HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Black & White”: Starring Anil Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Anurag Sinha, Aditi Sharma, Habib Tanvir; directed by Subhash Ghai; music by Sukhwinder Singh.
From respected director Subhash Ghai, this drama tells the story of Professor Rajan Mathur played by Anil Kapoor who teaches Urdu literature. He lives in Chandni Chowk with his social activist wife Roma, played by Shefali Shah. The professor befriends a young lad named Numair Qazi, played by Anurag Sinha, who explains he is a victim of the communal riots in Gujarat. Actually, he is a member of a fundamentalist group assigned to set off a bomb near Red Fort on Independence Day. Numair is invited to stay with Mathur and his wife and soon wins their trust. The professor helps him get an employment entry pass for the August 15 celebrations and also introduces him to the diverse lively people in his neighborhood. Numair is astonished with how they all coexist but tries to keep his mind focused on his mission. Despite his strong beliefs he now faces a dilemma about his plans, all is not black and white.
A case of mistaken identify forms the crux of this comic caper where three characters with the same name end up together. Tusshar Kapoor plays Laxmi Narayan, a young shooter, whose only goal is become a dangerous gangster. Suneil Shetty plays another Laxmi Narayan, a car salesman, who wants to keep his boss happy whether he’s right or wrong. The third Laxmi Narayan is played by Paresh Rawal, a lingerie salesman who does business in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. One day all three arrive in a place called Pondy on their different missions, each trying to do the wrong thing but with the right intentions. Naturally, a succession of comic situations follows causing confusion all around. The film also stars Esha Deol as a would-be fashion designer with big dreams who falls in love with Laxmi the gangster. Shooting took place in Pudduchery, Delhi, and Goa in this non-stop comedy of errors from debutant director Ashwani Dheer.
The duo Abbas-Mastan, popularly known for their suspense genre, is back. This action thriller set in South Africa amidst the backdrop of horse racing, stars Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna playing half-brothers, Ranvir and Rajiv. Ranvir is the aggressive businessman who knows how to get what he wants while younger brother Rajiv, a chronic alcoholic, is more laidback. Katrina Kaif plays Sophia, Rajiv’s secretary who loves him. But both brothers have an eye for Shaina, an upcoming model played by Bipasha Basu. Shaina ends up married to Rajiv but soon mistrust betrayal and even murder follows. Anil Kapoor appears as the flashy detective assigned to solve the investigation with Sameera Reddy playing his assistant. The makers promise beautiful locales and edge of your seat excitement. Reports say Saif Ali Khan has done all the action sequences in this film himself, including jumping off a high rise building.
Not To Be Missed: Khaas Baat picks the 10 best movies of 2007
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Chak De India”
“Gandhi My Father”
“Jab We Met”
“Khoya Khoya Chand”
“Om Shanti Om”
“Taare Zameen Par”
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