Movie Update April 2005
Among the most awaited releases of April is Kaal, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan's first joint venture. This thriller that's directed by debutant Soham Shah, stars Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Esha Deol and Lara Dutta.
Meanwhile, Abhishek Bachchan has after all, been signed for Karan's third directorial venture. In the yet-to-be-titled film, Abhishek has one of the lead roles, with the other going to of course Shah Rukh Khan.
The other biggies due for release in April are Boney Kapoor's No Entry, Govind Menon's Bachke Rehna Re Baba, Ram Gopal Varma's D, which is a prequel to his super hit Company and Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Parineeta, a new celluloid version of the Bengali literary classic Parineeta starring Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Kan and Raima Sen. This is the third time Bollywood will bring the poignant story of Parineeta on screen, the two earlier versions having starred actors like Meena Kumari, Ashok Kumar, Jeetendra and Sulakshana Pandit. Another movie, the long-in-the-making Mere Jeevan Saathi, starring Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor and Amisha Patel will finally see the light of day on April 15.
After months of speculation, Marigold, Salman Khan's first step towards Hollywood, is finally set to take off. Ali Larter plays Salman's leading lady in the film. The Hollywood project to be directed by Willard Carroll, will be shot in Mumbai, Goa and Rajasthan.
Undeterred by the lukewarm response to Swades, Ashutosh Gowariker is charged up about his next film which is going to be a huge historical epic about the romance between Mughal king Akbar and his Rajput wife Jodhabai titled Jodha-Akbar. It'll be a romantic musical. It would show them in the prime of their togetherness and probably end where Mughal-e-Azam begins. Gowariker plans to start shooting in December 2005 and complete it at a stretch by April 2006.
After being acclaimed at film festivals in Pusan, London and Goa, American Daylight, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Christian, is set to hit the screens. Koel Purie, Vijay Raaz and Gulshan Grover tie up with Hollywood actors Nick Moran and Jennifer Siebel.
The younger brother of national award-winning cameraman Santhosh Sivan is to direct Amitabh Bachchan in a Hindi film titled The Stranger which is slated for release next year. The movie will be a remake of Sivan's Malayalam film Aparichithan starring Mammootty that was released last year.
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