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Bollywood: Just like 2005

BPI | August 23, 2007 16:09 IST


Stills from Iqbal and Chak De! India
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There's something very familiar about Bollywood these days. No, I'm not referring to them being copies of Hollywood, European, Korean or our own old classics. It seems to be a playback of 2005. Check it out:

Then (2005)

Now (2007)

Iqbal: A touching and inspirational story about a handicapped boy making it to team India. Wonderful cast. And boy! Can Shreyas act!

Chak De! India: A touching and inspirational story of how a socially ostracised ex-hockey captain leads a bunch of 16-odd but zestful girls to make them Hockey World champions. Shah Rukh [Images] can act, bhidu!

No Entry [Images]: Mindless but hit comedy with Salman Khan [Images] as the crowd puller.

Partner: Mindless but hit comedy with Salman drawing the crowd, Govinda [Images] the applause.

Bunty Aur Babli [Images]: Shaad, Abhishek and Rani's wafer thin road caper that was a hit.

Jhoom Barabar Jhoom: Shaad, Abhishek, Preity's [Images] wafer thin table talk caper that did not jhoom.

Page 3: Madhur Bhandarkar's interesting collage and expose of Mumbai's pseudo-celeb ciruit. A surprise hit.

Metro: Anurag Basu's interesting collage of fragile relationships in Mumbai. A surprise hit.

Salaam Namaste [Images]: Two people in Sydney with diametrically opposite ideas about love live in together, fall in love and... give us a hit film.

Namastey London [Images]: Two people with diametrically opposite ideas about love get married, fall in love in London... and  give us a hit film.

Sarkar: Ramu's interpretation of the classic The Godfather with a glowering Bachchan and a smouldering Abhishek. RGV's biggest hit.

Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag: The classic Sholay [Images] reinterpretated with Bachchan glowering as Gabbar, er, Babban. Expected to record RGV's biggest opening for sure. Also in B centers where people are mistaking it to be a porn flick.

Black: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's [Images] extravagant drama that awed many, shocked some, and saw its financial investors in the red.

Saawariya: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Rs 50 crore extravagant love story with, gulp, newcomers. Rani and Salman pitch in with guest appearances. Right now, everybody has ants in their pants regarding this one.

Parineeta: Pradeep Sarkar's impressive debut period movie with a wonderful soundtrack. Based on Sarat Chandra's novel.

Laaga Chuneri Mein Daag: Pradeep Sarkar makes his debut with Yash Raj Films.

Paheli [Images]: A popular folk tale retold on celluloid featuring Shah Rukh and the beautiful Rani. Remained a riddle for the audience.

Jodha Akbar: Historians say this too is a folk tale. Hrithik [Images] and Aishwariya come together after Dhoom 2 [Images]. Will it create history or become so?

 




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