Pukar, scheduled to release this Friday, is generating enormous attention in both audiences and trade circles.
For one, it will be Madhuri Dixit-Nene's first release after she officially declared her state of wedded bliss. And everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if she will finally break the glass ceiling and be accepted by her fans. As a married heroine!
Then, there is Anil Kapoor. Whose performance in the movie is being lauded by all those who have seen it.
Director Rajkumar Santoshi is as known for his highly-delayed films as for the warmth with which they are received at the box office. While producer Boney Kapoor is synonymous for the extravagant lavishness of his films. True to form, he has had the song Que sera sera recorded thrice before it met with his standards of perfection. While Santoshi, as late as the last week of January, flew down with some of his artistes to Hyderabad where Anil is shooting for the next Kapoor production, Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hain. And actually shot an entire scene that is now incorporated in the pre-climax.
Finally, there is the money. Boney Kapoor has spent slightly over Rs 240 million on Pukar, which has been sold at an expensive Rs 22.5 million per major territory.
For for the film itself, we have not seen it yet, but let us quote from the glossy booklet in front of us: Pukar is a magnificent blend of nailbiting action, dramatic romance and chilling espionage. It recounts the story of the highest form of patriotism and the worst type of treason. Mounted on an extravagant scale, Pukar explores the awesome expanse of Alaska for the first time in Indian cinema. A story of a dangerous mission and an even more dangerous love. Pukar is an unforgettable film that will live in your heart forever.
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