From among the new releases this month, the two I am looking forward to are those I am prepared to not see in theaters. One will likely not be picked up by my local theater. The other I would prefer having access to a fast-forward button for. Both are intriguing, and we begin with them, then. The complete list of releases is at the bottom of this post.
Kisaan (Farmer(s)) releases the 28th. It is the much less talked about film. My wild-card for the month, it stars Sohail Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Jackie Shroff, Dia Mirza (yay!), Nauheed Cyrusi, and favorite filmi dad, Dalip Tahil. Sohail and Arbaaz play a farmer and lawyer on opposite sides of the issue. Here's Salman Khan summarizing the film, from this 10 Ka Dum blog entry, which also reminds me of how much I miss Bombay around this time of year :'(
My brother Sohail Khan has made a film on problems of farmers. His “KISAAN” is a dramatic entertainer with strong social message. The forces of bazaar want farmers to sell their land for industrialization. The entire conspiracy is so carefully hatched that brothers are divided so that they sell the land. It's [the] new face of slavery.
Here's the theatrical trailer:
If you've read the entry for 'Z' in this post, you know what I think of the theme. What concerns me is that a dramatic entertainer with social messages has strong potential to go wrong. This is not a bad cast, but the soundtrack, which seems to have a strong 1990s feel to it, promises a major distraction. Yet, I'm looking forward to it. There's more on Kisaan at this Arbaaz Khan blog entry.
Kaminey, releasing the 14th, stars Shahid Kapoor (in a double role -- twins, of course!), Priyanka Chopra, and a large supporting cast. It promises to be Shahid's true coming out party (about time!), despite the Central Board of Film Certification hitting it with the 'A' rating (equivalent to 'R' by the Motion Picture Association of America) for violence. Check out the number of guns on the home page of their official website (which also has its theatrical trailer). Eek!
The plot seems interesting, with an eventual foray into the gangster film genre. Questions: 1) How much of the film will belong to this genre? 2) How thrilling will it all be? 3) The lyrics convey a case of the impossibility of love -- will the movie stay true to it? Sure sounds like it'll make for engaging viewing, just not one I would subject myself to on the big screen. (If you were able to consume Slumdog Millionaire (2008) on the big screen, though, this should be fine.) Here's a post dedicated to its soundtrack.
Lastly, a quick mention for Life Partner, also releasing the 14th. Not expecting much at all from this comedy produced by Abbas-Mustan-Hussain, and with lackadaisical music by Pritam. Starring Tusshar Kapoor and Fardeen Khan, it also stars Govinda and I-hope-she-gets-better-roles-and-films Genelia D'Souza, the sole reason for its inclusion in this month's lineup. (She'll be back.)
Moving on to the latest installment of "A song for each picture" series. This one is inspired by my late-morning runs right by the ocean every weekend. The question is, as always: Which (Hindi) film song does this remind you of? (Click to enlarge.)
(If you're interested, more phone pics here, here, and here). Runs at the beach are always fun, and much more refreshing and rewarding than the treadmill or the inner city can ever be. What seems to hold true for me is that the quality of music playlists used is directly proportional to the quality and distance of the runs. So, you're welcome to list songs to run to, in addition to all else you might think of.
I'll skip my favorite songs for now, but a few notes on the subject: I've also been enjoying samples from background scores to some fairly recent films that have made very effective use of the adrenalin rush that accompanies a speed burst. They are at least as much fun as songs with lyrics. There are several in Ghajini (2008), and one appropriately titled 'Run' (listen to it at this YouTube link). Say, those chases were very very well executed, no?
A perfect scenario involving a run by water that could have been so much better involves Abhishek Bachchan in Sarkar (2005). Ram Gopal Verma knows Mumbai, and I really really like the film, but there's this scene in which Abhishek must run to save his life from gangsters out to kill him. They run through here...
...which is where I am reminded of running through here (except that I probably wouldn't go here at night).
The issue is, here's someone running to save his life, but even silly old me can run faster than the dude, and I run for fun! What's up with that?
By far my favorite of them all is the music to the airport climax in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008), which exudes its singular focus of reaching a well-defined goal (listen to 6:20 through 7:00 at this YouTube link, although it's condensed; watch only if you've seen the film).
On a related note, the Stair Climb to the Top is fast approaching, and once again, I've managed to commit to it. This year, I'll probably add a dedication to Chale Chalo from Lagaan (2001), to add to one to Lakha in 2008. Then again, how can one ignore Meow for two straight years? It'd certainly help to have more purpose...
...but if I knew she (told you she'd be back ;) were waiting for me on the 75th floor, I'd likely set record time. Heck, if she were on the 175th floor, I'd go for it (and probably keep going up, up and away!) The goal this year is to get to floor # 75 in 13 minutes. Who wants to join?
Enough of me. I'd love to hear your plans for August, any films you're looking forward to, and songs to the picture above. Have a great one, everybody! And please remember to care to make Independence Day festivities a part of your August. Jai Hind.
August releases (source: IndiaFM.com)
Aug 7: Agyaat, Chal Chalein, Teree Sang
Aug 14: Kaminey, Life Partner, Mohan Das - A Man Lost In His Own Nation, Musaa, Ek Second... Jo Zindagi Badal De?
Aug 21: Fast Forward, Love Khichdi, Shadow, Sikandar
Aug 28: Bachelor Party, Daddy Cool, Kisaan, Shaabash! You Can Do It, Toss