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Latest Movie Updates & Reviews

November 2005
Latest Movie Updates & Reviews


It's official now. Paheli, produced by Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Amol Palekar, is India's entry for the Oscars. Based on a bizarre folk tale of Rajasthan, the film is steeped in Indian cultural ethos. Starring Shah Rukh and Rani Mukherjee, it also has a cameo by Amitabh Bachchan.

This year the Diwali biggies include Garam Masala and Kyon Ki, both directed by Priyadarshan. Kyon Ki sees Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor team up for the first time. Vashu Bhagnani's multi-starrer comic caper Shaadi No 1 is also slated for a Diwali release.

There's good news for fans of the mighty Deols. Anil Sharma's Apne (earlier titled Chupke Chupke) has Papa Dharmendra and sons Sunny and Bobby share screen space for the first time. As is obvious, it is a family drama.

Meghana Gulzar is back after four years to direct Esha Deol and Fardeen Khan in her second film titled Honeymoon ? a frothy romantic comedy, far removed from Filhaal

The Parineeta girl Vidya Balan will be working with Rituparno Ghosh in two films, one Bengali and the other Hindi titled London Summer. The talented and beautiful actress also has two more films by Vidhu Vinod Chopra in her kitty ? the sequel to Munnabhai and Eklavya, which also stars Big B.


Koi Aap Sa

Starring: Aftab Shivdasani, Natassha, Dipannita Sharma

Producer: Ekta Kapoor

Director: Partho Mitra

Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya

Well, the theme of the movie certainly has the potential to strike a chord with the youth but when there's the non-descript trio of Aftab, Natassha and Dipannita as the lead players, that's a little difficult to achieve.

Lovers have to be friends although friends may not be lovers is the underlying message of Koi Aap Sa ? nothing new really ? which is actually a Salaam Namaste and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai rolled into one. But while these two had Preity Zinta and Kajol respectively to light up the screen with their effervescent performances, Koi Aap Sa has to depend on Natassha to do the needful. Not that the girl is a bad actress. Nor is she bad looking. In fact, she has the typical sweet, girl-next-door looks. She just lacks charisma and screen presence. Ekta Kapoor should have the good sense to restrict her to the small screen where she's made quite a name for herself. And Aftab? Although he's improved as an actor, he certainly ain't no Shah Rukh or Saif Ali Khan.

Rohan (Aftab) and Simran (Natassha) are college buddies who play basketball together (yes, yes, just like KKHH) ? he actually calls her paaji! There's a twist in the tale when Simi is raped by her fiance's friend and left pregnant. Though Rohan is initially torn between his girlfriend Priti (Dipannita Sharma) and best friend Simran, he eventually decides to play the loyal friend to Simran at the cost of his love. So, they've got to pretend to be a couple to stop wagging tongues. In the bargain, Rohan loses his girlfriend and Simran her boyfriend (Himanshu Malik). But then, sacrifice is what friendship is all about, isn't it? Well, at least in the hallowed portals of Bollywood! But wait, that's not the end. There's melodrama and more melodrama till the movie drags on towards its denouement.

On the whole, Koi Aap Sa is average fare and one really wonders why after the success of the sex comedy Kya Kool Hai Hum, Jeetendra's daughter had to resort to making an unoriginal movie such as this.

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