December 1, 2009

Forthcoming Films

Okie Dokie Smokie.

Vere to begin?

Let me start with movies that have been talked about for a while:

*AISHA: Directed by Rajshree Ojha, starring Sonam Kapoor & Abhay Deol (hello, lovely combo), and Ira Dubey (Lilette Dubey's daughter), produced by daddy dearest Anil Kapoor and sister dearest Rhea Kapoor. The music is composed by Amit Trivedi (think Amir & Dev D.... disappointing? I think not.) It's expected to release in early 2010. The film is based on Jane Austen's Emma and if you haven't read that then think 'Clueless'- A young socialite who is obsesed with hooking people up. In Aisha, Sonam plays a Delhi socialite obsessed with match-making. Who better than Sonam to play that role? Seriously. I can't wait to see her clothes. Here's a picture of her on the sets of Aisha enjoying, what looks to be, gelato. I wish I could pull off blue linen shorts like her... alas, we're not all fierce fashionistas:

So... it's really hard not to be excited for this film, but I always do this to myself. I need to stop having any sort of expectations!

Next up we have yet another Sonam Kapoor starrer (hollaaa) and Imran Khan starrer (double hollaa) titled "I HATE LOVE STORIES" (though I've read "Luv" instead of "love" in some places. God help me, I hope it's not true!)The movie is directed by Bwood's favorite designer, Manish Malhotra's brother Punit Malhotra and produced by... any guesses? Dharma Productions. Surprise surprise. The film just started shooting this past October and not sure about a release date. Oh and Brazilian hottie, Bruna Abdullah, is to make a cameo in the film. Don't get confused, this isn't Gisele the Brazilian Hottie from Love Aaj Kal. Anyway, that's all we know for now. I'll keep you updated :)

Another KJo venture is the remake of Stepmom! We don't know the name yet, but I highly doubt it's "Sauteli Ma" except I wish it were 'cause that would be hilarious. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that he got the rights to remake the film, but I'm not 100% sure. The film isn't directed by the man himself, though it is a Dharma Productions venture. It is directed by his protege Siddharth Malhotra. Damn, this Dharma camp is growing huuuuge. Is it even exclusive anymore? Any how since you're dying to know, the film stars Kajol, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal. Eee, I see no flaws. Last time we saw the two leading ladies together was in K3G... oh how things have changed (mostly for Kareena):

I'm not done talking about Dharma Productions. Next we've got DOSTANA 2! Which, unfortunately, does NOT star Priyanka Chopra. Everyone, including her, keeps saying it's because she's happily married in the first one. So? Are married people not allowed in films? What is this injustice. So guess who they roped in to replace her? Katrina Kaif. I guess there's no such thing as overexposure for this one. Just kidding, that's something no Bwood star should believe in (except Amitabh Bachchan, OMG tone it down a notch already).

Okay so since we're on the topic of sequels... DON 2 is, in fact, going to be made. Same director, same hero, same heroine (I hope this is true, because I remember hearing she may not be in it), I hope Isha Koppikar-Narang. stars in the sequel too. They were supposed to start shooting in Berlin this coming April so the movie could be a Diwali release, but looks like they'll start shooting in September. Oi ve, that is too far off.

Yet another sequel which is technically a trilogy... KRRISH 2! There are only two things I can confirm for you, the rest are rumors. So here are the two facts: Papa Roshan will be directing the film and Hrithik will, obviously, be the star. Now for all the rumors. There have been murmurs that Deepika Padukone will star opposite of Hrithik. Now normally I wouldn't approve this. Replacing Priyanka? God forbid (and I am still a litte miffed), but maybe this movie will help Deepika. She's definitely at the same stage Priyanka was when she starred in Krrish, no? Rumor number two. I have read here and there that SRK may be playing the role of a villain. OMG... I love evil Shahrukh! It's so old school early '90s. Except, I'm kind of sad because Naseerudin Shah did a PHENOMENAL job in Krrish. Seriously, I felt like he didn't get enough credit for it.

And from one Hrithik starrer to another. It is reported that he will be starring in Zoya Akhtar's next... untitled venture along with Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol. I can't wait to hear more about this.

Looks like Hrithik saab is working over time these days because he is also set to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's all English film GUZAARISH with Aishwarya Rai. Aaah, all-English? Last time SLB had Aish speak in English we got this

Uhh... I remember thinking how that beautifully crafted movie was suddenly tainted by those few Angrezi lines. Okay, I'm being a snob. I'm sure it'll be done well. It's not like Hindi-cinema hasn't done all-English films before. [Oh also, I forgot to mention in my earlier post, but Delhi Belly is an all-English film too.] Rumor has it the leading two are to sing a song for the film. It's a pretty well known fact that Aish has a beautiful voice (Yes, hi, do you have any flaws?) it'll be interesting to hear Hrithik... assuming this is true.

Another Sanjay Leela Bhansali venture is CHENAB GANDHI. It is to be directed by Vibhu Puri, SLB's assistant director while the movie will produced by SLB himself. The film stars Rajeev Khandelwal, Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan. What was that? Ah, yes that she's perfect for these rustic-period film roles. Chenab Gandhi is about the true story of a pashtun freedom fighter, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. He shared many of the same ideas as Gandhi, such as promoting non-violence and he was also against the partition of India. John Abraham was to play the role (because he looks more the part) but failed the screen test. Sad. Rajeev is a talented guy, I think this movie will help unveil what a talented actor he is.

Alright, last two. Both are Farah Khan ventures. One stars SRK while the other stars Akshay Kumar. The Akki starrer is titled "TEES MAAR KHAAR." Katrina is to star opposite Akshay. What a cop out, Farah Khan. I would expect something original from you. That's about all I can find out about this movie oh and that it was, basically, blasphemous she didn't cast SRK instead. That's okay though because she has him casted in her other upcoming film HAPPY NEW YEAR (my God, that title makes me gag). It's set to start shooting in 2011. Lord, why do we know about it so far in advanced? I hope the title changes sometime in the next year.

OMG, that is all for now... there are two movies I haven't mentioned, but I'm too lazy. Dobi Ghat and Crooked. Watch out for more updates on those plus the films mentioned above. I will be surprised if you read this entire thing!!

Btw, on a non-Bolly and a more Hollywood note, The Hangover 2 is currently being scripted. What IS it with all these sequels?

[Photo Source: High Heel Confidential]

Promos, Trailers and Friends

This weekend we got the release of two new promos. Yippie ay oh ky yay! Sorry for the delay in putting them up but it was a busy Holiday-filled weekend.

First, we get a longer look at Shahid's dancing (drool) in a song title 'Pump It Up' from Chance pe Dance. Ughhhhh will this nasty English-titled song obsession die or is it only going to get worse?! Didn't something like this happen once in the '80s? I don't think it was this bad though. Bollywood Gods, do something please! Okay after ranting about how much I hate that, the song is actually alright... once the beat kicks in. I like techno-ish, but not when it's OD-ed which happens often in these 'club' (er disco?) numbers. I see nothing new aside from the fact that the guy can actually dance dance. Doesn't make me want to watch the movie any more, any less. Anyway, you decide:

Next up we have the first release of the Yash Raj Film, Pyaar Impossible
starring: Priyanka Chopra (yaaaay), Uday Chopra (I have hope) and Dino Morea (YUM). I swear I've seen a trailer somewhere, but now I can't seem to find it. Any how here is a song titled "Alisha." Typical Yash-Raj young-love looking film, which always catches my eye. Also, apply the English-in-songs rant from above to this song too:

Another Rocket Singh trailer! I like this one a lot:

That is all for now, expect a post mentioning movies that have just begun production/shooting soon. I'm going to take a break for now... So You Think You Can Dance is on! [btw, when oh when will India have a dance show of that stature. Dance India Dance was close... but I think we can have better. I KNOW there are talented dancers in that country... thank you Boogie Woogie.]

Bollywood Books

Cine Blitz (the magazine) launched Cine Blitz Gold, a coffee table book commemorating 35 years of the magazine's existence. The cover is a picture of Amir Khan and Katrina Kaif paying homage to Guru Dutt & Waheeda Rehman in Pyaasa (but I'm confused, because that movie came out way more than 35 years ago? Details shmetails, I'll take it.) The book launch was titled "Love & Longing in Hindi Cinema." Interesting. I'm still trying to figure out what this book is about, but I think it just touches upon Bollywood and its history? It includes guest writers such as Javed Akhtar, Karan Johar, Amir Khan, Vikram Bhatt and the works. I WANT THIS BOOK. So, even though my birthday is no where near and Eid has gone by... my half birthday IS coming up. Wink wink, nudge nudge. Okay, fail. I'll order it myself.

To launch the book we saw Amir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Karan Johar, and Vijay Mallya (aka the head honcho behind the operation):

[Photo Source: Hamara Photo]

More Weddings! W/ semi-Glitter-freakin'-ati

I guess 'tis the season for Konkani women to get hitched [btw, has anyone ever seen an unattractive Mangalorean girl? I haven't]. After Mrs. Shetty-Kundra, Lady Isha Koppikar got married to long time boy toy Timmy Narang (Last time I heard someone named 'Timmy' was the kid off of Fairly Odd Parents). As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of her sangeets was Barbie and Ken themed and I guess she had another (which, fortunately, had no theme). Throughout her entire wedding, there were a lot of pink hues. The woman is stunning (and totally underrated. Here are some pictures from each event, enjoy!:

This is from her engagement from a while ago, but I just HAD to post it because she's wearing a KHADA DUPATTA aka a traditional Hyderabadi outfit, hollla. Our culture is rarely presented via celebs so I had to flaunt this one :)

The Barbie & Ken Sangeet (I cringe every time I type that):

The (I believe) regular sangeet (TOTALLY digging the color combo):

Does anyone else think she resembles Deepkia Padukone??

At the wedding:

Is she crying? I can't tell:

At the reception:

Diggin' the cutout work at the bottom of her lehenga.


Some celebs and "celebs" who attended the reception include: Celina Jaitley, Aamir Ali & Sanjeeda Sheikh (when oh when will they get hitched?), Prem Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Shibani Kashyap, Rakshanda Khan, Naved Jaffery, Shruti Gera, Subhash Ghai, Tulip Joshi, Vishal Malhotra, and Chunky Pandey.

Congratulations to the couple. I hope she doesn't stop acting because I really like her and she should continue to act JUST FOR ME. Yes.

[Photo Source: Bollywood Hungama & Hamara Photos]