Bollywood couldn't care less about flops
Priyanka Khanna, Mar 27 [ Sun, Mar 27, 2005 ]
April will witness a string of big releases - "Lucky", Salman Khan's first release this year, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's "Parineeta" and Kamal Hassan's "Mumbai Xpress".
Tentatively slated for an April 8 release, "Lucky" directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru will introduce Sneha Ullal widely touted as a look-alike of Salman's ex-flame Aishwarya Rai.
"Mumbai Xpress" directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and starring Manisha Koirala and Om Puri, is described as a comedy. It has music by the legendary Ilayaraja.
Though Kamal Hassan is the reigning god in south Indian movies, he has not had a successful run in Bollywood.
For that matter, his recent experiments on celluloid has not exactly set the box office on fire - the Rs.110 million "Hey Ram" failed, so did "Abhay" and "Veerumandi" in Tamil.
But Kamal Hassan is undeterred: "I want to make movies for the niche market whose potential is still untapped. If Armani, Versace and Digjam are able to tell them to wear stripes or pastel colours, why not cinema? It is possible to change the audience," he has said.
Box-office's favourite star, Akshay Kumar, will return to romance the silver screen April in the power-packed emotional drama "Waqt - The Race Against Time".
The film by Vipul Amrutlal Shah has a formidable cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani and has the industry pegging its hopes high.
So far, Akshay has had an envious run at the turnstiles. The Indian masses love him and his pairing with Priyanka has been a hit on more than one occasion.
Another hot film set for release in April is "Kaal" - starring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham, Lara Dutta, Esha Deol and Shah Rukh Khan in a special appearance. Its item numbers playing are already the talk of the town.
Typical Hindi 'masala' films will find competition from the international critically acclaimed film, "Matrubhoomi", a small-budget film produced by Patrick Sobelman, Nicolas Blanc and Punkej Kharabanda, and directed by the now famous Manish Jha.
The film based on a sensitive social issue, stars Tulip Joshi, Sushant Singh, Sudhir Pandey and Piyush Mishra.
Cast in a similar mould will be the Ashutosh Rana-starrer "Shabnam Mousi", which is based on India's first eunuch-turned-politician. All in all, an interesting month awaits Hindi movie buffs.