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Q: Your career seems to be heading in a different direction after Hera Pheri and Dhadkan. Have you purposely been accepting different roles?

A: “Not really, I accepted them only based on their good scripts. I was trying to do something other than action movies, and those roles happened to come at the perfect time.”

Q: Does that mean you would be more willing to do non-action films now?

A: “Well, Action is what I am known for, but hopefully I will be able to be more versatile and prove my worth with other roles as well. I got my recognition doing action roles, so they will always be there.”

Q: It seems like a new millennium has been quite good for you so far?

A: “It’s just the start, but yeh I don’t have any complaints so far. I got some good roles coming my way with Jaanwar, Dhadkan, Hera Pheri, and Ek Rishtaa. Hopefully, these experiences will make me a more complete actor. People are accepting me in my new roles, and that is good news for me.”

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Q: What was it like working with Amitabh Bachchan in Ek Rishta? Tell us a bit about the movie also.

A: “It was a learning experience throughout. He is the best of the best, and I took the opportunity to just watch the man and learn from him. So all in all, Ek Rishta was just what I needed at this stage of my career. I am playing Amitabh’s son, and basically, the movie is about love, Rishta, bond, and relationships. It’s a good emotional drama dealing with family and relationship issues.”

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The chirpy Rani Mukherjee isn’t her usual self. She is down with a bout of flu and her voice cracks as she speaks. Yet the petite actress agrees to a freewheeling interview. She is most candid about all the controversies that have to swirl around her for a while now. Below you can find Rani Mukherjee Interview.

“You can’t run away from love” – Rani Mukherjee Interview

Q: Are you excited about your forthcoming film Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai?

A: Obviously.

Q: Your pairing with the junior Bachchan looks a little odd. Doesn’t it?

A:  The audience is quite used to watching tall heroes romancing on-screen with a petite heroine, for instance, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan. I think we look great together. Abhishek and I got along famously. It was terrific working with him.

Q: Weren’t you in awe of him?

A: Ideally you should be asking him this question. I’m senior to him. Actually he should be in awe of me.

Q: Was turning town a film offer from an icon like Mani Ratnam a wise move?

A: It was sheer bad luck that I couldn’t accommodate his film. I just didn’t have the required dates. It would have been a good experience working with him but unfortunately it didn’t happen. Well, there’s always a next time!

Q: Is it true that both your parents quoted an exorbitant price to him, which infuriated Mani Ratnam no end?

A: I want to know who goes around spreading such baseless rumours! Look, I do admit that my parents handle the money part of my profession but ultimately it’s me who decides on the films I want to do. I’ve already explained what went wrong between Mani Ratnam and me. Besides, I’m busy doing a lot of other films that leaves me with very little time to accommodate other filmmakers.

Q: Haven’t you lost a lot of weight?

A: I have shed a lot of weight. But, believe me I’m neither exercising nor dieting. I guess, it’s all happened because I’ve been working round the clock.

Q: Does it upset you when your vital statistics are given more importance than your acting capabilities?

A: No it doesn’t affect me. If I’m not mistaken, a magazine had even referred to me as haathi mere saathi. It’s a free country, and everyone has a right to express himself.

Q: Is that how you also react to your alleged affair with Govinda?

A: Affair? Wasn’t I supposed to be married to him? I best wishes people would stop talking about us. Chi Chi and I are very good friends. What people say or make of it does not affect our friendship. Even my family is unaffected because they know where I am and what I’m up to at any given point in time. Besides I love the media because it has been very nice to me. I’d never ruin my relationships with anyone be it the media or my co-stars.

Q: Are you happy with the way your career is shaping up?

A: Yeah! I’m growing everyday. Working with different directors and co-stars, travelling to various places and interacting with diverse people helps in widening my thinking and broadening my horizons.

Q: How important is appreciation to you?

A: I’m human, so compliments definitely make me happy. Criticism is equally essential because it keeps me on my toes.

Q: Healthy criticism helps in making you a better performer and human being. Which of the two takes precedence?

A: Both! In your personal life it’s important to be a good human being. Professionally, being a good human being helps but eventually it’s your performance on screen that counts. One is happy in life only when both your career and personal life are running smoothly.

Q: What’s your understanding of love?

A: Love should bring happiness not sorrow, to the couple. Also there should be a level of maturity between them.

Q: Have you ever fallen in love?

A: You can’t run away from love. At a particular age one does fall in love. Of course I’ve been in love. It’s the best thing in the world. However, you have to be sensible enough to realize that a couple of other things also accompany love — responsibility for one

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Amisha Patel, the latest heartthrob to hit the Indian film ‘marquee’ is the latest find by director Rakesh Roshan in his own production ‘Kaho Na Pyar Hai’….. cast opposite son Hrithik Roshan in his launch vehicle.

Amisha is a lethal combination of good looks and brains, for she is none less than a gold medallist in economics and abiogenetic engineer from Boston University. Ameesha is a gorgeous looking girl who will charm her way into the audience’s heart with her twinkling eyes and effervescent smile.

Interview With Amisha Patel

Q: Amisha , Tell us something about yourself? Your background, education and your break in films.

A: My grandfather was the famous Rajni Patel who was BPCC president, he was also the right hand of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. The road between Oberoi and Nariman point is named after him. So it was not difficult to make a standing in the film industry as my family was always in the limelight. My dad is a businessman, my mom is a housewife, I did my 12th std. from Cathedral and then moved on to pursue my higher education in America. I am a gold medallist in economics and a minor in religion. I have also done my bio-genetic engineering by the side. I have always been academically an honors student, and I have been a Bharat Natyam dancer from the age of five, so performing live has never been a problem. I have always done theatre, dramatics, and elocution and won prizes also in the same, whether they have been Hindi or English. Creativity has always been my passion. So my parents always thought that all this would always remain a hobby with me and that I would always do something academic.

When I came back from the United States I worked at my dad’s office, found it extremely boring and quit. Then I worked in a finance company called Khanwala estate, it was more fun than my dad’s company but my heart wasn’t in it.

I was giving only 60% of my capacity. So although the people there were happy with my work I was not because being a creative person you should have your heart and soul in something and that I did not. So finally when I quit and told my parent’s that I wanted to do films there was world war three in my house and for a year it was so. As a result, I didn’t have a portfolio and I could never think of myself doing the rounds of producer’s offices.

I finally did a play with Tanvir Khan who was also the writer, producer, and director of that play. It was an Urdu play set in the 1930s so for that play I had to learn Urdu. So two weeks after the play my parent’s realized that this is the place where I am supposed to be and that I should now actually be supported and guided in this field. Then one day Rakesh uncle who has been with my dad in school gave a call and invited us over for lunch. Rakesh uncle had seen me dancing some six-seven years ago at some wedding function and he had expressed a desire to my dad if I was ever interested in films then someday he would launch me along with his son. My father was like no…no…no saying she is someone who will do something purely academic.

But as fate would have it on July 5th I got a call from Rakesh uncle inviting my mom and me for lunch the next day, and he did not mention anything about films so I went very casually in a pair of jeans and T-shirt and within ten minutes of my arriving he asked me very coolly “so Amisha would you like to do my film? “And I just looked at him for five minutes and said but Rakesh uncle you already have a heroine. No, he said Kareena is not in the film and I am offering you this film. I was so zapped that I just couldn’t believe my ears because I had always promised my parents that whenever I get into films I would wait for the right banner, unit, production etc.and there I was at the threshold of it.

Q: Is not a waste of your education, to have gone through those grueling years of study and then finally getting into films where you adequately possessed the required amount of glamour even in the beginning.

A: No, I don’t think that anything is waste because my education has got me a lot of confidence, respect from the people I work with, their way of viewing me, etc. Today I know that a lot of decisions that I have made may have been wrong if I did not have the backing of my education. I realize that films are not my only bread and butter, frankly, nothing is my bread and butter because touchwood, I come from a comfortable background. It is just to prove myself as Amisha Patel and not as Mr. And Mrs. Patel’s daughter. I know I have other options if ever I have to compromise on my values and morals, I know I don’t have to because films will not be my only source.

I always attend the sets on time, I even went through some books on Islam for one of my forthcoming projects where I am playing the character of a Muslim girl. So I think my education has instilled in me a lot of discipline, so much more to talk about and so many constructive ways to spend my time. I may not be using my degree very actively, that is I may not be working in a bank or company but I know that someday when I have made enough bank balance and not asking from my parents I will use this degree in some way.

Q: Considering the fact that it was a launch vehicle for Hritik Roshan, what was your experience working with him and his father?

A: Well, the unit is excellent and Rakesh Roshan treated me like his daughter, he is as much of a taskmaster as my father would be, as well as very understanding.

In terms of working with Hritik, he was a newcomer, but he has seven years of experience of assisting his father as an assistant on the sets of ‘Karan Arjun’ and ‘Koyla’.

He has attended acting classes, voice modulation classes, fighting classes, dance classes so all that way he was ahead of me also he grew up in a filmy background so he knew all the wicked ways or good ways of the industry. It helped me a lot that he was a newcomer and had no airs about him. He never made me feel that it was his production, his father or his launch. Of course he has better footage than I have in the film because it is essentially his film and as a girl I don’t think I have got a raw deal at all in the film because tomorrow if my father were to launch me he would also make sure that I get a lot more out of the film.

In every scene, there is me and Hritik and so there is very little that he can get more than me. However, at the end of the day, I have to realize that it is a male-dominated industry and the masses do come to watch the hero, relate to him. We only want the heroine to look pretty, perform and always be the co-pilot of the hero until the stage where she can command the specific roles from the producers.

Q: You have stepped into the shoes of Kareena Kapoor as far as the role go so how far has the role been altered to suit your requirement? How did you feel about replacing her?

A: Well I don’t know if any changes have been made because I came on the scene a few days after Kareena was out of the film. Where stepping into her shoes is concerned I don’t really mind because I am the one who is the ulterior beneficiary. It cannot be a matter of ego, tomorrow there will be a lot of other heroines I replace. The whole unit should be good, I should have enjoyed the product on the whole. I basically have no ego at all.

Q: Can you tell us something about the character you have played in the film?

A: Well I play a very easygoing character. I basically play my age and am a young, fresh bubbly girl in the first half who is grief-stricken and as a result of which turns more matured and subdued in the second half. I get to show my dancing talent and my histrionics as they put it. I have worn traditional wear as well as western outfits. So, all in all, I have got a fair deal on a pretty decent platform. She is a very modern girl who still retains the values of her conservative family. She is a very well balanced character who does not go to any extreme. Basically, I am playing myself.

  1. Q: Please tell us something about your forthcoming films?

A: My forthcoming film with Sunny Deol is very challenging for me because I am playing someone from a totally different era. We have shot about 40% of the film.

Q: Wouldn’t Sunny Deol look a bit older than you?

A: Well that was one of my queries when I was first looking into the film but the script demands it. The script demands the age difference so the viewers will come to know of it once they watch the film. I was made to screen test with twenty-two other girls for this film when I was already a Rakesh Roshan heroine. There were so many people who were discouraging me against the idea but I never had that kind of an ego. I believe that just like I have a right to pick and choose my directors, even they have a right to do the same.

Q: If god forbid you don’t click in films then what?

A: I have lots of other creative options, I am a dancer, I can exploit that avenue. I am very well educated in a field that is totally different to this. But I do know that I will do something that mingles my education with my creativity. But I hope that I don’t have to for now (laughs).

Q: Do you surf the net if yes what are your favorite sites?

A: I always go through the surf engines like Jeeves or yahoo and search for sites on religion, skin-care, etc. I look up more on academic interests than films. Basically I just randomly browse.

Q: What is your dream project and with which team?

A: I think a Yash Chopra, Aditya Chopra film definitely. A film where I get to explore my avenues as a dancer, as a performer, as a good looker and a comedian that means a complete artist. I would dream to do another Umrao Jaan. I would love to work with Subhash Ghai. I would have loved to do another Khamoshi although the film didn’t do well. There are so many films made by some filmmakers like Mani Ratnam like ‘Dil Se’ Which even if god told me that they would bomb I would still accept, because I am here to satisfy my creative talent, my passion for the work if the script challenges me I will go all out.

Q: Who are your favorite stars?

A: I think Salman is very cute, I love Aamir Khan, I adored Sunny Deol and am working with him now so the equation has changed now the awe has reduced and I treat him more like a friend, co-star. I would love to work with Shah Rukh to feel his energy, his spontaneity, and zest in his performances. There are streaks of things that I like in each star like Salman’s give a damn attitude, Ajay’s intensity, Bobby’s youthful look. I think working with all of them would make me learn a different approach always. Madhuri Dixit is my all-time favorite actress. The one actress whose acting I have understood at a more matured level. She is an all-rounder performer with beauty, histrionics and dancing talent who has maintained a very dignified presence, she is respected to the core. She has built it. S0he didn’t come with it at all. She also belonged to a non-filmy, very middle-class background. Kajol, in spite of being a powerhouse of talent, belongs to the Mukherjee family whereas Madhuri had to build it. I relate a lot to Madhuri who was also a student of Biology who was a dancer as well. I see a lot of glimpses of myself in Madhuri someone I would like to be like.

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Riya Sen is a PYT (pretty young thing) – all of 19 years of age, but raring to go as an actress. This should not come as a surprise as her beautiful grandmother, Suchitra Sen, still occupies a special place in the Bengali community. She was a stunning beauty with panache and a captivating smile. Later, her daughter Moon Moon Sen plunged into the Glam world and left cinegoers enamoured. She was sexy, sensuous and oh-so-‘sensational.

The third generation of this celebrated family is into the movies now. Suchitra Sen’s granddaughters and Moon Moon Sen’s daughters, Riya and Raima, are nubile young nymphets who resemble their celebrated mother and grandmother and seem to have a no-holds-barred attitude to life. Of the two, Riya, though bright and vivacious, remains an astonishing ingenue. Although she is not particularly interested in her studies, Riya wishes to complete her graduation at the Rani Birla College at Calcutta. However, she will not put her film and modelling career on the backburner. Since the age of 15, she has been offered several roles in Bengali and Hindi films. Her first film offer from Bollywood was Kailash Surendranath’s, Love You Hamesha. She accepted and the rest followed. Riya is doing some Bengali films too. She has done several advertisements like the Nirma soap commercial. She was featured in some music albums like Falguni Pathak’s Maine Payal Hai Chhankayee. There are life hacks for almost every situation, and today we want to show you some of those that will make your everyday life a little bit easier.

Things are quite hot at the moment on the career front. Probably this is why she has not yet found her ideal man! But make no mistake here. Keanu Reeves, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan figure in her list of ideal men. Standing just a little over five feet, this Bengal tigress is on the prowl. Beware, guys!

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Interview With Riya Sen 

Q: Tell us something about your family and childhood.

A: I had a pretty good childhood. I was born and brought up in Calcutta. Growing up was fun.

Q: You signed ‘Love You Hamesha’ a long time ago. Why is it taking so long?

A: Yeah, I signed this film soon after my tenth standard. But because of some financial problems, it is taking a long time to be finished.

Q: What is your role in the film?

A: Many people say that I am making a grand debut with this film. But it is not my debut film as such. I am just making a guest appearance in ‘Love You Hamesha’. My image will not be affected in any way even if the film flops. I have not done anything much here.

Q: What happened to the film Taj Mahal which you were doing?

A: This film was made in Tamil a few years ago and was released in a major way in the south. It did quite well over there. I am quite happy about it.

Q: What is your priority – Hindi or South Indian films? How does the South Indian film industry differ from Bollywood?

A: Obviously, I want to do Hindi films, but South Indian films are good too. The time taken to complete a film is far less and you get a lot of space for yourself. Hindi films drag on for far too long and this is the reason I flunked one year of school while I was shooting for ‘Love You Hamesha’.

Q: Since your grandmother, Suchitra Sen, is the most respected actress in Bengal, do you intend to do any Bengali films?

A: I have already done one Bengali film, Mone Pore Tumake.

Q: Your sister, Riama, is in films too. Is there any competition between the two of you?

A: There is no such thing. She is busy doing her own bit and I concentrate on my stuff. She does more arty films like Godmother. There is no sibling rivalry or whatever you want to call it.

Q: How close are you to your grandmother? Does she inspire you?

A: I am close to her in much the same way as other normal granddaughters are to their grandmothers. We visit and talk to her about this and that. But we do not go on pestering her about acting tips or anything like that.

Q: How much help have you received from your mother Moon Moon Sen in shaping your career?

A: She has been helpful, but I have never been accompanied by anyone during my shoots. I would be there all alone wondering what to do.

Q: So you were thrown to the wolves at a pretty young age? How did you manage to come out unscathed?

A: Yeah, you can say that. I just managed to come out unscathed, but don’t ask me how. Mom would be busy working and so was dad. Raima too was busy with her studies and acting.

Q: Do you regret being in the industry at such a tender age?

A: Yes, I do. I feel I should have started now and not three years ago.

Q: What was it like working with Akshaye Khanna?

A: It was fun working with him. He is a very nice person.

Q: What about the rumors that you have ditched him?

A: These are just rumors. He is only a good friend of mine. Sometimes we speak to each other once in a month and sometimes once in two months. These are things which have been spread unnecessarily.

Q: Will this affect your career?

A: Till now it has not and it should not.

Q: Why have you kept your grandmother’s surname?

A: The media did this. Till school and also in college, we would write our surnames as Dev Verma. But here the magazines just started writing ‘Sen’ and we found that a little funny initially. But slowly we have accepted that.

Q: Which are your forthcoming films?

A: ‘Deewana Tere Naam Ka’ and ‘Love You Hamesha’.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: Nothing much. I have enrolled myself for a fashion designing course in NIFT. This will be starting from July


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What do you usually look for in a David Dhawan-Govinda film? Mirch masala, no logic, and you expect it to be a fun film. It’s a complete David Dhawan film, so if you manage to leave behind the 8 grams in your head, you sure will enjoy Kunwara on the big screen. After two consecutive flops, Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge and Chal Mere Bhai, which were both remakes of the previously released movies, David is back with a bang this time and Kunwara only underlines that fact! Below you can find Kunwara Movie Review.

This is Govinda and Urmila’s second film together after Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain. Yes, you are right, it’s again the smashing Urmila Matondkar who sure has a lot of glamour to offer in Kunwara.

Kunwara was shot in New Zealand where the story begins. Raju (Govinda) and Urmila (Urmila Matondkar) are the strangers who meet in New Zealand and despite of small fights they fall in love with each other. They fall in love and still don’t know about each other’s family.

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Raju has to return to India for some reason and there saves a pregnant woman, Sharmila (Nagma), from committing suicide. She tells all his story to Raju that she was committing suicide because her lover refuses to marry her whose child is in her womb. In Sharmila’s typical family, there is her angry grandfather Vishwanath Pratap Singh (Kader Khan) and a Hitler-type Thakur Balraj Pratab Singh (Om Puri). Raju makes a plan for Sharmila to save her life but he actually didn’t knew what he was doing. The plan actually was that Raju decided to go home with her as her husband and then he will run away from there and therefore Sharmila could lead her life with her child in her parents’ home. He didn’t knew it will ruin his life and destroy his love.

Everything was good so far, suddenly a twist in the story when Raju came to know that Urmila is also a part of that typical family and is a daughter of Thakur Balraj Pratab Singh (Om Puri) and younger sister of Sharmila (confusing, isn’t it?). Then, Urmila thinks that he really is his sister’s husband who was flirting her in New Zealand.

If you are having a bad time or want to have fun, then go watch Kunwara on the big screen. Otherwise, you won’t lost much skipping this one. So what’s good in Kunwara? Well, there’s Govinda as Raju who gaves his 100% performance with his hillarious comedy which makes the film watch able and there’s sexy Urmila Matondkar with tight tops, pants, and skirts of course. There are also Johnny Lever and Kader Khan in some few moments. What else one wants in a good entertaining movie?

There’s a no great songs in the movie except that title song. In a typical Govinda film, audiences want different Bollywood songs with more masala than lyrics. Anu Malik could have done better than this like he did in Refugee, Josh and forthcoming Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.

Kunwara will make you laugh and cry. But there’s always a happy ending in a David Dhawan type of film

Our Ratings

Story A-
Ending A+
Acting A+
Music C+
Over All B+

Cast & Crew

  • Lead Actor(s):  Govinda, Urmila Matondkar, Naghma, Om Puri, Johny Lever, Kadar Khan, Indra Kumar, Raza Murad
  • Director: David Dhawan
  • Producers: Allu Arvind, Ramesh Taurani, Kumar Taurani
  • Music: Anu Malik


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Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega is a remake of the Hollywood movie While You Were Sleeping. It’s a movie that will make you happy, cry, and even fall in love which is basically what the film theme is all about. Below you provide the Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega Review.

Raj (Salman Khan) is an orphan who has big dreams of becoming a successful singer. To fulfill his dreams, he comes all the way from Goa to Mumbai and then he realizes that the profession he is seeking has a dead end. Pooja (Rani Mukherjee) and Janavi (Preity Zinta) are two best friends who hang out together all the time, wear the same kinds of clothes and has their own style. It’s like, one friend is always there when the other is in need.

Here’s a twist in the story, Pooja (Rani Mukherjee) has a big accident and Salman Khan tries to save her and takes her to the hospital. Suddenly, she gets into a coma because of such a sudden accident. Pooja belongs to a very rich and loving family and they think of Raj as Pooja’s husband. Soon the confusion rises even more as Raj gets infatuated with Janvi who is Pooja’s best friend.

Then the next situation gets really hilarious when Raj has to decide with whom he is going to spend the rest of his life. Raj gets all confused that who he’s going to marry because by that time Pooja also cures of coma. When Janvi gets to know that Pooja also started to like Raj, she tries to break-up with him. Who do you think Raj is going to marry and what’s going to happen with the other girl?

Finally, Raj decides to marry Janvi so what’s the surprise package in the movie? There you see Shah Rukh Khan (special appearance) made for Pooja (Rani Mukherjee). A happy ending for Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega (whoever falls in love) !!!

In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Salman played a special appearance for Shah Rukh. In Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega, Shah Rukh returns the favor.

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega is the Salman Khan’s victory and he is the main focus of the story. He performed really well and once again proved that he is here to stay. From several years, the media has criticized and attacked him for no big reason. He’s such a good actor and that’s what he ought to prove with Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega.

Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega has a beautiful script with good performances by Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and Preity Zinta. Rani and Preity as friends are really good and stunning in the movie. The song locations are new and the music by Anu Malik is also very good. Lyrics of the  Bollywood songs by Sameer are mind-blowing.

Book your seat to the nearest theater because this movie can really make you happy.

Cast & Crew

  • Lead: Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, and Preity Zinta, and Shah Rukh Khan Preity Zinta, and (Special Appearance)
  • Director: Raj Kanwar
  • Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
  • Music: Anu Malik
  • Lyrics: Sameer
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A seasoned performance by both Aishwarya Rai and evergreen Anil Kapoor are probably the highest points of the latest film to hit Bollywood: Satish Kaushik’s Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hain.

A great story it is! The inviolate dignity of a rape victim and its recognition in the society.

Aishwarya and Anil Kapoor have displayed a seasoned performance of refreshingly mature lovers in the film.

Aishwarya seems to be blossoming with every new film she ventures into. After her ‘Woman of substance’ splendor in Hum Dil dDe Chuke Sanam and wonderful emotive playacting in Rajiv Menon’s Kandukondain Kandukondain, her role in this latest ‘Dil’ series has proved that Ash is definitely a shade above the best!

Aishwarya plays an unfortunate victim of rape who chooses not to throw herself in the nearest well. She instead displays quiet dignity and restrains. A rare sight in high-pitched Hindi cinema. She interprets Priti- the girl next door as ordinary and yet extraordinary. Somebody who picks up the pieces of her life and moves on. She also does the sacrifice act of sending the man she loves to his mom and the woman of her choice to marry

(Sonali Bendre) so as to protect his family from bad name.

Anil Kapoor has yet again proved his versatile evergreen talent in the film. He has more to give then a brawn and biceps show. He’s an actor with a greater sense of substance.

As expected the spotlight is taken quite a lot by Anil Kapoor who plays the angel in protecting Ash from the trials and tribulations she has to face in being a rape victim.

Had the direction been better, this amazing story could have had much more success than it seems to be bagging. But we still have to wait and watch before we determine the fate of Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai.

Ash is undoubtedly set to go places and Anil …well …he’s always on the move!

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For all those movie buffs who needed a breath of fresh air from the Bombay film industry, its time for you to smile after a long time. Fiza is probably the saving grace of this year’s Bollywood season. Fiza belongs to the league of Mani Ratnam’s Bombay, Ramgopal Varma’s Satya or John Matthew Mathan’s Sarfrosh, in as much as it weaves solid, relevant fiction onto the canvas of reality. It is a depiction of the humanistic drama amidst communal/political and racial turmoil.

The scene is set in post-Mumbai riots. Like many others, the disastrous riots have had a strong impact on Nishatbi’s (Jaya Bachchan’s) happy household. Her son Amaan (Hrithik Roshan) disappears which is when the film’s equilibrium is shaken.

Mohammed draws a touching picture of how the devastated mother and daughter live each day hoping against hope that Amman will return. After waiting long enough for her brother in deep anguish, Fiza (Karisma Kapoor) takes it on her to search for her much-loved brother. And when Fiza finds her brother, she is only more traumatized to see who he has become. Amman has unwittingly got engulfed in the disruptive forces of the Mumbai riots and has joined hands with terrorism. Without any clichés, Mohammad has been careful in presenting the circumstances that go into the making of a terrorist.

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What’s more impressive is the drawing up of the portrait of the political and media forces that control society, as discovered through the eyes of Fiza. A strong and blunt social statement has been made on the savage behavior on the streets and the kind of hollow hypocrisy that runs it.

Not that the film does not have its flaws. For instance, in a film, which has such an introspective story, commercial liberties were not really required. Aman’s Tandav sequence was a good watch but when put in the context of the film it was unnecessary. The Taandav was the preparation for the boy’s final murderous mission. Now, you definitely do not need to pump iron and take karate training when all you have to do at the end of it, is assassinate two corrupt ministers from a distance with a telescopic gun! Though it must be said that the Taandav and Sushmita’s dance sequence has been very helpful in bagging a larger audience. Also, Fiza has not been as original as Mohammad claimed it would be. Strong Shadows of the 80’s Hollywood (Missing, Mississippi burning) and 90’s Bollywood (Naseem and Bombay) are clearly a part of this film.

Admittedly though, the overt impact of Mani Ratnam’s style from Bombay in film making complemented well by Santosh Sivan’s camera in depicting riot scenes to the T have given Fiza its strong appeal.

Fiza has not only proved critic turned writer, Mohammad’s skill in filmmaking. (Though he has displayed lack in the plot of the story). It has had a lot to prove even in terms of the main characters, Karisma and Hrithik Roshan. The film is character-driven. It is about Karisma Kapoor proving that she is an actress of substance. It is about Hrithik making it a point to tell his audience that glitz is not the end of the world for him. Jaya Bachchan’s delightful face has lit up the screen no doubt and Manoj Bajpai’s twenty minutes short entry has left an impact not to be forgotten.

And last but not the least, Anu Malik’s music has imparted melodious dhuns to hum after you have watched the film, with his musical magic in Fiza

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After ‘Indecent Proposal’ was released in India, everyone wanted to make a copy of the film. But nobody succeeded and ended up making a mockery of the concept. ‘Karobaar’ too is no different. Not at some comedy, but at the way, a good filmmaker like Rakesh Roshan has dealt with the subject, just because he had a producer who ran short of funds.

One should realize that this film was long overdue. The movie was almost complete after Karan Arjun and before Koyla. Eight years is too long a time for Rishi Kapoor to stay young.

Amar Saxena (Rishi Kapoor), who is an unemployed burden on his stepbrother and sister-in-law, meets Seema and falls in love with her and vice versa. Amar is incidentally studying law and has given his exams.

Suddenly he meets his old school buddy Rajiv Sinha (Anil Kapoor) and gets a job as a model. Don’t know what modeling assignments will they offer a 40-plus old man pretending to be half his age. Juhi Chawla rightly has a dialogue stating that “tum aur model”.

Anyway, when Rajiv who is a Casanova meets Seema, he feels the urge to possess her. So he takes her and Amar on a free ride to South Africa in his chartered plane without asking the poor guys whether they had passports. They roam around Sun City and Seema is maha-impressed by Rajiv’s wealth.

In an earlier scene, Rakesh Roshan, however, shows how vigilant the customs officials are at airports. So much for detail.

But Rajiv is snubbed and he vows to get back at her. Amar and Seema marry to escape his clutches. But Rajiv wants Seema and he troubles them to no extent by sending expensive gifts and demeaning Amar.

Amar breaks apart a car gifted by Rajiv, but on his way back home Amar has an accident and Seema needs money for his treatment. So she offers to sell herself to Rajiv to save Amar’s life. Rajiv has a change of heart at her love and gives her the money, but it ends up as a mistake as Amar disowns her and the baby in her womb.

Left with no option, Seema marries Rajiv and the child grows up and is framed in a smuggling case. When Amar sees the son, who ‘exactly’ looks like him, he realizes his folly. And helps catch the culprits at the end.

Fabulous locations and good experimental cinematography in patches could not salvage the film, which also had some decent performances. Anil Kapoor being the pick of the lot and giving a controlled performance. Juhi is okay and Rishi is fine. But the casting is ridiculous. Rishi Kapoor in no way looks like a twenty-year plus in Law College. He has a son old enough to be in college now.

The special effects guys should be sent abroad for training. Rishi Kapoor’s son who is being brought up by Anil Kapoor and Juhi has a face, which has been lifted from a film from his early days and superimposed on a body, which looks like Hrithik Roshan’s. The best part is when the eyes blink on an expressionless face. Why don’t they import some guys for such work if we have nitwits working at special effect studios?

If you have something better to do, give the film a miss. I have a decent proposal, play dandia instead

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Mission Kashmir is meticulously designed and shot, but also loses steam after the strong opening sequences. In a raid to nab a terrorist, cop Inayat Khan (Sanjay Dutt) accidentally shoots an innocent family. On the behest of his wife Neelima (Sonali Kulkarni), he brings the surviving child Altaf home. They have just lost their little son – a harrowing sequence – and give the traumatized Altaf a lot of love.

However, when Altaf discovers Khan is the man who killed his family, he runs away. Ten years later he returns as a terrorist (Hrithik Roshan) in the group of Afghan mercenary Hilal (Jackie Shroff), still hoping to kill Khan. Strangely a decade later, Khan is still in the same house in the same city with the same deputies!

Altaf’s childhood sweetheart Sufiya (Preity Zinta) is also around as a TV anchor, show producer, dancer rolled into one. The film then takes a very tedious and predictable course, with several implausible sequences – like the one in which Hilal leads Khan to a sensitive spot when there was absolutely no reason to. Also, Altaf’s all-consuming hate is wiped out with a two-minute lecture by Khan!

Chopra couldn’t resist the temptation of pretty, candy-floss vistas, so one hardly gets a sense of Kashmir as being a state under siege. How come a wanted terrorist gets around so easily, and how can he always reach the IG Police at all times without anyone thinking of tracing the calls to a house in the centre of town? Who are the three men in shadows planning the secret mission in Kashmir? Too many unanswered questions, too many pat assumptions.

Again the performers like Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan come to the rescue – they make the film worth watching. Jackie Shroff is given a menacing get-up, but both he and Sonali Kulkarni are miscast. Violence aches and love hurts – it’s a Hobson’s Choice situation, really!

Cast & Crew:

  • Lead Actors(s): Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Preity Zinta, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, Puru Raj Kumar, Abhay Chopra, Gulshan Grover
  • Director & Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
  • Music:  Sandeep Chowta, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonca, Euphoria
  • Lyrics:  Sameer, Rahat Indori
  • Dialogues: Anurag Kayshap
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