Enter, Govinda the
FRANKLY, I find my self flummoxed with so many new films gearing up for release and each one claiming to be better than the other.
However, I feel compelled to write about Shikari — the new Govinda-Karisma offering from the Kavita Pictures banner, produced by Kishan G. Kishnani and directed by the inimitable N. Chandra. And, if you recall the raw treatment meted out by Chandra in his earlier hits (Tezaab, Ankush, Pratighaat, Narsimha etc), I’d advise you to prepare yourself for Shikari...because Govinda and Karisma are likely to leave you gasping with the extraordinary intensity of their portrayals in this film.
I can’t (rather, I shouldn’t) reveal too much about this movie, for very obvious reasons right now...even though I’m dying to! All Iwould like to stress at this point in time is that director Chandra has almost made Chi Chi an anti-hero. Plus, the script is full of (some entirely unexpected) twists ‘n’ turns...making Shikari a mysterious, suspenseful whodunit.
Hey! I’m really worried about the way the Hindi filmland is heading. Suddenly, everybody is talking money, money money. And the more, the better! No, I’m not saying that money was not important earlier, but now, the attitude in Bollywood is totally mercenary.
Shah Rukh Khan started it all by ‘cashing’ in on his celluloid popularity, but what does one say about the other stars! I mean, ever since Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan have ‘graced’ the showbiz scene, filmmaking in Mumbai has ceased to be a productive activity. Instead, it’s all about making money. Which top star gets (not deserves) the maximum moolah is now the order of the day.
"Not kilt, please!"
My cousin in Edinburgh sent the strangest e-mail to me recently. As you would be aware, filmmaker Rajiv Rai has been shooting for his new movie — Pyar, Ishq, Mohabbat (to be read as a single title, mind it!) — in Scotland, much to the amusement of the local residents since very few Hindi film units have ventured there... scared silly by stories of the Loch Ness monster?
Anyway, back to my cousin. It seems he happened to attend one of the shoots and a song and dance number was being picturised on leading man Sunil Shetty. For a particular portion, he was asked to wear a typical Scottish dress — the check kilt, which ends at the knees like a frock — and Sunil refused! Apparently, our man chickened out because he felt that it would be disastrous for his macho image....!
Well, I hope he didn’t object to blowing a bagpipe, at least!
Can you guess which is the moment in her life that creative young choreographer Farah Khan cherishes the most...? No it’s got nothing to do with the awards and kudos she’s received for her brilliant craftswomanship; it happens to be something so much more personal.
It happens to be the moment she actually hugged and pecked Michael Jackson in New York! "Gosh! I can still remember shaking like a leaf when he took my trembling hand in his....and gently pulled me close for a cheek-to-cheek! He’s been my idol and indeed, inspired me to choose my career ever since I first saw him dance in Thriller way, way back in the 70s, can you ‘beat it’? And to have been physically with him in the same room — talking and laughing together, imagine! I will never forget him...."Well, that’s the effect Jacko generally has, right?
Rumour has it....
....that Hrithik Roshan and Shah Rukh, after all the badmouthing, are likely to do a film together — Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham!
...that Madhoo has married and quit films for good. (But who’s going to miss her?)
...that Shekhar Kapur is the latest filmwallah on the underworld’s hit list! (The dons ought to first see Elizabeth, wouldn’t you agree?)