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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peepli Live

--> Casts : Raghubir Yadav, Omkar Das Manikpuri, Malaika Shenoy, Shalini Vatsa, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Farukh Jaffer, Vishal O Sharma
Director : Anusha Rizvi    
Producer : Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao      
Writer :     Anusha Rizvi
Screenplay :  Anusha Rizvi
Editor   :   Hemanti Sarkar        
Music : Indian Ocean, Brij Mandal, Bhadwai, Nageen Tanvir, Ram Sampat    
Release Date : August 13, 2010
   



Story line and other highlights:‘Peepli Live’ is a satire, which revolves around a villager from Central India called Natha,his brother Budhia and their family. The family is about to lose their land because they are unable to repay a loan, when, they hear of a government programme which offers the family of any farmer committing suicide a compensation of rupees 100,000 ($2000). The older brother convinces his sibling into agreeing to commit suicide. This sets in motion a chain of events which finds Natha in the eye of a storm. The local big wigs, the state government, high ranking bureaucrats, federal ministers and the national media all become stakeholders in the mad circus that erupts. This is the story of India today. Rural society, the bureaucracy, media, politics and life. 

Peepli Live is an upcoming Bollywood film which is produced by Aamir Khan. Directed and written by Anusha Rizvi in her first directorial venture, the film stars Naya Theatre company member Omkar Das Manikpuri as well as Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Malaika Shenoy along with a number of newcomers. Peepli Live, distributed by UTV Motion Pictures is scheduled for release on August 13, 2010. A satire on the farmers’ suicides and subsequent media and political response , Peepli Live is competing in the Sundance Film Festival, the first film from Bollywood to achieve this feat. However for the Indian release the film got an ‘A’ adult certificate. The movie has been picked up by specialty German distribution company Rapid Eye Movies for a special screening at the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival. 

My Gut Feel and comments : Peepli Live is a directorial debut of Anusha Rizvi backed by strong  production house with great publicity which would definitely give the a good opening to the movie. With the brand like Amir Khan’s association with the film and unique cast and interesting story line this movie seems to be an great selling product which would appeal to both masses and urban metro city audiences.  Movie is dealing with the serious matter of Farmer suicides in light humor way which would definitely do the trick and I am optimistic that this movie would be a success at box office as well being a low budget movie. I would give 4 out of 5 stars two day’s before all over India release of the movie.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Aisha

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Casts : Sonam Kapoor, Abhay Deol, Arunoday Singh (SIKANDAR fame), Cyrus Sahukar, Amrita Puri, M.K. Raina, Lisa Haydon, Anuradha Patel, Ira Dubey, Anand Tiwari and Sameer Malhotra.
Director : Rajshree Ojha
Banner : Anil Kapoor Films Company PVR Pictures
Producer : Anil Kapoor, Ajay Bijli, Sanjeev K Bijli and Rhea Kapoor
Writer : Rajshree Ojha
Editor Sreekar Prasad
Screenplay Devika Bhagat
Music : Amit Trivedi
Lyricist : Javed Akhtar
Release Date :
August 6, 2010

Story line AISHA is an adaption of the British novel, Emma by Jane Austen. The movie has been shot in Delhi, Hrishikesh and Mumbai. Aisha is about a twenty-five year old Delhi girl Aisha Kapoor, an incorrigible meddler who believes that "there is nothing more beautiful than a match well made." Aisha has unmatched style and social graces. She is an artist, loves gardening and knows her fashion. She can make her Anamika Khanna blend well with her Chanel and a Jimmy Choo with ease. She is charming and everyone wants to be her friend and every guy wants to date her. However, she hasn't found the time or space in her life for a man because she's too busy trying to fix everyone else's life.

Having lost her mother at a young age, and her elder sister married off, she is now the mother hen and looks after her father and the house well. She refers to every activity as her "project". She believes she knows best and she believes she is the only one who can make anything happen.

After successfully marrying her Masi to a widower Colonel, Aisha sets her sights on pairing her plain, new, uncultured friend, Shefali, with the local rich boy Randhir "Patel nagar ka papu". Randhir, however, has other ideas, as does Aisha's closest friend, Pinky, a pessimistic loud-mouthed girl.

Enter Arjun, her childhood friend who reprimands Aisha on her 'projects' and mismatches. Arjun and Aisha share an antagonistic relationship that teeters between subtle flirtations and all out verbal digs at one another.
Arjun is the responsible and has a successful career. He is the kind of guy who will never stray and will be in love with his woman for the rest of his life. An every woman's dream man!

Just as Arjun becomes over protective and uncomfortably close to his colleague, Aarti, in comes Dhruv, the quintessential player with a constant smirk on his face and extra strong gel in his hair that won't allow a strand to go out of place. He's the bad boy that gives Aisha a run for her comebacks, leaves her jelly kneed and makes her think that maybe it's time she gave her own love life a chance. But as all girls learn, if a boy isn't going to get tamed, he's going to change his lair ever so often.
As Aisha's romantic angles go ridiculously wrong, triangles dissect and quadrangles form, she realizes that she is not very good at matchmaking. She makes a hilariously tangled mess of every body's lives around her only to realize that she may lose the perfect match for herself.

As in a Jane Austen story, it's obvious that won't last for long. Indeed, before the two hours are up, the title character has become enmeshed in a number of romantic entanglements, and it doesn't take a genius to uncover the identity of Aisha's true soul mate. Aisha then has the daunting task of finding her own path in front of her, even if it means cutting a route through the thick swampy jungles of the mess she has created. At least she'll do it while looking good and smelling great.

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My Gut Feel and comments :  Here comes Anil Kapoor Films Company PVR Pictures with there latest offering AISHA.  If we go by the promos it looks like a  light heared romantic movie. Music is good promos are catchy. It’s a sad history Indian cinema that women oriented subject and films have not done exceptionally well in the past and this looks as same case with Aisha. It looks like a movie which would not appeal masses and would stay confined to Multiplex Audiences only which might go against this movie. Being an home production Sonam Kapoor is all over the places in the promos. I am expecting it to be a good movie with rare chance of  Box office success and would still give 3 out of 5 stars.