HINDI MOVIE RELEASES EXPECTED THIS MONTH
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
The talented Shiney Ahuja plays protagonist, Vikram Madan, in this action thriller from debutante director Kunal Shivdasani. Vikram is a former commercial airline pilot who now works as a maintenance engineer at the Chandigarh airport. Earlier, while he was a pilot he lost his wife in a hijack incident and has since become somewhat of a loner. Now, he finds out his daughter Priya is in the middle of a similar circumstance after boarding a flight from Delhi. While disturbed by the demons from his past, Vikram has no choice but to sneak onto the airplane, which has been forced to land where he works. Esha Deol plays Saira, a flight attendant who helps him once onboard. The terrorists on the plane are demanding the release of their captured leader Rasheed, played by K.K. Raina, otherwise they will begin taking the lives of the hostages. Vikram takes on the terrorists one by one. The makers promise fast-paced action with exceptional mid-air stunts.
Renowned cinematographer, Santosh Sivan takes the directing helm once again with this story he co-wrote. It tells the journey of a determined 8-year-old boy named Tahaan, played by Purav Bhandare, who lives in Kashmir with his ailing grandfather played by Victor Banerji, and mother Haba, played by Sarika and older sister Zoya. Tahaan's father has been missing for years but the family still hopes for his return. The troubles begin when circumstances force the local moneylender to take the family's assets, including their pet donkey named Birbal, Tahaan's prized possession. Tahaan tries everything possible to get Birbal back, including chasing Subhan Darr, played by Anupam Kher, the mean old man who has bought Birbal, across the mountains. Disheartened on his way back home, Tahaan meets a teenager who promises to get his beloved donkey back in return for a favor. Tahaan must carry a grenade back across the mountains. So he sets off on a second journey with the package in tow, but will he get Birbal back?
From the director of poignant films such as "Iqbal" and "Dor" comes this sensitive story written by Nagesh Kukunoor. John Abraham stars as Rahul Sharma, a compulsive gambler who wins a large sum of money. Sonal Sehgal plays Nafisa, his doting loyal girlfriend. After a party to celebrate his big win, Rahul's life dramatically changes when fate suddenly plays a cruel joke on him. He is forced to take a journey to discover the new meanings of fortune and life. Along the way, he meets several people who change his perceptions. There's Parthasarthi, played by Girish Karnad, an "uncle" to all, he's fun-loving and stubborn and wishes to be re-united with this family. Ashwin Chitale is Govinda, a 10-year-old who loves mangoes and telling stories, he wishes life was like a comic book. Anaitha Nair plays Padma, an impulsive young girl who wishes for love. Rahul tries to learn from these people and their courage and hope. The filming took place in Pondicherry and Hyderabad. Reports say John had to lose several pounds for the role.
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