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Bollywood releases expected this month

Veer-Zaara: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji; directed by Yash Chopra; music by Madan Mohan.

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, Veer-Zaara is a romantic saga of an Indian pilot, Veer Pratap Singh played by Shah Rukh Khan and a Pakistani woman, Zaara Hayaat Khan played by Preity Zinta who are trapped in situations beyond their control. Rani Mukherji portrays a Pakistani lawyer in a quest to break all barriers separating the couple. As significant as the story is the film's music by the legendary late Madan Mohan. Sanjeev Kohli recreates his father's compositions from a 30-year-old collection of his unused tunes.

Aitraaz: Starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor; directed by Abbas-Mustan; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

The directing duo who brought us "Ajnabee" and "Humraaaz" aims to thrill once again. Akshay Kumar plays Raj Malhotra, a suave businessman, accused of a heinous crime he says he did not commit. The accuser is Sonia Sharma played by Priyanka Chopra, an ambitious girl from his past who knows how to take what she wants. Raj's friend and colleague Priya played by Kareena Kapoor supports him and becomes an important player in revealing Sonia's ploy. The battle lines are drawn in the courtroom with Raj's honor at stake.

Naach: Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Antara Mali; directed by Kiran Reddy and Ram Gopal Varma; music by Amar Mohile.

After scaring us with "Bhoot," director Ram Gopal Varma goes back to his musical roots a la "Rangeela". "Naach" is about two young people struggling for name and fame in the maniacal frenzy of the Hindi film world. Abhi played by Abhishek Bachchan is an aspiring actor and Rewa played by Antara Mali is a wannabe choreographer. Abhi will sell his soul to attain his dreams and Rewa wants to keep her principles and convictions. The makers are calling the film a love triangle between Abhi, Rewa and their values.

Bollywood releases from earlier months

Starring Arbaaz Khan, Gracy Singh, Shamita Shetty; directed by Gautum Adhikari; music by Anand Raj Anand.

In this thriller Arbaaz plays Dr. Aditya Bhargava a neurosurgeon with an unpredictable nature who is married to Trishna played by Gracy Singh. Trishna has nightmares and fears of death, which she keeps to herself. Things take a turn when a former patient, Ishita played by Shamita Shetty enters their life and she starts suspecting her husband. How Trishna's fears end and the suspense with Aditya and Ishita's relationship reveals the suspense of Wajahh.

Starring Victor Banerjee, Neena Gupta, Konkana Sen Sharma, Tara Sharma, Mahesh Manjreker; directed by Siddharth Srinivasan; Music: Trilok Guru.

The supernatural story takes place in New Delhi. It is about two young medical students, Kokana Sen Sharma and Tara Sharma, who stay as paying guests in a bungalow owned by a couple played by Banerjee and Gupta. Something takes place one dreadful night that turns their lives upside down. The entire film revolves around the incidents of that one day -- the Amavas day. Directed Manjrekar plays the role of a plumber.

Starring Ajay Devgan, Mahima Chaudhary, Amisha Patel; directed by Kamal; music by Jatin-Lalit.

Zameer tells the story of Pooja played by Amisha Patel who falls in love with Suraj (Ajay Devgan), a professor at her college. But Suraj does not reciprocate her affections. He is in love with Supriya played by Mahima Choudhary. Supriya is disabled and Suraj is doing all he possibly can to cure her. Pooja sees this relationship as a threat. She becomes jealous and feels betrayed. What starts as love at first sight becomes a dangerous obsession for Pooja.


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