Subhash K Jha

If Ram Gopal Varma's Bhoot was based on an original idea, Govind Menon's Khwahish borrows from Arthur Hiller's evergreen Hollywood romance, Love Story.

In the coming months, we will get to see more Bollywood rip-offs of several Hollywood films, including The Rock (Nicholas Cage, Sean Connery), The Others (Nicole Kidman), Ghost (Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore), Bruce Almighty (Jim Carrey) and Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr).

In the midst of these remakes, we will also see potential trendsetters that could change the way we look at cinematic entertainment. rediff.com takes a look at these films:


Padam Kumar's first directorial venture, Champion, was a Hollywood 'inspiration'. It did not do well at the box office. With Supari (Mumbai lingo for contract killing), he has decided to stick to an original plot about four youngsters -- Uday Chopra, Rahul Dev, Aakash Saigal, Purab Kohli -- who want to get rich quickly and their subsequent brush with the underworld. Nandita Das plays a gangster. Supari promises to pack in quite a punch.

The film releases on June 20.


Jhankar Beats
Debutant Sujoy Ghosh's take on the 'now' generation bears absolutely no resemblance to any youth flick. According to Ghosh, it is neither Karan Johar's Kuch Kuch Hota Hai nor Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai. Ghosh, instead, uses three yuppies -- Rahul Bose, Sanjay Suri and Shayan Munshi -- to unveil a story of sex, lies and relationships.

The film releases on June 20.


Kahan Ho Tum
Debutant director Vijay Kumar's film is a psychological thriller about three friends, one of whom (Samir Soni) goes missing during a jungle trek. The investigation into his disappearance turns out to be a comment on the contemporary human condition. A film brimming with ideas on the quality of life, Kahan Ho Tum could be the dark horse of the year.

The film releases on June 27.


88 Antop Hill
A whodunit staged in a Mumbai bungalow, this ensemble movie is director-producer Kushan Nandy's debut bow. He is the son of journalist-businessman-Rajya Sabha MP Pritish Nandy. While actors Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Dev and former veejay Suchitra Pillai play victims as well as suspects, the film's technical panache is said to boost it above ordinary thrillers. It boasts of a true-to-life sound design. Young Nandy, who has enjoyed a stint directing horror thrillers on Indian television, admits they were adapted from Hollywood. But, he adds, 'for my feature film I'm original.'

The film releases on June 27.


Darna Manaa Hai
According to producer Ram Gopal Varma, Hindi cinema has seen nothing like this episodic satirical thriller. Director Prawaal Raman's Darna Mana Hai, which stars Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Fardeen Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Aftab Shivdasani, Urmila Matondkar, Shilpa Shetty, Sanjay Kapoor, Isha Koppikar, Antara Mali and Sameera Reddy, openly scoffs at every convention in commercial cinema. There are six stories within this reportedly bizarre film, one of which includes a woman scared of apples!

The film releases on July 4.


Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
Debutant director Apoorva Lakhia, who assisted Ashutosh Gowariker in Lagaan, takes his narrative into a Rajasthan village where Abhishek Bachchan arrives with new ideas and dreams. This film (inspired by a newspaper headline) is full of happy and sad moments. Its toasted brown look might remind you of Lagaan, but the director claims this is a true-blue original film.

The film releases on July 4.


Joggers' Park
Anant Balani's film shows a retired judge (Victor Banerjee) discovering how little he knows life at the grassroots while jogging at one of Mumbai's famous parks. The single setting and the stylised treatment of an extremely unusual storyline should kindle innovative thoughts in jaded Bollywood minds. Joggers' Park has been produced by Subhash Ghai's Mukta Arts.

The film releases on July 11.


Calcutta Mail
Shot entirely in Kolkata, this Sudhir Mishra film focuses almost single-mindedly on Anil Kapoor as a man on the run, though it has Rani Mukerji as the female lead. Mishra's earlier thriller, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin (Nirmal Pandey, Tara Deshpande, Smriti Mishra), was an intriguing ambiguity within Bollywood's straitjacketed commercial cinema.

The film releases on July 25.


3 Deewarein
Nagesh Kukunoor (Hyderabad Blues, Rockford, Bollywood Calling) unfurls this prison drama that explores the bond among three prisoners -- Naseeruddin Shah, Jackie Shroff and Kukunoor.

The film releases on July 25 or August 1.


A wacky underworld satire set in Dubai, Boom! features Amitabh Bachchan as a Bo Derek fan who chases his dream woman. The film boasts of beautiful sex bombs from different generation -- represented by Zeenat Aman, Madhu Sapre, Padma Lakshmi and Katrina Kaif. Director Kaizad Gustad (Bombay Boys) promises a fresh look at life in the farce lane.

The film releases on August 1.


Koi... Mil Gaya
Rakesh Roshan's new movie with his son Hrithik in the lead presents the Kaho Naa... Pyar Hai star as a spastic who befriends an alien. This sci-fi drama is said to be an exciting package. Both Roshan and his son say this film will either revolutionise the industry or revolt audiences.

The film releases on August 8.

Note: Release dates are subject to change.

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