BOLLYWOOD FILMS OF THE WEEK
LOVE IN NEPAL:
Producer:T P Aggarwal;
Director: Rajat Mukherjee;
Music: Nikhil, Vinay;
Cast: (introducing) Fllora Saini, with Sonu Nigam, Sweta Keswani, Jharna Bajracharya, Raj Zutshi, Rajpal Yadav, Ehsaan Khan, Asif Basra, Vijay Raaz, Ganesh Yadav.
For Sonu, this film appears to be third time lucky since his earlier two ventures ‘Jaani Dushman’ and ‘Kaash Aap Hamare Hote’ had only showed how inept he was an actor. He has clearly worked hard to hone his acting skills. Fllora acts well as the no-nonsense girl. The film with its touch of mystery could have been a good whodunit but unfortunately the screenplay by Sameer Arora with its meaningless humour ruins the film. ‘Ek Anjaan Ladki Se’ and ‘Bolo Kya Khayal Hai’ are the only songs with some lilt.
Abhinav Sinha or Abby as he is known is the cool, wacky Creative Head of the advertising agency ‘Madness’. He flirts with girls and has his own style of functioning. But all this comes to a stop when the agency is bought over by a multinational and the snooty Meenaxi Malhotra alias Maxi is appointed the Vice President - Operations. She hates everything about Abby and wants to teach him a lesson, setting of a series of episodes where each tries to expose the other. While in Nepal for the shooting of an advertisement film, they fall in love. But suddenly, things take a turn for the worse when Tanya whom Abby has befriended is murdered and Abby is suspected to be a murder suspect and everyone including the police and the goon Gajee seem to be running behind him. His only way to save himself is to run away out of Nepal. While he and Maxi are trying to escape and are caught up in a secluded house, they manage to solve the mystery behind the murder.
GREEN CARD FEVER:
Producer: Vijay Vaidyanathan;
Director: Bala Rajasekharuni;
Music: Pete Sears, Al Stewart;
Cast: Vikram Dasu, Deep Katdare, Purva Bedi, Robert Lin, Subash Kundanmal, Kaaizad Kotwal.
One more in the large number of crossover films in English, this debut venture by Bala Rajasekharuni brings together the lead pair of ‘American Desi’ which had also been produced by the same producers. Director Bala has tried to recreate a true-to-life situation in his film and the film is about the way Indians who go to America are treated - not just by the Americans but also by fellow Indians. Vikram Dasu does a good job and brings the simpler side of an Indian to the forefront.
Murali had come to the land of opportunities – America – to look for a job and earn some money for his family. But his visa has now expired and he wants to get a Green Card so that he can stay on. He tries to talk to a lawyer who refuses to help him and ends up meeting a man whose work is to get Green Cards for a fee. In the meantime, Murali meets Bharti and they fall for each other. It turns out that that the man who had offered to help him is also a thug who has fooled many such people. Murali is caught in his trap and someone recommends that he sues somebody, he may get a Green Card. Initially, he agrees to do this, but changes his mind on realizing that he is doing nothing but lying each time. Things suddenly become simpler when Murali speaks the truth and exposes those who tried to cheat him.
INSAAF- THE JUSTICE:
Producer: Mohammed Fasih;
Director: Shrey Srivastava;
Cast: (introducing) Henna with Namrata Shirodkar, Dino Morea, Sanjay Suri, Kunika, Shrivallabh Vyas, Dayal Shankara, Rajpal Yadav, Mohan Joshi.
Shrey Srivastava has taken up a real life incident as the topic of his first film as director – that of a Bihar MLA’s son raping an IAS officer’s wife. The names Kunti and Abhimanyu appear to have been deliberately chosen in keeping with the theme. Though the story is similar to those in films like ‘Pratighaat’ and ‘Insaaf ka Taraazu’, it lacks the drama to grip the viewer though it shocks the average viewer. Songs seem out of place in a film of this nature. Only Namrata appears to show some talent in her role, the others falling flat.
Indian Administrative Service Vishwanath Prasad is posted to a city in northern India, where he moves with his wife Kunti and their little daughter. However, life is disturbed when Bunty, the son of a local Minister. Ms Rameshwari Verma, rapes Kunti. Vishwanath tries to get justice but failing, he commits suicide. Central Bureau of Investigation Chief Pradhan under orders from the Union Home Ministry appoints a high-level team to probe the case and Indian Police Service officer Abhimanyu Singh vows to get the criminal punished, particularly when he discovers the crime was never registered by the police. He begins his fight with the help of investigative journalist Reena, a former girl-friend. He arrests the rapist, but the latter pulls strings and saves himself. It is then that Abhimanyu feels the only way is to make Kunti fight for justice, as she already has the sympathy of the average citizens.