Sneak Preview Into Bollywood Movies Releasing In 2008

* Halla Bol: The first release of 2008, releasing 11th Jan’2008 Halla Bol starring Ajay Devgan and Vidya Balan. The movie is directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi.It is inspired by Aamir Khan’s involvement in the Narmada Bachao Andolan. The movie shows Ajay Devgan rising to become a movie star, a perfectionist to the core. He then comes across a scenario where his social consciousness come to the fore and raises a voice against the injustice does. His views are maligned by political forces and a section of the media and he becomes a victim of acute criticism and scorn. Are you getting the similarity? Well to make it even more transparent, Ajay Devgan’s name is Sameer Khan (eeks!)

* Jodhaa Akbar: Jodhaa Akbar is a tale of allegiance marriage turned into true love. It is a slice of 16th century history involving the Moghul Emperor Akbar and his Hindu Rajput princess Aishwarya Rai(sorry…Jodhaa). The story is such that Akbar after annexing a lot of Hindu kingdom in his empire either tactfully or in a straightforward is on the verge of annexing a Rajput kingdom. But he meets with opposition. Lust for power and empire makes Akbar agree to marry princess Jodhaa in allegiance. Though they marry, princess Jodhaa is resentful about Akbar and does not want to be a pawn to further his political ambitions. Even both of them fall in love and the marriage of allegiance is transformed into true love. For more dope, watch the movie! Jodhaa Akbar is releasing on 25th January, 2008. It promises to have a fantabulous opening, please don’t ask why!

* Yuvraj: This movie promises to be a breezy romantic musical treat from the maestro of music A.R.Rahman and lyrics by Gulzar. Expect another Taal coming your way if not better! It is Subash Ghai’s most expensive movie till date and stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. You may see shades of Taal in the film because Anil Kapoor who is also in the film, plays the role of a musical genius while Salman Khan is a chorus singer.

* Bhootnath: Amitabh Bachchan plays a ghost for the very first time in this children’s film made by Ravi Chopra . Shahrukh Khan has a special appearance in the film. Juhi Chawla also stars in Bhootnath.

* Golmaal Returns: Rohit Shetty is aspiring to recapture the success story that Golmaal did in 2006 with its sequel Golmaal Returns. Build on a lavish and expensive scaled compared to the former, Golmaal stars all the old actors Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Paresh Rawal with the exception of two, Rimmi Sen and the funny cutie Sharman Joshi. As a replacement for both, we have the talented Shreyas Talpade and the explosive Kareena Kapoor. Welcome to the party,Bebo!

* Race: Race promises to be a racy-pacy Abbas Mustan thriller. It has the crème de la crème of stars: Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Katrina Kaif, Sameera Reddy and Anil Kapoor. It is based on adrenalin pumping horse races. Cooking in the plot are two rich bookies, a sexy model, a marriage, some suspicion, and of course a murder! Abbas Mastan have a lot to prove this year because the last two films China town and Naqaab were much below their usual standard.

* Fashion: Fashion is my trump card of the year. The prolific director Madhur Bhandarkar, with his Sidney Sheldonish approach to film-making promises to make this one as real , entertaining and nerve-wracking as his previous ventures . Having a passion for contemporary real life topics, Fashion takes a look at the mechanics and dark side of the fashion and modeling world. Expect casting couch, MMSes, drugs, instant fame, shady deals, underworld nexus and a lot more in this film. Fashion is reportedly inspired by the story of model Shivani Kapoor and Gitanjali Kashyap. The movie stars Priyanka Chopra who will most likely play Shivani Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut who will essay Gitanjali’s role, apart from galaxy of actors and special appearances. The shooting is underway and with UTV backing the project, you can expect a lot of technical finesse which was missing in Madhur’s earlier projects.

* God Tussi Great Ho: Rumi Jaffery who has written Hero No.1, Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi makes his debut as a director in God Tussi Great Ho. It stars Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan.

* Kidnap: The Dhoom series director Sanjay Gadhvi steps outside the Yash Chopra camp to direct Sanjay Dutt in this father daughter relationship. Sanjay Dutt plays father to a girl who is kidnapped. It promises to be an emotional thriller.

* Tashan: The Dhoom technical team is really going places! Vijay Krishna Acharya who has written the screenplay and dialogue for Dhoom and Dhoom 2 will be making his directorial debut in this Yash Raj musical. It has some of the most successful stars in Bollywood this season. Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Anil Kapoor grace the movie and each of them have been given a stunningly sexy look for the film. The movie promises to be a visual as well as an auditory treat. Saif Ali Khan’s son will debut in the film while Anil Kapoor will play the baddie. It is rumored that Kareena will be wearing a bikini for the film.

* Love Story 2050: This might be Priyanka Chopra’s ticket to superstardom. For most for her career, Priyanka Chopra did not get a meaty role except for an Aitraaz and she had a cold year in 2007. Love Story 2050 is a science fictional film with a double role for the dusky lass Priyanka Chopra. Love Story 2050 is one of the most expensive movies ever made in Bollywood. It marks the debut of her good friend(and boyfriend also!) Harman Baweja in a leading role opposite Priyanka. The movie is produced and directed by Harry Baweja and it is most likely that a robot will have a prominent role to play in the movie as well.

* Singh is Kinng: MR. SUCCESS Akshay Kumar will play a Punjabi munda in this expensive project by Vipul Shah. It is directed by Anees B azmee and stars Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif and Neha Dhupia.

* Wanted-Dead or Alive: Starring the muscular Salman Khan and the voluptuous Ayesha Takia, Wanted-Dead or Alive should be the first big hit of the most under rated performer of Bollywood, Ms. Takia. Prabhudeva’s first Bollywood directorial venture is a remake of his Tamil-Telugu blockbuster Pokiri. The pairing of the two beautiful actors is wonderful and the chemistry is going to sizzle the screen.

* U Me aur Hum: Ajay Devgan does what Aamir Khan did in 2007. I mean, Ajay Devgan will debut as a director in his home production for which he will play the main lead. The movie releases in April and stars Ajay opposite his talented actress wife Kajol. The movie seems to be inspired by the Hollywood film-The Notebook.

* Karzzzz: This movie stars the I, ME and Myself- Himesh Reshammiya! Directed by Satish Kaushik, it is a remake of the superhit Karz directed by Subash Ghai. If not anything, you can expect funky groovy music coming your way.

* Sarkar Raj: Ram Gopal Verma will be doing what he is best at(thankfully!)-exploring yet another facet of underworld and politics. Sarkar Raj is a sequel to Sarkar, one of the best movies of Ram Gopal Verma. It stars members of a famous family-Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai. The most beautiful woman in the world has a pivotal role to play in the film. Rumors are there that this movie is inspired by the Enronn fiasco.

* Mission Istanbul: Mission Istanbul starring Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan and Tusshar Kapoor is based on cross-border terrorism. It is extensively shot in Afghanistan, Mumbai, Istanbul and Srinagar. It is produced by Balaji films, so expect Tusshar Kapoor in a meaty role.

* Delhi 6: The best director of 2006 Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra produces and directs this film. It is an autobiographic take on his growing days in Delhi. The film should be the trump card for actress Sonam Kapoor. It also stars Abhishek Bachchan. There is a huge expectation from the director who started a revolution with Rang De Basanti.

* E.M.I: Sunil Shetty’s Popcorn entertainment and Balaji Films are releasing with what could be the dark horse of the year , E.M.I. Dealing with touchy topics like home loans, personal loans, and harassment of debt collection agencies, it is a satire on the ‘credit lifestyle’ of the present.

* 8 x 10: This will be Akshay Kumar’s first ‘non-filmi’ movie if one can use this term. In a relatively low budget film directed by the ever dependable Nagesh Kukoonoor and produced by Percept, it will portray Akshay Kumar as a man who can look into the past of dead people by touching objects that belonged to them. Inspired lightly by ‘Sixth Sense,’ this film is a must watch.

* Alibaug; Directed by Sanjay Gupta, it has a bevy of actors: Sunjay Dutt, Sanjay Suri, Diya Mirza, ROhit Roy and Maushmi Makhija. The story deals with nine youths who have just graduated from college and are looking at the real world that awaits them.

* Hello: Based on the famous book ‘One night at Call Center’ by Chetan Bhagat, it talks about aspirations, relationships and disappointments of professional working in a the call center. It promises to have a good dose of humor and emotions. Hello stars Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Sharman Joshi, Ishaa Kopikkar, Gul Panag and Amrita Arora. Watch out for this one!

* Kismet Connection: Directed by the effervescent director who once gave us the heartwarming Yes Boss, this film stars Shahid Kapoor and the vivacious Vidya Balan. Expect a lot of ethos and light subtle humor in this cute romantic tale of a lad and lass in Toronto.

* Alladin: Alladin is an interpretation of Arabian Nights. It stars Riteish Deshmukh as Alladin and Amitabh Bachan as the genie. Expect a lot of special effects in this funny tale. Sanjay Dutt also stars in the film as a villain called Ringmaster, directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

* Aashayein: Aashayein directed by Nagesh Kukunoor stars Ayesha Takia and John Abraham. John Abraham plays a compulsive gambler suddenly discovers that he is a victim of terminal illness, and that he has only 90 days to live. He is admitted to a hospital where he discover love, companionship and the beautiful meaning of life.

* The Last Lear: The Last Lear talks about a sixty five year old Shakesperean actor who after a lot of reluctance agrees to star as King Lear in a young director’s play. A young girl who has a messed up personal life finds a friend, guide and mentor in an old man who teaches her the finer points of acting and helps her sort out her life. Last Lear is directed by Rituparno Ghosh and stars Arjun Ramphal, Preity Zinta and Amitabh Bachchan

The Impact of Toy Story 3 on This Summer and Beyond!

In a time where video games can look more realistic than real life and CGI infiltrating live action movies more than ever, computer generated cartoon characters have become no big deal. Though CGI cartoons have become essentially the norm, even on TV shows, Toy Story, the movie that started it all, is doing its best to stay relevant. As usual with almost anything Disney and Pixar touch it seems to be succeeding. There has been tons of buzz over Toy Story 3, a 3-D installment to the already legendary series, and it’s sure to grow exponentially as we get closer to its June 18th release date.

The Toy Story series has always helped itself gain box office success by making the movies as enjoyable for adults as they are for kids and this next movie seems to follow that same trend. The story focuses on what happens when Andy, the owner of all these iconic toys, is getting ready to leave for college. This plot fits almost perfectly with the time line of the original target audience. It is an almost perfect fit for parents whose children were young when the first one was released in 1995 and will be going through the empty nest stage of their life soon if they haven’t already. This also fits inversely, because the young adults who were kids when Toy Story came out are now approximately college age and can also relate. Almost the entire cast of characters including Tim Allen and Tom Hanks are back, and stars like Michael Keaton (who from early rumors has struck comic gold as a short shorts wearing Ken doll) and Timothy Dalton have joined up, providing even more for adults to go see the movie.

The buzz doesn’t just stop with the newspapers and critics however. Like with most Disney movies, stores are starting to load up with Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys and costume stores have begun to stock up on Toy Story costumes from Buzz and Woody to characters as obscure as the army men. Considering its well timed summer release, this Halloween is bound to look like a coast to coast casting call for a live action Toy Story movie. I’ve even seen more than one sexy Bo Peep costume floating around for adults!

Toy Story 3 is almost guaranteed to be the most popular movie of the year, and Toy Story toys and costumes will be the some of the biggest trends of the year. Don’t say I didn’t warn you if you’re the only one who gets caught not headed to infinity and beyond!

Bollywood Flop Movies of 2008

Bollywood gave some of the disappointing worst movies this year, 2008. The dusky beauty Priyanka Chopra is responsible in giving four of the biggest flops of 2008. Thank God, Fashion proved to be a saving grace.

Here is the list of Bollywood flop movies 2008:

1. Tashan: Director Sanjay Gadhvi showed that Dhoom series was a fluke as he completely made mincemeat of the movie Tashan. The movie was one big size zero, nothing in the movie impressed. Everyone in the movie looked like having an attitude problem and Anil Kapoor was difficult to understand than a Mission Impossible plot. Read review of Tashan

2. Love story 2050: Love Story 2050 released as a contender to Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na on July 4, 2008. While Jaane Tu skyrocketed, Love Story 2050 went down to pits. Perhaps no movie in Bollywood has such a hackneyed and foolish second half as Love Story 2050. Come to think of it, something was definitely wrong in her pretty head, when Priyanka Chopra said it was a great movie. We certainly hated her as a red haired moll. Her man…sorry Harman Baweja looked like a boy lost in the woods.

3. Drona: Another crap flop movie featuring Priyanka Chopra. Drona was touted as the next big superhero movie starring Abhishek Bachchan. Almost every movie critic thrashed the movie Drona left, right and center. With Abhishek Bachchan looking like a junior artiste, this superzero film made everyone rush out of the cinema. Read review of Drona

4. Kidnap: Sanjay Gadhvi has proved that Tashan’s flop status was not a fluke. The movie lost focus on the story and trained its lens only on Minissha cleavage. So much to the extent that the candy floss lover Imran Khan was also shown ogling at Minissha’s cleavage. What about the story? Forget it, the audience was held at ransom. Read Kidnap review.

5. Mission Istanbul: Mission Istanbul looked like a B-grade movie with Istanbul as a backdrop. Pathetic direction, lousy performances, irritating screenplay, nothing went right for Mission Istanbul. At no point could the audience relate to what was going on. Read review of Mission Istanbul.

6. Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic: Since the time Aditya Chopra decided to put bikinis and scantily clad women as the centrifugal force in his films, his movies have only succeeded at the groin level. Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic will go down as one of the worst children’s movie. In fact, it is an insult to call it a children’s movie when we have the very developed in the right places Amisha Patel strutting her stuff in a yellow bikini and enjoying some lazy lamhe on the side. And have you seen a sardarni angel? That’s Rani for you. Read review of Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

7. God Tussi Great Ho: Another Priyanka Chopra flop, this time she shares the honor with Salman Khan. The movie a very poor rip off of “Bruce Almighty”(even though the maker lied by telling it wasn’t) certainly left a bad taste in the mouth. Total bore and a waste of time, everything in it was second hand as Priyanka Chopra’s old nose ring.

8. Chamku: Priyanka Chopra’s one more meaningless contribution to the box office. I am sure the lady will blush while reading this, she certainly has to differentiate between a good script and bad script. At least, she can choose a director with a better track record if she cannot judge a script. Anyway Chamku had Bobby Deol playing the wrong character 252nd time. Of course, what do you expect the audience to do?

9. Money Hai toh Honey Hai: Money Hai toh Honey Hai was rubbished by critics and audiences alike. It looked like the director Ganesh Acharya tried making something to fill in between the song videos.

10. Krazzy4: The producer Rakesh Roshan became poorer by 4 crores before the movie could even release, thanks to the music copyright infringement case filed by Ram Shankar. Krazzy 4 had three item numbers by Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Rakhi Sawant which were the only saving grace in the film. Among the above list of top 10 flops in Bollywood 2008, this is the only one which was marginally passable to watch.