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Bollywood releases expected this month

“Tango Charlie”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Bobby Deol; directed by Mani Shanker; music by Anu Malik.

During a routine flight around the Kargil region, a helicopter pilot and flight lieutenant played by Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty see several bodies. Against orders, they land to look for survivors. They find a severely wounded soldier and a diary. The pages of the diary unfold to take them on a whirlwind trip across India through the eyes of a soldier. The film draws attention to what compels soldiers to fight and sacrifice all for their country. The movie is said to have a lot special effects.

“Karam”: Starring John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Shiny Ahuja and Bharat Dabolkar; directed by Sanjay Gupta; music by Vishal-Shekhar.

“Karam” tells the story of a happily married couple. John and Shalini played by Priyanka Chopra. John earns his living as an assassin but after a particular job, his outlook changes. He decides to mend his ways. Unfortunately, the don he works for has one more assignment. When John tries to refuse, the don kidnaps Shalini, forcing John to accept this dangerous, deadly mission and save his wife.

“Sarhad Paar”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Tabu, Mahima Chaudhary, Chandrachur Singh; directed by Raman Kumar; music by Anand Raaj Anand.

This action drama narrates the story of soldier Ranjit Singh, played by Sanjay Dutt, who is tortured and loses his memory while held as a prisoner of war. When he returns home, his wife played by Tabu and sister played by Mahima Chaudhary struggle to help him regain his memory and identify the face in his nightmares. After Ranjit recovers, he craves revenge for his days as a captive but also recognizes his family responsibilities. The story revolves around the dilemmas faced by these characters.

Bollywood releases previous month

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Bride & Prejudice: Starring Aishwarya Rai, Martin Henderson, Namrata Shirodkar, Anupam Kher, Nadira Babbar, Meghna Kothari, Peeya Rai; directed by Gurinder Chadha; music by Anu Malik.

The Hindi version of the film released in India last year. Some of you may have seen the sneak previews of the English version a few months ago. The rest of North America will have their chance in February when after much delay, “Bride & Prejudice” hits theatres this month. Inspired by the Jane Austen novel, director Chadha puts a Bollywood spin on the timeless tale of courtship and social pressure.

The story begins in an Indian village where a mother, played by Nadira Babbar, seeks to find matches for her four lovely daughters. Aishwarya Rai plays the eldest daughter Lalita, a headstrong girl who has decided that she will only marry for love. She meets a wealthy American Will Darcy, played by Martin Henderson, and sparks fly. First enchanted, then suspicious of one another, Lalita and Darcy nearly fall prey to gossip and a comedy of errors. Ultimately, prejudices are overcome and love prevails in this romance where east meets west set across three continents.

Jurm: Starring Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Milind Soman and Gul Panag; directed by Vikram Bhatt; music by Anu Malik.

Bobby Deol plays Avinash, a rich businessman, arrested for his wife’s murder in this suspense thriller. Milind Soman plays his friend and legal adviser. As the case unfolds in the courtroom, Avinash feels more and more trapped.

His only support comes from a close friend played by Gul Panag, who also loves him. So, why was his wife Sanjana, played by Lara Dutta, killed and was Avinash really responsible? What is the truth? That’s what “Jurm” is all about.

Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar: Starring Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Rima Lagoo and Mohnish Behl; directed by K.S. Adhiyaman; music by Daboo Malik and Sajid-Wajid.

This family drama stars Salman Khan as Ayaan, a dynamic, young man from an upper middle class family. Shilpa Shetty plays Ahana, a beautiful model, from a liberal-minded rich family. The two fall in love and get married. Their new life together starts out blissful but Ahana realizes there is a vast social difference between them. Soon, small differences arise and slowly lead to a major confrontation.

A believer in family unity, Ayaan remains calm in this tense situation but can he bridge their differences and bring his wife and family together? After starring together in last year’s “Phir Milenge,” let’s see if Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty can continue their success.


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