Bollywood – What next in 2011?

The year 2010 is gone, well almost. The films have come and films have gone , some have succeeded and many have flopped. The latest release ‘Tees Maar Khan’ did get a big opening weekend but then audiences saw through it and the movie failed from the 4th day and it would barely manage to cover its huge investments of 65 Crores knocking the poor distributors and  taking with it the reputations of its director Farah Khan and actors Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. Many of the small films released this year have done lot better than many big budget disasters.

2011 has quite a few big films releasing in first few weeks itself mainly to avoid the World Cup Cricket to be held from February 2011. First of its release would be Rajkumar Gupta directed thriller ‘No One Killed Jessica’ based on the infamous Jessica Lall murder case starring Rani Mukherji as the firebrand journalist following the case and subtle Vidya Balan as Jessica’s sister. The film does have quite different music loved by many and the promos of the films are quite a Hit with people. The  film does have lot of potential and is eagerly awaited.

Next up is the mad-cap Deol trio comedy ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana‘ starring the 3 Deols. The film’s promos are loved by all and the film promises to be a laugh riot. The music is quite popular and the dialogue promos make the film an exciting prospect. This film releases on 14th Janury.

21st January sees perhaps the biggest film if this half of the year, although not a conventional movie but a movie starring Aamir Khan is always a big proposition. ‘Dhobi Ghat‘ directed by Kiran Rao starring Aamir and Prateik Babbar promises to be a great film and based on early reviews from Toronto Film Festival where this film was shown, this one could perhaps be the best film to come out in a while.

‘Dil toh Baccha hai Jee’ starring Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Omi Vaidya is another comedy releasing this month in the last week. Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar this film does look different from regular slapstick comedies we have been watching.

Early February also looks busy with Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Saat Khoon Maaf’ staring Priyanka Chopra and ‘Patiala House’ starring Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma releases. There are many other smaller budget and medium budget films releasing as well.

Let us see if any of the above big budget films succeed in first couple of months of the year 2011 or the trend of small films doing better continues in 2010.

My Bet for the first 2 months – Dhobi Ghat would be the best of the lot,  Yamla Pagla Deewana to collect good box office money and No One Killed Jessica to be the ‘dark horse’.

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Yamla Pagla Deewana – First Trailer

Here are the Deols, all 3 of them Dharam, Sunny and Bobby. Coming up together in a comedy directed by not-so-hot Sameer Karnik.
Here is the theatrical trailer of the movie to be released on January 14th 2011.

The trailer looks mish-mash of comedy and spoof of their various past films. Dharmendra looks old and Bobby and Sunny strictly okay, living on past glories.

Certainly last throw of dice for the Deols

Sholay Revisited – Original Ending

Here’s a treat for all movie lovers and passionate followers of the classic bollywood film SHOLAY. As we all know Sholay is one of the most watched and loved Bollywood film ever. The film had Thakur played by Sanjeev Kumar hiring noted criminals Jai and Veeru, played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra,to capture Dacoit Gabbar Singh played by Amjad Khan.

In the original film ending Gabbar Singh is about to be killed by Thakur when the Police intervenes and captures Gabbar Singh, however this wasnt the original ending of the film. The original ending had Thakur killing Gabbar Singh, but the ending was toned down and altered due to the intervention of the Censor Board, who felt that in time of Political Emergency (which was there at time of release of the film), the ending in which villain is killed by the hero would be too harsh and thus the ending was altered by the director Ramesh Sippy.

But, here is the original ending as it was meant to be. You see and decide whether this one should have been there or not.

Little Known Actors and Characters of Sholay

Sholay as we all know is the biggest blockbuster Hindi cinema has ever seen. Released in 1975, the movie created box office history and its actors and characters are well known even today. Characters like Thakur, Gabbar, Jai, Veeru, Basanti, Kaalia, Sambha, Soorma Bhopali, Jailor etc. are household names and a stand up artist is considered incomplete unless he has some of these characters in his acts.

Sholay has affected the lives of every Hindi cine-goer and the actors and characters are popular even today

But apart from these mega characters, there were quite a few lesser characters made immortal by character actors and junior artists. These actors and characters were small yet so overpowering that it was very difficult for most of these artists to come out of their ‘Sholay’ character in films they did later. Some of them still continue to play their respective  characters even today, 35 years after the film release.

A. K. Hangal played the character of Blind Imaamsaheb who loses his son Ahmed played by Sachin. A.K. Hangal has repeated his Imaamsaheb act in several other films after Sholay and almost copyrighted the blind-father act in Hindi Cinema. Keshto Mukherjee, Asrani and Jagdeep played Hariram Nai, Jailor and Soorma Bhopali respectively and they went on to repeat their acts in many of the film later to come.

Satyen Kappu played Raamlal , helper to Thakur, assisiting Thakur in virtually everything he does. ( Numerous jokes on that – not to be printed) . Mcmohan’s Sambha act and Viju Khote’s Kaalia act still haunts them in almost all of their subsequent films. Leela Mishra played the perfect Mausiji and repeated her loving chachi, mami, bua, maa act in films to come. Jalal Agha danced and played banjo in the most famous son of the film and was known more for that than any of his innumerable films to follow.

Little know artist Mushtaq Merchant was the luckiest actor of all, he got to do 2 different roles in the film. First as the train driver and then as the Parsibawa whose Bike the Jai-Veeru duo steal. Mushtaq went onto play many such insignificant characters in almost all his films and repeated the parsibawa act quite a few times. Small time comedian Birbal played role of a prisoner with half cut moustache. Even he repeaed this half moustache act in many of the films to come.

Apart from the above there were many small characters in the film made memorable by small time actors and character artists. I still remember Om Shivpuri playing the Policeman, Helen as the Gypsy Dancer, the actor playing the arms supplier Heera, Iftekhar playing Jaya Bhaduri’s dad and many more.