Posted: 20 February 2005 at 9:39pm | IP Logged
Swades or pardes, SRK
It's been a vintage year for Shah Rukh Khan the actor.
First, the madcap mayhem of Main Hoon Na (could anyone else have carried it
off?). Then the soulful journey from sarson ke khet to jailhouse in Veer- Zaara
(delightfully, the older Shah Rukh was better than the younger one). And to wrap
up, an inspiringly introspective portrayal in Swades (end of 'It's
the same ol' Shah Rukh Khan' complaints). Swades flopped, but his
other two movies compensated handsomely as he brought in the moolah—in
multiplexes and musty cinema halls, in India and abroad. He claims titles like
King Khan and Badhshah of Bollywood don't mean too much to him, but the
trade takes them very seriously
Wait for me
came and went without a release. All the acting we got from Aamir Khan's
was in a highly visible ad campaign. Three years is a long time to coast on past
performance and the result is that expectations from The Rising are, well,
rising. Once that's taken care of, Aamir is scheduled to start work on a
new Yash Raj project opposite Kajol. It is a combination that's got the
trade and fans equally excited. 2005 promises to make up for his three-year
Most actors don't find it easy to say no to big banners,
to money, to friends. Hrithik Roshan, ever-polite though he is, has no such
problems. The flip side is that once he green-lights a project, he disappears
from the public eye, gets into character and stays there. Anybody who signs him
on has the advantage of his undivided attention and undiluted focus. Which is
why they make sure they have something worth his while. He'll make it
worth theirs too. Though Lakshya was a losing box office proposition, it took
him a couple of notches higher as an actor.
It's like old
Salman Khan is back in business. Mujhse Shaadi Karogi saw him
in superb form shirt off, biceps gleaming, that good-boy smile well in place.
His box office graph may have been erratic MSK was a full-blown hit, Garv-Pride
& Honour did decent business and Dil Ne Jisse Apna Kaha was a family tragedy
but four films a year showed that Salman Khan's market is still booming.
He wrapped up proceedings in typical style by doing a bit role in Phir Milenge
for an old friend and then donating his fees to charity.
I'm a character actor now, declared the baritone. No
go, replied his fans; they attach too much respect and adoration to the name
Amitabh Bachchan. Nine movies down the road, Bachchan halted, admitted
he'd overdone it. And promised to be more careful with public
expectations. There will be fewer movies in 2005. The year kicks off with
Black—an auspicious beginning.
The mirror has two faces
Ajay Devgan had a relatively quiet year with only two releases
Khakee and Raincoat. But they summed up this brooding actor's versatility
and indicated the direction in which he's taking his career. If he took
time to pause (and spend time with daughter Nysa) in 2004, this year will see a
spate of his releases. In fact, he's booked till the end of 2006. Besides,
Ajay is determined to work to his advantage the fact that he is one of the few
heroes whom audiences will accept equally in outrageously macho or subtly
subdued roles. That's what makes him so popular with his producers and
distributors. And his fans, of course.
a polite goodbye to the old Akshay Kumar. Sit up and enjoy the new one.
He's polished, he's charming, and he leaves the martial arts to
someone else. Khakee had you sit up and smile. In Mujhse Shaadi Karogi he made
the most sporting loser you've seen in a long time. And in Aitraaz, he had
the women clambering all over him. Yes, the old Akshay was seen in some
old-style maar-dhaad movies, but these were all long-in-the-making films,
completed because, he says, he will not leave his producers in the lurch.
That's why they keep coming back to
Whether it's macho stud, sensitive lover or goofball,
Sanjay Dutt's decided to play his age. Which means a refreshingly new
perspective to his career. After he was resuscitated by Munnabhai MBBS, Dutt has
been seen in two very different kinds of movies. One lot is invariably full of
fists and fury (Musafir being the latest example). The other is more of a mixed
bag films like Shabd (where he plays a writer), Viruddh (where he pairs up with
Amitabh Bachchan) and of course, the much-awaited sequel, Munnabhai Meets
Mahatma Gandhi. The second lot has had more takers of late, but Sanju
doesn't seem to be able to resist the guns 'n' poses flicks
his band of boys dream up for him.
Saif Ali Khan
Ali Khan has finally entered the big league after hovering on the fringes for
years. Two big banner hits Kal Ho Naa Ho and Hum Tum did it for him. The
question now: Can he stay there? The maverick actor followed up his success by
signing two fairly offbeat films, Akuri and Parineeta, with a Yash Raj project
for ballast. Saif admits he'd like to be up there with the other Khans but
that would need big names and big-money projects. Will Saif join the big boys?
We should know soon enough.
Still packs a
Both his films Lakeer and Rok Sako To Rok Lo laid eggs at the
box office. They built up Sunny's nest egg though, since he can still ask
for a hefty price. The actor has been plagued by back problems and huge
production losses for the last couple of years, but neither has held him back.
In 2005 he will be seen in his home production, Devdhar Gandhi, as well as Rahul
Rawail's Jo Bole So Nihal and Guddu Dhanoa's Dhool. Those films tell
their own story Sunny likes to stick to directors and producers he is