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  HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE



Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra have a blast in "Dostana," which was extensively shot in Miami.
"Dostana": Starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Priyanka Chopra, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty; directed by Tarun Mansukhani; music by Vishal-Shekhar.

Floridians can relate to the scenes in "Dostana," which was shot mostly in Miami and Mumbai. Karan Johar is producer, who took the title from his father, Yash Johar's first film. This "Dostana," is a comedy and bears no resemblance to the 1980 hit and stars Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham as Sameer and Kunal who are turned down for an apartment because the landlady doesn't want two young men corrupting her beautiful niece. Sameer is a charming but goofy guy who works as a nurse and Kunal is a fashion photographer.

They come up with a plan sure to appease the landlady; they pretend to be gay. Things are fine until they meet the stylish niece Neha, played by Priyanka Chopra, who works at a fashion magazine. Sameer and Kunal test their friendship as they compete for her affections. Add to that Neha's boss played by Bobby Deol, who joins them as another competitor trying to win Neha's heart. Expect fun and frolic amid the beach party capital with rocking party tunes from Vishal-Shekhar.



Sonu Sood lends support to Eesha Koppikhar in "Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi."

"Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi": Starring Sonu Sood, Eesha Koppikhar, Smita Jaykar, Alok Nath, Vishal Malhotra, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Ameya Panday, Kunal Kumar, Chavvi Mittal; directed by Kaushik Ghatak; music by Ravindra Jain.

From Rajshri productions comes a sensitive family drama about a middle-class family living in old Bhopal. Eesha Koppikhar is Chandni; she lives with her father, played by Alok Nath, and younger siblings, 10-year-old Anuj and 8-year-old Sandhya. Trained in classical and folk music, Chandni's life revolves around her family and her music. During a performance, she meets and falls in love with Prem, a ghazal singer, played by Sonu Sood. Outgoing Prem is from a rich family but prefers his music over the family business.

Both of their families are happy with the alliance but on their engagement, Chandni's father passes away and she becomes the head of her family. She decides not to marry so she can fulfill her responsibilities of raising her siblings. With the support of her friends and Prem, who stands by her unconditionally, she goes through her struggle. Shy Sandhya has become confident and ambitious and playful Anuj succeeds in his career. The producers commend Koppikhar on her rich performance. Ravindra Jain's music compliments the film's theme.



Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor play brothers in "Yuvvraaj."
"Yuvvraaj": Starring Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Zayed Khan, Boman Irani, Aushima Sawhney; directed by Subhash Ghai; music by A. R. Rahman.

This musical entertainer from showman Subhash Ghai stars his favorite, Anil Kapoor, and for the first time, Salman Khan, and Zayed Khan as three brothers Gyanesh, Deven and Danny with different outlooks on life who seem to have lost their family values. Boman Irani plays their father who has built a vast wealth for his sons who are more like business partners than brothers. They use mind games in their greed to inherit their father's wealth. Katrina Kaif is a musician in the Prague orchestra who manages to bring them together.

Kaif learned to play the cello for this movie and Ghai is reportedly all praises for her dedication. According to the director, like "Taal," music is central to his film about the arrogance of today's youth. And most importantly, there's the music. Maestro A.R. Rahman has worked with Ghai in "Taal," and "Kisna." Now add lyricist Gulzar to the combination. And you can expect nothing but magical brilliance in this soundtrack infused with western classical to create a rich new sound for music lovers.



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