Not To Be Missed: Khaas Baat picks the 10 best movies of 2006
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Bas Ek Pal”
“Khosla Ka Ghosla”
“Lage Raho Munnabhai”
“Rang De Basanti”
HINDI MOVIE RELEASES
By SHEPHALI J. RELE
“Baabul”: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee, John Abraham, Om Puri; directed by Ravi Chopra; music by Aadesh Shrivastava.
After the popular “Bhagban,” Ravi Chopra returns with another family drama. Amitabh Bachchan plays Balraj Kapoor, a rich businessman who values family and culture but has a modern outlook on life. Hema Malini plays his supporting wife and Salman Khan his loving son, Avinash.
After completing studies abroad, Avinash comes home to his parents, meets Millie, played by Rani Mukherjee, gets married to her, and they soon have a child. Meanwhile, John Abraham is Rajat, a close friend of Millie’s who has never revealed his true feelings to her. After seeing her happily settled, he moves to Europe to pursue his musical career. In a tragic twist, Millie loses Avinash in a fatal accident.
Balraj and his wife seek solace through their grandson but after seeing Millie’s heartbreaking condition, he makes a bold decision. He wants to find Rajat and ask him to marry Millie. Even though Balraj’s wife and elder brother don’t support his intentions and despite society’s reaction, he hopes to succeed in his efforts as Baabul.
This comic caper stars Paresh Rawal as Champak Chaturved, the owner of a traveling Indian theatre group. Sharing screen space for the first time are Akshay Kumar and Govinda who are Bunty and Babla, two actors in Champak’s troupe. Both guys are fun-loving, never missing a chance to flirt with the girls, even their cast mates. The group travels to England after being offered the chance to perform several shows there. Unfortunately, the heroine of their play has quit because of Bunty’s misbehavior.
With the help of a local taxi driver played by Rajpal Yadav, they search for their new actress. After several mishaps and misunderstandings, they find a girl with amnesia, Lara Dutta, to fill the role and Bunty starts to fall in love with her. But when her memory returns, more chaos follows, including a murdered husband and major conspiracy! Said to be a remake of a hit Malayalam comedy, expect surefire laughs and excitement from the director of “Hera Pheri.”
Abhishek Bachchan plays the title role in this film reportedly based on the life of India’s business tycoon and Reliance founder, Dhirubhai Ambani. As he displayed in “Yuva,” director Mani Ratnam brings out the best in his artists, and Abhishek’s performance as Guru Kant Desai is sure to mark another leap in his career. Aishwarya Rai stars opposite him and Madavan plays his rival Shyam Saxena. Watch for Mithun Chakravarthy and Vidya Balan in pivotal roles.
Only character sketches of the film have been released so far. In the words of Guru, “There’s a saying in our village, if people say bad things about you, you must be doing something good. Sounds good, doesn’t it.” From Shyam, “It’s not just that he is evil but he awakens the evil in everyone. Profit and share price were the only two parameters that mattered to him. Right and wrong, just and unjust were incidental.” Not to be missed is the enchanting music by A.R. Rahman, who seems to reserve his finest for Mani Ratnam.
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