Which of these year end Bollywood movies would be successful at the Box Office ?

Which of these year end Bollywood movies would be successful at the Box Office?

First of the block is Anjaana Anjaani – Starring Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra crisscrossing across American Highways, directed by Siddharth Anand. The films release was pushed back by a week ancipating the ‘Babri’ trial verdict, but now even the verdict has been postponed. Lets see if the film is able to weather this storm and also Rajnikanth’s mega blockbuster Robot (dubbed in Hindi from Tamil original Endhiran) also starring Aishwarya Rai, releases on the same day.

Then there is Aakrosh starring Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna about the ‘honour killing’ issue directed by Priyadarshan. This movie has been postponed till 15th October and is currently battling the Censor Board about the sensitive issue it is tackling. Jhootha Hi Sahi starring John Abraham directed by Abbas Tyrewala releases the same day as well. In between Emraan Hashmi’s Crook about racism problems with Indian students in Australia and Knock Out starring Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan and Kangana Ranaut which seems like inspired from Hollywood movie ‘ Phone Booth’. Then there is Raktha Charitra – I by Ramgopal Verma starring Shatrughan Sinha, Vivek Oberoi and Surya about the noted gangster Paritala Ravi.

Diwali in early November sees two big releases confronting for the box office success. Golmaal -3 stars the usual Golmaal gang of Ajay Devgn, Tushaar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi along with Kareena Kapoor as one of the ‘boys’ this time. This film clashes with Vipul Shah directed Action Replayy starring Akshay Kumar and Aishwarya Rai going back in time with the retro 70s look. 19th November sees Hrithik Roshan as paraplegic with nurse Aishwarya Rai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much awaited Guzaarish. There is also Break ke Baad starring Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone directed by Kunal Kohli

December sees Ashutosh Gowariker’s  Khelein Hum Jee Jan Sey based on Chittagong Mutiny of 1930 starring Abhishek Bachchan and Deepika Padukone. End of December sees probabaly the biggest film of the season Tees Maar Khan directed by Farah Khan starring Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna and Katrina Kaif.

Apart from these big films there are many small films, medium films, art-house films all set to unfurl on the Box office during this end of the year period. Let us see which one amongst them are successful.

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Good Song in Bad film – Aisa Sama Na Hota

Continuing the quest to find hidden gems of hindi film music buried in some mindless film of the 80s, here is a truly great song in a not so great film.

The song is called ‘Aisa Sama Na Hota’ from the film Zameen Aasmaan released in 1984 to a not so great box office performance. The film had quite a good star power with Shashi Kapoor, Rekha, Rakhee trio who had earlier given super-hit Basera ( incidentally Basera has a very similar story line to this film) . The film also had young Sanjay Dutt with his boyish look and Anita Raj, a regular Sanjay Dutt heroine of the early 80s.

The song is a beautiful melodious composition by R.D. Burman sung superbly by none other than Lata Mangeshkar. The song has beautiful lyrics by Anjaan ( father of modern day lyricist Sameer). Lata Mangesgkar in the era of the 80s sometimes sounded very shrill but not in this song. The way she controls her pitch in the songs and especially when she begins the ‘antaras’ is almost miraculous.

The soothing music and the magical voice, a perfect combination for a song you listen to while travelling on hilly roads with lush green surroundings and that is what exactly the actors on screen for the song, Sanjay Dutt and Anita Raj do. The film is not much worth writing about however this song you can listen over and over. This one is not for the discos but for the purists.

Would we ever again have such simple but beautiful songs in our films ?