BOLLYWOOD FILMS OF THE WEEK
Producer: Rangita Pritish Nandy;
Director: Sudhir Mishra;
Music: Sandesh Shandilya;
Lyrics: Irshad Kamil;
Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Rahul Bose, Rinke Khanna, Yashpal Sharma, Makrand Deshpande, Kabir Sadanand, and (guest) Anupama Verma, Mehak Chahal.
Sudhir Mishra, remembered for a lot of films like the successful 'Is Raat ki subaah nahin' and the disappointing 'Calcutta Mail', has explored a different facet of life by making a film on a prostitute and what she has to face on one particular night. The film was actually begun by Anant Balani, but Sudhir took over when Anant suddenly died. The plot by itself is very thin but is very sensitive. Kareena manages to show she possesses talent though she cannot shake off the look of being a high class girl. Rahul Bose is his usual confidence self. Songs are well written and include 'Bhaage re mann mera' and 'Jaane' which are quite tuneful.
Aman Kapoor is an investment banker who bumps into Chameli one night when
taking refuge from a downpour at Flora Fountain in Mumbai when his car breaks down. He becomes nostalgic as one such stormy night had taken away his wife and his unborn child away from him for ever. This is the place where Chameli hooks her clients every evening. She tries to lure Aman with coffee, her sweet talk, a dance sequence, and all the charm that a prostitute needs to employ to survive in this harsh world of the flesh, mocking him for his middle class civility. She even tells Aman about her first customer in a car at an age when she would have otherwise been playing with dolls. Various characters including a transvestite move in and out of their night together. But he is adamant and does not give in. And yet, this helps him discover the other side of this girl and he helps her when her tormenters come after her and even influences the cops including Assistant Commissioner of Police K P Singh in trying to save her.
Producer: Sanjay Gupta;
Director: Hriday Shetty;
Lyrics: Dev Kohli, Kumar;
Music: Anand Raj Anand;
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Dino Morea, Sanjay Suri, Bikram Saluja, Rohit Roy, Mahesh Manjrekar, Priyanka Chopra, Sameera Reddy, Riya Sen, Payal Rohatgi, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Khanna.
A typical film which lacks sense or plan, this stylishly shot film's only plus point is its well executive action and its skin show. The script by Yash Vinay lets the film down though the story has some appeal. Sanjay dominates the film with his no-nonsense acting unlike his recent films, while Sanjay Suri and Dino Morea are just okay. The women have little to do. Only 'Pyar aaya pyar aaya' appears tuneful.
Four strangers meet in a train, travelling to Mumbai with different dreams. Bobby plans to become a superstar, Omi wants to settle scores with the man who had robbed his father, Jai plans to reunite with his lost love, and Lucky plans of getting lucky at gambling. But then the four run short of money. Their only hope is Lucky, who loves to gamble. But Lucky loses everything in a gamble, owing Rs 700,000 to the winner. The four decide to kidnap a rich businessman whom they had seen with a lot of money. But unknown to them, the rich man is a Mumbai don, Musabhai. The don learns that his own men are trying to get rid of him, and that the four young men had actually saved his life. So with the help of the four, Musabhai hits back at his opponent, Sultan.
Producers: Siddhartha Koirala, Manisha Koirala;
Director: Srinivas Bashyam;
Cast: Manish Koirala, Sushmita Sen, Sushant Singh, Tinnu Anand, Makrand Deshpande, Rakhi Sawant.
With this film, Manisha has turned producer like so many of her stars before her. The film handles an off-beat subject: women comraderie, instead of a love story. The film has been inspired by Mel Smith's 'High Heels and low lifes'. The film was meant to be a comedy, but the only good thing about the film is that both the main actresses have lent life to their roles.
Baby migrates from Delhi to Mumbai for her sheer desire of becoming a big-time actress. But height creates problems for her, as she is unable to find good roles and confines her acting career only to item numbers and music videos. Maria flees from her cruel husband, a policeman, in a small town and earns her bread by running a bakery in Bandra. She also inherits an ancestral bungalow, but the real estate mafia and the area goons make her life a living hell. The two women meet at a bar and begin confiding in each other. Later, they also share a room in the bungalow. But they are very desperate as they want money. Then one day, the two women find out about a robbery thanks to a cross connection which gives them the number of the bank robber who got away with Rs 30 million, and decide to blackmail him into sharing the loot with them. But such plans rarely succeed.