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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Salmaan Khan: The most attractive bachelor in Bollywood?

Salmaan Khan is now becoming 43 tomorrow. He is still going very well and he is still consider to be one of the top actors of Bollywood. He is going great in the box office but he is still considered to be a good actor. Salmaan Khan even at the age of 43 is not married. It is not that he doesn’t like girl. In fact, he is famous for his relationship with many girls in the past. These days, people think that Katrina Kaif is his girl friend and there is possibility that they will get married.

I am not so sure because is doing very well in Bollywood and the last thing she would want to do is to get married and lose her career. So, for the Salmaan Khan fans, most probably 2009 will be the same unhappy time for them. Many of the fans of Salmaan Khan want their hero to get married as soon as possible but it seems that Salmaan Khan is waiting for the right woman to meet. I am sure Katrina Kaif is not the right girl for him because Katrina Kaif does not care for having marriage, having children and having a relaxed married life. Katrina Kaif’s main attention now is to become top actress in Bollywood. In 2008 she had lot of success and she is hoping the 2009 will be the better year for her. So, it seems that Salmaan Khan is indeed the most attractive bachelor in Bollywood. He has everything. He is handsome and he is also very famous. He is also very rich.

2009: The beginning of a good year for Bollywood?

2008 was nothing better than a disaster year for Bollywood. I can not remember the names of even five movies that earned a lot of money in the box office. Most of the movies peformed very badly and it brought only frustration for more and more people and they felt that may be the good time of Bollywood was over. In India, people are obsessed with two things that cricket and Bollywood.

Yes, you are right India is playing very well in cricket these days. India has defeated Australia and England in the last two months at home. So, naturally many people are excited about it but at the same time, Indians can never be away from Bollywood for a long time. So, there is a lot of hope that 2009 will be a bright year for the film industry. There is some reason for this kind of optimism. The main reason is that after Diwali some of the movies are getting decent amount of money. Now, it is the time of recession and you can think that the movies will get less money as most people are reluctant to spend more. However, look at the success of Aamir Khan’s latest movie Ghajini. It has got a very impressive first day income. And many people are now hoping that this will be the beginning a very good year in 2009.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Bollywood Movies Blog is now Moved to Bollywood Tips

Good news, dear readers. If you are a regular and even occasional visitor to this blog then you may be happy to know that this blog has been moved to a domain: http://www.bollywoodtips.com/

All the content has been moved there and I would encourage you to hang out there from you. Having a domain is great. You will surely enjoy the easier comment facility. I am sure that you will enjoy the design of the blog too. I have already redirected the feed and in case you missed it here is the url: http://feeds.feedburner.com/Bollywoodtips

So, please, join us to enjoy the blog Bollywood Tips. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Aishwarya Rai and Time Management

Aishwarya Rai is one of the top actresses in Bollywood and she is certainly a very busy person. She got married one year ago and after that she has become even busier. He’s all the time up to something and now she has to look after the couple lives and give a lot of time to her husband’s family. This is surely a big challenge for any person and we are surely eager to know how Aishwarya Rai can manage so many things everyday. But it seems that she tries to be good at time management and good time management is the secret of her success.

One India wrote:

Learning how to manage time and taking up only those assignments wherein you can deliver your best are the 'mantras' that actress Aishwarya Rai follows in her life.

'I have learnt that if we take more work than we can chew, it will lead to utter chaos. Juggling work and personal life adds up to a very hectic schedule, but you've got to take it as it comes,' said the actress who took time out from her shoot in Kerala to launch the new collection, 'Admiral', of luxury watch brand Longines here today.

This is something we can learn from heart and it will have all of us. In our daily life, we have to face this kind of challenge and often, we get frustrated and we lose our mental balance.

Rahul Mahajan is Thinking of Bollywood

In India, most people dream to be either a Bollywood celebrity on a cricket player. If you can be in any of them then you can be sure to have the possibility of being a demigod someday. It can bring you a lot of money and fame and respect. You can also become a politician Because of the popularity that you can expect to get from either the most industry or the game of cricket. Rahul Mahajan is the son of a politician and if he had joined politics then it would have been the natural thing for him to do. However, he thinks that it is in Bollywood movies that he can find his future. He has already become a famous because of eviction from Bigg Boss.

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The Hindu

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

‘Ghajini’ Promo Video Becoming Popular

Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini is set to hit the screens on 25 December 2008. Recently, the theatrical promo of the movie was released and it became popular among the Bollywood fans. Watching Aamir Khan with his bald head with a scar was not something surprising to his fans because all knew that Aamir Khan would continue experiment with his hair style in his upcoming movie Ghajini too.

Ghajini is a Bollywood adaptation of Tamil film Ghajini and is inspired by English language film Memento by Christopher Nolan. Ghajini is the tale of a man who lost his wife and seeks revenge for his wife’s murderer, but the problem is he suffers from a physical problem called “anterograde amnesia,” in which patients suffer from short term memory loss. Once he recovers his memory, he tends to take revenge. Aamir Khan plays the role of the protagonist Sanjay Ramaswamy in the movie, while Asin Thottumkal and Jiah Khan will be seen in the female lead roles. Music by A. R. Rahman and Ravi K. Chandran, the movie seems to be a big hit of the year. Director A. R. Murugadoss is very popular among the Tamil movie fans and Ghajini is his debut film in Bollywood. The cinematography of the movie was done by Ravi K. Chandran.

The duration of the promo is 1 minute and it reflects the core sequences of the movie with Aamir Khan featuring in some sensual romantic songs and in action sequence. The background music gives you the classy touch of A. R. Rahman. I feel, the promo bears a catchy message to the fans about the movie and it is beautifully made.

You can find the theatrical promo in this youtube link:
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=OwWwGFSjDDo

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Kangna Ranaut has No Respect for Commercial Bollywood Cinema

Kangna Ranaut is better known for her movies like ‘Gangster,’ ‘Woh Lamhe’ and ‘Life In A Metro.’ In all the movies, Kangna was seen portraying characters that are involved in complexities of life. Besides, there are many who thought all of those movie fall under the hardcore Bollywood films, but Kangna has always denied it. Recently, she created a splash in the media commenting harshly on commercial Bollywood cinema. She said that she had no respect for the commercial Bollywood films.

Screenindia reported:

While working in aforementioned films, didn't she feel like being a part of a hardcore Bollywood commercial film to at least stay in the reckoning during her relatively leaner period?

"Everybody asks me this. But I never felt like being a part of a hardcore Bollywood commercial film because I have no respect for such cinema", Kangna makes a shocking confession.

She continues, "It is like an immortal work of art. For me my movies are my heart-beat. I cannot do a stupid film in which people laugh while they are watching it. So I have to be very careful".

Well, then the question comes whether ‘Gangster,’ ‘Woh Lamhe’ and ‘Life In A Metro’ were commercial movie or not. Kangna Ranaut might better answer this question. She says that hardcore cinemas hurt her emotionally. Kangna Ranaut hopes that her upcoming film “Fashion” will do very well in the box office. She claimed that movie would bring a change in the mindset of the people about the fashion world.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bollywood Makes a Deal with British Film Industry

Bollywood has recently signed a deal with British Film Industry and under this deal, the Indian producers will need to pay less tax to work in UK, if they work jointly with British producers. UK film minister Barbara Follett sees it beneficial for both Bollywood as well as UK film industry in this period of global economic recession. Barbara Follett thinks that it would be helpful to be more resilient in this global economic crisis if the base of audience is wider. Bollywood director Vipul Shah, who has recently taken permission to shoot at Trafalgar Square in London for his new film London Dreams, was also present at the launch of the deal.

BBC reported:

Barbara Follett said the UK industry offered "an excellent product" and the deal would help "maintain excellence".

"The wider your base, in an economically difficult time, the more resilient you'll be," she added.

It will also help them to obtain funding from sources such as the National Lottery, Ms Follett said, and help to cut down on the bureaucracy involved in making films.

Civil servants from India and the UK have been working on the treaty for the past three years.

Bollywood director Vipul Shah, whose earlier movie “Singh is King” was a block buster hit around the world, also thinks that this deal will lead many Indian producers to step in the UK to make films for Indian markets. Shah made 2005 hit “Namastey London” in London and received huge appreciation for the movie. He thinks working with the local crews will be helpful for the Indian film makers. It is expected that about 10 Bollywood films will be made in UK in the next couple of years because of this deal.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shahrukh Khan in Premiere of 'Drona'?

Drona is a movie featuring Abhishek Bachchan. This is an important movie for Abhishek Bachchan because if this movie becomes successful then it will give a boost to his career. On the other hand, if this movie becomes a flop then it will seriously put his acting skill into question. Of course, I do not think Abhishek Bachchan is a bad actor. He is just overshadowed by his father and his wife. However, it is important to see whether Drona becomes a big hit in the box office or not.

I am interested about Drona about another matter. Shah Rukh Khan with his wife was present in the premier of Drona. Last year, we have seen some bitter exchange of comments between Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. At one stage, many people felt that there was a cold war between Shah Rukh Khan and Bachchan family. There were also rumors that Shah Rukh Khan has formed some kind of friendship with the other Khan against the Bachchans. So, it was a surprising matter to see Shah Rukh Khan was present in the premier of Bollywood movie Drona. It shows that whatever he has conflicts with Amitabh Bachchan, he cared to come to the movie of Abhishek Bachchan.

 

Economic Times wrote:

Shahrukh Khan walked into the premiere with his wife and daughter to put at rest the rumours about his differences with the Bachchan family.

Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan congratulated the makers of the film for its unique presentation and said Bachchan family's expectations about it are high.

 

Also read:

All about Shah Rukh Khan

Aishwarya Rai is the Familiar Bollywood Actress in Hollywood

I am happy that Bipasha Basu has talked about this matter. Bipasha Basu feels that Aishwarya Rai is the only Bollywood actress known to Hollywood. This matter alone has made for the Bollywood actresses to be very difficult to get any chance in Hollywood movie. Bipasha Basu said that she has tried her luck but no one knows her in Hollywood. In fact, they only know Aishwarya. So, it is very dificult for any actress in Bollywood to get good chance in Hollywood. Well, to be honest with you, I think that actresses like Bipasha Basu do not deserve to be featured in Hollywood. Bipasha Basu is famous for her sex appeal. She is very good at decreasing her cloths in the movies. If you look at her official website then you can understand. She should give more effort on improving her acting skill; rather than being a hot and sexy actress. Bipasha Basu should care to be a better actress; rather than becoming a hot property.

 

Hindustan Times wrote:

"No filmmakers of Hollywood are willing to sign any Bollywood actor without a screen test apart from Aishwarya. They seem to know no Hindi film actors, not even Amitabh Bachchan," Bipasha told IANS.

"I got a chance to go there, but I found out that I will have start again from scratch like screen tests and other tantrums. They treat you like a newcomer. So I decided to stay in Mumbai and be the 'queen' here," said the actress who was in town to promote Bachna Ae Haseeno.

 

I was looking some of the pictures at official website of Bipasha Basu and I was siasspointed to see that she cares more for her figure than acting.

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Bipasha Basu: Inida’s ‘Most Desirable Woman’

Abhishek Bachchan Overshadowed by Aishwarya Rai?

Aishwarya Rai is considered to be the most beautiful women. Of course, there can be debates that whether Aishwarya Rai is, in deed, the most beautiful women in the world or not. However, her fans think that she is the most beautiful Bollywood actress. I would like to debate that thing too, but the number of fans of Aishwarya Rai is too many and I know I can not win over them. New problem, it is important that her husband Abhishek Bachchan thinks the same way like her fans. Recently, in the opening of Bollywood movie Drona, many people felt that Abhishek Bachchan was overshadowed by Aishwarya Rai. Well, the same thing happened in CAN Film Festival too. There many reporters all the times were asking him about his wife Aishwarya Rai. How does Abhishek Bachchan feels?

 

NDTV wrote:

At this year's Cannes Film Festival attended by him and his wife, Abhishek was repeatedly asked how it felt to be overshadowed by his wife.

"Although the intention behind such questions is obviously not honourable, I don't get rattled at all. It's a pleasure to be overshadowed by the most beautiful woman in the world. I had a ball doing the 'Unforgettable' concerts with Aishwarya," said Abhishek.

After Guru, the actor is teaming up with his wife once again for Mani Ratnam's next film.

 

Abhishek Bachchan has said to the reporters that he does not feel bad and he does not mind being overshadowed by the most beautiful women in the world. Well, poor Abhishek Bachchan. In most of his life, he was overshadowed by his father Amitabh Bachchan at first, and now it is the time getting overshadowed by his wife Aishwarya Rai.

 

Also read:

All About Aishwarya Rai: The Most Beautiful Woman on Earth

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Vogue Cover

Actually, the title should be Aishwarya Rai in Vogue India Cover. You know that Vogue has started its Indian edition sometimes back. It has attracted a decent number of people who are intersted about fashion and celebrety. I am not one of them and I care for very little about Vogue or anyone who is in Vogue cover. However, many people are crazy for this matter and being in the cover of Vogue is a very attractive thing for any actress anywhere in the world. Being in the cover page of Vogue will give an actress a lot of publicity which they even can not even dream of. Of course, Aishwarya Rai does not need more publicity. She is already famous and popular. So, I think, it is Vogue India who will get some publicity by being able to get Aishwarya Rai in their cover page. If you are a fan of Aishwarya Rai then this is something you must collect. The picture shots were done in London and Aishwarya Rai looks very beautiful in the cover page. You should know that Vogue India has already featured other Bollywood actresses like Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone etc.

Also read:

All About Aishwarya Rai: The Most Beautiful Woman on Earth

Kidnap Doing Better than Drona in England?

In my earlier entry, I have talked about the movie review of Kidnap in rediff.com. I have mentioned that rediff.com did not give a positive review to the movie. It should be a disapointing new for Imran Khan, Minissha Lamba and the director. However, they have something to cheer about. According to Indiaglitz.com, Kidnap is doing better than Drona among the viewers in England. The people in England celebrated Eid yesterday and you know that there are thousands of Muslims in the U.K. Eid is the largest festival for most of them coming from South Asian background. So, the good performance in U.K. should encourage the director and producer of Kidnap. On the other hand, it is not good news for people related to Drona.

 

Related Article

India Glitz

Review of Bollywood Movie Kidnap

2008 has perhaps been a disastrous year for Bollywood movie. As per as I can say, there has been no big hits in Bollywood this year. Many people are thinking that October will be the month of change. Today, two movies got released. There are big expectations about Kidnap doing well in the box office. I was reading some reviews about this movie. The review at Rediff.com by Elvis D'Silva did nto promise to be very positive about the film. The reviewer thinks that the promo of the movie Kidnap was a good one and it could create some decent amount of interest among people about this movie. However, he thinks that Kidnap has promised too much and has delivered too little. So, he feels that there was no on-screen chemistry between Imran Khan and Minissha Lamba. This is important in a Bollywood movie. Most people like to see some good chemistry between the actor and the actress. So, this may not be good news for the movie. In fact, the reviewer has been very critical about the movie and has given only two stars and in the end, he has said that you should not watch the movie unless there is nothing for you to do.

 

Rediff wrote:

There is zero chemistry between Khan and Lamba. They exchange a few glances, he catches himself staring at her cleavage a couple of times and really that's about it. If you can stop laughing at the fact that La Lamba breaks into a bump-n-grind at amazingly inappropriate moments, you might notice that she has quite a vast wardrobe of revealing outfits for a girl, who has been kidnapped. Same goes for her harassed mommy who always seems to find time to arrange her cleavage in such a way that we won't notice what a bad job Ms Malvade is doing of attempting even a single expression.

 

Well, I think, it is a very harsh review. Imran Khan and Minissha Lamba should be given a chance. This year, there was no big hit and most people perhaps have got disinterested about Bollywood movies. Let us see what kind of reaction Kidnap movie gets from the moviegoers.

 You can also read: Kidnap Bollywood Hindi movie review

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Aamir Khan Not to Join Shah Rukh Khan in “Temptation Reloaded” Tour

You all know that Shah Rukh Khan is now keen to make his “Temptation Reloaded” tour a big hit, after Bachchan camp’s “Unforgettable tour” receiving mixed response. So far, it has been ensured that Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rrampal, Rani Mukherjee and some other undisclosed stars would join Shah Rukh Khan’s world tour. King Khan is looking to add more names in the tour and create a big splash around it.


Now, Bollywood’s rumor mill keeps churning out rumors suggesting that Shah Rukh Khan has invited Aamir Khan to join the tour. However, Aamir Khan dismissed rumors that he would join Shah Rukh Khan’s tour. Known as Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan also denied that he would act in Raj Kumar Santoshi’s hit Andaz Apna.


Seeing two Khans together might ensure a big hit as both Khans have a huge fan following. However, Shah Rukh Khan’s association with Aamir Khan in a project is less likely to happen as of now.


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Taare Zameen Par in Oscar 2009

It was a nice movie and I am happy that Taare Zameen Par is going to represent India in Oscar 2009. This is not a traditional Bollywood movie. In a traditional Bollywood movie, we see singing and dancing and fancy world depiction. Taare Zameen Par Has a touching story and is an attractive film for the children. I cannot remember of Any other movie in Bollywood that is so much for the children. Aamir Khan is very happy and excited:

"It is a film that is extremely close to my heart. It first sensitised me as a parent and as a person and then went on to have the same effect on the audiences in India and across the globe,"

So, I wish that Taare Zameen Par can attract everyone in and Oscar and even if it does not win any award, it can impress the judge.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Deepika Padukone Defeated Ranbir Kapoor in Badminton!

Reports have it that Bollywood’s current craze Deepika Padukone used to play badminton with her real life boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor on the set of their recently released movie Bachna Ae Haseenn The off-screen couple is one of the most-talked pair of Bollywood tinsel town and their recently release Bachna Ae Haseeno has been doing well in Bollywood box office.


Badminton is in Deepika’s blood from her childhood. Being the daughter of India’s badminton legend Prakash Padukone, she was introduced to badminton in her childhood. Later on she also played badminton in state level before stepping in showbiz world. So, you should not be surprised to know that Deepika defeated her boy friend Ranbir in badminton 15-love!


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One India

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Olympics 2008: Will it Affect Bollywood Movies?

This is an important question because Indians are great fan of sports. You know that earlier this year, Bollywood movies suffered a lot because of Indian Premier League (IPL). Now, it is the time of Olympics 2008. It is going to take place in China and many views in TV would love to enjoy the coverage. Doordarshan will cover Beijing 2008 in India and this channel is available to all people for free. So, there may be a sizable TV audience. The only good news is that cricket is not a part of Olympics yet. So, most people in India will perhaps watch the colorful opening ceremony tomorrow and not be too much engaged for the rest of the month.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Hansika Motwani: Latest Updates

Hansika Motwani created a lot of buzz in Bollywood last year with her hit movie. However, since then, it seems that we hear much less about her. She is still in her teens and she is considered to be one of the top possibilities of tomorrow in the industry. Hansika Motwani is a beautiful actress and she has many fans. The other day, she got South Film Fare Award and the award was given to her as the best debut actress. She also chatted with her fans in a website too.

If you are a big fan of Hansika then I strongly recommend you to read this article:

http://www.southasiafair.com/2008/08/50-things-about-hansika-motwani/

It covers many things related to Hansika Motwani.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Who are Top Ten Beautiful Indian TV Actresses?

Hindi television serials have become one of the major sources of entertainment in many households in the South Asian countries as well as in some Middle East countries. Besides the stars of big screen, small-screen performers are also getting much more exposure these days. Today, I came across an excellent article titled Top Ten Most Beautiful Indian TV Actresses. I found the article very interesting and informative, even though I am not a big fan of television serials.

The writer provided plenty of information about the leading actresses of Indian television serials. Among the ten actresses, I just knew about Mona Singh of Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin fame. So, upon reading the article I came to know about some other beautiful actress of Indian television. In the top ten list, the writer includes Aamna Shariff, Smriti Zubin Irani, Saakshi Tanwar, Shweta Tiwari, Gauri Hiten Tejwani, Juhi Parmar, Tina Parekh, Panchi Bohra, Mona Singh and Neha Bamb.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Kismat Konnection : Haroon Mirza works as a co-director with his father Aziz Mirza

Famous film director, Aziz Mirza last directed Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chalte Chalte in 2003. Now, after five years, he is back once again and this time, he is working with his son, Haroon Mirza, in Shahid Kapoor starrer Kismat Konnection. Kismat Konnection will arrive on Tips Banner in July.

Haroon Mirza started working with his father behind the camera. He assisted him in Yes Boss and Chalte Chalte. Haroon Mirza also wrote a script thinking about Shah Rukh Khan as the protagonist. Unfortunately, the movie did not see any light but Haroon Mirza got the opportunity to direct Shah Rukh Khan in Airtel and Hyundai Accent advertisement.

In Kismat Konnection Haroon Mirza is a co-director. This is a rare instance for any first time director has worked as a co-director along with established film maker.

Kismat Konnection is an NRI love story. Raj Malhotra is a top architecture student. In his college, he won the best student awards at a row for four years. After that things turn bad for him. He finds himself struggling in Canada. Finally, he finds his lucky charm Priya, a tough talking girl with a heart of gold.

After few months, Neeraj Pathak, script writer of APNE will direct his first movie with Sunny Deol. Pathak will work as a co-director with Sunny Deol who already directed a movie Dillagi.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at Cannes Film Festival

The relationship between Cannes film festival and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is nothing new. In fact, Bollywood’s one of the most glamorous actress has been a regular face in this festival for the last few years. Since her blockbuster hit Devdas was screened at Cannes, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been attending the festival every year now. The year after Devdas was screened in the festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan attended Cannes Film Festival as one of the jury members. The actress is now at the Cannes Film Festival and this is the fourth time she is attending the festival.

Last year, after her marriage with Abhishek Bachchan, the couple appeared in the Cannes Film Festival. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s first movie opposite hubby Abhishek Bachchan after their marriage is going to be upcoming Sarkar Raj. Aishwarya’s next English movie Pink Panther 2 will hit the screen in February next year.

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Friday, May 16, 2008

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25 Things about the Movie ‘Jannat’

Jannat is the latest flick from Bhatt camp and is expected to do well both in India and Pakistan. The movie has already impressed the Bollywood fans by its music. Now, it is time to look at its story and the performance of the actors. The movie has released today both in India and Pakistan. Here, I am giving 25 things about the movie:

  1. Jannat has hit the big screen on 16 May, Friday.
  2. The movie Jannat is produced by Mukesh Bhatt and it is a Vishesh Films production.
  3. Jannat is the debut movie for 24-year old director Kunal Deshmukh, who had experience of working with director Mohit Suri in making 2005 movie Zeher.
  4. Winner of Miss World Tourism 2005, Sonal Chauhan, makes her Bollywood debut with the movie Jannat.
  5. Sonal Chauhan plays the female lead role, Zoya, opposite Emraan Hashmi.
  6. Emraan Hashmi appears in the male lead role of the movie. He plays the character of Arjun Dikshit, a cricket bookie.
  7. The music of the movie is done by Pritam Chakraborty and Kamran Ahmed from Pakistan.
  8. Sameer Kochhar plays an important role of a police inspector in the movie.
  9. The story of the movie revolves around Arjun Dikshit who wants to make money quickly and eventually takes the illegal way of making money by fixing cricket matches.
  10. He falls for a girl Joya and at the end, he has got to choose either his love for Joya or stick to his money making ambition through illegal ways.
  11. So, Jannat can be termed as a romantic movie too from this point of view.
  12. Jannat is the first movie to have been premiered both in India and Pakistan.
  13. The premier show of Jannat was held at Gulistan cinema, Lahore in the presence of 2000 people.
  14. Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan and Mahesh Bhatt got a warm reception in Pakistan and they were impressed by the presence of a huge crowd at the premier of the movie.
  15. Pakistan film industry is demanding to put a ban on Jannat in Pakistan, claiming that the movie treats Pakistani cricketers negatively and it is against Muslims.
  16. However, Jannat has been cleared by the censor board of Pakistan.
  17. The music of Jannat is rocking the chart in India since its launch.
  18. Jannat provides an inside view of match fixing and its process.
  19. The dialogs of the movie have been rated well.
  20. Emraan Hashmi already has enough popularity in Pakistan and now the actor has recently said that it is his time to shine in Pakistan.
  21. In a scene, Emraan Hashmi being a cricket bookie says there is not that much difference between cricketers and prostitutes because the end of youth means end of everything for both cricketers and prostitutes.
  22. Newcomer Sonal Chauhan will not be seen in any intimate love making scene in the movie.
  23. Sonal Chauhan was asked to shot a bed scene with Emraan Hashmi, which she turned down without thinking much about it.
  24. Though there is speculation that Jannat is copy of Hollywood movie Two For The Money, both actor Emraan Hashmi and director Kunal Deshmukh denied it.
  25. Jannat as a movie is expected to face an unconventional competitor and that is IPL. The movie may not have to face any big threat from any big budget movie except Tashan, but it must impress the cricket crazy fans diverting their interest for IPL.

Jannat Review

After postponing and re-postponing, finally Jannat has been released. The movie that has cricket every where but deals with the ugly world of betting and match fixing. Mahesh Bhatt stands out from other Bollywood film makers because he makes movies on serious subjects. For example, Footpath, Murder, Gangster, Kalyug, Zeher, The Killer, Awarapan and now, Jannat. The first significant thing about the movie is its title. Till now, all the movie titles of Bhatt production revealed the dark subject the movie is dealing with(Footpath, Murder, Gangster, Kalyug, Zeher, The Killer, Awarapan). For the first time, he has chosen an exceptional title Jannat. It is like a pseudo title.

Alright, by this time you all have come to know about the story of the movie; the story of Arjun Dikshit (Emraan Hashmi) and Zoya (Sonal Chauhan). They meet, they fall in love, and then the lady comes to know the ugly side of her lover and delivers him to justice. So far, Jannat is an okay movie but not so good.

Taran Adarsh is very much impressed with Jannat. In terms of story telling, the first half is ordinary “Chalta hai” staff. Boy meets girl, go crazy and does crazy things and stuff. Things start to become serious after intermission. India FM reports:

Honestly, you don't take to JANNAT instantly. The initial portions - the love story - are strictly chalta hai stuff. But the best part is, JANNAT takes a step forward every 10 minutes. The film actually takes off when the characters reach Cape Town, South Africa. The portions thereafter are akin to a roller coater ride.

Right from the interval point to a hair-raising, pulse-pounding climax, JANNAT is another journey altogether. The end, especially, hits you like a ton of bricks [it wouldn't be right to reveal what happens to the characters].

The strong point of Jannat is the making of the movie, the story and script. The script is written by Kunal Deshmukh and Vishesh Bhatt and directed by Kunal Deshmukh who showed great maturity as a debutante director. Though Emraan Hashmi is famous as a kisser this film will change his image. He played the character of Arjun very well. He is the heart of the movie.

Since Mahesh Bhatt is highly influenced by Hollywood movies, rumor came out that Jannat is a rip off of Two for the Money, a 2005 movie by Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey but it is not true; rather, it has a shadow of Mahesh Bhatt’s early movie Naam where the central character was played by Sanjay Dutt. Naam comes with the ultimate message that once you get into crime there is no way out. Jannat has a similar message. In an interview, Mahesh said that Jannat is Emraan Hashmi’s coming of age movie. It is the Naam of Emraan Hashmi.

The movies story telling style is not liked by all. The first part of the movie is fine and shows that the story is movie to the right direction but then in the second part the story loses its focus and becomes abrupt. Ravimoosad writes:

The love at first sight of the lead pair and Arjun’s quick success is not taken convincingly. Also it is unbelievable that Zoya was completely unaware of Arjun’s real business. The first half of the movie is good and the audience will get a feeling that movie is going in the right direction. But the second half disappoints and leads finally to a weak and oft-repeated climax. Imran is very good as Arjun and has done well especially in song sequences. Sonal as Zoya has given convincing performance and so is Javed Sheikh and Samir Kochchar. Like any other Imran Hashmi movie from Bhatt camp, this movie too has good music which is a great relief.

The second interesting thing about Jannat is ring significance. The story starts with a diamond ring and ends with a diamond ring. Buzz 18 reports:

At its very heart, Jannat is a story that begins and ends with a ring. Arjun and Zoya meet because of the ring. They fall in love and Arjun goes all lengths to make sure that the ring finds its rightful place.

But with each passing moment the weight of ring starts bearing upon his conscience (yes, our very own Frodo from Lord of The Rings!). The ring continues to be a major part of the film, till even the climax scene where by its very being it shapes the future of our lovebirds.

The story telling of Jannat some how resembles with children’s story. What seems to be great story turns out to be the same old boring thing repeated time and time again. Although Jannat does not directly mention the name of any cricketer it gives many indirect references. The movie already started a serious controversy. Some Pakistani showbiz personalities are saying that the movie showed Pakistani and Pakistani players as corrupt people. Buzz 18 further says:

If the gem on the ring does not impress you, the ones in the dialogues will. Zoya is justifying her handing Arjun over to the police. In a fit of desperation she yells out – "I love you, so I got you arrested." Now, that's unconditional!

Then there's another where Arjun catches one of his players eyeing a good looking girl. Cheekily he says, "I know on the ground you like fielding at fine leg and off it you like looking at fine legs. But let me take you to a place where you will not only find fine legs but also gullies, slips and deep cover." Profound.

There are some very clear references to certain cricketers and real-life incidents. Those who follow the game would probably find many parallels between this movie and real life. There are clear references to Azharuddin, Shahid Afridi and of course Bob Woolmer throughout the 140-odd-minute long movie.

By itself, a film on cricket would have made for great viewing. But as the narrative unfolds, the movie loses its focus – after the girlfriend comes in, there's the father and finally also a child.

Cricket used to be a family game, but not any more. And as far as we know neither is betting or fixing. So the whole family connection somehow is lost on us.

The Economic Times review says that Mahesh Bhatt could not depict the match-fixing or betting in detail. It says:

The Bhatts have as much (or rather as minuscule) knowledge about match-fixing and cricket-betting as much as any average audience. So do not expect a fine-tuned screenplay detailing the intricacies on the misconduct of cricket or revealing the modus operandi of the sport malpractice. The Bhatts are no Bhandarkar. Rather be prepared for a superannuated story sketched not even around but on the external periphery of the theme of match-fixing.
In the end, I would like to say that Jannat is a movie worth watching. May be the story is not well organized, may be the film skips many details, may be the dialogues are cliché but compared to big production movie like Tashan that has no substance but masala, Jannat is far better. It does not matter whether you are a fan of Emraan Hashmi or not you should see the movie.

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Jannat: A Typical Bhatt Production

If you are an avid fan of the movies released from the Bhatt camp then you might know Bhatts are well known for dealing with new talents, uncommon stories and often with controversial ideas. Well, the upcoming movie Jannat is no change. The movie is due to hit the screen today and this is the first movie premiered both in India and Pakistan.

As a Vishesh Films production, Jannat seems to be a typical Bhatt production with some new talents. Jannat features new face- Sonal Chauhan, for the female lead role against Emraan Hashmi in the mail lead role. Sonal Chauhan was the winner of the Miss India Tourism 2005 title and she is one of the popular model of India’s showbiz world. More than that, Jannat is the directorial debut for 24-year old Kunal Deshmukh, who helped director Mohit Suri in 2005 Bhatt production, Zeher.

Jannat deals with a story revolved around a cricket bookie who is aiming to make money quickly and eventually gets involved in fixing cricket matches. I do not know if there is any other movie released from Bollywood on a cricket bookie earlier. Now, so more or less you can say that the story of the movie Jannat is a bit different. Now, come to controversy. Yes, Jannat is involved in some controversies as well. First of all, the movie deals with cricket match fixing which itself is a very controversial issue in Cricket. Pakistan film industry blamed the movie for treating the Pakistani cricketers badly and claimed for a fan on the movie in Pakistan. There is a dialogue in the movie that says Cricketers and prostitutes are similar. It is quite enough to spark rage among the cricket crazy fans of India, though nothing happened so far in India.

So, Jannat carries out all the characteristics of Bhatt films. Produced by Mukesh Bhatt, the movie ropes in Pritam Chakraborty for the music scores and you already know that the audio album of Jannat remains in the top chart since its launch in India. Now, let us see if Jannat turns out to be another hit flick from Bhatt camp and makes some quick cash for the Bhatts.

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Pakistan Film Industry Claiming Ban on ‘Jannat’

Bollywood movie Jannat has seen a successful premier in Pakistan. However, Pakistani film industry is claiming to put a ban on the movie in Pakistan as it tells a story that is against Muslims and Pakistani cricketers. Here, it is noteworthy that Emraan Hashmi starrer Jannat depicts the life of a max fixer who is involved in fixing cricket matches to become rich quickly.

The Post reported:

They claim that this movie is against Muslims and Pakistani cricketers. Director Pervaiz Rana said he would soon approach the court against the release of Indian movie. He denounced those who released films like “Jannat” in Pakistan as Indian agents.

Besides Pervaiz Rana, some other personalities from Pakistani film industry have raised their voice against Jannat being released in Pakistan. They are also blaming those agents who are organizing the releases of Bollywood films in Pakistan. However, the good thing is that Bollywood movies are very popular in Pakistan and actor Emraan Hashmi has immense popularity among the movie buffs of Pakistan.

Well, it is not yet clear if the movie treats Pakistani cricketers badly. India’s cricket crazy fans are now in a cricket fever thanks to Indian Premier League (IPL) and the movie has been released today amid this cricket excitement. Now, Pakistan film industry is against Jannat. So, it seems that Jannat is going to face some strong challenges both in India and Pakistan.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cricketers are PROSTITUTES!

Before you get too excited about the title let me make it clear it is not what I meant. In Mahesh Bhatt’s upcoming production Jannat Emraan Hashmi played the character of a match fixer who says in the film that there is no difference between prostitutes and cricketers; they are same. One India reports:

What's more, the censor board saw nothing objectionable on the world's poshest profession being compared with the oldest. Says a character in Jannat, "Dekhiye Sir. Cricketers aur prostitutes ke beech zyada farq nahin hota. Donon ki jawani khatm to kahani khatm."

In fact producer Mahesh Bhatt is supremely gung-ho about this latest eyebrow-raising tryst with controversy."Yes, those are the exact words in Jannat.

Cricket is THE MOST popular game in India. People are crazy about cricket and the cricketers are revered more or less like gods. Top cricketers make millions of Rupees from ad campaigns and various other activities. In such a country, comment like this could create lots of controversies but Bhatt is known for making films that deals with uncommon subjects. In Jannat, he sheds light on betting and match fixing in cricket . Jannat tells the story of an ambitious person who wants to make fast money and eventually takes the illegal path. In the process, he ends up becoming a match fixer.

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Jannat observed a successful premiere in Pakistan


Emraan Hashmi’s Jannat is the first movie to be premiered in both India and Pakistan. So far, the Pakistan premiere had been very successful. In Pakistan, the premiere was held at Gulistan cinema, Lahore. Almost 2,000 people came to see the movie. Along with Emraan Hashmi, Sonal Chauhan, Mahesh Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt, and Kunal Deshmukh attended the premiere. Apun Ka Choice reports:

"I will never forget the love I got from the people at the Lahore airport," Hashmi is quoted as saying.

During his stay in Lahore, many things caught the attention of Emraan’s roving eye, particularly the "beautiful buildings and the stunning girls" of Lahore.

The incorrigible serial kisser of Bollywood also witnessed immense fan adulation at the premiere of ‘Jannat’ at the famous Gulistan cinema hall on Tuesday. The number of fans was so large that it caused a traffic jam on a nearby road.

The premiere itself was a star-studded gala attended by many Lollywood celebrities.

Two major Pakistani cricketers: Imran Khan and Wasim Akram also came to the premiere. Emraan received a royal treatment during his stay. The actor is quite popular in Pakistan. He even appeared in a cellphone ad.

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Jannat is not a Hollywood rip off

Mahesh Bhatt and Pritam have something in common; both of them are good in copying. The way, Pritam takes music from different songs, Mahesh Bhatt also takes his stories from different western movies. Mahesh Bhatt himself admitted that he is heavily influenced by Western films. Jannat is the next movie from Mahesh Bhatt's production.Before the shooting started, rumors spread out that Jannat was a rip off of Two for the Money. Upon hearing this, Emraan Hashmi, the lead actor of the movie was very surprised. Sify.com reports:

"Which is this movie Two For The Money?” asks Emraan Hashmi. “Isn't it a film about a bookie and his mentor, and the conflicts they face in their business? Sorry to disappoint those who believe they have managed to crack the code, but Jannat in not even remotely similar to the Hollywood film."

"Jannat deals with a different aspect altogether. We have tried telling everyone, time and again, through the promos that the film is not just about bookies and betting. It is a story about a young couple—the guy is a go-getter and wants to give his girl everything she desires. For that he is even willing to take an illegal route."

This time, I also agree with Hashmi that Jannat is not a rip off of Two for the Money. I watched Two for the Money and true that it deals with the subject of betting but in a different manner. In USA, betting is legal and there are many companies that make money on gamblers. These companies hire specialists in particular games to make predictions who would win. Matthew McConaughey played such a character. It is totally different from what Jannat is all about.

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Bollywood Movie ‘Jannat’ vs IPL: Who Will Win?

In English, ‘Jannat’ means ‘Heaven’. In true sense, Indian cricket fans are now at their seventh heaven thanks to the exciting Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. Fans have found a new means of entertainment and IPL tournament has taken a heavy toll from Indian television program and movie industry. Many hit and highlighted television shows are losing viewers, while the evening and night shows of cinema halls are going without much fan presence. So, for the movie Jannat, due to get release tomorrow, is expected to face some challenges from IPL now. Much anticipated Yash Raj Films production ‘Tashan’ failed to do well expectedly, mainly because of IPL matches.

Glamsham reported:

Mahesh Bhatt, for the first time is having his take on the sport of cricket and he would have his own interpretation about the way the things operate in the cricketing world. Clashing with the peak time of IPL, the film would have to be really captivating to wean away the audience from the television sets, and this would be the real challenge that Mahesh Bhatt could be facing for the first time in his life. If the audience leaves IPL and goes for JANNAT then it would be 'Jannat’ for Bhatt, or else…

Jannat is a movie revolved around the story of a bookie who eventually gets involved in match fixing in Cricket. So, it has some links to cricket here too. Known as serial kisser, Emraan Hashmi plays the male lead role of the movie. Female lead role of Jannat features newcomer Sonal Chauhan, who won the 2005 Miss World Tourism title.

No doubt, Jannat has to distract the attraction of cricket crazy Indian fans from IPL to cinema halls, in order to have a successful opening. Here, comes the question- Jannat or IPL, which one is going to win the battle.

Sonal Chauhan Refused to Make Intimate Scene in ‘Jannat’

You already know that popular model Sonal Chauhan is going to have her Bollywood debut with the movie Jannat. Emraan Hashmi starred Jannat hits the screen tomorrow with a lots of excitement among the Bollywood. However, there will be no intimate love making scene between Hashmi and Sonal, a unique thing considering Hashmi’s reputation (both positive and negative) for on-screen love making scenes.

Well, Sonal was initially asked to shot wearing a bikini and do a bed scene with male lead Hashmi in the movie. However, Sonal Chauhan turned in down.

Apunkachoice reported:

For starters, she is not game for posing in revealing clothes. She is also not open to doing intimate scenes with her co-stars. Sonal has revealed in an interview that she was asked to wear a bikini and do a bed scene with Emraan Hashmi in ‘Jannat’, but she refused to do them.
“I have not shot a single scene where I am in bikini or in such a condition that I cannot watch with my family,” says Sonal and goes on to claim that ‘Jannat’ doesn’t even have a kissing scene between Emraan and her.

That was obviously a bold decision for any newcomer in the industry. I think, Sonal has done the right thing by not doing those scenes. She has become a successful model, now it seems she is due to make it big in the big screen. Let us see, if Bollywood fans take her positively and find something attractive in her performance.