Compliments to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for their soundtrack to the upcoming 13B (March 6). With it, they not only illustrate that an album with as many remixes as base tracks (four) can work, they prove the album can be better because of the inclusion of the remixes. Sab Khairiyat Hai (It's all good) and Bade Se Shehar Mein (In a big city) are very good and complete songs. And maybe it's because it seems it's been ages since we last heard something from Baba Sehgal, Oh Sexy Mama is the party track to beat this year (although I do wish it were tastefully choreographed -- this could have been so much better). Listen to all songs at this link.
For once, I almost want to see a horror movie. Starring R. Madhavan, Neetu Chandra, and several others including Poonam Dhillon, 13B has an intriguing plot (see 'About 13B' -> 'Synopsis' at its official website: 13B.in).
Aloo Chaat is interesting, not because its title promises unadulterated masala entertainment, nor because it carries potential to be just another loud comedy, but because it marks the film debut of the gorgeous Aamna Shariff. If you've seen her in a TV show, you know it was only a matter of time before she made her way to film. The soundtrack (RDB) is about decent -- Boliyaan is a very good (and familiar) folk song, and Dhadke Jiya by Pakistani artist Xulfi is the other pick. The songs are available for listening here. I think they'll sound better in the film, which also stars Aftab Shivdasani and Kulbushan Kharbanda. Official website: AlooChaat.com. (Aside: Gosh, they seem to be making a film in Delhi every other week these days, what's with that?)
Speaking of comedies, Dhoondte Reh Jaaoge (You'll search, dazed) is one that should be more interesting, given the cast includes Paresh Rawal (who plays a filmmaker wanting to make a film that flops), Johnny Lever, Sonu Sood, Zayed Khan, Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Deepal Shaw, and Asrani. This one's a sleeper pick, might be really good, if hilarious trailers of parodies of a scene from Sholay (1975) and a song from Dilwaale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (1995) offer any indication. Here's a Sonu Sood interview with more.
Aa Dekhen Zara (Come, Let's See) is a 'romantic musical thriller'. The 'musical' portion is out of it, since Pritam Chakrobarty just delivered another average soundtrack. But I might just check this out for Bipasha Basu (she's playing a DJ!), and because I rather liked Neil Mukesh's debut film, Johnny Gaddar (2007). (Oh, and Sophie Chaudhary is in the mix, somewhere, too.) The artwork on the official website reminds of the artwork of Dhoom 2 (2006), it'll be interesting to see what they deliver. Official website: AaDekhenZara.erosentertainment.com.
And finally, how scary must this have been? On a related note, this past week, following the Slumdog Millionaire success at the Oscars (which resulted in this), was interesting as a Bollyvangelical (that's not a word, but maybe we can coin it?). Check out Sita-ji's related post at this Bollywood Food Club link. Cheers!
Release schedule (source: IndiaFM)
March 6: 13B, Dhoondte Reh Jaoge, Karma Aur Holi
March 13: Aloo Chaat, Barah Aana, Gulaal, Jai Veeru, Little Zizou
March 20: Straight
March 27: Aa Dekhen Zara, Ek - The Power Of One, Sikandar