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MOHENJO DARO“Mirzya” Starring Harshvardhan Kapoor, Saiyami Kher, Anuj Chaudhary, Om Puri, Art Malik, K.K. Raina; directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

The acclaimed director of “Rang de Basanti” and “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” delivers this modern retelling of a popular Punjabi folktale. With screenplay by poet and lyricist Gulzar, the story unfolds in two different eras, one real and one fantastical. The film is based on the legend of Mirza-Sahiban, a tragic story about star-crossed lovers. In interviews, Mehra said he saw the play performed in college and the story never left him. Shot in desolate Ladakh and vibrant Rajasthan, the film introduces Harshvardhan Kapoor, son of actor Anil Kapoor, and Saiyami Kher as Adil and Soochi. As the lovers grapple with forces that seek to keep them apart in both worlds, they discover that even a moment of true love is worth an entire lifetime. Mehra said, the stories, from two different times run parallel, “The present picks up where the folklore leaves you. Finally, both of them merge, the lines blur and they become one.” The film unfolds with heightened drama and enchanting music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. Six of the songs are composed by Daler Mehndi. The makers call it an epic love story that plays out in contemporary times.


Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan; directed by Karan Johar; music by Pritam Chakraborty.

Written and directed by Karan Johar, this eagerly awaited romantic drama is a story about the many shapes of love and the ways it changes us. It shows the journey of Ayan, played by Ranbir Kapoor and Alizeh, played by Anushka Sharma. Alizeh is a strong independent girl, recovering from a breakup. Ayan is a straight laced, preppy boy, without experience in love, nurturing a desire to sing. They meet one night in New York, and a mutually life-changing friendship forms between them. Full of laughter, angst and a shared love of Bollywood, their encounters and experiences shape their understanding of life and what it means to have a soul mate. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays Saba Taliyar Khan, a beautiful poet who is unlike any character she has ever played, according to Johar. Fawad Khan has a special appearance in a pivotal role. Specifics of the plot have not been revealed but the trailer shows themes of friendship and unrequited love as the characters go on an emotional roller coaster. Watch for a cameo by Shah Rukh Khan. The title track was a hit almost instantly; the entire soundtrack is sure to follow.

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