July 26, 2010 12:27:50 PM IST Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network
Although most women directors (barring a few) in Bollywood have failed to make much of a mark, one name that has stood tall is undoubtedly that of choreographer turned director Farah Khan. Her only two films as director, both starring Shah Rukh Khan, MAIN HOON NA and OM SHANTI OM, have turned out to be super duper hits. So, naturally her next, this time with 'Khiladi' Akshay Kumar and numero-uno actress Katrina Kaif too is being rated very high by the trade and the audience alike, and is awaiting it's Christmas release eagerly.
The film is getting hot and hotter with each passing day. And the news that Farah Khan is going retro (via the much talked about Katrina's "Sheela Ki Jawani" item number) is another plus because when it comes to a cinematic representation of Bollywood of the 70's nobody knows it better than her.
Even though retro has become a fashion statement in today's times and makers like Vipul Shah with ACTION REPLAYY and Milan Luthria's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI are making it the USP of their films, director Farah Khan did it years ago via MAIN HOON NA. Who can forget the superbly crafted rickshaw chase sequence (a tribute to the Basanti-Dhanno tonga chase of SHOLAY) in MHN. Her second film, OM SHANTI OM, too was a wholesome entertainer which was a hilarious but stunning summation of the seventies and a tribute to Subhash Ghai's reincarnation revenge drama, KARZ and Dilip Kumar's MADHUMATI. In fact in one of it's light scenes there was a Sooraj Barjatya look-alike who was jotting down ideas to implement it in his film, like "Dosti mein sorry-thank you nahin hota hai" (MAINE PYAAR KIYA)!
Well, we have enough reasons to believe that TEES MAAR KHAN will be another treat for the lovers of Bollywood who are still nostalgic about the bygone era!