October 2008 release dates

We've celebrated Eid and prayed more than ever for peace and goodness. That will continue with Diwali later in the month. It's October 2 today and Gandhi Jayanti, hence the International Day of Non-Violence. And there's nothing quite like a Bollywood worker strike (seriously) and anti-non-violence vibes to offset the goodness with the two big releases featuring plenty of guns and swords :P Those would be Kidnap and Drona respectively.

First, a salute to the Mahatma, and a quote:

"I shall work for an India...in which there shall be no high class and low class of people, an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony. There can be no room in such an India for the curse of untouchability or the curse of intoxicating drinks and drugs."

Not sure how effective the new ban on smoking in public places in India will be, but they picked a good day for putting it into effect, and I hope it works and can be extended to the items he's referred to specifically here. This is one of my favorite Gandhi-ji pictures, titled 'The Leader Leads'.

The final quarter of the year promises to be Bollywood's best, and October should do well in kicking things off. The movies I am looking forward to, in addition to Ramchand Pakistani, which was delayed from its initial release date in August (#3 in this post has more commentary):

1. Kidnap starring Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba, Sanjay Dutt. I'll hope to share my thoughts on this over opening weekend. Saving my music review for then as well, because the soundtrack is only decent as a standalone product. If Gabbar Singh were to critique Pritam Chakrobarty's music, his question before listening to each album might be: Abe O Pritam...kitne dhun churaaye? (how many tunes did you steal?). Alas, the answer isn't zero...again. But there's enough in it to look forward to. Sanjay Dutt will be the best actor by far in the film, but they've made it clear this is Imran's film. Some promo stills remind me of Aamir Khan in Ashutosh Gowariker's Baazi (1994). Should be interesting. Here are a couple of posts on the film. Official website: kidnapthefilm.com

2. Heroes starring Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Sohail Khan, Dino Morea, Mithun Chakrobarty, Preity Zinta, Riya Sen, Amrita Arora, and others. The one movie I'm hoping does better than most expect it to do -- the plot is intriguing, and it should be fun to see Salman and Preity like this! Official website: heroes.erosentertainment.com

3. Roadside Romeo, an animated film that is a collaborative effort between Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Studios. While the title sounds a lot less appealing to me than, say, Toonpur Ka Superhero (that's an Ajay Devgan project), it should be worth checking out, if only for the voices being provided by Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Javed Jaaferi! They're all good comedians (especially Javed), and the film promises to be fun. Official website: This link.

4. Honorable Mention, if only for the cast, goes to two films I'm not expecting too much from:

Golmaal Returns, starring Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora and Celina Jaitley. It's a good cast, and it'll likely be a hit. But I didn't think much of the original, and I'm willing to bet the best this does is give Singh Is Kinng a run for its money, which means it will do well financially. A wild-card for the month, which could just work if they strike a balance between clean and nonsensical but tasteful comedy, it could be rather fun. Official website: golmaalreturnsfilm.com

Drona, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, a film by Goldie Behl. Because the name 'Goldie' wasn't enough, we have tons of reminders of the person in the form of gold, lots of it, all over! So I was excited with the superhero/fantasy theme, and its music is pretty decent. Given the theme, I was hoping we'd get He-Man and Zelda (from The Legend of Zelda, borderline religion for Nintendo video-gamer kids from the 1980s), instead we got this...

Abhishek Bachchan has had his chances over the years, and we know he'll keep getting roles and decent scripts no matter how his films fare. Some of us have said, "Abhi nahin to kabhi nahin" and moved on, though. Yet, he might just prove there can indeed be not so fit and in-shape superheroes in the world (he gives me hope!), for which part of me is secretly looking forward to the outcome. Official website: drona.erosentertainment.com

Any in particular you've been looking forward to?

Oct 2, 2008
Ramchand Pakistani

Oct 10, 2008

Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang
Horn Ok Pleassss

Oct 17, 2008

Oct 24, 2008
Roadside Romeo

Oct 29, 2008

Oct 30, 2008
Golmaal Returns

Listing source: IndiaFM


ajnabi said...

I like the idea of a not-ripped superhero; it's definitely not the Western ideal so that gives it its own appeal IMO! :-D Kidnap looks good; but then, I'm partial to Sanjay.

Nicki said...

Thanks for keeping me up to date about future release. For some reason, I have no desire, or better yet, not as much desire for films releasing this year.

I did read about the Bollywood strike. I wonder how it's going to affect everything. Even my hubby asked about it and he's not into Bollywood.

Anonymous said...

Lol, Cheenti Cheenti Bang Bang.

Pitu said...

None actually :-( I really want to see Zinta's film 'Heaven on Earth'. I loved 'The Namesake' so I am hoping Deepa Mehta's made another great film, and it will be nice to see Preity in a not-bubbly/chirpy avtar. That's actually also why I want to see her in 'The Last Lear'.

Hehe loved the line 'Abhi nahi to kabhi nahi' but I cannot fathom 'Drona' being good. Certainly cannot imagine Aby as a superhero :-p he couldn't even play supercop decently! (Dhoom)

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you for your comments!

Ajnabi: From the initial reviews, it seems to have been a major detriment to his effort to successfully add oomph to Drona. The verdict on Kidnap is split, so I'll still go see it :)

Nicki: I'm willing to fast-forward to December, and the Aamir Khan film Ghajini, of course. :) It's scheduled for December 26. And the Shah Rukh film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi is slated for December 12. I hope Heroes this month does well too. And then there's Yuvraaj next month!

Anonymous: That's a funny name for a movie if there ever were one!

Pitu: Thanks for the reminder of Heaven on Earth, which should be interesting. Deepa Mehta's movies are always thought-provoking, never mind the controversy. The Namesake was great too (wasn't that Mira Nair?). They're both great, though, and the subject of Heaven on Earth is one worth addressing.

Right on about Abhishek. Drona seems to have Love Story 2050 written all over it. And we were right about Abhishek's look not fitting in, it seems.

That line, 'Abhi Nahin To Kabhi Nahin', was inspired by my mentor Keith Olbermann's daily segment titled 'McCain in the Membrane' :)


Pitu said...

Ohh yes I am also rly looking fwd to 'Rab ne bana di jodi' :-D As you know, I love my SRK and my cousin and I will watch it first day first show for sure :-D

Also, you're right, it's Mira Nair not Deepa Mehta.

And what's this film 'Heroes' about? Zyada buzz nahi hai uske baare main. I saw photo stills- Preity looks GORGEOUS in those simple salwar suits. She has a very urban image but personally I prefer her in salwar kurtas like in Veer Zaara. She is doing some great work this year! If you add Jahnu Barua's 'Har Pal', that's 3 arty films for her in one year!!!!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Pitu: SRK's look in Rab Ne Bana di Jodi is quite amusing, to say the least. And I'm surprised at how low-key the Heroes buzz has been. Hopefully that'll mean it's a good film that doesn't need too much hype. Agree on Preity Zinta's look, she looks stunning in salwar kurtas. And I'll look forward to checking out her other works, especially the arty stuff.