HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Om Shanti Om”: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Ramphal, Shreyas Talpade; directed by Farah Khan; music by Vishal-Shekhar.
After a super-hit directorial debut with “Main Hoon Na,” Farah Khan teams up with Shah Rukh Khan yet again with a much-anticipated entertainer based on reincarnation, one of two major Hindi movie releases this Diwali season. The film begins in 1977, Shah Rukh Khan plays Om, a junior artist who wants to be a superstar and Deepika Padukone plays Shantipriya, a reigning movie star who wants to be the girl next door. Om is Shanti’s biggest fan and he’s heartbroken when he finds out she loves someone else. Unfortunately, Shantipriya is deceived by the evil man she thought she loved. She is murdered and Om finds her too late. Unable to bear the grief, Om also dies. Fast forward 30 years, another Om has been born with haunting memories of a previous life. Shanti is reincarnated as Sandy and eventually Om and Sandy recognize each other and find the killer. The film’s tagline is, “For some love stories, one lifetime is not enough.” More than 30 Bollywood stars put in a guest appearance for a special song reminiscent of the “John, Jani, Janardhan,” number from “Naseeb.” Director Farah Khan choreographed the songs and wrote the screenplay. The foot-tapping soundtrack by Vishal-Shekhar is sure to be one of the year’s best.
“Saawariya”: Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Salman Khan; directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali; music by Monty Sharma. This young love story based on Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “White Nights” introduces the son of Rishi Kapoor and daughter of Anil Kapoor as its main characters.
Reports say both the newcomers worked with director Bhansali during the filming of “Black.” Ranbir Kapoor plays Raj, a free-spirited artist who arrives in a charming scenic town. The surrounding beauty is a perfect inspiration for this dreamer. One calm starry night, he sees a mysterious girl draped in black standing alone at a bridge. Sonam Kapoor plays Sakina, the shy, melancholic girl who intrigues Raj. After this chance meeting, a friendship is formed between the two. Despite her haunting past, Raj tries to win Sakina’s heart with his charm and spirit. Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan play important supporting roles. The makers say through Raj and Sakina’s journey we are reminded of the fragility of the human heart and the power of unconditional love. Colorful and beautiful cinematography is evident from the film’s previews. And like his previous works “Khamoshi,” “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam” and “Devdas,” director Bhansali incorporates fabulous music as an integral element in his film with one song even composed by himself.
RECENT HINDI MOVIE RELEASES
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Laaga Chunari Mein Daag”: Starring Rani Mukerji, Konkana Sen Sharma, Abhishek Bachchan, Kunal Kapoor, Jaya Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher, Farida Jalal; directed by Pradeep Sarkar; music by Shantanu Moitra .
After an outstanding directorial debut with “Parineeta,” Pradeep Sarkar is back with another moving drama with beautiful music. Rani Mukerji and Konkana Sen Sharma play Batki and Chutki, two sisters living with their parents in Banaras. Anupam Kher plays their father, Shivshankar, a former economics teacher who is bitter about an unfair dismissal and laments not having a son. Batki is protective of the family and despite money troubles is determined that her sister finish her education even though her own is stopped. She moves to Mumbai to support the family. There, Batki transforms into someone else, leading a secret double life full of shady compromises. When Chutki arrives in the city, Batki struggles to hide her secrets. Eventually, Chutki finds success at work and both sisters find love, but Batki runs away from it thinking that’s not in her destiny. One day, Batki’s secret dual life is revealed and creates a storm the entire family must endure.
“Jab We Met”: Starring Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Dara Singh, Kiran Juneja, Arshad; directed by Imtiaz Ali; music by Pritam.
This young love story features Shahid Kapoor as Aditya, an industrialist who is defeated with life because the girl he loves is getting married. He wanders away from a party and finds himself on a train racing into the night. Kareena Kapoor plays Geeta, a girl full of life who is leaving Mumbai to elope with her boyfriend. The two meet on the train and, after some confusion find themselves stranded at a desolate station without luggage or money. Eventually, they reach her home in Ambala only to be mistaken as lovers by her family. When Geeta runs away from home to meet her man in Manali, Aditya decides to help her. During the journey, he is drawn closer to her. He later discovers her boyfriend had not accepted her and she cannot be found. You can guess what happens next. The film has been shot in Kulu Manali, Shimla and Himachal Pradesh. Imtiaz Ali has previously directed “Socha Na Tha.”
“Khoya Khoya Chand”: Starring Shiney Ahuja, Soha Ali Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Sushmita Mukherjee, Soniya Jehan; directed by Sudhir Mishra; music by Shantanu Moitra.
The 1950s and 60s of the Hindi film industry set the backdrop for this film from the director of “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi” and “Chameli.” Soha Ali Khan plays Nikhat, a young girl who goes from being an aspiring actress to a popular lead heroine of the era, a magical time filled with great talents, large egos and harsh realities. Shiney Ahuja plays Zafar, a writer-director who lives life on his own terms. He frees Nikhat from the control of a powerful actor played by Rajat Kapoor who had provided her first big break. Zafar and Nikhat have different attitudes on what they want from life and their turbulent romance is the focus of the film on love and ambition. The film also features Soniya Jehan, grand-daughter of the late legendary Noor Jehan. Reports say Soha Ali Khan considers this role her most challenging so far. Director Mishra pays tribute to the Golden Era of Hindi cinema with sets, costumes and music, which have an authentic period feel, look and sound.
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