Thursday, February 22, 2007

Munnabhai Chale Amerika: Teaser Trailer

The trailer for the third installment of Munnabhai played in front of Eklavya: The Royal Guard. Not surprising since Vidhu Vinod Chopra, director of Eklavya, is the producer of the Munnabhai series. The trailer is downright hilarious. I wonder how they manage to come up with all the jokes, not just in the trailer but through the course of all the movies. Anyways, you check out the trailer here under-

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Why do non-actors get movies in India?

The latest example of this being Anil Kumble. Cricket365 reports that Kumble will be making his Bollywood debut in Meerabai Not Out with Mandira Bedi. Granted it is only a cameo appearance, but I would hate to see this become a trend. Remember Ajay Jadeja in Khel? God, he was awful and his voice was like nails on a blackboard. Brian Lara will also soon be seen in a movie titled Dulha Mil Gaya.

Why should non-actors with no passion for the medium be given exposure when there are countless others with skills and talent roaming penniless on streets of Bombay? Novelty value aside, I can see the justification for Kumble because the movie has cricket as the backdrop, but Lara? You don't need to be rocket scientist to figure out the theme with a title like Dulha Mil Gaya.

Kumble Bollywood Bound | Brian Lara Goes Bollywood?

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan on The Colbert Report, Part Deux - VIDEO

On January 18, 2007, Stephen Colbert re-evaluated his position on the feud.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

After Rang De Basanti, it is Delhi 6 for Rakeysh Mehra

Rang De Basanti was one my favorite movies of last year. It had a strong social message with great comedy and fantastic music from A. R. Rehman. Rang De Basanti bought Rakeysh Mehra the Star Screen Awards for the Best Director. Rakeysh has announced his next directorial venture titled Delhi 6.

The good folks at Indiafm tell us that Delhi 6 is Rakeysh Mehra's semi-autobiographical film. It is about a young man coming of age in the hustle bustle of Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. Shooting for Delhi 6 is expected to begin this summer.

[via Indiafm]

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Movies releasing this week - January 12, 2007

Bhagam Bhag continued to perform reasonably well at the box office in its second week. Kabul Express is doing well in multiplexes. Baabul registered huge drop in collections despite its big star cast. Dhoom 2 continues to do well in its sixth week. Vivah continues to its strong run at the box office in its eigth week. Aryan completely flopped. Apna Sapna Money Money, Don, Jaan-E-Mann, and Lage Raho Munnabhai are doing good business as well.

Box Office Top 5 in order are Bhagam Bhag, Kabul Express, Dhoom 2, I See You, and Vivah.

I expect Guru to become #1 at the box office next week followed by Bhagam Bhag, Kabul Express, Dhoom 2, and Vivah.

Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vidya Balan, Mithun Chakraborty

Idhar village, Gujarat.

Don't dream. Dreams never come true, my father, the headmaster of our village school often told me when I was a young boy. But I did dream. As I grew, so did my dreams. Bigger than my outstreatched arms, bigger than my small house, bigger than my village.

I loved Idhar. It was quiet, peaceful, lazy and green. But I knew that my destiny was beyond this village...

I knew that my destiny had to be made by me.


Bombay, 1958

When I came to Bombay I had two shirts, a wife, a brother-in-law and Rs.15,000 in a small suitcase to start a business. But all doors were shut for a newcomer. Indian business and trade were run by a handful of the rich and the privileged. Only they were given the licenses, they had the quotas and they controlled all the government and trade. It was an exclusive club where it was imposible for an ordinary middle class newcomer to enter, leave alone succeed. You had to kick the doors open or cajole them open. I did both. I did not take no for an answer. And that's because I can never hear the word no.


40 Years.

We started Shakti Trading in a 350 sq feet room, with one telephone, one table and three chairs.

Today Shakti Corporation is the first Indian company to enter the Forbes top 500 list.

People ask me how this happened.

I say by thinking...

Think Big, Think Ahead and Think Fast.

Starring Siddharth Koirala, Manisha Koirala, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz
Anwar is the story of a young man, an artist, who leaves his home and everything he knows in order to escape a world he no longer recognizes.

All he ever wanted was a love story, Instead, his mentor abandons him and his best friend and his one true love betray him. Devastated, emotionally exhausted, he takes refuge in an old building, only to wake up the next morning to find his world turned upside down. Mistaken for a terrorist, Anwar finds himself in the midst of an unusual set of circumstances that resonate deeply with the modern Indian Condition and indeed with the Human Condition in this present-day global village.

Surrounded on all sides by a host of characters who try and engineer the situation to their profit, Anwar becomes the central character upon which the others base their hopes and their deepest desires. A rabble-rousing Minister pitching for the popular vote; two journalists; one a nationally renowned TV reporter and the other a small-town scribe, looking to resurrect their careers and, as a consequence, their lives; a priest whose only concern is the maintenance of the status quo; and a senior police officer who only wants to leave, but must first resolve the situation... in any way he can. Through them, and through the other stories weaving in and out of the film, we discover a huge love story, plastered against the canvas that is India. And that, above all, is what Anwar is about. About the simple human need to connect, to love and to be loved, and to believe...

But now remains Faith, Hope, Love, these three...

And the greatest of these is love.

Rajpal Yadav, Monica Castelino, Kader Khan, Prem Chopra
This is a portrayal of the life of Sagar Hussain (Rajpal Yadav), whose life is a reflection of the two sides of the same coin – one side which is what the society perceives it to be, and the other side, is the truth.
Sagar Hussain is the under-trial prisoner at the central jail. He is ‘accused’ of raping his daughters continuously for eight years, and also, for conspiring to murder them. That is why Sagar is much hated by even his fellow prisoners irrespective of the extent of their crimes. Such a heinous crime that has made him a pariah for even the most hardened criminals.
The evidence is stacked up against Sagar. The last witness is Sagar’s wife, Sameena (Monica Castellino), who wants to ensure life imprisonment for him with the help of the public prosecutor, Mr. P.P.Verma (Prem Chopra). Amidst a guaranteed guilty verdict enters Ravi Vishnoi (Kader Khan) to, perhaps, his rescue. What happens thereafter is the crux of the story…whether one of the most strict judges of the court, Justice Jaya Reddy (Pratima Kazmi), pronounces him guilty? Do Sagar’s wife and daughters get ‘justice’? Does Ravi Vishnoi maintain his track record of never losing a case? The answers to these questions will emerge in UNDERTRIAL.

Box Office Report via Desi Fans
Previews via nowrunning

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Namastey London Trailer

The new trailer of Vipul Shah's Namastey London has been released. I liked the trailer because the movie looks like a fun and light-hearted entertainer. Akshay Kumar singing desified Jingle Balle from Jingle Bells is hilarious. Namastey London is expected to release on March 9, 2007. The video is here-

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Colbert talks about Shah Rukh Khan - Amitabh Bachchan feud on The Colbert Report - VIDEO

Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central featured a 2 minute segment called "We the Mediator" on the January 9, 2007 episode in which he takes sides on celebrity feuds and presents it by injecting his trademark humor to the proceedings. Check out the video-

[via nowrunning]

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