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Bollywood releases expected this month

By Shephali J. Rele

“Sarkar”: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Supriya Pathak, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Katrina Kaif; directed by Ram Gopal Varma.

After the fun-filled “Bunty Aur Babli,” Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan come together again, this time on a more serious note under the helm of groundbreaking director Ram Gopal Varma. This movie is inspired by the Oscar winner “The Godfather.” Amitabh plays a powerful and influential character addressed by all as Sarkar. He lives life according to his own rules of right and wrong. Supriya Pathak plays his wife who is unfazed by her surroundings. Kay Kay Menon plays Vishnu, Sarkar’s elder son who supports his father in his crime business. Abhishek portrays the younger son, Shankar who has studied abroad. The makers say this film shows the complexities of family and politics on a high level. Sounds like a must-see for both Amitabh and Abhishek fans.

“Dus”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Esha Deol, Dia Mirza, Raima Sen, Pankaj Kapur; directed by Anubhav Sinha; music by Vishal-Shekhar.

This intriguing movie involves 10 characters on a 10-day mission. They are trying to solve a diabolical conspiracy with a code name JEET set to explode on the 10th of the month. A master terrorist named Jamwal has a plan and a target. A group called the ATC (Anti Terrorist Cell) is trying to uncover the deadly plot. Apparently, heroism and treason exist side by side. Sanjay Dutt plays Siddhant, chief of the ATC. Abhishek Bachchan, Zayed Khan, and Shilpa Shetty play members of this elite squad. The must race against time to uncover the secret of JEET before political pressure shuts down the ATC. Suniel Shetty and Esha Deol play Canadian police officers who also accept this challenge. Look for lots of action with exploding cars and gravity defying bikes. The soundtrack of “Dus” includes several catchy numbers sure to be a hit.

“Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya”: Starring Salman Khan, Sushmita Sen, Katrina Kaif, Sohail Khan, Arshad Warsi ; directed by David Dhawan; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

After last year’s “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi”, director David Dhawan and Salman Khan team up in another comedy. Salman Khan plays Samir, a flirtatious doctor who falls for every other good-looking female, breaking many hearts and not ready for commitment. Whenever a girlfriend gets serious, he informs them he is already married. This ploy usually works until Soniya, a model, played by Katrina Kaif, enters his life. This time, Samir truly is in love. Sohail Khan plays an aspiring actor named Pyaare who also loves Soniya. Somehow, Samir’s false married status is revealed to Soniya. But she still loves him and asks him to get a divorce. Naina, played be Sushmita Sen, is a dutiful nurse at Samir’s hospital who comes to his rescue. Naina agrees to be his fake wife while harboring secret feelings for Dr. Samir herself.

The Warrior

“The Warrior,” winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for Best British Film, opens in New York City and Los Angeles on July 15 and additional cities later. Hopefully, this tale of a local enforcer for a rich Indian warlord who renounces his life of violence and then becomes prey of his murderous ex-colleagues will make it into Florida theaters soon.

Directed by Asif Kapadia, “The Warrior” follows the hero’s journey from the deserts of Rajasthan through the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. It features a mix of samurai-style movie action, stirring performances, sumptuous landscape photography and a mystical tale of personal redemption. Kapadia, who makes his directorial debut with the film, has crafted an exotic, yet universal, story about the human spirit.

Irfan Khan stars as Lafcadia, a skilled and deadly Rajput warrior, who works at the behest of a brutal local warlord (Anupam Shyam) who regularly sends Lafacadia to carry out such savage punishments as beheadings and pillaging raids of entire villages. Then one day, Lafcadia decides to go straight. In the middle of a massacre, a mystical encounter with a young girl brings about a moment of transformation in which the warrior drops his sword and vows never to kill again. Gathering his only son Katiba (Puru Chhibber), Lafcadia hits the road and heads for his native mountain village.

But the warlord who controls Lafcadia will not let his warrior go. The warlord soon dispatches a second warrior, the ruthless Biswas (Aino Annuddin), to hunt down Lafcadia and bring back his head. “I didn¹t want to make a small film. I wanted to push myself as a filmmaker and make something unique to me,” says Kapadia of Indian descent but now living in England. “The project was a huge leap into the unknown but I loved the story and was desperate to see it come to life. I was drawn to shooting something on a large scale, with distant, strange landscapes, horses, deserts and burning villages. And I had fallen in love with the amazing light of India, the people, the faces, the choices of untouched landscapes.”

Presented by Award Academy winner Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain²) and Miramax Films, the 88-minute movie is in Hindi with English subtitles. It is produced by Bertrand Faivre.

Information for this story was provided by Miramax Films.

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Thomas Umer Tevana

Meet Thomas Umer Tevana -- the only Indian American on the list of the “50 Hottest Bachelors” list in the 40-million readership People magazine (June 27 issue). Remember the Indian American FBI agent in the controversial “Jo Bole So Nihaal?” Yeah, that was Tevana. He now joins the ranks of such actors as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell in People magazine’s top bachelors ranking.

The 31-year-old told People magazine that he has lived in quite a few places and speaks French, German and Hindi. Would he date an A-lister? “I don’t know,” he quipped. “I saw what happened to Jen and Ben. I don’t want that!”

Tevana was pleasantly shocked to hear that his name was on the People list. “I was aware that the magazine was looking for a diverse group of nominees,” he admitted in an interview with Khaas Baat. “My name somehow came up somewhere and People starting to find out more information about me. They even conducted background checks before informing me that I would be among the 50. Doing the People shoot, which lasted several days, was like participating in a pageant.” People, which said its list of the 50 Hottest Bachelors are men who are "in a class by themselves," said the magazine couldn't estimate the pool of candidates for the top 50. "It's enormous," a spokesperson said at a reception held in honor of the bachelors. "I don't even know that we can count it ... It's really a constant ebb and flow of bachelors and it starts out pretty big. We're seeing who's still available as we get closer and again he's really doing well and at the top of his game. We're looking to present the hottest."

As for being single, Tevana said, "I'm still waiting for the right girl to come along too. Did all the other guys out there get married already?"

Tevana was surprised about the controversy over “Jo Bole So Nihaal,” in which he played a Hindi-speaking liaison to Sunny Deol. “As soon as I landed in the U.S. from India, I was off to meet the People folks for interviews and photo opportunities,” he said. “So I was very busy during the time that the film was pulled out of some theaters.”

Born in San Francisco, Tevana has been a model and acted in television shows such as “JAG,” “One Life to Live” and “The Pretender.” Though he hasn’t signed up for any Bollywood film a la “Jo Bole So Nihaal,” he has “talked to Mahesh Bhatt. We will soon be starting rehearsals. If it works out, that will be nice.”

In the meantime, he is gearing up for his role in “Access Denied” of an Indian American doctor who falls in love with a girl from Bombay. “It is a big film actress from Bollywood whose name I cannot divulge right now,” he said with enthusiasm. “I am also working on ‘My Mother’s Baby,’ which is more of a HBO film but does have desi elements in it.”

Bollywood releases last month

“Silsiilay”: Starring Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Bhumika Chawla, Rahul Bose, Divya Dutta, Riya Sen, Jimmy Shergil, Ashmit Patel; directed by Khalid Mohammed; music by Himesh Reshammiya.

After last year’s “Tehzeeb,” Khalid Mohammed’s next directorial venture “Silsiilay” is an upbeat look at relationships told through the stories of three women. Tabu plays Rehana, a housewife who must confront her unfaithful husband portrayed by the playback singer and upcoming actor Kay Kay Menon. In another story, Bhumika Chawla is Zia, a successful Bollywood actress whose relationship with her mentor, played by Rahul Bose, is on the verge of a breakup. Riya Sen is the third woman Anushka, a telephone receptionist who seeks tenderness in her relationship with a wealthy suitor played by Ashmit Patel. Meanwhile, Jimmy Shergill portrays an office colleague who loves her silently. She must decide between the two in a romantic finale, which promises a twist. The three stories are weaved together into a complete picture.

“Parineeta”: Starring Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen; directed by Pradeep Sarkar; music by Shantanu Moitra.

The vibrant city of Calcutta in the 1960s serves as the backdrop for this love story based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s story adapted by producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Newcomer Vidya Balan plays a young girl named Lolita who lives with her uncle’s family. She meets Shekhar played by Saif Ali Khan, son of an affluent businessman and budding musician. Shekhar and Lolita grow up sharing joys and sorrows and a relationship of deep friendship and trust occurs. Only when an outsider named Girish, played by Sanjay Dutt, arrives do they discover their true feelings for each other. Greed, misunderstandings and deception plague Lolita and Shekhar’s innocent love. Will they be swept apart by these tumultuous events or is it possible they can reunite? The contemporary retelling of this tale is expected to be full of emotion and drama and has a melodious musical score. Look for Rekha who makes a special appearance in a nightclub song.

“Paheli”: Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, Amitabh Bachchan, Juhi Chawla, Suniel Shetty, Anupam Kher; directed by Amol Palekar; music by M.M. Kreem.

An eagerly awaited film of 2005 and Shah Rukh Khan’s first release of the year (not counting special appearances), “Paheli” is a beautiful folk tale from Rajasthan that has come to life. Looking enchanting, Rani Mukherji plays a girl named Lachchi, who is married to a man interested solely in making money. On their wedding night, the husband leaves home for five years to pursue his business. Shah Rukh Khan plays a ghost in love with her. The ghost takes on the husband’s appearance and enters Lachchi’s life. When the husband returns home, relatives and villagers are bewildered. How the situation gets resolved is the “Paheli.” This film shows the dilemma of a woman who must choose between a ghost’s eternal love and her husband’s insensitivity. “Paheli” is based on the story “Duvidha” written by Vijaydan Detha and is a Shah Rukh Khan production.


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