The Tribune - Spectrum


Sunday, November 26, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Wanted: A fairy godmother for Sonali Bendre!
By Madhur Mittal

WHAT? Yet another flop? Poor Sonali — there’s definitely some sort of a jinx on her. Imagine, even the prized combination of leading man Govinda and director Mahesh Manjrekar couldn’t do anything upbeat for her... couldn’t save Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai from biting the dust at the box office!

Sonali BendreJust what the hell is ‘wrong’ with Sonali Bendre, hey? I mean, is she forever fated to come up with films that refuse to run... that refuse to do good, successful business commercially? Jdmgrh was being touted as her "big break at last" at all the pre-release get-togethers. And now look how the film’s failure has virtually ‘broken’ her...!

Sure, there was a time when some of Sonali’s starrers (Sarfarosh, Angaarey, Hum Saath Saath Hain) did make it look for this good-looking, long-legged lass. But the year 2000 has been a washout — a depressing disappointment for this undoubtedly talented actress, despite her convincing performances and her absolutely stunning, sensuous screen presence...

Surely, Sonali deserves a (much) better deal. Or, perhaps, what she really needs is the kind of Lady Luck about-face — the bingo kind that transformed "jinxed" Raveena Tandon into an overnight hot heroine with Mohra’s, mast mast magic wand! (Is Sonali’s fairy godmother reading this, please....)

Bachchan is the best!
November 19, 2000
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

Will Sanjay strike?

Speaking of Mahesh Manjrekar, I must credit this young filmmaker with an extraordinary ability to forget fiascoes and to full fizz with whatever his new project happens to be. Like, Kurukshetra. This taut, action roller-coaster is more on the lines of (his earlier superhit) Vaastav and also has honcho hunk Sanjay Dutt in the lead... with glamorous Mahima Chaudhary.

As a matter of fact, the Bollywood trade kings are looking up to Dutt to deliver the goods... as also another box office blaster. Indeed, the reports are most eminently hi-voltage and, if Sanjay manages to strike out in this movie, too, he’s very likely to give even Hrithik Roshan a clout of a complex.

Hrithik’s voodoo

Looks to me that Hrithik the bicep boy has a jinx on his accomplishments. I mean, whenever he does something impressive there’s always somebody else popping out of the blue to hog the credit!

It’s been with him ever since his debut megahit, Kaho Naa Pyar Hai. The number Aye Mere Dil has since been copied by kids from 6 to 60 (!) is cinema history. But along came choreographer Farah Khan and what’s worse, with (tall?) tales of how Roshan Jr was two left feet before she showed him that he had a right foot, too!

And now, it’s the turn (twist?) of yet another famous choreographer — Shiamak Davar — to poop Hrithik’s scene. Reportedly, the Divali ad done for Coca-Cola (by dad Rakesh, with supermodel Aditi) is a computerised configuration of Hrithik’s face and Shiamak’s tap-tapping feet! At this rate, Hrithik Roshan may as well say goodbye to dancing in the night (or lights) in future.....

And Shamita singes!

Shilpa Shetty’s younger (and darker ‘n’ shorter) sis, Shamita, is cribs all the way for the "heartless and miserable way my role has been mutilated beyond recognition" in Mohabbatein. She’s cried her eyes out, sure, but now our girl is simply singeing and breathing fire!

"How can a reputed and responsible filmmaker like Chopra Saab (Yash Chopra) do this to any newcomer who is banking on his celluloid expertise to make a mark in movies?" She demands to know between carrying her ‘kerchief to her sniffling nose and misty eyes. "The least he could’ve done is confide in me and tell me the true ‘picture’. Believe me, I’ve never felt so cheated or let down in all my life." ......." Where and on whom does one put the blame, folks?