Saturday, August 04, 2007

Partner - Salman Khan and Govinda - VII

Last but not the least, this film has sailed through because of the terrific chemistry between Salman Khan and Govinda and the sheer genius of Govinda for his comic timing, facial expressions and dancing. I am pretty sure I can say with some confidence that the man is back with a bang!

To sum up, I would just advise you to go with an open mind, do not have any expectations, keep your brains aside, and enjoy one of the best actors of Hindi film industry in his elements. I can assure you shall not return disappointed.

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The entire track of “Chhota Don” seemed to be contrived with Rajpal Yadav once again going over the top with his histrionics. The only moment which will make you smile is his dialogue “Don ki talash 11 mulkon ki police ko hai aur baarave mulk se baat chal rahi hai”. Rajat Bedi’s character seemed to be completely out of place except the one last twist that comes in the end.

Sanjay Chhel’s dialogues are funny at times and insipid at other. The limericks used by Sanjay Chhel in his dialogues does require a special mention. The one that cracked me up was in the end which goes: Jahaan Guru, Wahaan Chela, Ayee Milan Ki Bela. Sajid-Wajid’s music was generally peppy and a bit jarring at times with a special mention for the title track which is has good music and full justice has been done to that song by Govinda, his dancing and his facial expressions.

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Coming back to Partner, considering the movie is produced by Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan, it was really magnanimous of Salman Khan to share equal screen space, time and meat with Govinda. Both Salman Khan and Govinda share a terrific chemistry and without trying to outdo each other, they actually complemented one another. No actor who is insecure about sharing screen space with a terrific actor would have done this. However, one must not ask what Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif are doing in the film except providing eye candy, which they did with élan.

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After reading this particular advertisement, I was just wondering that when did Govinda have his last hit? Any guesses? It was way back in the year 1999 and the movie was Haseena Maan Jaayegi which was also directed by David Dhawan and Govinda’s co-stars were Sanjay Dutt, Karisma Kapoor, Pooja Batra, Anupam Kher, Kader Khan and Aruna Irani. After that he had string of flops, 22 to be precise. Without a doubt one can say that Govinda has come back with a bang. I am not sure if Bhaagam Bhaag can be credited as a hit under Govinda’s filmography because he had a very limited role to play. I thought he excelled in that limited role as well.

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I was reading one of the leading financial newspapers a couple of days back and I read the advertisement of K. Sera Sera (one of the producers of Partner) claiming Partner to be a huge hit with gross collections of about 70 crores in its first week itself. I had read some other reports which put the collections at about 40-45 crores. Whichever figure you may take, the movie is a big hit any which ways.

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Needless to say, this is one of those movies where you don’t really sit and analyse the film and whether the story, screenplay etc. makes sense or not. This is a film where you just leave your brains aside and enjoy the ride!! It’s one of those mad-cap caper which doesn’t make any sense. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate this movie 0. However, this movie belongs entirely to Govinda (for his comic timing and especially the dancing) and just for that I’d recommend this as a must watch. It’s amazing to see Govinda back into his elements.

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Last weekend, I saw David Dhawan’s latest laugh riot Partner starring Salman Khan, Govinda, Lara Dutta and Katrina Kaif. The movie is written by Sanjay Chhel and music is by Sajid-Wajid. Although the concept of the film is inspired from the Hollywood flick Hitch starring Will Smith, Partner has the typical David Dhawan stamp all over it with Govinda leading the proceedings from the front.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

52nd Filmfare Awards - XVI

There is some trivia related to Filmfare Awards that I chanced upon on >

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    They were first introduced in 1953. Readers of Filmfare magazine were polled to decide the winners, and over 20,000 readers spread throughout India participated in the polls; trophies were given to winners of the popular vote.

    In the first awards function, held on March 21, 1954, only five awards were presented – for the best film , the best director, the best actor, the best actress, and the best music director. Do Bigha Zameen was the first movie to win the award for the best film. The first four winners for other categories were: Bimal Roy for direction of Do Bigha Zameen, Dilip Kumar for his performance in Daag, Meena Kumari for her performance in Baiju Bawra, and Naushad for his music in Baiju Bawara.

    Interesting Trivia:

    The Clares was the original name of the award ceremony, named after Filmfare critic Clare Mendionca.

    To celebrate the 25th year of the awards the statues were made in silver.

    To celebrate the 50th year the statues were made in gold.

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    Best DirectorRakeysh Mehra for Rang De Basanti –The competition in this category was very stiff. My bets were Rajkumar Hirani for Lage Raho Munnabhai, Rakesyh Mehra for Rang De Basanti and Vishal Bharadwaj for Omkara. For some strange reason, I wanted Vishal Bharadwaj to win this award. At the cost of being repetitive, I think Omkara is a masterpiece and that Vishal Bharadwaj should be acknowledged as one of the best. I feel he’s one of the best film-makers we have today. However, full marks and credit to Rakeysh Mehra for Rang De Basanti and congratulations on a job very well done.

    Best FilmRang De Basanti – I thought there was stiff competition in this category as well between Rang De Basanti and Lage Raho Munnabhai as I thought both were absolutely deserving winners. I’m glad one of the two won. I was a bit skeptical as Krrish and Dhoom 2 were also in the running. Although I though both were very average films, but they had done stupendous business and hence I thought could give Lage Raho Munnabhai and Rang De Basanti a run for their money. All’s well that ends well!

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    Best Actress – Kajol for Fanaa – Kajol has been one of my favourite actresses and I would have rooted for her anyways. So to that extend, I may have been biased a bit. However, even on merits, amongst the other contenders, I thought Kareena Kapoor for Omkara was the only genuine competition to Kajol. Inspite of my fondness for Kajol as a performer, I thought she was average in Fanaa. I’m glad she won.

    Best ActorHrithik Roshan for Dhoom 2 –Very high on the popularity and coolness quotient! Looks totally the stud that he is in this film! And his dancing in the song Dhoom Machale is one hell of a performance! Initially, I thought he stood a better chance of winning for Krrish than Dhoom 2. However, it wasn’t to be. Other than himself, I thought the other contenders were Aamir Khan for Rang De Basanti and Sunjay Dutt for Lage Raho Munnabhai. It was a shame that Saif Ali Khan wasn't nominated in this category for his Langda Tyagi performance in Omkara.

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    Best Supporting Actress Konkona Sen Sharma for Omkara – I think Konkona Sen Sharma is a very good performer. However, this category was a bit of confusion as there seemed to be no real contender. I thought Kirron Kher might get it for Rang De Basanti and Konkona Sen Sharma was my second choice. Anyways, Konkona Sen Sharma’s performance was good.

    Best Supporting Actor Abhishek Bachchan for Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna – He was the most natural performer in this sorry reason of a movie called Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. However, I still think it was not worthy of this award. Fortunately for Abhishek Bachchan, this was one of the least contested category and he won pretty easily.

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    Best Actor in a Comic RoleArshad Warsi for Lage Raho Munnabhai – This category was a no brainer. I think Arshad Warsi could stake a claim on this award for his antics as the lovable sidekick Circuit in Lage Raho Munnabhai. Even though one of his competitor was Paresh Rawal who is a veteran and a stalwart, I think Arshad Warsi just creamed the competition. He would have done it even if there were the best of the actors competing with him.

    Best Actor in a Negative RoleSaif Ali Khan for Omkara – Just like Arshad Warsi, Saif Ali Khan also took this award as a matter of right. Like Arshad Warsi, even Saif Ali Khan had a tough competitor in Naseeruddin Shah. However, he would have beaten any competition for this award. I repeat this I was a tad disappointed to see Saif Ali Khan’s nomination in this category because he deserved a nomination in the Best Actor category. Had he been nominated in that category, I think he would have definitely given Hrithik Roshan a run for his money!

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    Best Female Playback SingerSunidhi Chauhan for Beedi Jalalile (Omkara) – The only other contender to this nomination was Shreya Ghoshal for her rendition of Pal Pal Pal in Lage Raho Munnabhai. Sunidhi Chauhan sung this song with lot of spunk. She has developed quite a niche for herself in singing these kind of peppy numbers songs.

    Best Male Playback "SingerShaan / Kailash Kher for Chand Sifarish (Fanaa) – This was one of my favourite songs. Roobaroo from Rang De Basanti and Chand Sifarish were two of the best songs of the year.

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    Best MusicA. R. Rahman for Rang De Basanti – Definitely one of the best albums of last year and I am very happy that A. R. Rahman got this award and I was pretty sure that A. R. Rahman would get it for Rang De Basanti.

    Sony Fairone Face of the Year and Filmfare Award for Best Debut Kangna Ranaut – Frankly, I am not sure if there were any other contenders for both these awards. Kangna Ranaut is a Bhatt camp girl and has definitely made an impression in Bollywood. She had two releases this year (I think!) viz., Gangster (directed by Anurag Basu) and Who Lamhe (directed by Mohit Suri) and both the films did very well at the box office.

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    Critics Award for Best Film Lage Raho Munnabhai –One of the best “feel good” hindi films I have seen in recent times. Howsoever clichéd it may sound, it is undeniable that there is a need for all of us today to reflect on the thinking of Mahatma Gandhi. And the statement couldn’t have been any more clearer. Great job done by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Hirani, the writers of Lage Raho Munnabhai and the endearing duo of Munna (Sunjay Dutt) and Circuit (Arshad Warsi)

    Critics Award for Best Actress Kareena Kapoor for Omkara – I thought she might get it in the main category for the Best Actress. However, it’s nonetheless a very well deserved award. I’ve never liked Kareena Kapoor as an actress but I thought she did a good job in Omkara.

    Critics Award for Best Actor Aamir Khan for Rang De Basanti Aamir Khan doesn’t attend any film award functions. This is common knowledge. However, personally, I thought Aamir Khan should have won in the main category. However, considering the problems he has had since last year with Filmfare, it was unlikely that he would have received the honours in the main category. Of course, this is my personal view and I could be totally wrong here.

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    Filmfare Power AwardYash Chopra – I have not yet understood the importance (and most importantly, the need) for this award. For the last couple of years, Filmfare has introduced this award category and it probably is an Indian version of Hollywood’s 100 most Powerful People. Even when it is tested on the basis of the “philosophy”of the Filmfare Awards which is giving out awards to popular films and performances, this award does not stand on its ground. However, I am sure Filmfare would not be complaining if they get to cozy up to one of the most powerful men in the Bollywood.

    Lifetime Achievement AwardJaved Akhtar and Jaya Bachchan – I do not understand why would Filmfare give this award to two people at a time. I have not come across any international film awards where they give the Lifetime Achievement Awards to more than one person in a year. I am sure Filmfare had their own reasons for giving out this award to two people. Javed Akhtar did not come as a surprise but Jaya Bachchan was indeed a surprise!

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    Best ScreenplayJaideep Sahni for Khosla Ka Ghosla – I am most delighted for Jaideep Sahni. Khosla Ka Ghosla was one of the most genuine, touching and funny film that I saw this year. And I am glad that the talent of Jaideep Sahni has been recognized. Watching this film reminded me of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee - Basu Chatterjee kind of simple story telling.

    Best Story Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani for Lage Raho Munnabhai – Without repeating myself, I would say that this was well deserved!!

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    After the above honourable mentions, we now go ahead with some of the more popular awards.

    Best DialogueAbhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani (Lage Raho Munnabhai) – I thought that alongwith Rang De Basanti and Omkara, Lage Raho Munnabhai was one of the better films of the year. The dialogues of Lage Raho Munnabhai were indeed funny and endearing. The concept of “Gandhigiri” took the nation by storm. Although in my view, the hype about “Gandhigiri” was more media generated which eventually translated in superlative box office collections for the makers of Lage Raho Munnabhai. Even the makers of the film did not anticipate that “Gandhigiri” would become such a huge success.

    Best Lyrics Prasoon Joshi for Chand Sifarish (Fanaa) – This was one of my favourite songs this year and the lyrics were refreshing as well. I thought this was a good award and Prasoon Joshi is becoming one of the more popular lyricists in Bollywood. Needless to say, we need more lyricists like Prasoon Joshi to get better lyrics and fresh thinking in to the lyrics of our Hindi songs.

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    Best CinematographyBinod Pradhan for Rang De Basanti – Well deserved and well done!!!

    Best ChoreographyGanesh Acharya for Beedi Jalaile for Omkara – Definitely one of the more rocking choreographies this year. Bipasha Basu, Vivek Oberoi and Saif Ali Khan simply sizzled on this Vishal Bharadwaj’s take on William Shakespeare’s Othello.

    Best Art Direction Samir Chanda for Omkara – Once again, very well deserved and well done!!!

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    Best CostumeDolly Alhuwalia for Omkara – Very well done. The costumes did give the characters that rustic UP look and Ajay Devagan, Saif Ali Khan and Vivek Oberoi looked every bit of Omi Shukla, Langda Tyagi and Kesu Firangi respectively. And so did Kareena Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu.

    Best Action Siu Tung Ching & Shyam Kaushan for Krrish – Undoubtedly, Krrish was one of the more popular films of this year and of course one of the biggest hits of the year. It also saw superlative action sequences hitherto unknown to the Hindi film industry. However, I must add here that even though this was quite an achievement by Indian standards, we still have a way to go if we want to match the production values and standards of Hollywood films. Without being biased, I must admit that the stunts in Hollywood films are really well executed. With Krrish, I hope that the standard of action in Hindi films goes up for the better.

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    Best Background ScoreSalim Sulaiman for Krrish – The stock of these two talented brothers has been on the rise, albeit slowly and steadily. Undoubtedly they are talented and it’s only fair that they get their bit of recognition.

    R. D. Burman AwardNaresh Iyer for Roobaroo (Rang De Basanti) – As I had written in my posts on the 52nd Filmfare Awards Nomiantions, this song has become one of my time favourite songs and I am very pleased that Naresy Iyer won this award for “Roobaroo”. I wished he was nominated in the category of Best Playback Singer (Male). I am sure he has a great future in playback singing in Bollywood.

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    Before we go on to the popular awards, I thought it would be apposite to list out some of the technical awards given out at the 52nd Filmfare Awards.

    These technical awards were as follows:

    Best Editing Rang De Basanti – Personally, I think this is a very well deserving award. The concept of the film was very good and without taking away the credit for doing a wonderful job as an editor, I think that Rakeysh Mehra could have “edited” the last half an hour of the film to make it more genuine than “filmy”. The song “Roobaroo” has become one of my all time favourite songs and the lyrics and the setting of the song in the film very critical.

    Best Special EffectsMarc Kolbe & Craig A Mumma for Krrish – The special effects for this film were a first as far as Bollywood films are concerned. However, if we have to emulate our colleagues in Hollywood, then we have a way to go. Nonetheless, it’s heartening to know that a beginning has been made with movies like Krrish and Dhoom 2.

    Best Sound DesignK. J. Singh for Omkara

    52nd Filmfare Awards - I

    It’s been almost two months since I wrote about the 52nd Filmfare Awards nominations. Actually, it was the week before the awards to be announced on February 24-25, 2007. I genuinely thought that I would be able to update my blog with the final awards after they are announced. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and here I am, almost two months after the 52nd Filmfare Awards were declared, I am writing my two bits about the final awards that were given out. The reasons for such a huge delay are both personal and professional. Be that as it may, better late than never.

    The Filmfare Awards are the oldest and most popular film based awards in Hindi film industry. They are popular awards presented in various categories such as Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music Director, Best Male Playback Singer, Best Female Playback Singer etc.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Film, the nominations are:

    Dhoom 2 (produced by Yash Chopra and directed by Sanjay Gadhvi) – This film has a slim chance of winning inspite of being such a huge hit.

    Don (produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and directed by Farhan Akhtar) – I don’t think this film has any chance.

    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (produced and directed by Karan Johar) – Not a chance in the world!

    Krrish (produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan) – One of the better contenders.

    Lage Raho Munnabhai (produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Rajkumar Hirani) – One of the leading contenders. I think this film might just win this award.

    Rang De Basanti (produced by UTV and directed by Rakeysh Mehra) – My personal favourite film though I feel it might lose to Lage Raho Munnabhai.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Director, the nominations are:

    Once again, this category has some brilliant and best talent of Hindi film industry nominated.

    Karan Johar (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) –I think Karan Johar doesn’t stand a chance.

    Rakesh Roshan (Krrish) – Riding very high on the popularity chart. Definitely stands an outside chance.

    Rakeysh Mehra (Rang De Basanti) – One of the best films of 2006. Definitely has a better chance to take this award.

    Rajkumar Hirani (Lage Raho Munnabhai) – Very good film and very good director. Very popular film as well. Good contender.

    Sanjay Gadhvi (Dhoom 2) – Very popular film. But his contribution as a director may not get him this coveted award. Primarily because of some awesome talent who have been nominated with him.

    Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara) – With Rakeysh Mehra, Vishal Bharadwaj is my joint favourite. If I were to decide, I’d give the award to both of them. Omkara is one of the best films I’ve seen in recent times. And Vishal Bhardwaj is one of my favourite directors.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a leading role (Male), the nominations are:

    This award has some brilliant performances nominated.

    Aamir Khan (Rang De Basanti) – Definitely one of the top contenders. But because of his strained relationship with the Filmfare fraternity, I am not sure if he’ll get this award.

    Hrithik Roshan (Dhoom 2) – He’s riding very high on the popularity charts post his uber-cool Mr. A in Dhoom 2. Definitely one of the top contenders.

    Hrithik Roshan (Krrish) – Though I think Hrithik Roshan has a better chance of winning for Krrish than for Dhoom 2.

    Sanjay Dutt (Lage Raho Munnabhai) – He’s riding high on the popularity charts as well thanks to his Munnabhai antics. Again a front runner for this award.

    Shahrukh Khan (Don) – Not a chance!!!

    Shahrukh Khan (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – No way!!! However, like I said, stranger things have happened and there have been instances in the past where awards have been given to patronize powerful people. Which is why it won’t be surprising if he wins the award especially because it’s a Karan Johar film.

    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a leading role (Female), the nominations are:

    Aishwarya Rai (Dhoom 2) – Personally, I’ve never liked her as an actress. Ditto for her performance in Dhoom. She tried very hard to look hot. Hence, I don’t think she has a chance to win this award.

    Bipasha Basu (Corporate) – Whoever came up with this nomination? One reason for this nomination could be dearth of good performances by actress in a leading role.

    Kajol (Fanaa) – She’s one of the best performers we’ve seen in recent times. She was good in Fanaa. I think she’s one of the close contender for this award.

    Kareena Kapoor (Omkara) – Although I don’t like Kareena as an actress, I thought she did a very good job in Omkara. I think she’ll get the award for performance as “Dolly” in Omkara.

    Rani Mukerji (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Not a chance!!!!

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Actor in a supporting role (Male), the nominations are:

    Abhishek Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Although I didn’t like the movie one bit, I thought Abhishek was the only decent and natural performance in this film. He stands a decent chance.

    Amitabh Bachchan (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – I thought Amitabh Bachchan over acted in this film. But Filmfare Awards has had a history of patronizing a certain section of Hindi film industry and I wouldn’t be surprised if this award would be given to Amitabh Bachchan for his Sexy Sam performance. Alternatively, it could also go to Abhishek Bachchan for the same film.

    John Abraham (Baabul) – Not a chance!

    Kunal Kapoor (Rang De Basanti) – I thought he was really endearing in this film. He’s my favourite for this award.

    Siddharth (Rang De Basanti) – He’s my second favourite for this award.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a supporting role (Female), the nominations are:

    Kirron Kher (Rang De Basanti) – I am truly confused in this category because I don’t have any particular comments or preferences on any of the performances in this category. However, if I had to choose one, it would most definitely be Kirron Kher.

    Konkona Sen Sharma (Omkara) – Very competent actress and a good performance in Omkara. The only one who could give Kirron Kher a run for her money / award.

    Priety Zinta (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Not a chance! But stranger things have happened in the past. You never know!!!

    Rekha (Krrish) – Difficult for her to win!

    Soha Ali Khan (Rang De Basanti) – Not sure if she really has a chance.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a comic role, the nominations are:

    Arshad Warsi (Lage Raho Munnabhai) – No prizes for guessing who’s winning this year in this category. Undoubtedly it is CIRCUIT. Just like Saif Ali Khan, I think Arshad Warsi will also cream the competition in this category.

    Chunkey Pandey (Apna Sapna Money Money) – What!!!!!!!!

    Paresh Rawal (Phir Hera Pheri) – Although one of the most talented actors in the industry today, Paresh Rawal could not match up this year to the antics of CIRCUIT.

    Sharman Joshi (Golmaal) – Very sincere performer, but doesn’t stand a chance.

    Tusshar Kapoor (Golmaal) – Once again, a very sincere performer, but doesn’t stand a chance

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Actor in a negative role, the nominations are:

    Boman Irani (Lage Raho Munnabhai) – Boman Irani was very impressive in Lage Raho Munnabhai. But sadly, he’ll not win this year.

    Emraan Hashmi (Gangster) – No Comments except that he’ll definitely not win this year.

    John Abraham (Zinda) – He’ll not win this year.

    Naseeruddin Shah (Krrish) – In spite of being my favourite, Naseer doesn’t have a chance this year.

    Saif Ali Khan (Omkara) – And the reason for the above guys not winning is Langda Tyagi! Saif Ali Khan will win this award. I do not have any doubts about it. However, I am extremely disappointed at this nomination because Saif Ali Khan’s performance was worthy of a nomination in the Best Actor’s category. Be that as it may, it’s nominated in the Bets Actor in the negative role category and he’ll make mincemeat of the competition in this category.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Music, the nominations are:

    A R Rahman (Rang De Basanti) – Just like Rubaroo, this one’s a no brainer as well. This clearly was one of the best albums of the year and undoubtedly the most deserving nomination for this award. However, in terms of popularity, it’s got strong competition from Himesh Reshamaiyya and Pritam for Dhoom 2.

    Himesh Reshammiya (Aksar) – Mr. Himesh Reshamaiyya is definitely giving the A. R. Rahman’s and Jatin-Lalit’s a run for their money (and award). On the popularity chart, definitely one of the more serious contenders.

    Jatin-Lalit (Fanaa) – Chand Sifarish was the only gem in this album. It’s very unlikely that Jatin Lalit will get this award only for a solo gem.

    Pritam (Dhoom 2) – Once again, although the song Crazy Kiya Re and Dhoom Machale were hits, it isn’t good enough for this award.

    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Don) – The title track Main Hoon Don was a cracker of a number! The rest were strictly okay. Personally, I think it doesn’t stand a chance.

    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Strange things seem to have happened in the Filmfare Awards in the past. Personally, I thought this album was very ordinary. However, the movie was a big hit and who knows, this might turn out to be a surprise packet. However, I hope it doesn’t win this award because it really isn’t deserving.

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    For the Filmfare Awards for Best Lyrics, the nominations are:

    Gulzar (Beedi Jalaile - Omkara) – Definitely one of the strong contenders. Although it almost passes off as a item number, from his television interviews (during the promotions of Omkara, I have heard that Gulzar Saab actually tried to capture the essence of Uttar Pradesh and the political set up in the film into the lyrics of this song. Of course, not that I could understand that. But it’s come from the horse’s mouth.

    Javed Akhtar (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Javed Akhtar, inspite being one of the leading lyricists in the Hindi film industry, I feel that he stands no chance to win for this song.

    Javed Akhtar (Mitwa - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – No chance for this song as well. However, going by the popularity, this song stands a decent chance.

    Prasoon Joshi (Chand Sifarish - Fanaa) – Prasoon Joshi is definitely one of the more recent lyricist in the Hindi film industry and is one of the more sought after lyricists around. This song is one of my personal favourites and it does have an outside chance. However, going by the popularity, this song stands a better chance.

    Prasoon Joshi (Rubaroo - Rang De Basanti) – It’s a no brainer. This one’s my favourite song and is one of the best contenders for this award. I hope this song wins. However, going by the popularity, there are good chances that this song would not win. But I still want this song to win.

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    For the Filmfare Award for Best Playback (Male), the nominations are:

    Atif Aslam (Tere Bin - Bas Ek Pal) – I never knew that this song was so popular. Personally, I thought this was strictly an okay song. Not worthy for this award.

    Himesh Reshammiya (Jhalak Dikhlaja - Aksar) – Finally, Mr. Himesh Reshamaiyya makes the cut for the Best Playback (Male) award. Although I can’t stand his music and most definitely his playback singing, I have a feeling that he’s a strong contender for this award. Undoutedly, this song has been one of the most popular numbers last year.

    Shaan & Kailash Kher (Chand Shifarish - Fanaa) – Personally, I wish this song wins this award. Both Shaan and Kailash Kher have done a wonderful job. Very well sung and a great song!

    Sonu Nigaam (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – Sonu Nigam is definitely one of the best singers we have in the Hindi film industry today. However, I thought this was an absolutely ordinary song. Nothing to write home about. I don’t think Sonu will win for this song.

    Zubin (Ya Ali - Gangster) – Zubin has an outside chance because this song has been popular as well. After all, these are popular awards.

    52nd Filmfare Awards Nomination - II

    I’ll start with the Filmfare Award for the Best Playback (Female). The nominations are:

    Alka Yagnik (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) – I thought this was an absolutely ordinary song. Nothing to write home about. I don’t think she’ll win for this song.

    Shreya Ghoshal (Pal Pal - Lage Raho Munnabhai) – Definitely one of the stronger contenders.

    Sunidhi Chauhan (Aa Aa Aashiqui Mein - 36 China Town) – Very well sung but I don’t think it’s worthy of a Best Playback Singer award.

    Sunidhi Chauhan (Beedi Jalaile - Omkara) – The only other contender to Shreya Ghoshal’s “Pal Pal” from Lage Raho Munnabhai.

    Sunidhi Chauhan (Soniye - Aksar) – This song was definitely popular. Personally, I didn’t like it. I don’t think Sunidhi stands a chance to win for this song.

    52nd Filmfare Awards Nominatons - I

    The 52nd Filmfare Awards Nominations for this year were announced a couple of days back. It is that time of the year again when everybody in the film industry patronises one another. For the first timers / newcomers, let me say that Filmfare Awards are popular awards given out by the publishers of Filmfare magazine to honour the people associated with the Hindi movies released during the year.

    The nominations for the 52nd Filmfare Awards were out sometime back and the awards will be held over this weekend i.e., February 24-25, 2007. All I have done is to list out the nominations in some of the major categories with brief comments on some of the nominations (if they do deserve a comment). I will also try to set out who in my view should win the award (which most probably may differ from who the eventual winner may be.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan - III

    My friend in the United States of America tells me that this is not the first time Indian films/India has been mentioned on a popular talk show, Jon Stewart and even Conan O'brian has made references to them. This piece just proves that there is someone on Stephen Colbert's staff who is an Indian and is possibly upto date on the going's on in Bollywood.

    Stephen Colbert is making fun of Indian stars - just like he makes fun of any other "current affairs" related issue. So in a way that is something to take notice of, its like making fun of the Americans by saying – “oh so you think Rosie and Donald feud is the only celebrity feud that the nation cares about - look at the Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan feud- the Indian nation cares about that feud” and in the same vein its all a joke. For e.g., if Preity Zinta is at the party how dare Amitabh Bachchan not be there like she is so important how can you not go.

    Anyway do check out >

  • You Tube

  • and search on Stephen Colbert and watch a few of the videos you'll get an idea of what its all about.

    Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan - II

    Coming back to the reason why I am writing this piece. Bollywood has arrived in the mainstream television in the United States of America. For e.g., check out the following newsclips of Stephen Colbert. His act is really a mockery of the joke of a news channel 'Fox news'. Stephen Colbert's "character" is a spoof of all the different news anchors on Fox news. This segment (first link) was part of a bigger one called celebrity feud's. Rosie and Donald Trump's feud was mentioned as well.


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  • Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan - I

    The amount of time, paper, energy, money and media space that is being spent on the so called "rivalry" between Amitabh Bachchan is scaling new heights by the day. Firstly, it was remake of Amitabh Bachchan's 1978 superhit film Don in which Shahrukh Khan took on the role of Vijay/Don. Then it was the "hot seat" when Shahrukh Khan took over as the host of the third season of Kaun Banega Crorepati (Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire) which went on air yestreday (January 22, 2007).

    All the media is going all over the place in making a mountain out of a molehill and creating more gossip to feed to an ever hungry audience.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    Rang De Basanti - Out of Oscar Race

    The shortlist prior to the nomination of the final five nominations in the Best Foreign Film Category for the Oscar Awards were announced today and Rang De Basanti is not in the list. But, it was heartening to know that Deepa Mehta's Water was shortlisted in the nine films that would compete for the final five spots in the Best Foreign Film Category for the Oscar Awards. However, Deepa Mehta's Water is a Canadian nomination.

    Tough luck for the nominations Rakyesh Mehra but great film nonetheless!!!

    All the best Deepa Mehta!!!