Speaking of Salman, he is back with 'Wanted' on the 18th, the Eid release produced by Boney Kapoor and directed by Prabhu Deva. He plays a streetfighter and sharpshooter in this Bombay underworld flick, which also stars Mahesh Manjrekar, Prakash Raj, Vinod Khanna, and of course, the lovely Ayesha Takia. Lots more including the theatrical trailer at the official website, Wanted-theFilm.com. Stay away from its Wikipedia entry if you want to keep the special appearance(s) 'special'. :)
The average soundtrack (Sajid-Wajid) sounds better after having seen the trailers. Wanted is a remake (as acknowledged on the official website) of the Telugu film Pokiri (2006), which was also remade in Tamil as Pokkiri (directed by Prabhu Deva as well). Has anyone seen either?
I am really quite upbeat about it, and certainly more than enough so to go see it in theaters (the violence appears very filmy, which works for me). It caters to Salman's strengths, what with the action (he's really been one of the best at it since the outset of his career) and animated dance sequences complementing his efforts here. Should be a fun-filled core masala entertainer. All trailers and song promos available at this ErosEntertainment YouTube playlist.
Interesting time for Salman fans -- he's got others lined up before the end of the year in Main Aur Mrs. Khanna (with Kareena Kapoor and Sohail Khan) and London Dreams (with Asin and Ajay Devgan). The law of averages suggests he will end his box office slump with at least one. We'll see. Salman fans -- be absolutely sure to check out a really cool interview (with lots on Wanted) at BollywoodHungama: Part 1 | Part 2.
Also releasing the 18th is Dil Bole Hadippa (My heart skips a beat/skips to the rhythm), produced by Yash Raj Films and starring Shahid Kapoor opposite a Rani Mukerjee fresh from a makeover. She's looking great (does she ever not?), and here she'll be trying to make a cricket team. To combat the narrow-mindedness of her village folk, she'll have to pursue her dreams dressed as a man! The film also stars Anupam Kher, Poonam Dhillon, Dalip Tahil, Rakhi Sawant and Sherlyn Chopra. Plenty more at its official website. Of course, no Yash Raj Film is ever complete without a reference to Dhoom (*yawn*).
The music is well below par, and there's a little too much fluff and melodrama for my taste, which means I'll be waiting for the DVD. This YRF playlist has all promos.
Now, I hardly have anything against romantic comedies and chick flicks. I've mentioned before that Serendipity (2001) is one of my absolute favorite films, and it's the wit and subtle but abundant sex appeal that characterized that Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack starrer, that I'll be looking for in the Ashutosh Gowariker-directed 'What's Your Raashee?' (What's Your Zodiac?), releasing the 25th.
Gowariker has given us two of the finest films of the decade in Lagaan (2001) and Swades (2004), and Jodhaa Akbar (2008) wasn't bad either. Each has a song with specific mention of the stars or heavens which is beautifully directed -- Mitwaa, Yeh Taara Woh Taara, Khwaja Mere Khwaja. So it's only sequential that we get a complete film on the role of aligned stars! (Aside: And if you're into mentions of stars in film, you must see A Beautiful Mind (2001). Heck, even Serendipity has them.)
What's Your Raashee? has an intriguing theme, and I expect an excellent script and screenplay, and cool cinematography, although I haven't read the Gujarati novel -- 'Kimball Ravenswood' by Madhu Rye -- on which it is based. Trust Gowariker with his view of what cinema should be, and appreciate what he'll be trying to achieve through 12 Priyanka Chopras! Hope the film overcomes two potential roadblocks:
- Any true musical which has 13 songs needs to have really good and engaging ones, from the first to the last. The soundtrack to What's Your Raashee? (Music: Sohail Sen; Lyrics: Javed Akhtar), while quite good in some respects, leaves a lot to be desired. I've tried hard to like it as a whole (and that's key), but the best the music critic in me can say is 'not bad' at a 3/5. What will likely make it good is excellent integration, which we can expect from the director. I just hope everyone is prepared for a Gowariker outburst at the awards ceremonies next year (he's made it a trend) -- this soundtrack ain't winning a thing, although why Gowariker cares for awards is beyond me. =)
- The single biggest concern: Harman Baweja. His films (Love Story 2050 (2008) and Victory (2009)) have yet to prove he can keep up with the bare minimum acting requirements to entertain and engage the masses (and yes, those two films were probably doomed from the start because of lackluster scripts, but still). He is on the hot seat, and if the best full-time director in Bollywood cannot turn his career around, no one can.
Oh, well. Much more at the official film website: WhatsYourRaashee.com. Suffice it to say there are only two people I trust with quality cinema each and every time. Ashutosh Gowariker is one of them. This chick flick should click!
In other goings on, the A. R. Rahman soundtrack to Blue (releasing mid-October) releases this week, which means I sense a music review at some point this month. I'll also try to get some exclusives for you all for next month, hopefully some behind-the-scenes video of stunts, etc. (remember this?) Blue will be real fun.
And finally, I'll be blogging relatively sparingly through the next couple of months. There's a lot going on I'd rather make time for. Trust the films and music mentioned above to keep me coming back. In the mean time, you can follow me on Twitter (@theBollywoodFan).
September (remaining) release dates (Source: IndiaFM)
11: Aamras, Baabarr, Ruslaan, Shaabash! You Can Do It, Vaada Raha... I Promise
18: Wanted, Dil Bole Hadippa!
25: Fast Forward, What's Your Raashee?