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Bollywood Movie Lahore Review

Bollywood New Movie "Lahore" is about sports and politics and characters from both the spheres getting embroiled in a terrible fight to the finish.

The script accommodates a great deal of the sporting spirit as seen in the perspective of Indo-Pak politics. Within that ambitious framework, Chauhan weaves in the human relationships that make a leap for warmth and then stay stuck in semi-sterility. The film has too much to say on sports, politics and human nature. It isn't able to say all of it in a lucid language.

Chauhan has chosen a unique sport like kickboxing to spotlight the process of cultural assimilation that underscores all the perverse politicking that goes on at the surface level between the two countries.

The Indian and Pakistani coaches played by Farooque Shaikh and Sabyasachi Chakavarty are seen to be sportingly at loggerheads, but "Lahore" takes the spirit of sportsmanship across the border with more seriousness of purpose.

In the boxing ring, the game gets deadly when the Indian kickboxing champion Sushant Singh is delivered a deadly blow by his Pakistani opponent. A churning point in the narrative is arrived at in restrained rhythms.

This is where Chauhan's narrative comes into its own. The dilemma of the deceased kickboxer's younger brother Veeru (newcomer Aanaahad) to preserve his sporting spirit in the midst of high-voltage mutually-destructive Indo-Pak politics is built into the plot with architectural astuteness.

Not all of the material outside the central conflict, where Veeru forsakes cricket to pursue his slain brother's dream in the kickboxing arena, works on the scripting level.

Does Veeru only want to use the boxing ring to avenge his brother's death?

Though the characters falter in quantitative excess, the opposition of sports and politics and politics in sports is put into a persuasive perspective. The rest of drama tends to get tedious mainly because there are too many characters swarming the Indo-Pak map.

Veeru's romantic attachment to the Pakistani girl (newcomer Shraddha Das) is skirted across in a few scenes where they exchange veiled pleasantries. Passion is seriously forfeited in the flurry of squeezing in a large canvas of characters.

It's in the kickboxing scenes that the film exudes blood, sweat and tears. Aanahaad and his opponent Mukesh Rishi reveal a skill in the ring that cannot leave the audience unaffected.

Aanahaad does well in the sports scenes, but needs to brush up his skills in the emotional moments.

Of the rest of the cast Nafisa Ali, Ashish Vidyarthi, the late Nirmal Pandey and several other talented actors are wasted in sketchy roles. The film's surface is over-populated. But its inner life suggests a sincerity of purpose.

Wayne Sharpe's background score and Neelabh Kaul's cinematography are first rate. They add to the feeling of a film that goes beyond sports, but stops short of making a statement on life lived on the border of hostility.

Priyanka Chopra Biography and Filmography

Date of Birth
18 July 1982, Jamshedpur, Bihar, India


Nickname
Sunshine
Mimi
Yanka
Priyanka Chopra
The Queen Of Bollywood
Priya


Height
5' 8" (1.73 m)


Priyanka Biography
Priyanka was born on July 18, 1982, in the Chopra family consisting of her dad, Dr. Ashok and mom, Dr. Madhu (nee Akhauri), and has one younger brother. Her dad is Punjabi-speaking, while her mom is from Bihar. As a child, she suffered from Asthma and was very close to her dad. Her family affectionately called her Mimi.

While she was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, she also spent her childhood in Rae Barreilly, in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Lucknow, where she was enrolled in the La Martiniere Girls' School. These frequent re-locations took place as Ashok was a doctor in the Indian Army. She subsequently re-located to the U.S. where she studied in Newton's Newton North High School and then in Cedar Rapid's John F. Kennedy High School in Massachusetts and Iowa respectively.

In 2000 she returned to India and enrolled in Jai Hind College and Basant Singh Institute of Science in Churchgate, Bombay, but had to leave abruptly as she was crowned Miss India. She was subsequently crowned Miss World in the same year - a year which proved to be a year for Indian Beauty Queens - as Lara Dutta and Dia Mirza were also crowned Miss Universe and Miss Asia Pacific respectively. Ironically, beauty pageants are banned in India's conservative state, Uttar Pradesh.

After completing her responsibilities as a Beauty Queen, she first appeared on the tinsel screen in India in a Tamil movie 'Thamizhan'.

She made her debut in Bollywood with 'The Hero' in 2002, and then went on to act in over 28 movies, as well as lent her voice as a playback singer in 'Barsaat (2005)'. She has won 11 awards to date for her performance in 'Andaaz', 'Aitraaz', 'The Hero', 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', & 'Krrish'.

As of June 2007, she is involved in the filming of 'Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam', 'Kajri', 'Drona', 'London Dreams', 'Qurbani', 'Chamki Chameli', 'Love Story 2050' amongst others.
Winner of the Miss India and Miss World beauty pageants in 2000.

Father Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra, mother Dr. Madhu Chopra.

Achievements: she is the only Indian in the USA to have been selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir, extensive charity work back in India and the USA, and joined the CAF and CII in their literacy program and is their ambassador. Member of the support group for the Thalassemic children in U.P., India, participated in the adult education awareness program with the non-governmental organizations in the peripheral areas of Bareilly, joined the Indian Government-sponsored Polio Eradication Program as a volunteer. Raised funds for the destitute in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, by participating in a church program.

While shooting the song "Do Me A Favor, Let's Play Holi" in the movie Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), she stepped on a live wire and received a shock. She was hospitalized for a day.

Did her schooling from La Martinière in Lucknow. She completed tenth grade in Boston and wanted to become a software engineer or a criminal psychologist.

Her father Ashok Chopra, who also manages her career, was diagnosed with a tumor in his liver. He had to undergo a complicated emergency surgery.

Has a younger brother.

Turned down the lead in Umrao Jaan (2006) to work in Bluffmaster! (2005).

Listed as number 2 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25-2006)

Turned down a part in London Dreams (2009) because she could not provide the shooting dates as she was busy with other films.

Listed #1 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/2006).

Appeared on the cover of the premiere issue of Maxim magazine, Indian version, released in 2006.

Winner of the Miss India and Miss World beauty pageants in 2000.

Father Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra, mother Dr. Madhu Chopra.

Achievements: she is the only Indian in the USA to have been selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir, extensive charity work back in India and the USA, and joined the CAF and CII in their literacy program and is their ambassador. Member of the support group for the Thalassemic children in U.P., India, participated in the adult education awareness program with the non-governmental organizations in the peripheral areas of Bareilly, joined the Indian Government-sponsored Polio Eradication Program as a volunteer. Raised funds for the destitute in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, by participating in a church program.

While shooting the song "Do Me A Favor, Let's Play Holi" in the movie Waqt: The Race Against Time (2005), she stepped on a live wire and received a shock. She was hospitalized for a day.

Did her schooling from La Martinière in Lucknow. She completed tenth grade in Boston and wanted to become a software engineer or a criminal psychologist.

Her father Ashok Chopra, who also manages her career, was diagnosed with a tumor in his liver. He had to undergo a complicated emergency surgery.

Has a younger brother.

Turned down the lead in Umrao Jaan (2006) to work in Bluffmaster! (2005).

Listed as number 2 of 'Top Bollywood Actresses' of 2006. (rediff.com, 8-25-2006)

Turned down a part in London Dreams (2009) because she could not provide the shooting dates as she was busy with other films.

Listed #1 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of "Asia's Sexiest Women" (Sept/2006).

Appeared on the cover of the premiere issue of Maxim magazine, Indian version, released in 2006.

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Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge Review

Athiti Tum Kab Jaoge? stars Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal and Konkana Sen Sharma. Directed by Ashwini Dhir (One Two Three) the movie talks about a situation wherein a guest comes over uninformed and has an extended stay. Paresh Rawal plays the role of Chachaji in the movie.

The story is about Puneet (Ajay Devgn) and Munmun (Konkana Sen Sharma), a couple happily married with a 6 year old son. Their lives take a turn when a relative (Rawal) visits them. The rest of the movie is all about the tricks the couple tries, to get rid of chacha.

The movie starts off well and the introductory scene of Paresh Rawal is extremely funny. The first half is a joyride full of deftly executed sequences. The second half suffers to an extent, due to predictability and slow pace. The writers have sensibly avoided the romantic angle, yet Konkana Sen Sharma and Ajay Devgn share good chemistry.

The story is good, has a good little twist in the end. The director also never tries to make you laugh; it's the situations that leave a smile on your face. Clearly, Ashwini Dhir is inspired by the Hrishikesh Mukherjee style of filmmaking. Clean and a typical 70s - 80s family entertainer it is, but as good as some of those classics, it is not.

Paresh Rawal is excellent, a flawless performance by the veteran. Ajay Devgn does his job well. Konkana Sen Sharma is effective as Munmun. Sanjay Mishra is in top form.

To sum up, if the Akshay Kumar brand of slapstick comedy is what you like, you'd be better off waiting for Housefull to hit screens. Otherwise, go give this a try; you will walk out with a smile on your face.

Bollywood Movie Ishqiya Review

Producer: Vishal Bhardwaj, Raman Maroo
Director: Abhishek Chaubhey
Starring: Naseruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Vidya Balan
Music: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar
Genre: Thriller
Recommended Audience: Adult
Film Released on: 22 January 2010

I greatly anticipated Ishqiya, but post-movie I can see why it's losing out on the mass market. I still cannot fathom why Rann of all films is taking it to the cleaners, but some mysteries just are. Moving on with the film at hand though, Ishqiya stars three of my favorite actors - Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi and Vidya Balan. Shah and Warsi are small-time con artists. They are also uncle-nephew - Shah the greying Khalu-jaan and Warsi the energetic Babban. We meet the duo on the run from another con-man, from whom they have stolen a large amount of money. The man conned is understandably angry, and follows them around, with his gang and his ever-ringing cell-phone in tow.

Short on friends, Khalu-jaan and Babban land up in Gorakhpur, assuming that they will find asylum with a former acquaintance Verma-ji, and be able to lie low in the backwaters of eastern UP. However they discover that Vermaji has left for his heavenly abode, and the welcoming party consists solely of his rather comely widow Krishna (Balan). Krishna takes them in. All should have been well, but romance blooms and the loot goes missing. Love and lucre never did mix.

Ishqiya is that genre of film where the story unfolds slowly and we are never quite sure of the motives that drive its characters to perfidy and damnation. Debut director Chaubey does his job well; he weaves a multi-textured tale, which has romance, crime, drama and betrayal. The film is full of detailed flourishes - the kohl in Babban's eyes, the touch of UP-ite vernacular, that realistic small-time-criminal jargon - all building ambience very well.

The three leading actors do very well for themselves; each one impeccable, from the fallible Khalu-jaan, to the soft-hearted thug Babban, to the wily widow Krishna. The setting is great - where else but in the dark, unkempt villages of UP, where hand-made pistols come aplenty, and thugs abound, could one situate a crime drama? The film has a great cast, and melodious music. Still, it falters.

Bharadwaj's previous productions have always been strong on story. Whether it be Omkara or Maqbool, his crime dramas have always sizzled with passion, a passion which springs from strong, simple motivations. In Ishqiya however, Bharadwaj, who was one of the story-writers, cobbles together a convoluted climax. Although the film starts off strong, and takes off once we are privy to Krishna's rather ambiguous loyalties, it falters post-interval with some very shaky twists in the storyline.

Kareena Kapoor Biography and Filmography

Kareena Kapoor still fresh from the success of her recent releases. At twenty-eight, her life’s getting even better, both on the acting front and her relationship with Saif Ali Khan.

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Kareena Randhir Kapoor was born on 21 September 1980 in Mumbai.

Her father is the Punjabi Randhir Kapoor, an actor and her mother is Babitha, a Sindhi.

Her parents separated when she was quite young.

Her older sister is Karishma Kapoor, an actress.
Her family tree reads like the who’s who of Bollywood.
Her great grandfather is Prithviraj Kapoor and her grandfather is Raj Kapoor.
Her uncles are Rishi Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, while her maternal aunt is Sadhana.

Kareena did her schooling partly in Jamnabai Narsee School in Mumbai and later in Welham’s Girls Boarding School in Dehra Dun. She was in Harvard briefly to study Information Technology and Microcomputers. On returning back to India, she studied law for a year at the Government Law College at Churchgate, after which she enrolled in Kishore Namit Acting School.

She was dating Shahid Kapoor since 2004 but they broke up just when they landed their first hit together in Jab We Met. She is now dating actor Saif Ali Khan.

She is involved in several humanitarian causes. In 2005, she joined NDTV by visiting the jawans in Rajasthan. She was part of the Marco Ricci Each One Reach One benefit concert, for World Youth Peace Summit. She donated the prize money she won in Kaun Banega Crorepathi in 2007 to St.Anthony’s Old Age Home and Mount Mary’s Bandra. In 2007, she appeared in Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hai? The money she won was donated to St.Anthony’s Old Age Home.

From Pooh to Pia
Kaho Na Pyaar Hai was supposed to be her debut but she walked out of it and instead starred with Abhishek Bachchan in J.P.Datta’s Refugee in 2000, in which she played Naaz, a Bangladeshi girl who falls in love with Refugee. This won her the Filmfare Best Debut Award. In 2001, she worked with Tusshar Kapoor in Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai which was one of the successes of the year. Yaadein did not do well. Her fiery Kaurwaki act in the epic Asoka with Shahrukh Khan won her a nomination for the Filmfare Best Actress Award. Her fourth film was the multi-starrer Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham in which she played the part of the haughty yet adorable Pooh. The film was her biggest commercial success. The next two years saw her in a few films like Mujhse Dosti Karoge, Khushi, and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon which ranged from flops to moderate successes.

Just when you thought Pooh was as far as she could go, she started experimenting by portraying different characters in her films that released in 2004 and it paid off. She stepped into the shoes of a sex worker in Chameli with Rahul Bose, earning a Filmfare Special Performance Award. The other critically acclaimed film was Dev with Amitabh Bachchan, in which she played Aaliya, a victim in the communal riots in Gujarat. She won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She played the villainous Neha Mehra in Fida. She had three releases in 2005: Bewafa, Kyun Ki, and Dosti: Friends Forever, of which the latter did well in the United Kingdom.

The year 2006 saw her in a thriller 36 China Town and a comedy Chup Chup Ke which were average performers at the box office. It was her role as Dolly in Omkara that clinched the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. The film was an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello and Dolly was based on Desdemona. She also appeared in an item number in Farhan Akhtar’s Don, which was originally done by Helen.

Imtiaz Ali’s romcom Jab We Met with Shahid Kapoor was a runaway hit in 2007. Her portrayal of the spontaneous and fun-loving Geet was applauded. She won the Filmfare Best Actress Award for that role. In 2008, she came out with Tashan with her new boyfriend Saif Ali Khan and her size zero figure, but that failed to live up to the hype. She lent her voice to Laila in the animation flick Roadside Romeo and was part of Golmaal Returns, a sequel to the comedy hit Golmaal.

In 2009, Kareena was seen in a guest appearance in Luck by Chance and an item number in Billu. After her role as a super model in Kambakkht Ishq she became a style icon though the movie was trashed by critics. Main Aur Mrs Khanna also did not score well. Kurbaan with Saif Ali Khan did a decent job while her role as Pia in 3 Idiots made sure she ended the year on a high note.

Gaining Momentum
Kareena’s fans can look forward to see her in Milenge Milenge in 2010. She will be seen with Shahid Kapoor in the movie. The release was delayed when the couple broke up.

She is also working on a remake of Stepmom with Kajol. Other movies are: Agent Vinod, Golmaal 3, and Kismat Talkies.

Akshay Kumar Biography


Birth Name
Rajiv Hari Om-Bhatia

Nickname
Akki
Mac

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Biography
This handsome man out of nowhere suddenly entered Bollywood's film industry. He studied martial arts in Hong Kong. It was a student that suggested that he try modelling. Because of his success as model, he was offered films. Along with his good looks and excellent martial art skills, he was always the first choice to do adventurous movies. He did his own death defying stunts. His breakthrough performance was in Saugandh (1991). He was well known for his Khiladi series, an Indian version of James Bond, such as _Mr.Bond (1992)_, Khiladi (1992), Main Khiladi Tu Anari (1994), Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi (1997) and Khiladi 420 (2000). He dated strings of his co-stars including Raveena Tandon, Shilpa Shetty,Pooja Batra and Rekha. But his recent marriage to Twinkle Khanna, his two time love lady changed his playboy attitudes.

A long road traveled; from a waiter in Bangkok, to one of the most successful actors in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar has come a long way. As an instructor in martial artist, Rajiv Bhatia always dreamt of making it big in that field but when a student suggested that with his good looks and a good built, he should take up modelling, the anonymous Rajiv Bhatia began his journey as Akshay Kumar who then slowly but surely worked his way up to becoming one of the most talented stars of the industry. Stunned at the pay package and his success as a model, Akshay took the next obvious step, and entered into films. However unlike most of the other stars in his time, Akshay neither had star parents, nor a godfather to launch him. Although his first few films were unsuccessful at the box office, they helped Akshay get noticed for his dancing abilities and his dare-devilish stunts. His first true hit film was 'Khiladi' and although it was a success, the top banners continued to be elusive until 'Yeh Dillagi' which not only got him recognition but marked his position as a top league actor. Though 'Jai Kishen' and 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' were quite successful at the box office, it was 'Mohra' and 'Sabse Bada Khiladi' that it catapulted Akshay to fame and established his position as one of the top most heroes of the industry. With a series of 'Khiladi' movies including the "Khiladiyon Ke Khiladi', Akshay became the quintessential "action hero'. But with 'Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi', 'Dil To Pagal Hai' and 'Aflatoon', he attempted new genres in order to change his stereotypical image, and he was quite successful at it. Another attempt at a new role with 'Ajnabee', where he played the villain, was again well portrayed and well received by audiences and critics alike. 'Dhadkan', where he starred opposite Shilpa Shetty reaffirmed the fact that aside from being an action hero, Akshay Kumar was also the perfect romantic lead. In the same year came another memorable performance with the film "Hera Pheri' which brought to the forefront his strength in comedy and superb timing as he held his ground with the seasoned Paresh Rawal and Suniel Shetty. Akshay Kumar continued to improve with every film, from "Khakee, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi', "Aitraaz, Waqt', 'Awara Pagaal Deewana', "Garam Masala' to the recently released "Phir Hera Phiri' proved that Akshay was a sure-fire hit at the box-office as well. Today he is one of the most sought after actors who commands a strong box-office opening. His forthcoming films include Jaaneman, Saamna, London Namaste and Welcome.

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Bollywood Movie Karthik Calling Karthik Review


Director : Vijay Lalwani
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics : Javed Akhtar
Starring : Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah

Bollywood New Movie KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is not your average Bollywood masala flick. This one involves you until the last frame. It's creatively plotted, artfully, brilliantly emoted and very well presented. A complete product, which will make the maker proud of his work. That is what every creative person looks for; satisfaction in his work. Debutant director Vijay Lalwani has done just that. Audience appreciation is something that is out of his control. Take a bow Lalwani, for an intelligent film. Of course, it has its genesis in A BEAUTIFUL MIND, the Russell Crowe film that won accolades. But therein ends the similarity.

Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is a loser in life. He does not know how to say no, is low on self-confidence and is a below average dresser. He is constantly being plagued by a dream of him having killed his older brother, albeit accidentally. This is what drives him to a shrink who tries in vain to convince him that it was no fault of his and he should stop blaming himself for his brother's death. But Karthik's psyche has been deeply dented.

At the work place, though he is the workhorse, his efforts are never appreciated. A colleague piles his work on him and even the gorgeous Shonali (Deepika Padukone) has never even once noticed him in the four years they have worked together. To top it, he has been fired from his job. But all that seems to be heading for a change as Karthik, on the verge of committing suicide, gets a call from Karthik who guides him to reclaim his life and live with confidence.

There's an instant metamorphosis in Karthik's character. He walks in with newfound confidence into his old office, dressed in a smart suit, walks into his boss' cabin and cleverly makes him aware of his contribution. Result, Karthik is offered his old job back. But he is in no mood; he demands a bigger post with staff under him. Then begins the wooing process and he does this with style, too.