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10 Biggest Hit Bollywood Movies of 2009

Posted by Kokolicious on 1st January 2010

What a year it was for Bollywood! It seemed to be churning out only flops and perhaps we had the biggest flop of all times too. It was Love Aaj Kal which broke this spell of flops. Yet success seemed to have taken a holiday. Still, we had some unique successes like never before. But if we see how the year progressed and ended, it was like building up to a nice climax. Better movies started coming towards the end and the year concluded with a blockbuster.

All The Best
Who could have thought that this movie was going to come out victorious in the Diwali season? After all, the most expensive Bollywood movie Blue was released at the same time. Another movie released at the same time was  Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna. But with a mere investment of less than 30 crores, it made a neat sum of 50 crores at the box office. It did not have a good opening but when the big ones disappointed the audience, they naturally turned to this one. After all, people need something to enjoy the festive season.

Wake Up Sid
Finally our good old Karan Johar gave up style for substance. Not to mention the row he had with the MNS for this movie for calling Mumbai ‘Bombay’. Mumbai or Bombay, the audience did not care and just loved the movie. A movie made with a budget of 15 crores, it collected almost 42 crores in India only. Though the lead pair of Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma is a bit unusual, it worked as a nice variation.

Another movie with the Mumbai-Bombay debate but with a Vishal Bhardwaj touch. Though we know him more for doing classic remakes of Shakespeare, this movie took him and Shahid Kapoor to a very different level. People thought that the investment of 35 crores for this crime thriller was a gamble. But the movie did an unprecedented business of almost 68 crores in India alone.
Dev D
Anurag Kashyap proved it to us that the theme of Devdas is eternal. Though a large section of the old school did not quite appreciate the treatment, the present generation and the critics just loved it. Perhaps, this was the most critically acclaimed movie of the year 2009. One more interesting thing about the movie is its budget, which was much lower than even the fees of many actors. It was just 6 crores. And the business? 24 crores! Now that’s what I call profit!
New York
This year we saw two big production houses of Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra making movies on terrorism. Kurbaan of Karan Johar failed, whereas Aditya Chopra laughed his way to the bank. All thanks to New York! But why did this happen? Kurbaan was too serious and mundane, it just scared the audience away. But New York was a romantic movie with terrorism as the backdrop. Due credit should go to the promotion also.

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Finally, a nice sweet success under Rajkumar Santoshi‘s belt. It’s been long overdue. People just love the cute pair of Ranbir-Katrina. They looked too good on-screen. Both of them worked hard for this movie. Ranbir is rumoured to have worked on the on-screen chemistry with Katrina at the expense of his off-screen lady love Deepika. Katrina, on the other hand brought out her on-screen image to her off-screen life, specially on the promos. It’s a story of hard work paying off well.
Love Aaj Kal
This was the first hit of the year. It was also the first venture of Saif as a producer. Critics liked that aspect of him whereas the audience liked his role as a simple Sardar. Director Imtiaz Ali of Jab We Met fame also did a neat job. The budget was almost a risk, it was 48 crores. But it was no longer a concern when the return was 75 crores. Money well spent!
Now Prabhu Deva can teach the master of remakes Priyadarshan how to do it, and not to mention a few dance steps. Jokes apart, Prabhu Deva struck gold with his directorial debut. Not only that, it did good to success starved Salman Khan. There was a nice blend of innocent love and crime. Simplicity can still spell success and this movie is a witness to that. 35 crores is a substantial investment, but the movie collected 38 crores in the opening week itself. What more do you want?
This movie comes as a redemption for Big B for doing a movie like Aladin. He is a hard worker inspite of his age, that we all know. But here , he gave his heart and soul, literally. Once the make-up was done, it was impossible to move freely for almost eight hours. And, the make up was done by the same artist who did it for Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire. Everyone gave amazing performance but the real performer was the heart wrenching tale of Auro, a child suffering from a terminal disease known as Progeria played by Big B. Besides, all due credit should also go to R.Balki for coming up with a genius of a concept like this.

3 Idiots
Now, we can hardly stop ourselves from believing that Rajkumar Hirani can deliver a flop. It is a hat-trick. Three blockbusters in a row! An unprecedented success, I have to say. It won’t be a surprise if it sets some records or break older ones. This critique on the educational system of the nation is the biggest blockbuster of the year and perhaps will be for the next year too. The long run has just begun.



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20 Biggest Flop Bollywood Movies of 2009

Posted by Kokolicious on 30th December 2009

Another year draws to a conclusion but Bollywood does not have much reason to smile. It has been one of the worst years for the industry. There were some hits here and there, but the flops clearly outweighed them. We saw the most expensive movies end in smoke and the anticipated ones not delivering even an iota of what they promised. To add on to the misery, there was the long strife between the industry and the owners of multiplexes on how to share the revenue. Anyway, let’s have a look at the top biggest failures of the year 2009.

Tum Mile
When you are basing your story on the plight of the people of a city, it is almost immoral that you do not highlight that plight, which is the Mumbai floods of 2007. Perhaps this is the worst film from the Bhatt camp. And Soha Ali Khan, just when we started considering her as an actor of substance, like Tabu, it is unbelievable that she would do a movie like this. Well, Emraan Hashmi is quite popular with the ladies, but that cannot be the only strong point of a movie!


Aa Dekhen Zara
One never stops wondering why did the producer choose such an odd timing for the release of the movie. After all, why would he choose the time when the tension was high between the multiplex owners and the industry? The movie could not even have an opening at many places. And when you do not have any competitor, you attract all the critics to yourself. By the way, don’t you think Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu is a very odd pair?

Dil Bole Hadippa
What was supposed to be sweet comeback almost became a sad final farewell for Rani Mukherjee. Well, Rani had worked really hard for this film and as usual, she looked great. But nothing came to the aid of this desi version of She’s The Man. Besides, the humour behind gender change is obsolete now. It’s juvenile.
Kal Kissne Dekha
If we look at the timing of the release of this movie, then it should have walked away with all the cash. It was one of the first releases after the long strife between the industry and the multiplex owners over the sharing of the revenue. It is like a plan to do a Rakesh Roshan to his son by Vashu Bhagnani went awry. Not every son is a Hrithik Roshan. And the theme of seeing past and future? Give us a break!
8×10 Tasveer
This movie was different from the movies which Akshay Kumar had been doing. Maybe it was too different for the people to even accept it. They say, one of the most effective way to deal with horror movies is to leave it open to interpretation, rest, the audience’s own imagination will do. But here, director Nagesh Kuknoor left it too open ended, they needed some points from where they could start. They came out all lost.
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa almost convinced us that we are about to have another superstar. But this movie was a sad anti-climax for this nephew of Aamir Khan. We were also waiting for the debut of Kamal Hassan’s daughter, Shruti Hassan. Well, it just turns out to be the wrong launchpad for her career.
Madhur Bhandarkar‘s movie is always a success, at least in one aspect. Mostly, his films score high on critical aspect. This movie was also marketed using this aspect. But as the name would have suggested, it did not have any pace in it and the audience was slowly driven to boredom. Controversies regarding nudity is supposed to do good for the movie. Unfortunately, no one seemed to bother about that, not even the censor board.
De Dana Dan
This movie had a fairly good opening but could not sustain for long at the box office. The trio of Akshay-Suniel-Paresh is not funny anymore. One more movie and they will start to get annoying. Maybe time for Priyadarshan to come up with something new altogether. Hera Pheri was classic, but De Dana Dan, it is the complete opposite of it. And Katrina Kaif, inspite of her status, just looks like a misfit amidst these comic trio.
Perhaps it is high time that directors stop exploiting Cricket. We all know that in this country it is more than religion. It is a part of our lives, but that does not necessarily mean it is an interesting part. We already had amazing classics on this theme like Lagaan, which even went for the Oscars. The theme has been too overplayed. One more movie on this and we will be sick and tired of it.
This movie is an example of a very bad handling of a very outdated theme. Nothing could make it any newer neither appealing. Sometimes, our own Big B turns up with ridiculous movies that one feels like asking him ‘why’? And Sanjay Dutt? He is supposed to be the baddie of the movie. But his costume was more fitted for a jester than a crime lord. Fantasy is something which the industry is yet to learn, let alone master it.
Acid Factory
When was the last time White Feather Films gave us a hit? It was multi-starrer Kaante, way back in 2002. This camp includes big names like Sanjay Dutt, Mahesh Manjarekar and Sanjay Gupta. But after their magnum opus Kaante, the quality of their production seems to be declining with every movie.
Billu Barber
These days we do not quite expect Shahrukh Khan and Irrfan Khan to deliver flops. They delivered powerful perfomance here too. But the movie being  flop inspite of this is not a surprise. If it was just a powerful performance by an actor which makes a movie work, then there is no doubt that Billu Barber would have worked. It was the star power of Shahrukh which did its bit of drawing the crowd, and their shock is as much as ours to find that the movie is about Irrfan Khan who plays Billu! And not to mention the glamourous Lara Dutta trying hard to play rustic. She could not do it in Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost, she could not do it here either.
Kambakkht Ishq
Was it fair to expect Sylvester Stallone to save a Bollywood movie with a cameo appearance? Don’t know about that, but all we know is that he could not. By the way it was one of the most anticipated movie of the year. This movie got all the hype one can ever expect. Not only that, it had all the glam and gloss. What it did not have was substance. The director tried to sweep it under the carpet with all the possible means, but the audience is not stupid. They saw it right through.
Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Salman Khan was riding high on his recent glory which he got from Wanted, which was an unexpected success. Maybe, if you can have unexpected success, then you can very well have unexpected failure also. The movie did not even have a decent opening, which many other flops of the year at least managed to get. Their are many things where one can place the blame. First of all, the pairing of Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor did not result into any chemistry at all. Even the promotion itself of the movie was questioned. Salman Khan was not the protagonist of the movie, it was Sohail Khan. Yet the promos convinced us of that. The audience felt duped.
What’s Your Raashee?
What is common in Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa-Akbar? They all were successes both commercially and critically, and directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar. But What’s Your Rashee? does not just fit into his profile. It is like the odd-man-out. Experimentation is fine, but there is something called constancy too. It almost seems as if he has run out of ideas. Otherwise why would he take up an outdated theme? And what is this casting of Priyanka Chopra in twelve different roles? Was it with the intent of overdosing the audience with her or to set up a Guiness Record? We can expect Govinda and Mahmood doing this, but Priyanka Chopra and Ashutosh Gowarikar! Unpardonable.
London Dreams
Vipul Amrutlal Shah made us laugh till our stomachs hurt and cry till our eyes went sore with Waqt. It became a household movie, which both the young and the old could sit together and enjoy thoroughly. This was a much bigger project than Waqt. Waqt was appreciated for the aptness of the casting. Even the minor characters were portrayed with much perfection, like that of Laxman played by Rajpal Yadav. In London Dreams, sheer injustice was done to the casting, specially that of Ajay Devgan. All his intensity was misplaced. But what outdid even this was the flimsy script, too many loopholes in it. In other words, nothing was convincing about the movie. And when the movie is a musical, you cannot have a bad background score and that is exactly what Shankar-Eshaan-Loy did!
Delhi 6
I guess it is the promising directors who disappoint the most. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra became the voice of the nation with Rang De Basanti and it is almost unforgivable that his next movie would be such a disappointment. The biggest drawback of the movie was his preachy tone. Common man would certainly think ‘What’s gotten into him?’ They were not at all happy with the moral self-righteousness of the director. Besides, he took too many sub-plots into consideration and consequently, could not do justice to any one of them. Maybe he should have saved all the different sub-plots for different movies, and not try to cramp all of them into one.
Chandni Chowk to China
When people went to see this movie, people wondered,"What happened to the Nikhil Advani who delivered a blockbuster like Kal Ho Na Ho?" Before this movie, Akshay Kumar was on a golden run of successes. The director perhaps thought of joining that run which actually turned out to be an utter fiasco for both of them. The charm of Nikhil Advani had ended long time back when he delivered the biggest flop of 2007, Salaam-e-ishq and with this movie we saw the waning away of Akki’s charm too.
Bollywood should stop banking too much on real life couples and think that it would work like a mantra. It does not work always. There have been many disasters in the past. If those were not enough, this one should come as one huge warning. At least the pairing should fit the context. There was no particular reason why Saif and Kareena was paired, except for the fact that they are an off-screen couple. That apart, even the whole treatment of the film, including the promos was not done right. It was too serious a movie.
This movie just proved that what a bad spender Bollywood is! It is sad to see the most expensive film ever go down like this. This movie had everything, mind blowing special effects, breathtaking locales, amazing cinematography and a wizard of a music composer. It could have given any Hollywood movie a run. Unfortunately, it was not the case. The audience rejected it right away. It lacked one essential thing which makes a movie a movie, a good script. All the big names like Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and even the wizard, A.R.Rahman could not save it.

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Can Ranbir Kapoor be the next Bollywood Superstar?

Posted by Kokolicious on 17th December 2009

Seems like it is Ranbir Kapoor all the way. When he first appeared in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Saawariya, it seemed like we had another chocolate boy in the industry. But it turns out that there is more to this chocolate boy, more than just a grand family name of the Kapoors and the good looks to win over the hearts of millions of girls. His role as a rich spoilt kid in Wake Up Sid (directed by Karan Johar) got critical acclaim whereas the movie was a declared hit. Then came in one of the greatest hits of 2009, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Maybe, time for the old moghuls of the industry to make way for the next superstar.

Family Background

Perhaps, only Abhishek Bachchan can be prouder of better parentage suited for the industry, but when the whole family is taken into consideration , only another Kapoor can be as proud as him. Got Rishi Kapoor, another heartthrob of another time as father, Neetu Singh, another beauty of another time as mother and other known and famous relatives like Ridhima as sister, Randhir and Rajiv Kapoor as uncles, Karishma and Kareena as cousins, Raj Kapoor as grand father and Prithviraj Kapoor as great grandfather. If a family name is all it takes to make it large in the industry, then he has it all.



But it is not that it was just his family name that launched him into the industry. This boy has done it from the scratch. Went to study method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Industry in New York. Lee Strasberg, remind you, is the famous disciple of the Father of Method Acting, Stanislavsky, and his school includes famous actors of yesteryears like Marlon Brando of the Godfather fame. Then he assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali as an assistant director for the critically acclaimed movie Black. He made his debut on the silver screen with the same director in Saawariya and got his first award as the best male debutant at the Filmfare awards. Then he came in the romantic comedy Bachna Ae Haseeno alongside Deepika Padukone, Minisha Lamba and Bipasha Basu. The next movie Wake Up Sid was a critical and box-office success. And as already mentioned, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani is one the biggest hits of 2009.  His recent film, Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year has been critically acclaimed and seems it is likely to do fairly well at the box-office. Another superstar has come of age! His future projects include Rajniti, directed by Prakash Jha of Gangaajal fame and Siddharth Anand’s Anjaana Anjaani with Priyanka Chopra. The Khans seem to be doing fine, Akshay Kumar and Abhay Deol are doing well in their respective genres. If we say the scene is too crowded, he can pretty well carve out, better make his own space.



Bollywood is known for its cut-throat competition and it is not that he is already a superstar. The closest competition seems to be with Shahid Kapoor. Shahid also has both critical acclaim and commercial success under his belt, but if we consider the rate at which both climbed to stardom, then I think Ranbir outweighs Shahid. Another competition he might have to face is from Abhay Deol, but Abhay does not seem to be eyeing the spot. He is more of a critics’ favourite than a saleable face. It would not be fair to compare him with the established ones like Abhishek Bachchan, or Saif Ali Khan. Moreover, we are quite used to their presence. So, what we have here is a young face, fairly new to the industry but got what it takes to be the next superstar. Maybe it will take some time to reach the top, but if he keeps his performance consistent, he will definitely be the next superstar. What do you think?

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Rare Childhood Pictures of Bollywood Celebs : I

Posted by Kokolicious on 29th July 2009


Check out childhood pictures of your favourite bollywood stars minus makeup and attitude.

Imran Khan

Bipasha Basu


Sanjay Dutt


Shahrukh Khan

Sunny Deol

Vidya Balan

Source: Itimes




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‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Shines at Oscars

Posted by Kokolicious on 24th February 2009


Slumdog Millionaire bags eight Oscars. It was a proud moment for India as A R Rahman got two Oscars – for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Jai Ho. Pookutty won the Oscar for Sound Mixing which he shared with Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke. Rahman shared Oscar for best original song  with noted lyricist Gulzar. Check out India shining at Oscars.

A R Rahman performing at Oscars


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Slumdog Millionaire Bags 4 Golden Globe Awards

Posted by Kokolicious on 13th January 2009


We will forever remember the 66th annual Golden Globes as the ceremony that pushed Indian cinema over the top, albeit indirectly.

British director Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, often called his ‘Ode to Mumbai’, swept the awards show, winning all four categories in which it was nominated (Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Director, Best Motion Picture — Drama).

With Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto and A R Rahman (whose work in Slumdog won Best Original Score), and Shah Rukh Khan introducing the film, it was really and truly an Indian affair.

Let’s take a look at some of the big Globes winners.

Slumdog Millionaire was pit against a star-studded line-up — Brad Pitt’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kate Winslet-Leonardo DiCaprio’s Revolutionary Road and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s The Reader.

Yet, the underdog film about an underdog gameshow contestant managed to upstage them all.

British Director Danny Boyle — who showed his penchant for grittiness in Trainspotting — took the world into Mumbai’s bustling slums, to tell us the story of one Jamal Malik and the love of his life, Latika.

Though pre-show buzz indicated that Slumdog Millionaire had a great chance at bringing home the trophy, it was almost impossible to believe that this independent film, without a major release, was going to top Titantic juggernauts Winslet and DiCaprio? It did. And all of India celebrated!

Source: Rediff


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Best Actors of 2008

Posted by Kokolicious on 8th January 2009

 2008 witnessed some top-line performances from our actors. While some rocked us with their blistering intensity, others justified our faith in their well-acknowledged abilities. Additionally, a prominent bunch of new faces surfaced on the scene, infusing it with refreshing attitude and ready-to-mould screen presence.Here is a list of best actors of 2008.

10. Imran Khan

There’s a terrible deficiency of talented young faces in the film industry. And so Imran Khan’s friendly-as-a-Care Bear turn, as Jai Singh Rathore aka Rats, found a smitten admirer in viewers of all ages. Imran’s unassuming, breezy aura and tangible niceness coupled up with an emotionally contained and confident performance contributed immensely to Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na‘s stable, sweet appeal. Although the same cannot be said about his premature-action-hero follow-up in Kidnap, Imran is, without doubt, a biggie-in-the-making.

9. Rajeev Khandelwal

It requires crazy level of talent to carry an entire film, offbeat one at that, on one’s shoulders single-handedly, especially if it happens to be your first film. Television star Rajeev Khandelwal’s believable anxiety and mounting trauma as he goes through a day full of horrors in the sometimes merciless city of Mumbai is spellbinding to say the least. Considering the entire premise of Aamir depends on its titular hero’s charisma, to keep the audience hooked through this ordeal, Khandelwal does astonishingly well.

8. Vinay Pathak and Abhay Deol

It’s a tie between the two of the most underrated actors of Bollywood. It’s rather heart-warming to watch Vinay Pathak shift tracks from supporting characters to main lead with Dasvidaniya. The actor showcases his amazing range from a smart alec comic to a mini-Anand, smoothly slipping into the skin of the role he essays with incredible honesty, compelling you to forget comparisons with The Bucket List and enjoy the simplicity of his performance.
Though Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! didn’t garner the audience it expected or deserved, those who saw it only had nice things to say about Abhay Deol, his understated charm and smooth realism as the con man with supreme poise. A master of subtlety, Deol has, on more than one occasion, demonstrated what he can do with oddball roles. Only here, he outdoes himself.

 7. Farhan Akhtar

He came. He saw. And he rocked with Rock on. While his capabilities behind the camera were never really in question, Farhan Akhtar took everyone by surprise with an effective display of histrionics and wacky playback skills, in front of it as well. The transformation from a charged-up lead singer of a blossoming band to an impassive cabin-holding shark in an investment firm wasn’t limited to wardrobe alone. In a performance laced with tremendous conflict on the surface, lingering regrets in his snappish tone and the subsequent realization of its futility, Farhan came out on tops.

6. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar could easily make a lousiest scene the best thing about a movie with his swashbuckling magnetism and finely-tuned comic timing. And so whether it was as the golden-hearted don Happy Singh in Singh is Kinng or the gaudy-and-loving-it Bachchan Pandey of Tashan, Akshay’s celebrated earthiness was on a roll.  Having said that, the actor’s fast-nearing a point where he needs to stop doing his usual jig and aim for something radical.

5. Naseeruddin Shah

As the representative of the much-harried common man in the face of terror, Naseer’s potent baritone and seething presence leaves an indelible mark on the viewer who can relate with his frustrations, more than ever.
Fortunately enough, A Wednesday didn’t turn out to be one of those critically acclaimed flops. It struck a chord in all the right places and clicked at the box office as well. While he was proficient as ever in Maharathi and Mithya, one role he appeared to having a blast doing was a frame-sized cameo as Amar Singh Rathore, advocating his three essential requirements to qualify for manhood, in Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Super stuff, this!

4. Shah Rukh Khan

Ideally, it would have been fabulous to have Shah Rukh Khan play Surinder Sahni all the way. But Raj being Raj had to somehow squeeze himself into the proceedings. It’s not the same though, because Raj isn’t iconic any more, he is Suri’s interpretation.  To his credit, Shah Rukh Khan plays both the dissimilarity and connection with the flamboyance of Raj and earnestness of Suri. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi works primarily because of SRK’s simplicity rendered to the latter. Moreover, despite the implausible premise, he has us convinced and routing for him. A-one, hai ji? You bet!

3. Aamir Khan

After a really long time, one saw a film solely resting on the puffed-up shoulders of Aamir Khan. Fanaa was as much about him as it was about its comeback star, Kajol.
Taare Zameen Par didn’t revolve around him. In Rang De Basanti, the issue was much bigger than his presence. And so a full-bodied turn in Ghajini was long overdue. Beneath all the hype and muscles, however, lies a high-voltage, physically exhausting performance. The violence in his expressions is as dynamic as the sound of his clobbering. Even those who had a problem with its anterograde amnesia roots couldn’t help but acknowledge the visceral grit of Khan’s most action-packed performance ever.

2. Hrithik Roshan

Playing a one of India’s greatest rulers isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s not about adorning rich brocades and ornate kundans.
It’s not about raising your sword and charging at the enemy. Hrithik Roshan gets that perfectly. Instead of treating Jodhaa Akbar like a costume drama, he tackles his character like a multi-layered individual with an important designation. He recreates a certain grace, restraint, vigor and might of a celebrated historical figure through a precisely-modulated delivery and persuasive etiquette. It’s an inspiring, original accomplishment which bears no semblance to other actors in similar roles. What’s more Hrithik’s delicately nuanced performance, despite a wobbly script and sketchy narrative, is impressively consistent.

1. Amitabh Bachchan

There’s nothing more elevating than watch an actor deliver a challenge, without any compromise, in all his enthused glory. Amitabh Bachchan’s breathtaking transformation into The Last Lear is all that and more.
Playing a mercurial, ageing actor consumed by Shakespeare and a tantalizing imagination, Bachchan’s Harry is eccentric yet fascinating, stern yet child-like, a novel-like personality, a reluctant legend. To achieve this, AB lends intriguing layers and slender detailing to his part with untiring brilliance, natural candor and exaggerated eloquence. It’s his masterpiece on all counts.

Source: Rediff


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The Sexiest Cover Girls, 2008

Posted by Upasana Jain on 6th January 2009

Glitz and glamour are synonymous with a glossy. And with more and more international fashion publications hitting Indian shores, the competition for a winning cover only got hotter. With that 2008 saw fashion/movie magazines indulge in lavish spreads involving delectable photography, imaginative styling and top-notch labels. And who else but Bollywood’s dazzling showgirls to play muse.

Presenting some of the Sexiest Cover Girls of last year.


Don’t be fooled by her gullible gaonwali act in Welcome to Sajjanpur, the stunner is a sight of seduction in that smoking hot Salvatore Ferragamo gown.


An understated blend of sensuous and dreamy, Bipasha ‘s intimate gaze and tender gestures make her this year’s most tempting cover girl.


Everything looks smashing when Deepika adorns it. Ditto for this wild Manish Arora creation. Her mantra? Knock-out attitude to match that hot figure.


Her angelic appeal is courtesy those doe eyes. And this cover, of one of Bollywood’s most beautiful women, accentuates just that.


Unlike her full-on traditional appearances on screen with films like Saawariya and Delhi 6, sassy Sonam takes a chic pill in this lemony green sizzler.


2008 was all about denying all size zero talk for the hot ‘n’ happening Bebo. That doesn’t stop her from flaunting that talked-about very figure in a vibrant Dolce & Gabbana dress. And man, does she do it justice?


Fashion was the buzzword of Priyanka’s existence in 2008. So it’s only fair she’d bag half a dozen covers. The sexy star reminds us why exactly she is in Vogue in a sensational black Louis Vuitton creation.


None of her movies are worth raving about. But you simply cannot deny Amisha’s raging sex appeal on a magazine front.


One look at Ms Shetty here and you’ll never ask, ‘Who’s the Bigg Boss?’


It’s almost like Vidya Balan decided to have a sense of humour about her constantly criticised dressing sense. To her credit, those sheets do look good on her, don’t you think?


Looking good is second nature to PZ. And so it’s two thumbs up for the elegant star in this lovely ebony ‘n’ ivory number by Gauri and Nainika.


How to shatter girl-next-door image in one day? Do a Soha on Maxim!


Saving the best for last, here’s the original cover girl in all her queenly glory. Seriously, the woman was born to be on top.

Source : Rediff


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Bollywood’s Biggest Flops!

Posted by Upasana Jain on 29th December 2008


The year has not been too kind for the Hindi film industry, and there have been many duds at the box office. As the year comes to an end, we asked trade analyst Vinod Mirani to tell us what worked and what didn’t. He makes a list, we try to explain why.


A lot of expected out of Kidnap. It was directed by Sanjay Gadhvi, who made the blockbuster Dhoom series.It starred Imran Khan, the latest star on the block, fresh from his debut hit film Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. The other star was Sanjay Dutt, with a fan base already in place. But the film simply could not take advantage for all that what was going for it. Imran didn’t play kidnapper properly, Minisha Lamba looked ridiculous as the fashionable victim, her mother Vidya Malvade looked even more ridiculous with her spilling-over cleavage, and Dutt looked just plain bored.


Himesh Reshammiya could not carry forward his Aap Kaa Surroor success in his second acting film, Karzzzz.The story had already been a success — Subhash Ghai had directed the blockbuster Karz, starring Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim and Simi Garewal, way back in 1980.Himesh doled out great music but not a good performance. His leading ladies Urmila Matondkar and Shweta Kumar fared even worse.


Rani Mukerji’s flop run with Yash Raj Films continued with this film. She could not recreate her Bunty Aur Babli success with her Ta Ra Rum Pum hero Saif Ali Khan.Directed by Kunal Kohli, Thoda Pyar was a fairy tale, without any magic. Amisha Patel seemed to be the film’s only highlight.


After the success of Shootout At Lokhandwala, Vivek Oberoi was looking for another hit with his Shootout director Apoorva Lakhia in Mission Istanbul. But the film was a washout from day one.Mission had all the masala elements of a commercial hit — action, villains and romance — but nothing could save it.


Heroes featured some of the biggest stars of Bollywood like Salman Khan, Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta and Mithun. But the patriotic film lacked soul, and could not attrack audiences to the theatres.


Subhash Ghai tried his luck at cinema again with Yuvvraaj, and came away humbled again. Ghai has had a spate of flops like Yaadein, Kisna and Black And White, with no BO relief.Even Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, and A R Rahman’s music could not save Yuvvraaj.


Yash Raj Films’ big release Tashan featured Akshay Kumar, the hit-maker of Bollywood. It was also Saif and Kareena Kapoor’s first film together, as an offscreen couple. Yet, this masala potboiler could not rake in the moolah.


Ajay Devgan made his directorial debut with a tearful tale of a wife’s (played by Kajol) ordeal, as she suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, played by Devgan himself, goes to hell and back, trying to make their lives better. Loosely inspired by Hollywood film Notebook, U Me Aur Hum did not find as many takers as the Devgans had hoped for.


Quite a lot depended on the fate of Love Story 2050. It would start newcomer Harman Baweja’s career in Bollywood well, his co-star Priyanka Chopra would get the much-awaited hit, and director Harry Baweja would get a hit to his credit. A lot of money was put into the special effects to enhance the final product. But the film — that released on the same day as the hit Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na — bombed.


Priyanka Chopra saw another flop in Drona, co-starring Abhishek Bachchan. Director Goldie Behl’s mythological film was very tacky, with a story that did not appeal to today’s youngsters. People didn’t accept Abhishek as a superhero, and the film bombed.

Source: Rediff

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Best Dressed Bollywood Stars of 2008

Posted by Kokolicious on 29th December 2008


You are what you wear. While some like it classic. Others dig everything ‘in’. But as long as the results look wow, who are we to complain? This year too, many of Bollywood’s charming folk stepped out in the limelight, dressed to kill in sparkling designer attire, which not only complimented their personality but also gave a strong reflection of their taste. Nine times out of 10, others approved too. And so, as the New Year gets ready to greet us, we give you Bollywood’s Ten Best-Dressed Stars of 2008. Read on to know who made it and who missed:

Katrina Kaif

The stars continue to glimmer in Katrina’s favour. Even though Yuvvraaj tank, Singh is Kinng and Race’s success more than made up for it. Courtesy these high-profile releases, one got to see a lot of her and most of these public appearances were quite a treat as she dazzled the shutterbugs in delicate chiffons, elegant gowns, hip dresses or strawberry pink saris.

 Priyanka Chopra

Style had a major part to play in Priyanka Chopra’s two major hits this year. While in Fashion she essayed the role of a supermodel, Dostana had her get into the skin of a Miami-based fashion journalist. The trend bug seems to have bit the girl for good what with her appearing constantly-in-character when it comes to events and dos. Needless to say, we love the new and improved Priyanka Chopra.

Bipasha Basu

Even as we struggle to keep track of Bipasha’s ever-changing haircuts, the Bachna Ae Haseeno babe can pretty much carry off anything on that smoldering hot body. But we really, really dig her chic ‘n’ cool version of the LBD.

Deepika Padukone

Retro, sporty, glamorous, ethnic, the gorgeous model-turned-actress is a clothes horse in the truest sense of the word. Besides dressing up in a lot of Manish Malhotras and Shantanu-Nikhils, Deepika made quite a few jaws drop in an ethereal blue creation by Marc Jacobs. In fact, you might have caught her in the same outfit romancing Venice in the Bachna Ae Haseeno love ditty, Khuda jaane co-starring boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Whether the backdrop is royalty or corporate, Ash loves to surprise us with a new look each and every time. Ditto for the red carpet. Be it solo or cosy hand-in-hand appearances with hubby Abhishek, Mrs Bachchan looked simply sensational in her sequinned saris, crispy formals or hot-as-hell Cannes numbers.

Dia Mirza

You’ll be forgiven for not having any recollection of her last release but when it comes to fashion, Dia Mirza is totally ‘with it’. Her sophisticated turn at premieres and parties goes on to prove just that. Look how she’s upped the ante of a minimalistic black dress with a smart mix of accessories.

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta  defines fashion as comfort. To her credit, the impeccably turned out star looks as much home in a Kings XI jersey and jeans as she does in this prim ‘n’ propah outfit befitting a Derby event, complete with a hat and over-sized belt. We think she rocks in both the avatars. What about you?

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar can carry off any trend with flying colours. Quite literally. Give him pink, purple or orange, he’ll rock them all. A genuine adventurer when it comes to style, the man looks impossibly good in anything he chooses to wear. Currently, India’s Sexiest Man Alive is big on sleeveless vests, both plain and patterned.

Shah Rukh Khan

Surinder Sahni? Boring. Raj? Jarring! The man behind it all, however, strikes a fine note of traditional and class when it comes to his off-screen appearances. Whether he steps out of (his mansion) Mannat in a simple black and white kurta-pajama to greet his well-wishers on Eid or goes all out to promote his only release this year in a spiffy jacket and jeans, Shahrukh Khan is dressed up for the occasion.

John Abraham

While his fans are still drooling over his skimpy yellow number in Dostana, John Abraham continues to make a yummy statement even in an ordinary shirt and regular pair of jeans.

Source: Rediff

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