas; music by Pritam, Aashish Rego, and Shree D.

“Always Khabhi Khabhi” tells the story of four individuals dealing with the pressures of growing up and dealing with life’s experiences, from classes to crushes while studying at St. Marks, a school full of bright teenagers with aspirations. There’s Sameer, played by Ali Fazal, a cool dude for whom life’s a game. Everyone admires him but he’s hiding something. Giselle Monteiro is Aishwarya, a sweet-natured girl trying to escape from her mother’s pressures to make her a superstar. Sameer’s best friend is Tariq, played by Satyajeet Dubey, a genius who always studies because his parents see MIT in his future. Tariq’s other ambition is staying out of Nandini’s way. Nandini, played by Zoa Morani, is the school’s brat everyone loves to hate. She lives life on her own terms, breaking the rules and making new ones. Add to that some eccentric but lovable teachers. In their final year, they face many lessons with one answer, “kabhi kabhi jo dil kahe, always wohi karein.” Made by Shah Rukh Khan’s production company and featuring a cast of fresh-faced youngsters, this film is sure to be popular with the school and college crowd.



Vinay Pathak returns as a tax inspector in “Bheja Fry 2.”

Bheja Fry 2” Starring Vinay Pathak, Minisha Lamba, Kay Kay Menon, Suresh Menon, Amole Gupte, Rahul Vohra; directed by Sagar Ballary; music by Sagar Desai, Sneha Khanwalkar, Ishq Bector.

If you enjoyed the quirky humor of 2007’s “Bheja Fry,” rejoice. And if you didn’t see it, no worries, you can catch on. Vinay Pathak is back as the good hearted but unsophisticated tax inspector Bharat Bhushan to achieve his cherished dream of becoming a singer. He enters a game show to collect prize money to make an album and also wins a cruise. Also on the cruise is Minissha Lamba, playing Ranjini, a media executive he met on the show. Onboard, Bharat meets Ajit Talwar, played by Kay Kay Menon, an arrogant business tycoon, hiding out to evade the Income Tax Department. Close behind is M.T. Shekharan, a tax inspector in disguise, desperate to catch an elusive financial scamster. Bharat latches on to Ajit hoping to develop valuable contacts. After a serious of wacky situations, Ajit and Bharat end up stranded on a deserted island, where he promptly proceeds to drive Ajit totally crazy with his stupidity. They end up becoming the hostages of a reclusive photographer also on the island and the story gets more complex as they try to find their way out. Director Sagar Bellary says the idea behind the first film was: when was the last time you met an idiot? This time it’s: what would you do if you were marooned on an island with him.


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