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January 2008
Movie Update

The biggest release of January 2008 is Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical epic Jodhaa Akbar starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. The movie is expected to release on January 25.

Rajkumar Santoshi is preparing to start his epic on emperor Ashoka in January 2008 with Ajay Devgan and Bipasha Basu in the lead. His Halla Bol starring Ajay and Vidya Balan is due for release shortly.

After Saawariya, Sonam Kapoor has bagged the lead role in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s next project, the autobiographical Delhi 6. Abhishek Bachchan will be her co-star in it.

Rishi Kapoor will now be seen in Sadiyaan, the debut film of his good friend Shatrughan Sinha's son Luv. Rishi is paired with Rekha after a long time in the movie, which will be directed by Raj Kanwar.

A sequel to the urban romantic comedy Pyaar Ke Side Effects is in the offing. The only thing is that it is not certain as to who will star in the movie as both Rahul Bose and Mallika Sherawat are not keen to act in it.

MOVIE REVIEW

Aaja Nachle (Come Let’s Dance)

Starring: Madhuri Dixit, Akshaye Khanna, Konkona Sen, Kunal Kapoor

Director: Anil Mehta

Music Director: Salim-Sulaiman

This one is strictly for Madhuri fans. Yes, the diva is back and notwithstanding hints of ageing on her face, she still looks beautiful with her million-dollar smile lighting up the screen. Her acting and dancing skills have also not waned. What’s more, she has never looked more fit and well-toned. Unfortunately, what lets Madhuri down is the film’s weak script and lackluster narrative.

Dia (Madhuri), a single mom working as a choreographer in New York, returns to Shamli, her hometown, to resurrect her dying guru’s legacy, the Ajanta Theatre, which is under threat of demolition. In its place is to come up a glitzy mall. Despite several obstacles, the tenacious Dia achieves her objective with the help of the local people. The finale with the spectacular Laila-Majnu show is the high point of the movie.

Lending Madhuri terrific support is the talented Konkona Sen playing a tomboy aspiring to be Laila. Kunal as the goonda is good too. Akshaye Khanna is excellent as the local politician and it’s good to see him again with Madhuri after a hiatus.

The greatest irony of all is that the music of this film, a musical, hardly lingers on in your memory. The biggest disappointment is the title track. But yes, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Sufi ballad O Re Piya is soulful.

Aaja Nachle is actually a commentary on the onslaught of commercialization on our cultural heritage. A good theme, albeit put across in an unconvincing, and a trifle boring, manner. Watch it for Madhuri and her bunch of talented co-stars.

Current Top 10 Songs

1. Main Agar Kahoon (Om Shanti Om)

2. Yeh Nigahein (Khoya Khoya Chand)

3. Jab Se Tere (Saawariya)

4. Dus (Dus Kahaniyaan)

5. Mauja Hi Mauja (Jab We Met)

6. Tare Zameen (Taare Zameen Par)

7. Aaja Nachle (Aaja Nachle)

8. Hare Ram (Bhool Bhulaiyaa)

9. O Yaara (Dhol)

10. Kiya Kiya (Welcome)

Current Top 10 Movies

1. Om Shanti Om

2. Khoya Khoya Chand

3. Dus Kahaniyaan

4. Aaja Nachle

5. Jab We Met

6. Bhool Bhulaiyaa

7. Saawariya

8. Dhol

9. Heyy Babyy

10. Dhamaal


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