Friday, January 8, 2010

Most awaited flicks of '09

With the year coming to an end, we give you an exclusive insight into the flicks for the year 2009. Here's a list of films to look forward to in 2009.

Kaminay: It is an action-comedy and as the title suggests it is about cunning people. Shahid Kapoor has lost weight for this role and his look in this film is being kept as a close-guarded secret. So much so that Shahid has stopped making public appearances until the promos of the film are out. Insiders reveal that Shahid sports a tanned look in the film with beard and different haircuts. Priyanka Chopra, on her part is learning Marathi for her character in the film. There's also buzz of a passionate lip-lock between the two in the film.
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani: Ranbir Kapoor takes the Salman Khan legacy by being named as Prem in this love story. Interestingly he is paired opposite Salman's lady love Katrina Kaif in the film. This is director Rajkumar Santoshi's first love story, who is otherwise known for socially driven action films. Not an intense romance flick, this one will have some light-hearted humourous moments.
Kambhakkt Ishq: Expect Sajid Nadiadwala to make his project as grand as possible. His favourite and the current superstar Akshay Kumar plays the lead role with Kareena. But the film is making news for its international star cast and this time there are no itsy-bitsy names but established stars like Sylvester Stallone and Denise Richards who have cameos in the film. (Reuters/Manuel Silvestri)
Blue: The combination of Akshay Kumar and Sanjay Dutt could be lethal if exploited sensibly. 'Blue' promises to be an out-an-out action thriller and has some amazing underwater sequences. Not just Akshay and Sanju but also Lara Dutta has done an action sequence amidst whales.
My Name is Khan: Karan Johar takes a U-turn from his candyfloss filmmaking and tackles a more serious issue with My Name is Khan where Shah Rukh Khan plays a Muslim named Rizwan Khan and is detained in LA as a suspected terrorist. For the movie SRK has gained weight and will be sporting a new trimmed hairdo for the film. The movie will see Kajol and SRK recreate their magic onscreen again after a long time.
3 Idiots: Rajkumar Hirani takes a break from the Munnabhai series to adapt a literary work of Chetan Bhagat's novel 'Five Point Someone'. Aamir Khan will once again play a college student and Sharman Joshi, R Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor will accompany him in the flick.
Luck: The movie marks the debut of Kamal Hassan's daughter Shruti Hassan who will star opposite Imran Khan and will also lend her voice for some rocking numbers composed by Pritam. 'Luck' also brings together the 'Kidna'p duoof Imran Khan and Sanjay Dutt together. Ravi Kishan plays a psycho in the film and his character is akin to several animals rolled into one. One could credit the animal instincts to director Soham Shah who last directed the wildlife horror 'Kaal'. The film is shot throughout in South Africa and promises to be high on adrenaline action.
Veer: With Veer, Salman Khan turns a full-fledged screenplay writer. The movie is a period film with a war backdrop set in the 1900 where Salman Khan sports an ethnic look with long hair, antique beaded neckpiece, fur jacket and traditional kada.
Aladin and the Mystery of the Lamp: Sujoy Ghosh's 'Aladin...' is a magnanimous fantasy film based on the popular Arabian Nights fable and has Riteish Deshmukh play Aladin while Amitabh Bachchan is the Genie. Sanjay Dutt plays a negative character while Aladin's love interest Jasmine will be played by newcomer Jacqueline Fernandes.
Hook Ya Crook: The film was announced in 2006 with R Siddharth (of 'Rang De Basanti' fame) and Amrita Rao in lead roles. In 2008 the lead pair was replaced by John Abraham and Vidya Balan. The film finally goes on floor in 2009 with Vidya. Scripted by Renzil D'Silva (of 'Rang De Basanti' fame), 'Hook Ya Crook' is a comedy but not like David Dhawan's earlier slapsticks. This one has dark shades with a good dose of action, as well.
Lamhaa: Director Rahul Dholakia's 'Lamhaa' is set in the Kashmir valley where Sanjay Dutt plays a military intelligence officer. He sports a rugged bearded look in the film with coloured hair. While major portions of the film will be shot in sets erected at Filmcity in Mumbai, some important portions are to be shot in Kashmir and Manali.
London Dreams: The film was originally launched in 2006 with Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan and was being directed by Rajkumar Santoshi then. But then like most Santoshi films, this one too got shelved. In 2008 the film was revived with the same cast but Vipul Shah at the director's seat. 'London Dreams' is seemingly about rock musicians played by Salman and Ajay Devgan. It would be interesting to see the 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam' duo of Salman and Ajay together after a decade. Another attraction is Asin who is already making her presence felt in Bollywood.
Main Aur Mrs Khanna: Kareena Kapoor confessed that she was nervous working with Salman Khan in this film despite having shared screen space with him in Kyon Ki . Salman and Kareena play a happily married couple until Kareena falls for a club worker played by Sohail Khan. Govinda plays a marriage counselor who attempts to patch up their strained relationship.
Rajniti: Prakash Jha delves into his favourite territory again and as the title clearly suggests it is a film on present-day politics merged with chapters of Mahabharat. Ajay Devgan will symbolize the character of Karn, Nana Patekar of Krishna, Ranbir Kapoor of Arjun and Katrina Kaif of Draupadi.
Rann: Ram Gopal Varma's flick promises to be a realistic look on the modern-day media industry and its exploitations for monetary gains. In the film, Amitabh plays the founder of the first ever private news channel in the country and is a hardcore upholder of journalistic ethics. His ambitious son played by Sudeep looks at the channel purely as a business enterprise. Riteish Deshmukh plays an idealistic journalist who believes in reporting news than manufacturing it. Manisha Koirala plays the programming head of Bachchan's news-channel.
Wanted Dead and Alive: The intentional 'and' in the title makes it sound self-contradictory. But that's the way the makers want to project this remake of South hit 'Pokhiri'. Pokhiri could be to Salman, what 'Ghajini' is to Aamir . The film would be southern actor and choreographer Prabhu Deva's first directorial venture and thereby promises a rocking dance number by Salman Khan. Also probably this could be Ayesha Takia's last film considering she is planning to quit post her marriage. English actress Lisa Lazarus is casted opposite Salman Khan with Mithun Chakravarthy playing a supporting actor and Jackie Shroff donning a negative role.

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