November 2008 releases

It's November, and allow me to begin with a friendly reminder to those in the U.S. who haven't voted to go do so on the fourth. Of course, political theatrics (this is hilarious) aren't the only ones that will be talked about this month. All release dates are at the bottom. Some I'll be checking out:

1. Yuvvraaj, a Subhash Ghai film, makes its way to theaters on the 21st, and I think Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be brilliant. I wouldn't be surprised if we find they have the best on-screen dynamic of all current Bollywood couples. Salman fans, do you think he'll get the woman?

Here's what we know the plot has (per its soundtrack and the official film website

  1. Three brothers (Salman, Anil Kapoor, and Zayed Khan) involved in a feud for inheritance money;
  2. One woman (Katrina Kaif), trying to bring them together;
  3. Each of them involved in music (of different genres) in some capacity (most, if not all, professionally), hence the tag line 'Music binds love';
  4. A soundtrack that is easily one of the very best of the year (might well be the best in terms of appeal to the widest audience -- by most definitions, leading to a masala musical, if you may). Here are all posts on the film, including the intro post and lyrics and my translations to some songs.

If they get it right, which I think they will, Yuvvraaj might just be the biggest hit of the year. Its art direction and cinematography will excel, Anil Kapoor's wardrobe will be suited to his character (check out those socks!)...

...and Katrina Kaif will, of course, continue to look mighty beautiful, classy, and stunning.

2. Maharathi (based on a Gujarati drama of the same name), out on the 28th, is a mystery Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, and Tara Sharma. Its trailer was rolled out with Kidnap, and it is my sleeper pick for the month (as Heroes was last month). Take a look at this!

3. Ek Vivah Aisa Bhi releases November 7, and stars Sonu Sood and Isha Koppikar. If you liked Vivaah (I did), this one will be very well worth checking out, although it is *not* a sequel to the Shahid Kapoor-Amrita Rao starrer. A Rajshri product that will be a (likely welcome) return to the norm. The soundtrack is consistent and has some good lyrical depth (although the music is slightly monotonous). Sonu and Isha get lead roles, and given the plot, there's little reason for why they won't deliver. And I have a palindrome for this picture: WOW.

4. I would not have included Dostana (starring Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, and Priyanka Chopra), except that Karan Johar decided to film it in lovely Miami, where I went to college and lived for a few years. As if that weren't enough, its first trailer showcases Downtown Miami and my former office building several times :)

This post has pictures of John on South Beach, this has Abhishek at a scene filmed at a hospital, and Aishwarya Rai trying to emulate Kareena Kapoor! ;) Sadly, based on what I learned from some trustworthy sources, there seemed to have been a real attitude problem with Karan Johar and his crew, and the folks didn't win over many fans in Miami.

The plot to Dostana doesn't do much at all for me -- two guys pretending to be in a relationship (*yawn*), and jokes like those dumb 'Kantaben' ones (they got old real fast, didn't they?) from one of them Karan Johar films or the Filmfare Awards ceremony of 2008 -- but I shall see it on DVD for: 1) people I know who are in it, and 2) Miami (I'd written this on the city when moving in May), which is an excellent, vibrant setting for cinematographers to work wonders with. Please don't let this fool you though...

...South Beach has a *lot* better to offer than Priyanka Chopra ;) Here's the film's official website.

Any you're looking forward to in particular?

Nov 7, 2008
Desh Drohi
Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi

Nov 14, 2008
Chal Chala Chal

Nov 21, 2008

Nov 28, 2008
Kaashh... Mere Hote
Khallballi - Fun Unlimited
Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!
Raat Gayi Baat Gayi
Sorry Bhai

Schedule source: IndiaFM


Kanan said...

Awesome! thanks for the little snippets about all the films. I'm really looking forward to Ek Vivah...

Darshit said...

Though the music is quite monotonus, of Ek Vivaah, i m lukin' fwd to it.
Another one i m desparate to see is Oye Lucky Luck Oye.
Seen Promo in Fashion's interval. And as far as i know, Abhay Deol is big underdog. He delivers everytime, fine. Another exclusive promo was there too. of modern Devdas movie. DEV.D
yes thats the name again Abhay in it. Looking fwd to both.
Yuvvraj's second promo in theatres was there also. It left me a liiiiitle bit disappointed. As its a cliche story of getting inheritance money and all.
though i was impressed by snippets of Mastam Mastam, Shano Shano, Dil ka rishta and Manmohini. Fab. fab.

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Kanan: Thank you, and yes, Ek Vivah should be fun and guaranteed family entertainment, which is rare these days.

Hi Darshit: Thanks for sharing the updates on the trailers! Yuvvraaj's plot does have some familiar elements. They've revealed quite a bit already, so I'm guessing (or maybe even hoping, LOL) there's something new there.

Abhay Deol's been under the radar. He is quite a good actor, yes. Should be interesting! And Dev.D. sounds so contemporary! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the release dates. I am waiting for Ek Vivah... and Dostana (as Priyanka is my fav). Hoping that Yuvvraaj does well, it's a Salman-Khan-product by the way...


theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Saurabh: Yuvvraaj, I'll hope to see on day 1. It's always good to see Salman Khan get roles that try to feature his acting strengths, which I think Subhash Ghai has done here. Ek Vivah should be interesting too.

Good year for you, Priyanka fan! She's had a few releases this year, and I liked her in God Tussi Great Ho. Also have Love Story 2050 to check out. Will also see Drona once its out on DVD. Oh, and Fashion, which I hear she's great in!


Filmi Girl said...

I'm really looking forward to Yuvvraaj - I saw the promo before Fashion and it looks great! I agree with your other choices, as well. Those are probably the films I'll see in November. :) Of course, it all depends on what is screening at my local cinema. I might end up seeing EMI, too.

Shweta Mehrotra Gahlawat said...

I definitely want to see "Yuvraaj," but am also excited about "Oye Lucky"- I have begun to really look out for Abhay Deol's movies- the boy picks strong indie stuff :)

Dostaana- I just dont want to see it at all- Abhishek looks terrible in those promos- that scruffy, scarfed look needs reinvention or something!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Filmi Girl: That promo must've rocked on the big screen! I know you've reviewed Fashion, but I'm going to wait until I see it before hopping over to the post :)

EMI is interesting -- Malaika Arora in a lead role of's about time she did more than just the chaiyya chaiyya!

As for your local there some sort of feedback mechanism where you could suggest they show a specific movie? I've tried that with one of the managers at my local theater, and it's worked! Of course, I keep my recommendation very unbiased, for whatever little it's worth ;)

Hi Shweta: Ditto to Abhay Deol and his portfolio. Oye Lucky and even Dasvidanya could end up being quite good! Abhishek hasn't done much that I've enjoyed since 2005 (in all fairness, though, my copy of Sarkar Raj just arrived, and I'll see it soon enough).


Nicki said...

I can always count on you for forthcoming films! Thanks!

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Nicki: Thank you! I hope you enjoy some of these this month. I know both you and Shweta are fans of Salman, so it should be fun to see him in Yuvvraaj! Cheers!