Asha Bhonsle’s piercing melody penetrates your mind as you think of….Kambakht Ishq. Well, this is surely one of the designer biggies of the forthcoming year. It’s time Kinng Kumar ‘met’ princess of fine acting Kareena Kapoor in fresh young blood Sabir Khan’s debut effort which has been extensively shot on tempestuous foreign locales. The Rambo-Shades presence of Sly Stallone (owing to the skyscraping dream of producer Sajid Nadiadwala) will catapult this ‘Ishq’ into an unimaginable big league. Don’t be surprised if all time ‘Kambakht’ records are broken.
What happens when three buxom-lacious working girls (Gul Panag, Eesha Koppika and Celina Jaitley) are destined to have a roving-eye-boss (Javed Jaffery)? Time to say Hello Darling…let’s play (oh-my-) boy! Directed by Manoj Tiwari, this Mukta Arts comedy has been written by Sachin Shah and Pankaj Trivedi (Kya Kool Hain Hum, Apna Sapna Money Money). There seems to be song-n-dance happening out here…after all, why should… boys have all the fun!
Set in London, it’s a story bound by a rock band that banks on the scaffold of friendship. Director Vipul Shah is trying to blend mercurial Salman Khan and Mr Intensity Ajay Devgan. Ghajini star Asin will surely be a cherished attraction. A R Rahman’s music and Shridhar Raghavan’s screenplay are the notable highlights of the film. With Vipul Shah emerging as quite an Ustaad at packaging his products according to a huge spectrum of audience, we expect London Dreams to be a potential blockbuster of 2009.
The film is a glimpse into the life of a 60 year old bookstore owner John Pereira (Amitabh Bachchan) who has somewhat taken his 40 year old wife Aditi (Sarika) for granted. There’s a turnaround when Aditi meets with a near fatal accident and we hope capable director Shoojit Sircar must be weaving an interesting tale thereafter. Also the fact that this project is being backed by UTV Motion Pictures (who have delivered some outstanding films in 2008) makes it a prized catch to look forward to. Dia Mirza and Jimmy Sheirgill are also playing important roles in the film.
Salman Khan has picked up the pen yet again for Anil Sharma’s Veer. Yes, he’s the writer for the film! Mithun Chakravorthy plays a crucial role and so does British beauty queen Lisa Lasarus. The first look of the film has generated a lot of curiosity (it has an uncanny resemblance to one of Salman’s earlier films Sooryavanshi and yes the producer Vijay Galani is same too) and Brat Khan is doing heavy duty workout to be in Top Shape for this role. Everyone’s watching out with a keen eye for this one.
Mallika Sherawat has put the flops behind and is treading the Hollywood path by starring in Jennifer Lynchâ€™s (daughter of famous director David Lynch) Hissss. With world class visual effects to boast of, this Venus Production is an intriguing subject that may surprise the Western sensibility. Talented Irrfan Khan is also part of the star cast.
Style Bhai Sanjay Gupta will usher in 2009 with his brand of poignant cerebral drama Acid Factory. This multi starrer helmed by Fardeen Khan will co-star Irrfan Khan, Aftab Shivdasani, Danny Denzongpa, Dia Mirza amongst others. Directed by Suparn Verma, the men in black, grapple with good and evil, in an all together new context. Looks good….let’s see if it lives up to the promises made!
Do Knot Disturb
Govinda and David Dhawan will be back once again in Vashu Bhagnani’s comedy Do Knot Disturb. Riteish Deshmukh, Lara Datta and Sushmita Sen are also having key roles in the film. The producer as always is lavishly spending on a giving larger than life dose of make-belief that may make the audience forget all their worries. An absorbed junta may put the following board outside the cinema halls…Do (K)not Disturb!
This one’s surely one of the biggest attractions of 2009. Superstar of perfection Aamir Khan joining hands with creative-n-commercial genius director Raj Kumar Hirani is a momentous event in itself. Hugely talented Kareena Kapoor finally manages to live-her-dream of working with Aamir after the hiccups of Mr Mehta and Mrs Singh and Lajjo. Sharman Joshi, Madhavan and Boman Irani are super-kicked about this Vidhu Vinod Chopra Production. Bestselling Author Chetan Bhagat admitted to us that the film is based on his novel Five Point Someone but a representative from the Production house denied the same. Nevertheless it’s one of the most eagerly awaited films of year 2009.
Shahid Kapoor is one of the very few stars today who enjoys a huge unadulterated popularity. So, even his cameo (he plays a teacher and so does Ayesha Takia) in Paathshala has generated a lot of buzz. And then there’s irrepressible Nana Patekar who can be a treat any day. Produced by choreographer Ahmed Khan’s wife Shaira and directed by Milind Ukeye, Paathshala is having Indian Education system as its backdrop and is said to be a nice blend of drama, comedy and social relevance. Masti ki Paathshala….anyone..
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif make a beautiful couple in Tips Films’ Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Unusual title of a film but then when a project is being helmed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, one expects the unexpected. Salman Khan’s special appearance is one of the highlights of the film. Santoshi is a rare breed of directors who tries-n-weaves heightened drama with social consciousness. But Box Office success has eluded him in the last few years. This Ajab Prem looks promising enough to do a turnaround for him at the ticket window. And yes, we are desperately hoping for the sequel rumours of his cult classic Andaz Apna Apna to become true at the earliest.
There are no ifs but only Bhatts when it comes to repeatedly having Jashn at the Box Office, defying all odds and star-pandering. Starring Adhyayan Suman, Anjana Sukhani and ingeniously talented Shahana Goswami, Jashn is being directed by director-duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala (of Killer and The Train fame). Knowing the Bhatts, the music, will hopefully cling-on-to-the-ears for long and there will be enough fuel for the public to have a Jashn once they’re out of theatres.
Toh Baat Pakki
Tabu is a powerhouse performer while talented Sharman Joshi pairs opposite newbie Uvika Chaudhary. It’s time to say with a shy sigh…Toh Baat Pakki. Director Kedar Shinde’s (a well known Marathi film director) romantic comedy will be ably supported by the strong marketing muscles of producers Tips Music. Tabu plays Uvika’s caring elder sister. Here’s looking forward to a sensible entertainer on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherji brand of cinema.
Indra Kumar’s Daddy Cool stars an assortment of fine actors like Ashish Chowdhry, Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani and Javed Jaffery with ample doses of oomph, courtesy Kim Sharma and Sophie Choudhary. After Dhamaal one expects Indra Kumar to deliver a laugh riot yet again. The big highlight of the film is the acquisition of rights of German pop band Boney M’s chartbusting number Daddy Cool which is being musically re-arranged by Raghav Sachar. Sounds Cool….
Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai
A love triangle between Govinda, Tabu and Lara Dutta? Well, Ravi Chopra’s court room drama Banda Yeh Bindass Hai promises to be more than that. Chopra has loosely based his next directorial venture on Jonathan Lynn’s 1992 Hollywood flick My Cousin Vinny (he has officially bought the rights of the film). Govinda plays a lawyer from the lower strata of the society who helps young boys caught up in legal trouble. Boman Irani, Satish Shah and Rajpal Yadav are also part of the film.
Char Yaar (Earlier Titled Paying Guests)
Paritosh Painter is a noted theatre director. He is all set to turn a film director with the adaptation of his popular play Paying Guests in the Mukta Arts film. The film stars Shreyas Talpade, Neha Dhupia, Vatsal Sheth, Riya Sen, Ashish Chaudhary, Sayali Bhagat and Celina Jaitley. A couple wants to rent out a room in their huge house with a condition that it is meant only for a married couple. What happens next is a comedy of errors instigated by an assortment of characters.