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Ishqiya : review

Banner: Shemaroo Entertainment,Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt Ltd

Production: Vishal Bhardwaj,Raman Maroo

Direction: Abhishek Chaubhey

Cast:   Naseruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan

Music : Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyrics : Gulzar

Ishqiya was one of the most talked about releases primarily because one, It was coming from Vishal Bhardwaj stable and secondly the promo managed to raise the curiosity level among the viewers. No wonder, movie has managed to prove itself ‘different’. Though, the tag of ‘different’ is an overused one yet debutant director Abhishek Chuaubhey has shown glimpses of his talent in this dark comedy cum thriller genre film. Vishal Bhardwaj has become a master in this style and every time viewers are left gasping for more.

Ishqiya thrives on wonderful performances and apt dialogues. Movie is a bold step towards new age of Hindi film making. Yet, it is strongly recommended that parents should leave the bachcha party at home and rejoice this cinematic experience. Talking about lead actors, Naseruddin Shah, as usual is in peak form whereas Vidya Balan has surprised one and all with her bold scenes. She is pretty different from what we viewers are used to watching her on-screen exploits. Ishqiya is definitely another feather in her cap after giving a stunning performance in ‘Paa’.

Arshad Warsi has matched his co-stars step by step and seems like a perfect match for the role of Babban. Movie revolves around two thieves Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) who are on the run from their boss, Mushtaq. During their course of journey they seek refuge at a friend’s house, but instead meet his widow, Krishna (Vidya Balan). Thereafter, movie takes a different turn as duo find themselves mesmerised by Krishna who had some other sinister plans of her own. But eventually, they all have to face the past realities and slowly new secrets start pouring out of cupboard.

Ishqiya is a must watch because of its eastern UP backdrop, fascinating dialogues and of course for ‘Dil toh bachcha hai’. Songs are already chart toppers adding to crisp editing and wonderfully captured background of the movie. Vishal Bhardwaj gives us another winner and this time its desi flavour in western style.


Aamir’s December Hits

Seems like there is no stopping Aamir Khan. This ever growing young actor has kept belting one hit after another. In fact, it is hard to remember which one was his last flop? Anyone? Mr. Perfectionist has chosen his movies very wisely and has kept outgrowing himself as an actor. He chooses diverse genres every time and gives it 120%. He is pretty good at marketing strategies as well and one can remember his Ghajini and Rang De Basanti marketing gigs. His recent release 3 Idiots is already making waves and this movie might be helping bollywood in finishing the year on a high. That also reminds me of Aamir Khan’s penchant for December releases and how all of them have performed so well in last 2 years.

December 25 witnessed release of 3 Idiots and whether it is a coincidence or plain planning, his last two December releases had set box office on fire. Taare Zameen Par was released during the same time in 2007 whereas 2008 witnessed blockbuster Ghajini. 3 Idiots has already earned Rs.4 crore through paid previews and is going very strong on box office thanks to no other releases and extended holiday season.

Taare Zameen Par was also Aamir’s directorial debut and movie earned rave reviews because of its different theme and amazing acting. The movie was   released on Dec 21 in 2007 and it hit the bull’s eyes. Reports say, movie earned more than 37 crore at the box office. Aamir’s next release Ghajini hit the theatres on Dec 25, 2008 and it broke almost all the box office records. A remake of a Tamil film by the same name, it reinvented action genre. December or no December release, we hope Aamir continues with his hit path.


Bollywood Misses of 2009

Looking back at this year, bollywood will not be very happy with its performance. Some of the big budget, big names flopped miserably at the box office. At the same time, some movies came out of nowhere and registered good business. Quite unexpectedly, some movies despite having a nice story and wonderful production failed to excite the audiences. Well, you never know what might work at box office. Talking about some of the misses of the year, bollywood had high expectations from Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ but movie proved to be a damp squib. Akshay was on a roll after the success of Welcome, Singh is Kingg and others but that did not help the cause either.

It was also Akshay Kumar’s first release of the year and needless to say, Chandni Chowk To China was a disaster at the box office. The story had no innovation and humour was quite cheap. Critics thrashed the movie left, right and centre and over-expectation and under-delivery factor sealed its fate

Yash Raj banners poor run at box office continued this year. Dil Bole Haddipa was an eagerly awaited film starring a fresh pair of Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukherji who was coming on screen after a long time. Movie is also said to be a copy of Hollywood film ‘She is the man’. Its long since we last saw a clear winner from Yash Raj’s stable.

Ashutosh Gowariker has earned a huge reputation for himself after making some of the best movies in this decade the likes of which include, Lagaan, Swadesh and Jodha-Akbar. Naturally, aam junta and critics alike had pinned high hopes from his latest release ‘What’s Your Raashee?’ but movie bombed at box office. People rejected it out rightly. Viewrs could not handle its length and tiring chemistry of 12 rashees. The absence of crackling chemistry between lead pair of Priyanka Chopra and Harmaan Baweja also didn’t help the cause.


Upcoming Movies and Release Dates

Several movies are going be released in coming months. Millions of rupees are riding on these movies directed by some of the top notch names and acted by super stars of bollywood as well as emerging talents. We have tried to make a list of upcoming movies along with their release dates. These dates are tentative in nature and are subject to change by the production or distribution teams of the respective movies.

Nov 27, 2009             De Dana Dan

Dec 03, 2009             Radio

Dec 04, 2009             Paa

Dec 11, 2009             Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year

Dec 18, 2009             Accident on Hill Road

                                      Ada… a way of life

Dec 25, 2009             3 Idiots

Dec 31, 2009             Raat Gayi Baat Gayi

December 2009          Red Alert – The War Within

                                           Road to Sangam

Jan 08, 2010             Dulha Mil Gaya

                                          Hello…Hum Lallan Bol Rahe Hain

                                         Hide N Seek

                                         Pyaar Impossible

Jan 15, 2010             Chance Pe Dance

                                       Right Yaaa Wrong

Jan 22, 2010            Ishqiya

                                      Rann

                                    Veer

Jan 29, 2010          Striker

                                   Toh Baat Pakki

                                   Tum Milo Toh Sahi

January 2010           Prince- Its Showtime

Feb 05, 2010           Allah Ke Banday

                                      Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai

Feb 12, 2010           My Name is Khan

                                      Teen Patti

Feb 26, 2010           Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge?

                                     Karthik Calling Karthik

                                       Peter Gaya Kaam Se

                                       Road

                                     Shaapit

February 2010          Fatso

                                       Kajraare

                                       Kites

Mar 11, 2010           Phillum City

Mar 26, 2010           Kaun Bola?

March 2010            Paan Singh Tomar

Apr 09, 2010           Action Replay

Apr 16, 2010           It’s a Wonderful After Life

Apr 30, 2010            House Full

May 28, 2010           Rajneeti


Ishqiya Preview

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

Producer: Raman Maroo & Vishal Bharadwaj

Music Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Lyricist: Gulzar

Star Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan, Salman Shahid, Anupama Kumar

Genre: Romance, Suspense

Release Date: December 11, 2009

 Ishqiya is first directorial venture of Abhishek Chaubey. It is an interesting mix of two genres of romance and suspense. Produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj, the later has also composed music for the movie. We need not say anything about Vishal Bhardwaj’s ability as he has proven again and again with movies like Kaminey, Maqbool, Omkara and Makdi. However, it will be interesting to watch this movie as it is his production. Ishqiya also boasts of a talented star cast of veteran Naseeruddin Shah, talented Arshad Warsi and beautiful Vidya Balan in the main lead. Movie will be releasing on December 11, 2009.

 Movie is set up in the backdrop of eastern Uttar Pradesh (Omkara, Déjà vu?). Movie is an interesting mix of suspense, thriller, chase, romance, deceit and betrayal. It is about two thieves Khalujan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) who are on the run. They have issues with their boss Mushtaq (Salman Shahid), who is not hungry for their blood. While escaping they stumble across a widow Krishna (Vidya Balan) who had some other plans for them.

 Babban falls for Krishna whereas Khalujaan is more sensible in his approach. Krishna had her own dubious intentions. But soon reality dawns in and they both realize what has happened. What happens afterwards make for the crux of the story. Movie promises to be interesting because of interesting star cast and Vishal Bhardwaj’s association. Watch it on 11th December.


Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge

Many upcoming movies are generating curiosity amongst movie buffs. Ajay Devgan who is fresh from his last release ‘All the Best’ is in news for his upcoming venture named ‘Athithi Tum Kab Jaaoge’. There are quite a few gossips about the inspiration of the movie. Some gossip columns talked about movie being a copy of a Hollywood movie whereas some other attributed its story to some other sources. But recently the producer of the movie Kumar Mangat cleared all the confusion in a press conference. He said the movie is inspired from a book.

Well known satirist Late Sharad Joshi had written a short story named Tum Kab Jaoge Atithi and the movie in question is based on the same book. Movie stars Ajay Devgan and Konkana Sen along with Paresh Rawal who is apparently playing the role of Atihti. The team of the movie has yet to release any poster or look of the film. Only the working still of the movie has been released. The movie is co-produced by reputed Hollywood production house Warner Bros Picture India in association with Amita Pathak’s banner Wide Frame Films. Though the poster of the movie does look similar to a Hollywood movie but similarity ends there.

The theme of the movie, as the name suggests is quite humorous and based on a common problem faced by many Indian households, i.e., having guests that never leave. This movie is the first production venture of Amita Pathak and those who don’t know her yet, she is the daughter of Kumar Mangat who has got quite a reputation in films production. The movie will be directed by Ashwin Dhir and will be shot in a flat duration of 50 days in the Yashraj studios. The movie is supposed to release on 26th of February.


Diwali Bonanza

This Diwali offered a triple bonanza to the movie goers. Not one but three big budgeted movies with top stars were released. The movies that were released All The Best, Blue and Main Aur Mrs Khanna had top notch stars of the bollywood. Millions were riding on the success of these movies. The movies were also an indicator of success starved bollywood this year. 2009 has relatively been a cold affair for bollywood business but thankfully Blue and All The Best managed to open on bumper notes. It is being said that combined collections of these two movies are now the best ever in the history of Bollywood. That is something to cheer for! Those stats also put at rest the rumours of economic recovery sustainability. According to trade sources, Blue has netted no less than 33 crores in the first week and All The Best has also managed to garner net 25 crores. However, Main Aur Mrs Khanna did not get rave reviews and opened on poor collections of mere 8 crores. All in all, bollywood netted 65 crores in Diwali week.

The earlier held record of highest grossing Diwali week was by Golmaal Returns and Fashion that had garnerd 60 crores. But i must point out that earlier collection was achieved on a 9 days extended run as both the films had released on Wednesday. That definitely makes it a cheerful reason for bollywood to celebrate this festive season. All The Best has continued its winning runs in following week whereas Blue has slightly been subsided. However it must be noted that collections would have been much higher had both films been released separately. But what has worked in their favour is subsequent releases like Fruit And Nut and Bal Ganesha proved to be dud at the box office. They have one more week to enjoy before London Dreams and Aladin releases.


Barah Aana: To Be Screened at Chicago Festival

Barah Aana is the name of the movie was that was recently released. Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz and Arjun Mathur, movie was directed by Raja Menon. The movie got critical acclaim and good response by the crowd. It was a typical multiplex movie made for a niche segment. Even in abroad, movie earned good review and prestigious publications like New York Times, The Herald Tribune, and other international journals gave it rave reviews. Now the news is, Barah Aana has been selected the 45th Chicago International Film Festival.

The movie has been well endorsed by some of the bollywood bigwigs like Aamir Khan, John Abraham, Imran Khan, Zoya Akhtar, and many others. This is definitely a great news for the movie as well as for bollywood as Chicago International Film Festival is a prestigious and one of the oldest film festivals. The movie will join who’s who of world cinema and will be screened in the world cinema section that also showcased great filmmakers as Wong kar wai, and Majid Majidi last year. This will not be the end of the story. Furthermore, movie will traverse to other renowned festivals like New Jersey, Seattle, and New York in the months of October and November. And if everything goes according to the plan, then there are high chances of movie being screened in European festival circuit.

Seems, bollywood movies are in hot zone right now. Since last few years one movie after another has managed to garner international appreciation. Most of these movies have been small budgeted ones barring a Lagaan or Swadesh. Way to go Bollywood! 


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