If you thought that the failure of a few animation films has put a stop to this trend in India, think again. Yash Raj and Walt Disney Pictures are readying their first animation movie ROADSIDE ROMEO, while Karan Johar is remaking his blockbuster hit KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI in the animation format, called KOOCHIE KOOCHIE HOTA HAI.
National Award winning film, Parzania, which hit the theatres on the Republic Day last year amidst a lot of controversy, is set to release again but this time in its dubbed Hindi version.
The days of actor-directors Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor and Manoj Kumar are set to return with Aamir Khan making a big mark as a storyteller in his debut directorial venture "Taare Zameen Par" and another popular actor, Ajay Devgan, getting ready to follow suit.
As in any given year, 2008 will see a mixed bag from Bollywood. But the roster of films due for release indicates that action and romance will replace comedy, the hit theme of last year.
Subhash Ghai has announced a new project under the banner of Mukta Arts, titled PAYING GUEST. The movie is a comedy directed by known theatre personality Parritosh Painter. The film was launched on 8th January, which was also the birthday of the director.
The jinx of yearend Bollywood releases falling flat at the box office has been broken after five long years by Aamir Khan's directorial debut film "Taare Zameen Par" and Anees Bazmi's "Welcome".
All of us loved JAB WE MET, didn’t we? Well, one of the finest films of 2007 will now be remade in four South Indian languages -- Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam -- by corporate entity Moser Baer. In fact, Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision, the producers of JAB WE MET, and Moser Baer have shook hands already and would be signing the deal in the next few days. The star cast and directors of the four versions are yet to be finalized.
Bollywood actors are now getting into multi-tasking. Aamir got into direction with Taare Zameen Par. And now, Salman Khan dons the cap of a scriptwriter with the film, Veer.
The not-so-rosy results from the first major Hollywood Hindi film co-produced by Sony Pictures notwithstanding, international investors continue to be upbeat about entering India's film trade.
"Saawariya", Sony's first Hindi-language song-and-dance film, could not match up to the other big release "Om Shanti Om", a true-blue Bollywood blockbuster starring the omnipresent Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. But that has not dampened the enthusiasm of other big Hollywood production houses.
The year 2007 gave Bollywood a parting hit in "Taare Zameen Par", Aamir Khan's directorial debut about a child with learning disability. The golden run is likely to continue in 2008 too with the New Year releases promising a bouquet of romance, thrillers and period dramas.