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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dil Bole Hadippa Review

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Dil Bole Hadippa is a movie starring Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee. I had been looking forward to watching this movie since I saw the promos (you can probably find my previous post on the blog!) and when it finally came out I just had to see it. I saw it a bit late considering it came out last Friday, but I thought I'd post my review anyway. So the movie was, as expected, a mix of She's The Man, Lagaan, and Chak De! India. There was much more in the movie than just these three movies, but these were the standout ones. The story was about a girl (Rani Mukherjee), the best cricket player in her village, who wants to play for India alongside the legendary Sachin Tendulkar as an opening batsman. The story is also about a man (Shahid Kapoor) who lives in England with his mother and is one of the best cricket players there. His father (parents are separated) in India asks him to help coach/be the captain of the cricket team for the bi-annual cricket match against Pakistan. Shahid agrees to do so and holds tryouts for the team. Rani goes to try out but is not allowed inside. She gets the idea of dressing as a man to try out from her chacha's (uncle's) drama company. So she tries out and makes the team. Shahid meets Rani the girl and falls in love with her as Rani the man works out for the team. What happens is Dil Bole Hadippa!

I thought the movie was very good. I loved it. Shahid is getting better with every movie and Rani was just superb. The way she played the character of Veer (the man version of her female role Veera) was amazing and I give her full props for that. It was difficult for me to imagine any other actress doing the things she did. Yeah this has been done before by others and they have all done well also, but the life that Rani's character had with the full Punjabi accent and her expressions was unbeatable. Shahid looked amazing and his actiing was really good too. From around Jab We Met, Shahid has become more manly as opposed to the childish boy he looked like earlier. I really liked his character in Dil Bole Hadippa.

The final match was very Lagaan style. It was very gripping and dramatic. Some calls were the same as in Lagaan, but it was still fun to watch. The goood thing about this was that after he found out that Veer was Veera, he didn't spend an hour debating over her character and whether or not he loves her.

Anupam Kher played Shahid's father and he is always a pleasure to watch. Dalip Tahil played the Pakistani team coach and was also awesome as usual. It was a pleasant surprise to see Poonam Dhillon again. I have seen a lot of her movies from the 80s and she is awesome. It was like seeing Neetu Singh in Love Aaj Kal, which was the best part of the movie! I won't rag Love Aaj Kal too much here, but yeah...Poonam Dhillon played Shahid's mom, and although the role was very small, I appreciated her being there. Rakhi Sawant was also in the movie. Rakhi Sawant has a pretty bad reputation and her roles often require her to wear skimpy clothes. In this movie, the Bhangra bistar song was the only time where her blouse was small, but that's what everyone wears nowadays anyways, so it wasn't out of the ordinary. her role was also very small. Sherlyn Chopra played the role of Soniya, an ex-Miss Chandigarh who turned into a modern girl after modelling in London. She had an interest in Shahid, but he didn't really return the affection.

So the movie overall was very entertaining. There was a lot of humor and I was cracking up watching it. I love that scene with the black bhains log in the truck that they show in the promos. Also, there was a scene where they combine Heer Ranjha, DDLJ, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun...!, and a line from Maine Pyar Kiya. That scene was super entertaining, but it's possible I enjoyed it just because I knew which movies they were alluding to. The songs in the movie were pretty good. I didn't forward any because either the song was nice or Shahid's dancing in it was nice.

Overall, I think the movie is worth watching. It is a total entertainer and I personally enjoyed it very much!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Guess Who Contest

Guess who this image is of. (Image edited at cellsea.com) Do you have a guess?

Aamir Khan!!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

YRF's New Strategy


This is Yash Raj Films's newest promotional strategy. When New York was about to release, a Hai Junoon contest was held, and now with Dil Bole Hadippa, there is a Do Bhangra on Hadippa contest.
Check out the contest!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Salman Interview

In an exclusive interview to NDTV, actor Salman Khan for the first time gives his version of events on what happened in the infamous Jodhpur Black Buck Hunting case. The actor says he and other actors like Saif Ali Khan actually helped a deer cub. Salman Khan also spoke on how he felt the whole 26/11 attacks were blown out of proportion, because the attacks involved the ‘rich and famous’. Salman also denied he had ever raised his hand against Aishwarya Rai during their relationship.
Excerpts from the interview are enclosed below:
On Jodhpur Black Buck Hunting case-You are the only one still in that case. What happened?
Salman Khan- You know there were times when I think this is from where it has come from. One day after pack up we were driving by…there were all of us…there was Saif, Tabu and Sonali and we saw a deer cub. It was stuck in the bush. The whole herd was there so I stopped the car and it was petrified. I took him out from there and gave him some water. You know he was there sitting with us. He was scared…. he ate a biscuit and went back. So that is something that happened… so I think from there this whole thing came.
On 26/ 11-
Why didn’t you speak out after 26/11? We saw a whole series of actors coming out and speaking at that point. Even after the Gujarat riots Aamir Khan came out.
Salman Khan--I wasn’t here. I was in Greece and I came back 15 days after that.
Do you think your speaking was relevant? You should have spoken?
Salman Khan- 26/11 because it was Taj and Oberoi was under threat. What about all those trains and buses that have been blown up. Tab toh kissi ne kuchch bola nahi…None stood up at that point of time and I have been talking from that time. Suddenly the rich and famous got up because they were threatened. Normal person bola yaar it’s very sad but yahan everybody stood up and made very bold statements.
On Aishwarya-
You were actually accused of violence. I mean that was a big story in all the film magazines at that time. Have you ever raised your hand against any woman?
Salman Khan: Obviously in a fight, I am going to be angry. I am going to go for whack and I want to give it my best shot. I don’t think that she would have survived it. So no it’s not true and I don’t know for what reason that was said, but let it go.

Dance Battle

Hrithik and Shahid are, in my opinion, the best dancers of their generation in Bollywood. I would ove to see a dance off in a movie or in reality between these two heartthrobs. Also, the Hrithik clones as I like to call them because they all look very similar (Neil Nitin Mukesh and Harman Baweja) are also really good dancers. They should get in the dance battle too. That would be totally fun to watch!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Rishi Kapoor!

A very happy 57th birthday to one of the best actors Bollywood has seen. Making his lead debut with Bobby (he was also in Mera Naam Joker as a child artist), he has made his mark in the film industry delivering many superhit movies, a lot of which can be found on my favorites list at the bottom of the blog. He has been in several scandaous movies as well, such as Bobby, Saagar, and other movies. I have seen many of is movies in the past couple of years and from the movies I have seen, he is probably the man who kissed the most women on screen...if the kiss wasn't explicitly shown, it was implied in a LOT of is movies. Anyways, hopefully you know who I'm talking about by now...Yupp it's the one and only RISHI KAPOOR!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

London Dreams Trailer

It looks like a typical jealousy movie, but the cast is decent. I'm looking forward to seeing Asin again though :)

Saif Doesn't Trust Kareena

What? We know it sounds strange, as Kareena Kapoor is Saif’s ladylove, but this is the dilemma Saif Ali Khan faces in the spy thriller Agent Vinod. So what is Saif’s reason to mistrust Kareena? Well, according to sources, Saif plays the protagonist, Agent Vinod, and Kareena’s character works for the villains. Now it is up to Agent Vinod to find out whether she is a “gangster’s moll” or a simple girl who is a victim of terrible circumstances and if she is trying to help him or is deceiving him. The Agent Vinod character is said to be modeled after popular fiction characters like James Bond 007, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer. Saif, the producer of the film, was keen to cast Bebo in a powerful role. In fact, in some media reports, Kareena has admitted that her role is “shocking” and she is likely to do an Indian Mata Hari in the film. Further sources add that Kareena is not “paired romantically with Saif”. Now, that’s unexpected, as there is a lot of buzz related to their hot, steamy scenes in the flick. Are they going to disappoint us?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All The Best

Here's the trailer of All The Best:

Looks like a mix of Golmaal and Fast and Furious, but it looks interesting to me. I think Ajay Devgan and Sanjay Dutt will be great together, so I am looking forward to it. Since the only Khan in it is Fardeen, most people probably won't watch it, but I encourage people to go watch movies that don't have big name actors.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna

I don't think it looks that great as of now, but maybe future promos will make it seem more interesting.

Kaminey Interviews (pre-release)

Shahid Kapoor

Priyanka Chopra

Press Conference

Red FM

Source: BollywoodHungama

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Shah Rukh Khan Incident

If Indian officials stopped, say, Tom Hanks at the New Delhi airport and grilled him for an hour or two because of national security concerns, Americans might find it ridiculous and outrageous. Which is just how Indians feel about the detention and questioning at Newark Airport of Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan, who was on his way to Chicago for an Indian Independence Day parade.
Searches on Khan—or SRK as he is familiarly known—increased 800% on Saturday, and the Buzz filled with articles about the contretemps. The story is front page news in India, sitting atop the Yahoo! India home page much of Sunday and meriting several above-the-fold articles and an online forum titled "Is the U.S. unduly harsh to those with Muslim names?" in The Times of India. Headlines from Indian news accounts include "My name is Khan? Too bad. SRK feels the heat of American paranoia," "I was harassed for no reason: SRK,"and "I don't feel like stepping into the US again, says King Khan." Meanwhile, the actor's fans protested what some characterize as humiliating treatment by burning a U.S. flag, and an Indian cabinet minister suggested subjecting visiting Americans to reciprocally inconvenient treatment.
For its part, US Customs says Khan was detained only 66 minutes, which lasted that long only because he and his luggage didn't arrive on the same flight. After initially expressing outrage, Khan—who recently finished shooting a film about, ironically, an Indian victim of racial profiling in the U.S.—said of the incident, "I think it's a procedure that needs to be followed, but an unfortunate procedure."

The article above is from the Yahoo! homepage in the featured section.

I do feel bad about anybody with a Muslim name being detained, like in the case of the unfortunate incident with SRK, but why is there so much of noise around it? What if it was a regular unknown person, would anyone be fretting like this? Let's face it, he is not like a national hero or something, he is just a film actor who gets famous because we make him famous, he is what he is today because of us, and of course a bit of luck too...I think Indian people should calm down and just think of it from American immigration's perspective. They don't have anything against SRK but they are cautious against terrorism and trying to protect their country. Us Indians would have done the same thing. Don't we have restrictions against some of our neighboring countries? Cool it guys, its not that he was put behind bars unreasonably. If Immigration folks feel they need to question someone, I think they have every right to be cautious.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Manisha Koirala and Saif Ali Khan

Happy 39th birthday to Manisha Koirala!!

Happy 39th birthday to Saif Ali Khan!!

Yes both of these actors were born on the same day in the same year!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Happy Independence Day

Happy 62nd Independence Day India!!

Enjoy the selection of patriotic songs below and feel free to add to the list in the comments section.

To start out, a nice musical and melodious version of Jana Gana Mana, the national anthem of India (it's an old video, but very nice)

Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon by Lata Mangeshkar
This song brought tears to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's eyes when Lata Mangeshkar sang it on Republic Day, 1963

Sandese Aate Hain from Border
Personally this song makes me cry every time around the slow part.

Vande Mataram from Maa Tujhe Salaam

Kar Chale Hum Fida from Haqeeqat

Aye Mere Pyaare Watan from Kabuliwala

Hindustani from Dus (1997)
The movie didn't release as I said in an earlier post, and this song is more upbeat than most of the other songs.

Hum Honge Kamyaab by some children

Dil Diya Hai Jaan Bhi Denge from Karma

I Love My India from Pardes

Zindagi Maut Na Ban Jaaye from Sarfarosh

Rang De Basanti from Rang De Basanti

Now this song isn't really very patriotic, but it is India pride, so here it is:

Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani from Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani

Please don't bring up any India-Pakistan stuff here.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blue Trailer

I'm totally looking forward to Blue. It should be good, even though I have no idea what it is about :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Sridevi

Happy 45th birthday to Sridevi. She is actually one of my favorite actresses from earlier, especially all those Anil Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor movies and all. I wish she came in more lead roles still because she isn't really that old...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Incomplete Dus

In 1997, a movie called Dus was being made. Unfortunately, the director, Mukul S. Anand, passed away during the direction. The producer tried to continue with another director, but the movie was Anand's project, and thus was never completed. In my opinion, this movie would have been really really good, and I wish it had been released. The cast is rocking, and it's really upsetting that the movie was left almost half-way through.

Information about Mukul S. Anand:

Mukul S. Anand made his debut as a director with the suspense thriller Kanoon Kya Karega (1984) which was inspired by the Hollywood film Cape Fear. He then directed Aitbaar (1985) which was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's classic Dial M for Murder. The film which first brought him recognition was the epic film Sultanat(1986), a film which brought together real-life father and son Dharmendra and Sunny Deol and introduced actress Juhi Chawla.

He then directed a few other films which did not do well until he won acclaim for the Scarface-inspired crime thriller Agneepath (1990) with Amitabh Bachchan in the lead role which won Amitabh a National Award for Best Actor. His next notable film was the family drama Hum (1991) also with Bachchan in the lead which was a huge success. He worked with Bachchan again for the final time in the epic film Khuda Gawah (1992) which won him the Filmfare Best Director Award. His last completed film was Trimurti (1995) which had a multi starcast including Jackie Shroff, Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh Khan but failed to do well at the box office becoming one of his biggest flops. The last film he was working on at the time of his death was the much-hyped action adventure film Dus which remained incomplete and unreleased after his death although the film's music did end up releasing.


Information about Dus (1997)

The storyline was intended to have been about terrorism and how an anti-terrorist intelligence officer Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) who is part of a secret organisation known as Force 10 is sent on a mission to find an Afghan terrorist named Nasheman (Raveena Tandon in her first negative role). After he is captured and tortured by Nasheman and her right hand man Mast Gul (Rahul Dev), his partner Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) is sent to rescue him. However by now Raja Sethi is brainwashed by Mast Gul in believing his country and his friends has abandoned him and he too turns to terrorism. He also develops a love hate relationship with Nasheman. Shilpa Shetty played Salman's love interest and a journalist covering the story of the mission. Vinod Khanna played an army general.

Production and Abandonment

The shooting of the film began in Utah. The scenes in Utah were to have depicted scenes of Kashmir which was the major setting of the film. The action scenes leading up to the climax were the first scenes being shot form May to August 1997. The scenes that were filmed included Captain Raja Sethi (Sanjay Dutt) and Captain Jeet Sharma (Salman Khan) rescuing the prime minister of Pakistan from an assassination attempt by Mast Gul (Rahul Dev).

40% of the shooting had been completed by August 1997 and when Mukul S. Anand suddenly died on September 7 1997, the film was abandoned never to be completed or released. However some promo videos and clips of the film can be seen on Mukul S. Anand's official website as well as other information about the film's production, the screenplay and the music.


The music of this film was composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy who made their debut as music directors with this film. Although the film was never released, the album was released while the film was still in production. There were seven songs composed for the film which were:

  • "Dus"
  • "Hindustani"
  • "Sur Mile Hain
  • "Mahiya"
  • "Chandni Roop Ki"
  • "Piya"
  • "Dus" (version 2)


In 2005 Nitin Manmohan the co producer of Dus released a new action thriller film titled Dus in which Sanjay Dutt and Shilpa Shetty from the original cast returned. This film also had the same premise of terrorism but otherwise was an altogether different film.

More Sanjay Dutt info @ www.sanjay-dutt.info/3.html
Official Mukul S. Anand Site @ http://www.mukulsananddreamsgalore.com/

Salman Is Too Sweet

Salman Khan’s story of generosity is unending. He carries a heart of gold and always come forward to help the poor. While shooting at Bandra for Boney Kapoor's Wanted Salman's eyes fell upon a beggar who was lying on the street. He walked down the memory lane and recognized the person, he is the same man from whom he used to buy kites as a young.

Salman’s heart fall for the man, he went to him and asked whether he is the same man. The beggar was shocked to be recognized by the biggest Bollywood star. Salman Khan not only gave him a cash of Rs 25000 but also offered him clothes and food. The beggar was overjoyed to be recognized by him and thanked Salman for his gestures of generosity.

Salman might be called the bad boy of Bollywood but he is always ready to help the poor.

article from bollywoodsamachar.com

Shahid Kapoor in Kaminey

The female fans of Shahid Kapur are not done having an eyeful of the actor’s well-sculpted torso in the promos of the upcoming film Kaminey. The actor’s waxed chest, his bulging abs, his biceps and those finely-shaped collar bones flanking his graceful neck, gives Shahid an almost Adonis kind of look. The girls obviously are swooning over him.

Since behind every beautiful thing there’s some kind of pain (as says an American singer), getting that perfect body wasn’t a cakewalk for Shahid.

Speaking about the shirtless scene, Shahid told a news agency: “This scene was Vishal's vision... he told me he had a scene where he wanted me running with the horses. Since, this was to be a topless scene, it took me nearly a year of following a strict diet and exercise routine to build my body to give it a sprinter's look.”

The movie has the 28-year-old actor playing a double role as two brothers, Guddu, who stammers, and Charlie, who lisps.

“Charlie's character needed to pronounce 'fa' in place of 'sa'. So, in every dialogue, every scene whether it was emotional, comedy or action, I had to maintain that speech defect and still talk like I had been talking like this forever. Guddu's Character stammered so it was very difficult to get into that state of mind of stammering each time,” Shahid said.

Slated for release on Friday, the film stars
Priyanka Chopra and Amole Gupte.

article from bollywoodsamachar.com

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sad Songs

I think a lot of the sad songs in Hindi movies are REALLY good. Here are some of my favorites.

Lambi Judai from Hero

Maahi Ve from Kaante

Rabba from Musafir

Aye Dil Dil Ki Duniya Mein from Yaadein

Dil De Diya Hai from Masti

Jag Soona Soona Laage from Om Shanti Om

Bheegi Bheegi from Gangster

Viraaniyan from Namastey London

Sau Dard from Jaan-E-Man

Beetein Lamhein from The Train

To Phir Aao from Awarapan

Tadap Tadap from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

Tujhe Yaad Na Meri Aayi from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Tanhayee from Dil Chahta Hai

Ya Rabba from Salaam-E-Ishq

Mera Yaar Mila De from Saathiya

Bhula Denge Tumko from Humko Deewana Kar Gaye

Dil Laga Liya from Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam

Nahi Yeh Ho Nahi Sakta from Barsaat

Tere Bina Zindagi from Aandhi

Friday, August 7, 2009

Sanjay Leela Bhansali Is Possesive About "Guzarish"

Everybody knows how possessive Sanjay Leela Bhansali is for all his films. As he kept Sonam and Ranbir undercover till the release of Saawariyan, similarly he has kept Hrithik Roshan’s new look in his forthcoming film, Guzarish, a secret. From the spot boys to the producers, Bhansali keeps a close check on everybody’s activities so that the secret doesn’t leak out until he wants it to be. Sanjay’s this nature is old but this definitely surprises the audience as he always comes up with something new. Hopefully this time around he will take the audience by surprise again and Hrithik’s new look will be loved by all.

The article and video are from bollywoodsamachar.com

Kaminey Got "A" Rating

Kaminey got an "A" (adult) rating from the censor board. Here's the article from Bollywood Mantra

Shahid Kapur and Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘Kaminey’ is about to hit the theatre on August 14 and director Vishal Bharadwaj is upset and disappointed for getting “A” certificate from the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC).

"It was injustice to us. There is no abusive language used in the film and the violence is of 'comic book kind'.

Kaminey is the strongest word used in the entire story. The CBFC has ambiguous categories of rating systems," the director said.

"There is a line in the film where a character is asked where does he come from. The character says Pilibhit. There were no political overtones to the line. But, the Censor Board asked me to edit Pilibhit saying that it is a sensitive constituency," Bharadwaj said.

On getting objection for using the particular name of place, Vishal had changed the city name form Pilibhit to Barabanki.

Vishal who is known to make realistic cinema like Maqbool and Omkara is quite depressed with the decision of the board.

"I consider film making as a work of art rather than a business proposition," he said adding in Kaminey he had tried a new structure of story telling. The filmmaker can surprise the audience with logic," he added.