The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday,August 27, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Will Abhishek’s jadoo work?
By Madhur Mittal

OKAY guys, we got Abhishek Bachchan trying to stake his claim to stardom with his second starrer — Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa. And this time, he’s with the sizzler from the south, comely Keerti Reddy! Together, they will try to charm viewers with this "magical, mystical love story". Here’s hoping the caption comes true... for everybody ‘concerned’!

Abhishek Bachchan and Keerti Reddy in Tera Jadoo Chal GayaBecause, for Abhishek, TJCG could be the acid test, considering that his screen debut in Refugee was fairly appreciated — but the film was not. As for Keerti, well, she maybe a hot number down in Chennai... but how warm her vibes come through in Mumbai (or Bangalore, Delhi, Chandigarh and even Ludhiana!) remains to be seen... rather, felt. Right? She has a vivacious role, alright, and that, complemented by her gorgeous body language, ought to get Keerti the whistles.

Producer Vashu Bhagnani has piled on with staggering financial support and, reportedly, director A. Muthu has used all that moolah on desi and overseas locales. Choreography (by Tharun Kumar and Saroj Khan) is a high point... but not so the music by Ismail Darbar (of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam fame), imagine! Oh, well, like I said, all eyes are going to be on Bachchan Jr: Will he work some jadoo and emerge with a box office bonanza this second time around?

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Twinkle’s a toughie!

Most of Bollywood’s heroines are a terribly disappointed lot, y’know. Here they were, all ready ‘n’ set (some with specially bought hankies, even!) and pre-prepared li’l speeches to go and "console" Twinkle Khanna over her split with Akshay Kumar. ("That man is a louse!" "He has no respect for women." "Akshay will be best off to return to Bangkok — the incorrigible womaniser!" being a few sic samplers.

And what do you think happened? Nothing, that’s what! The so-called "heartbroken" and "shattered" "poor girl" Twinkle is having a whale of a time — partying, discoing, living it up... like someone who’s had the last laugh. "Poor girl"? Hey! This stunner is looking like a million dollars! Could it be that She ditched Akki — and not the other way round? Wow! Twinks is a real toughie!

Bebo-Babs strike!

A terrifying twosome has emerged in Mumbai, giving heroines either sleepless nights or nightmares! No, I’m not in touch with some new, big chhotta don from the underworld; the twosome I’m talking about are one hundred per cent citizens of the ‘overworld’ — Bollywood, that is. And (hold your breath) they are none other than Kareena Kapoor and mum Babita Kapoor!

Yes, it’s true, I’m ‘afraid’. The deadly Bebo-Babs combo has been sneaking films away right from under the bewildered leading ladies’ noses without as much as a courteous "by-your-leave" muttered asides! To date, the heroines left haplessly astounded ‘n’ agape include queen bee Aishwarya Rai, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherjee and even (sister) Karisma Kapoor!

Dear me, is there a no holds barred, off-limits star war out there when Bebo-Babs decide to strike? And I fail to understand how they’re pulling it off time after time, huh? At this (fearsome) rate, I shan’t be at all surprised if, very soon, ‘green-eyed’ Ms Kapoor starts to being (respectfully) referred to as Chhotti Beboji!

Amazing Anuradha

Believe me, it was truly a grand evening out when Super Cassettes Industries guys held a press conference at the brilliantly lit Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu, for Anuradha Paudwal one-to-one rap session with the amazing Anuradha Paudwal — a woman who looks so fetching and sings even more beautifully! The bash was to felicitate her on the release of her new, solo album: Ishq hua. Rather apt, that !

Talking to mediapersons, Anuradha was all smiles while answering all kinds of questions — including some awkward ones! In turn, her charming responses had everyone smiling like, at one time, she quipped: "Look, I love to sing for films and I really want to do more of it... but music directors don’t give me enough breaks!"

Incidentally, Ishq hua has eight great numbers sung wonderfully by Anuradha and is a ‘super’ album (caught the pun?) with this gifted singer having given it all she’s got, which isn’t too much — it’s three much! Here’s looking forward to more (and more) of Anuradha Paudwal.