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By Shephali J. Rele

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 Watch
By Shephali J. Rele

In case you missed it, worth a look:
After seeing Revathy's critically acclaimed directorial debut "Mitr - My Friend" (2002), I eagerly awaited her next venture. My expectations were fulfilled and finally I saw a new film worth writing about in this column. "Phir Milenge" by Revathy is a well-acted, sensitive Bollywood movie with an underlying social message. The story's serious subject matter may have turned some away but in case you missed it, this film is definitely worth a look.

"Phir Milenge" (2004): Directed by Revathy. Starring Shilpa Shetty, Salman Khan and Abhishek Bachchan.
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