By Faridoon Shahryar and Suleman Mobhani, Bollywood Hungama News Network
After receiving an unprecedented response for the first part of A Sneak Peak into the Movies of 2009, as promised, we are back with the second part. With some big films that may change the face of Indian cinema or a few lesser known ones that will be spoken about in glowing terms for their content-n-entertainment. Owing to a hurricane-like feedback from production houses, movie going public and PRs (A few of them are finally waking up to the fact that news channels and tabloids are not the end of the world) we will be coming out with the third part of this feature. So guys if a few of the names are missing just hang on, more goodies are being gift-wrapped for you and will be coming your way soon. For now, smell-n-taste these cookies...
This one's surely one of the biggest attractions of 2009. Superstar of perfection Aamir Khan joining hands with creative-n-commercial genius director Raj Kumar Hirani is a momentous event in itself. Hugely talented Kareena Kapoor finally manages to live-her-dream of working with Aamir after the hiccups of Mr Mehta and Mrs Singh and Lajjo. Sharman Joshi, Madhavan and Boman Irani are super-kicked about this Vidhu Vinod Chopra Production. Bestselling Author Chetan Bhagat admitted to us that the film is based on his novel Five Point Someone but a representative from the Production house denied the same. Nevertheless it's one of the most eagerly awaited films of year 2009.
Shahid Kapoor is one of the very few stars today who enjoys a huge unadulterated popularity. So, even his cameo (he plays a teacher and so does Ayesha Takia) in Paathshala has generated a lot of buzz. And then there's irrepressible Nana Patekar who can be a treat any day. Produced by choreographer Ahmed Khan's wife Shaira and directed by Milind Ukeye, Paathshala is having Indian Education system as its backdrop and is said to be a nice blend of drama, comedy and social relevance. Masti ki Paathshala....anyone...
Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif make a beautiful couple in Tips Films' Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Unusual title of a film but then when a project is being helmed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, one expects the unexpected. Salman Khan's special appearance is one of the highlights of the film. Santoshi is a rare breed of directors who tries-n-weaves heightened drama with social consciousness. But Box Office success has eluded him in the last few years. This Ajab Prem looks promising enough to do a turnaround for him at the ticket window. And yes, we are desperately hoping for the sequel rumours of his cult classic Andaz Apna Apna to become true at the earliest.
There are no ifs but only Bhatts when it comes to repeatedly having Jashn at the Box Office, defying all odds and star-pandering. Starring Adhyayan Suman, Anjana Sukhani and ingeniously talented Shahana Goswami, Jashn is being directed by director-duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala (of Killer and The Train fame). Knowing the Bhatts, the music, will hopefully cling-on-to-the-ears for long and there will be enough fuel for the public to have a Jashn once they're out of theatres.
Toh Baat Pakki
Tabu is a powerhouse performer while talented Sharman Joshi pairs opposite newbie Uvika Chaudhary. It's time to say with a shy sigh...Toh Baat Pakki. Director Kedar Shinde's (a well known Marathi film director) romantic comedy will be ably supported by the strong marketing muscles of producers Tips Music. Tabu plays Uvika's caring elder sister. Here's looking forward to a sensible entertainer on the lines of Hrishikesh Mukherji brand of cinema.
Indra Kumar's Daddy Cool stars an assortment of fine actors like Ashish Chowdhry, Sunil Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani and Javed Jaffery with ample doses of oomph, courtesy Kim Sharma and Sophie Choudhary. After Dhamaal one expects Indra Kumar to deliver a laugh riot yet again. The big highlight of the film is the acquisition of rights of German pop band Boney M's chartbusting number Daddy Cool which is being musically re-arranged by Raghav Sachar. Sounds Cool....
Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai
A love triangle between Govinda, Tabu and Lara Dutta? Well, Ravi Chopra's court room drama Banda Yeh Bindass Hai promises to be more than that. Chopra has loosely based his next directorial venture on Jonathan Lynn's 1992 Hollywood flick My Cousin Vinny (he has officially bought the rights of the film). Govinda plays a lawyer from the lower strata of the society who helps young boys caught up in legal trouble. Boman Irani, Satish Shah and Rajpal Yadav are also part of the film.
Char Yaar (Earlier Titled Paying Guests)
Paritosh Painter is a noted theatre director. He is all set to turn a film director with the adaptation of his popular play Paying Guests in the Mukta Arts film. The film stars Shreyas Talpade, Neha Dhupia, Vatsal Sheth, Riya Sen, Ashish Chaudhary, Sayali Bhagat and Celina Jaitley. A couple wants to rent out a room in their huge house with a condition that it is meant only for a married couple. What happens next is a comedy of errors instigated by an assortment of characters.