MUMBAI (Reuters) – Aditi Rao Hydari is not new to Bollywood.
Cinema lovers may remember her as the meek, sari-clad aunt from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s “Delhi-6″.
But three years after the 2009 film, she has broken the myth that character actors cannot play leads, by landing herself a starring role in “London, Paris, New York” opposite Ali Zafar.
Through the first half, Shakun Batra’s romantic comedy “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu” follows an entirely predictable path — boy and girl meet, get drunk, get married and realise they don’t want to stay married. Circumstances dictate they must spend time together while waiting for their marriage to get annulled. At the interval, one of them even has the “I’m in love” epiphany.
Of course, you don’t mind the predictable storyline because there is zippy dialogue, some great writing and the performances are in tune with all of the above. So far, so good. But we all know the second half is where it gets tricky, and not too many film-makers know how to end well. Well, clear all doubts now. Batra is not one of them.
Finally, a bollywood rom-com that’s smart, funny and actually gets it. #ekmainaurektu
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Sujoy Ghosh’s new film “Kahaani” has an unusual storyline. A pregnant Vidya Balan scours the city of Kolkata looking for her husband — a man no one seems to have heard of.
For a male-dominated industry that relies on its leading men, director Ghosh says he had no qualms about making a thriller with a woman protagonist and no heroes.
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Once a pipe dream for most filmmakers, a billion-rupee haul at the box-office is slowly becoming the norm for Bollywood films, thanks to the rising number of screens and a focus on smaller towns.
Four films — “Ready”, “Singham”, “Bodyguard” and “Ra.One” — crossed the billion-rupee (100 crore rupees) benchmark in 2011 while Karan Malhotra’s “Agneepath” achieved the milestone this week.
Given that director Rumy Jaffry’s film “Gali Gali Chor Hai” deals with the burning issue of corruption, one would assume there would be no lack of material. Jaffry concentrates on corruption at the lower level and the everyday struggle of the common man who has to deal with this malaise as he tries to get on with life.
Akshaye Khanna plays Bharat, a meek bank cashier who lives in a dilapidated house with his wife, father and a pretty paying guest. When he rubs off a local politician the wrong way, trouble starts.