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|January 18, 2000||
The industry can finally celebrate. After a series of eminently forgettable films, the enviable opening response to Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai is like a symbol of good times to come. For Hrithik Roshan, a rank newcomer, has done with Kaho Naa... what Aamir Khan couldn’t do with Mela.
This is the most speculative and exciting part of moviedom. The hottest of stars can fail and the guy with no name or experience to his credit can set the cash registers ringing. Like Hrithik and Kaho Naa...
The film began its attempt at the box office with Rajesh Roshan's catchy score. And when the youngsters tripped out on the music, director Rakesh Roshan knew his film had more than a fighting chance of making it. Especially since the choreography was good and he had a sexy new boy as the lead. What else did the audience need?
Now that the opening day figures are out, we know that dad Rakesh and uncle Rajesh have succeeded in introducing a new hero, something the industry needed very badly. The response in the overseas circuit has also been good; it was much better than the one accorded to Mela. It will be great if Hrithik is also accepted abroad, as more and more film-makers are targeting the fertile overseas market.
As of now, except for the three Khans -- Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir -- and Anil Kapoor, no hero is hot in the overseas territory. So the film-makers who are also looking at the overseas audience have been limited to one of these four. But they may soon have a fifth choice if KN... PH hits the bull’s eye.
The new girl, Amisha Patel, has also been accepted. She looks cute and her performance, like Hrithik's, belies the fact that it is her debut film. The awkwardness one associates with new faces is completely absent in Kaho Naa.. Actually, Hrithik is being discussed more than the film. But only time will tell whether this will benefit KN... PH.
Sridevi, Madhuri promote Pukar together
The promotion for Pukar has begun in right earnest. The first leg took off on January 16, with Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, director Rajkumar Santoshi, producer Boney Kapoor and wife Sridevi holding a press conference in Indore. The world may have been denied an opportunity of seeing Sridevi and Madhuri together on the silver screen, but the press in several cities of the country will now witness the coming together of these two actresses, what with more promotional tours of Pukar lined up. It might be mentioned here that been pitted against each other in Zameen, which was being directed by Ramesh Sippy.
Shekhar-Vashu: Team No 1?
Shekhar Kapur and producer Vashu Bhagnani (Coolie No 1, Hero No 1, Biwi No 1) have joined hands to produce three films jointly, one of which will be directed by Shekhar himself.
It is a coincidence, and a strange one at that. With one exception, no film released in the first week of the year, either in the eighties or the nineties, has been a hit or even a fair success. Take a look...
Salim debunks hoardings
Producer Salim has decided to do away with hoardings for his latest film, Badal. There is already one vinyl back-lit billboard of the film at Juhu, a happening place in Bombay.
One isn’t sure whether, like hoardings, Salim will bid goodbye to billboards as well. At the moment, he feels hoardings are very costly and don’t contribute to a film’s success because no amount of hoardings can guarantee an opening for a film. Which is quite true. When stars cannot guarantee an initial, what can Salim or, for that matter, anybody else expect from lifeless hoardings?
Twinkle Khanna spells murder!
Shocked? Don’t be. We are only talking about her films. Actors who play Twinkle’s reel-brothers invariably end up being killed in the said films.
In International Khiladi, for example, Vivek Shauq played her brother and was killed on screen. Deepak Tijori played Twinkle’s brother in Baadshah; he too was murdered in the film. More recently, in Mela, Ayub Khan falls prey to Tinnu Verma’s bullets in the initial reels, leaving his sister Twinkle unprotected in the big, bad world.
Ketan opts for Salman
After shelving Yeh Hai Jalwa, his Sanjay Dutt-Salman Khan starrer, Ketan Desai has announced a solo Salman film. As yet untitled, it will be directed by David Dhawan. David will also be directing Jeetendra’s home production, starring Govinda and Sushmita Sen.
Padmini sibling to enter Bollywood
Producer Tutu Sharma will introduce wife Padmini Kolhapure’s younger sister, Tejaswini, in his next film. Pankaj Parashar, who had called the shots in Tutu's last film, Rajkumar, will direct this one as well.
A look at the week
Komal Nahta edits the popular trade magazine, Film Information.
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