The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday,August 20, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Magic of being Mahima
By Madhur Mittal

"COME, let’s discover love". That happens to be the main promo one-liner from producer-director Harry Baweja for his latest offering — Deewane being enjoyed by viewers worldwide. And, going by this talented filmmaker’s track record, when he says something — he means it!

Mahima Chaudhary in DeewaneWell, the romantic lead is shared by Ajay Devgan and Urmila Matondkar. But despite the former doing a double role and the latter doing most of the songs, it is Mahima Chaudhary who literally sashays away with all the kudos and claps. In Deewane, Mahima is mesmerising, — as all those who’ve seen the film will agree. She has truly got under the skin of her reel-life character and has brought it alive. (I think I can recall Mahima having done a ditto in Dil Kya Kare which starred Ajay and Kajol. Has she singled out Devgan for some stick, I wonder...?!)

Baweja is known for the often gory violence in his movies. However, this time, he has managed to keep it low key and, instead, highlight emotions more than anything else. There’s laughter, pain, love... And, of course, there’s Mahima! The musical score by Sanjeev-Darshan is well done (remember the melodies of Mann?).

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Shrewd Shah Rukh?
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Urmila is queen of the Jungle
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Kamaal ho gaya!

Some people really do have all the luck, you know I’m referring to Indipop singer Kamaal Khan making enviable inroads into (the highly coveted ‘n’ competitive) Mecca of playback singing in Hindi films. To begin with, he gave that all-time hit hummer — Ah ah Jaane Jaana for superstud Salman Khan in Pyar kiya to darna kya...and now he’s been especially chosen to lend his voice to none other than Hrithik Roshan in Na tum jaano na hum!

"We tried out matching various singers’ voices with Hrithik’s screen persona...and the ultimate selection of Kamaal Khan was at once unanimous," reveal the producer and music director of the film. "He has this husky, yet dulcet tenor which suits a hot, young current favourite like Hrithik Roshan admirably....."

Wah! Yeh to Kamaal ho gaya!

Ash goosepimples!

As if to prove that she was no flash in the pictures’ pan when she zapped just about everybody with her power-packed performances in Taal and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai has bagged two prestigious new assignments — Dhai Akshar Prem Ke with Abhishek Bachchan and with Amitabh Bachchan as well, in Karan Johar’s (yet untitled) latest!

A whole lot of rival heroines have almost turned green with envy/jealousy. Very understandable. But Ash herself is too thrilled to bother about all those daggers being pointed behind her back. "We haven’t shot together much so far, but it’s been a tremendous feeling to be working both with father and son, "Ms Rai enthuses. "And it gives me goosepimples when I switch from one film set to the other! Because even though they’re quite different in most ways... yet the startling similarities in Amitji and Abhi are so uncanny."

A beard for luck?

I can recall most of our leading men playing around with their facial hair — either to change their image, or luck — or possibly both! So it came as no ‘hairy’ shock to find Chandrachur Singh strolling into Club IX (the latest, popular disco with Mumbaikars — filmi or non-filmi) with long hair gelled and swept straight back... and a nice, full beard!

I must admit that Singh was definitely looking rather macho, a fact that could be (easily) ascertained by the number of pretty, young models and starry wannabes cloying around him!

How I wish the beard works like a charm for the talented actor in his professional life, as well and Chandrachur soon finds himself being beseiged not only by Bollywood babes, but Bollywood filmmakers, too — with briefcases full off at signing amounts in crisp, currency notes.