June 2008 release dates

June is here, and I am glad for it finally seems like America will be ready to move forward through November with only two presidential candidates. Yay! Here is to unity and understanding. Listed at the bottom of this post are this month's releases. There are several, and the ones I am most looking forward to are Sarkar Raj and Mere Baap Pehle Aap.

Sarkar Raj stars Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. Ram Gopal Verma might have burned us in a sadly cold Aag last year, but I am expecting a much better product this time around. Here is the Sarkar Raj official website. If you have not seen Sarkar (2005), I highly recommend you do before watching Sarkar Raj (I really enjoyed it).

Mere Baap Pehle Aap should be very interesting. I can more than tolerate and laugh out loud to nonsensical comedy done right, and that is what I expect from the film starring Akshaye Khanna, Genelia D'Souza, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, and Rapjal Yadav. Time will tell whether Akshaye made a wise career move with this. Particularly interested in Genelia D'Souza's performance ahead of the biggie early next month, Jaane Tu...

There is also a Yash Raj Films product starring Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, and some kids. Sound familiar? This one is titled Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, and here is its official website. For the record, I thought Ta Ra Rum Pum was above average and Hum Tum before it about average. The soundtrack to Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic offers a couple of good songs (the music is by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy). Still, a pretty exciting month ahead, wouldn't you say?

Lastly, I like this picture from the Thoda Pyaar... promos because it has India Gate, featured in two of my favorite car songs (hope to devote a post to car songs later in the week), one of which was in the film Rang De Basanti (2006)...

...which I was also reminded of when I saw an in-store ad with this at Office Depot (a 3M spot). Rang De Basanti, and Color Me Spring indeed!

June 6
Humsey Hai Jahaan
Sarkar Raj

June 13
Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Summer 2007
Zindagi Tere Naam

June 20
De Taali
Good Luck
Via Darjeeling

June 27
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic

June 28
Rafoo Chakkar - Fun On The Run

Source: IndiaFM


Anonymous said...

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic seems like an Indian version of the Julie Andrews children's classic Mary Poppins and its newer version Nanny McPhee. Hope this one gets the magic right! :-)

theBollywoodFan said...

Should be interesting, Bollyviewer. Certainly hope it does!

Anonymous said...

You've done a great job covering Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, but you haven't even mentioned Love Story 2050 on this blog, which is also releasing on July 4.

There's great excitement surrounding Bollywood's first sci-fi film. The initial promos are out and visually the film looks STUNNING! I'm betting the soundtrack (which was just released) is going to be a hit, with Anu Malik composing and Javed Akhtar penning the lyrics (the hit duo behind the Main Hoon Na soundtrack).

Producer/Director Harry Baweja's son, Harman Baweja, is also making his debut in the lead role opposite Priyanka Chopra. Harman Baweja not only has an uncanny resemblance with Hrithik, but can also dance like him. You have to see it to believe it!

On the one hand you have Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, an Aamir Khan production featuring a college love story, and on the other hand there is the futuristic, unprecedented Love Story 2050. Two big films, two fantastic soundtracks, two debuts, but will there be two blockbusters? Will it be Gadar vs. Lagaan or Om Shanti Om vs. Saawariya? We'll just have to wait and see...

theBollywoodFan said...

Gadar v Lagaan a contest? You must be kidding, right? LOL. Joking, Salek. Yes, you are correct. It's shaping up to be quite a battle on independence day.

Love Story 2050 looks sleek and it should be good too. I did not, however, find its soundtrack too appealing (forgive me for I know you rather liked it). Still, I promise to discuss it soon enough.

SO excited about July 4!

Anonymous said...

I was not comparing Gadar and Lagaan, but wanted to make it clear that two films releasing on the same day can both be blockbusters.

I’m also wondering how the fate of these two big films will affect the careers of the respective actors who are making their debuts. My case in point is Deepika Padukone of Om Shanti Om and Sonam Kapoor of Saawariya. Deepika bagged all of the Best Female Debut Awards this year, and has emerged as a “superstar” (in my opinion the term is really cheesy) and the media darling. Sonam Kapoor, who I felt had a more a complex role and original performance, is hardly in the public spotlight these days. Deepika is receiving a steady flow of offers; from what I’ve read, Sonam is not. Whose career will take off, Imran’s or Harman’s? I know what you’re thinking, “Enough with all of this speculation already!”

Also, I haven’t heard the entire soundtrack of Love Story 2050, but formulated an opinion based on what the public likes these days and some of the music reviews I‘ve read. I’ve only heard one song (Milo Na Milo), which is pretty catchy.

In contrast to Love Story 2050, my taste in today’s Bollywood music leans towards songs with a traditional, classical style. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed many songs from films like Dus, Dhoom 2, and Race. But I personally prefer the music of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Taal, Devdas, Saathiya, Jodhaa-Akbar, and so on. For me, these soundtracks, have a timeless appeal and greater repeat value.

theBollywoodFan said...

Salek: Agree with you on almost all counts. Two films released at the same time can indeed succeed, and Gadar/Lagaan is a great example. Aamir Khan commented on this topic as well in the video that is part of this post.

I am somewhat disappointed in the Deepika Padukone v Sonam Kapoor outcome. When it rains, it pours, and Sonam will have to somehow fight her situation. I do think that Sonam's was a more sincere, less artificial and less over-the-top performance than Deepika's, and am still amazed at how quick we the South Asian people seem to be to judge someone. How else could we explain people putting Miss Padukone on the Bollywood's top-five list after merely one film?

As for Love Story 2050 v Jaane Tu...it will be interesting to see. As an Aamirian and Rahmaniac, I'm pretty vocal about which one I am looking forward to more. Truly believe that this will be Imran Khan's. If Aamir could teach Darsheel all that for Taare Zameen Par, imagine what he might do with Imran! I would expect nothing short of excellent. And I am confident we shall not be disappointed.

Based on your music taste, I think you will enjoy the soundtrack to Ada (it is also by A. R. Rahman). If you have not yet listened to it, definitely give it a shot. Hope to review it soon.

Anonymous said...

Yash Raj Films desperately needs Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic to be a success. Currently they are going through a rough period, a really long ROUGH period.

The biggest hits of 2004 (Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara), 2005 (Bunty aur Babli, Salaam Namaste), and 2006 (Fanaa, Dhoom 2) were produced by Yash Raj Films. 2007 was a terrible year for YRF and 2008 thus far is not any better.

Ta Ra Rum Pum: a strictly average hit
Jhoom Barabar Jhoom: does anything need to be said?
Chak De India: YRF's saving grace, superhit, quality film
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag: flop
Aaja Nachle: flop/average
Tashan: flop

YRF needs a hit because its series of flops is costing the company influence and leverage when it comes to demanding profits. I'm not sure if you're aware of the recent heavy-handed tactics YRF has been using against the multiplex chains in India. If I remember correctly, they want 60% of the profits, instead of the usual 40-50%.

Let's just hope for the audience's sake and YRF's sake, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic turns out to be a good film. If not, then there is the Dec. 2008 release, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, to look forward to. This film in my opinion is a guaranteed hit, bringing together SRK and Aditya Chopra as director.

Also, Rani Mukerji hasn't had a solid hit since Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna? She needs Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic to make magic at the box office, or else her demand in the industry will fall sharply. Could we be seeing the gradual decline of one of Bollywood's greatest actresses?

Anonymous said...

Here's the latest on Sarkar Raj:

The one review I've read says...

"A must-see for all Bachchan fans, the trio [of Amitabh, Abhishek, Aishwarya] has delivered riveting performances"

"RGV redeems himself with his new film"

The Janta's reaction is less enthusiastic, but definitely positive.

Good news for RGV and Amitabh Bachchan after their disastrous flops, Nishabd and RGV Ki Aag.

theBollywoodFan said...

Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Sarkar Raj should both be interesting. As for Yash Raj Films, agree with you on Chak De India being the one good film last year. They also have an animated film, Roadside Romeo, releasing this year that I am looking forward to.

Thanks for your input, Salek.