The Tribune - Spectrum


Sunday, November 19, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Bachchan is the best!
By Madhur Mittal

PEOPLE are going around saying that Aishwarya Rai was "the surprise packet" in Mohabbatein... but that’s only ‘coz producer Yash Chopra and director Aditya Chopra chose to keep her out of all the promos of the picture. Well, Ash certainly added a delightful dash to the celluloid proceedings with her pretty presence, but it couldn’t compensate for the three-and-a-half-hour-plus meandering that the movie subjected the (yawn!) viewers to.

By packing so many new faces in the film, the Chopras nearly created a record in sardine canning!

Amitabh BachchanOh, but maybe I’m being too harsh; the film does have its positive points — Amitabh Bachchan being the ace in what is obviously a badly dealt out (cine) card game. As the steel-eyed, gray-bearded Narayan Shankar, Amit walked away with all the whistles and claps whenever he loomed large on the silver screen and deservedly so.

Ever the modest megastar, this (phenomenal) actor merely smiles and shrugs: "Look, it was a role like any other...and I just played the character to the best of my comprehension and capability." Listen to that (simple) introspection!

The Champion Deol
November 12, 2000
Searing salute to Kashmiriyat
November 5, 2000
A special festival treat
October 29, 2000
Third time (un)lucky?
October 15, 2000
Raveena’s new gameplan!
October 8, 2000
Music is the real hero
October 1, 2000
Enter, Govinda the anti-hero
September 24, 2000
Hrithik strikes again
September 10, 2000
A winner on the cards?
Spetember 3, 2000
Will Abhishek’s jadoo work?
August 27, 2000
Magic of being Mahima
August 20, 2000
Delightful duo
August 13, 2000
This Papa is really great!
August 6, 2000
Raving about Raveena
July 30, 2000
Akshay-Shilpa: Are they, aren’t they ?
July 23, 2000
This ‘Kunwara’ is crazy
July 16, 2000
A star from overseas
July 9, 2000
There’s no ‘fixing’ Saif!
July 2, 2000

Mineral water laao!

Tabu’s producers have a new hassle on their hands — the actress will drink a particular brand of mineral water whether she’s doing a film shoot in Mumbai or Moscow! And, considering she’s currently on a "water diet", her filmmakers have no option but to cart along enormous cartons containing her ‘precious’ mineral water packs to Hyderabad, Hamburg and even Hawaii!

Tabu defends herself by stating that she’s doing it all on her (German) doctor’s advice. "She’s told me to drink at least eight bottles of this mineral water every day (two before bedtime and two first thing on waking up, if you please) besides washing my face with it as often as possible," discloses Tabu in an unsure, hesitant tone. Perhaps, she’s afraid to let on that she has been prescribed to even bathe in it twice daily.

Mad about music !

Hey ! I personally find it pathetic that a gifted filmmaker like Mahesh Manjrekar earlier on music to make a hit of his films, Hasn’t the guy learnt a (bitter) lesson from the miserable flopping of Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai...?

Evidently not. For, now he’s busy eulogising the music of his forthcoming film, Kahin Pyar Naa Ho Jaaye. Granted that some of the numbers are good, and have been, picturised captivatingly on Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Aishwarya Rai... but if the story is scrambled and silly, how is melodious music going to help?

Poonchh se poochho !

Producer R. Mohan is very worried man — he has no idea whether his film, Raja Ko Rani Se Pyar Ho Gaya, is going to be released or not. You see, he’s received a terse, legal notice from Maneka Gandhi’s ministry, threatening to ban the movie on grounds of depicting severe cruelty to a baby elephant in one of the scenes !

And what’s the scene ? Leading lady Manisha Koirala playfully tugs at the tail of a young elephant, twirls it a bit and giggling, lets go with a smart slap on the animals backside during the picturisation of a song. That’s all ? Yeah, that’s all.

But Maneka is highly upset. "The law and the Wildlife Protection Act doesn’t allow for such acts of cruelty on a species that enjoys privileged care. This act as shown in the film, on the part played by Ms Koirala, is punishable under section..."

So, while the legal wrangles get worked out, all here in Mumbai, have only one thing to say: "Arrey bhai, pehle poonchh se toh poochho!"