Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Bollywood beckons – let’s go to the movies
Now that the dry spell is over and the movies are back on screens, a lot of us are making plans for the weekend that include a movie theatre (at least I am).
Producers are making sure there are enough movies to keep you occupied for the rest of the year, and given the fact that half the year is over, there are now more movies up for release than weeks to release them.
Earlier, Bollywood would keep dates in mind while planning big-ticket releases (no releases during school exams or inauspicious periods). Now, there will be no such criteria — simply because there isn’t scope for any.
Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards, Akshay Kumar, Shahid Kapur, John Abraham and Katrina Kaif will soon be at a screen near you, and after two months of no movies, the line-up has me excited.
First up is “Sikander”, a film directed by Piyush Jha, based in Kashmir and starring “Black” girl Ayesha Kapoor. Not only am I looking forward to watching it for the locales, but also because it is a thriller based in the Valley, not your usual storyline.
Next on my must watch list is “Kaminey”, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, a filmmaker I admire immensely. I enjoyed both his previous films and the promos of “Kaminey” look enticing.
Before that one releases though, I am looking forward to “Kambakkht Ishq”. The very fact that we have Hollywood stars acting in an Indian film for the first time (if you discount Samantha Fox’s appearance in a Bappi Lahiri music video) is enough to garner eyeballs, but I am mainly curious to see Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor pair up on screen after a long time.
“New York” is also another film on my list. John Abraham, a terrorism angle (possibly inspired by 9/11) and Katrina Kaif sounds like a great combination and I wonder how director Kabir Khan has pulled it off.
I just saw the first look of Imtiaz Ali’s Love Aaj Kal, starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and I know I want to see more of this, especially given his last success, Jab We Met.
What about you? Which films are you looking forward to?