The older man-younger woman / older woman-younger man concept isn’t alien to Hindi films. Years ago, Yash Chopra’s production house attempted DOOSRA AADMI [Raakhee, Rishi Kapoor]. Then, of course, there was LAMHE [Anil Kapoor, Sridevi]. A spate of films in the intervening period tackled similar themes, notable among them being LEELA [Dimple Kapadia, Amol Mhatre], TUM? [Manisha Koirala, Karan Nath], EK CHHOTI SI LOVE STORY [Manisha Koirala, Aditya Seal], JOGGERS PARK [Victor Banerjee, Perizaad Zorabian] and DIL CHAHTA HAI [Dimple Kapadia, Akshaye Khanna].
In NISHABD, the 60-year-old man admits that he loves an 18-year-old girl. In the process, he severs ties with his wife and daughter. He wants to commit suicide subsequently, but doesn’t. Conclusion: He wants to spend the remaining days of his life thinking of the tender moments he spent with the 18-year-old. Daring stuff!
Amitabh Bachchan is in top form, essaying the role with complete understanding. He emotes through eyes on several occasions, which is the hallmark of an accomplished actor. Newcomer Jiah Khan is supremely confident. Loaded with attitude and sex appeal, the newcomer carries off her part with flourish. Her scenes with Bachchan are superb!
Black Friday – Story
BLACK FRIDAY is based on the events leading up to and the investigation thereafter of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. The 1993 Mumbai blasts left 300 + dead and a 1,000 + injured. Based on S. Hussain Zaidi’s book, the film takes one into the heart of the conspiracy behind the Mumbai blasts and the massive follow-up investigation by giving detailed account of planning, execution and back-end operations of the same.
1.25 p.m.: The first blast occurs at the Bombay Stock Exchange.
2.45 p.m.: Blast at Worli Passport Office.
A series of explosions take place at Air India Building, Century Bazaar shopping centre, adjacent to Shiv Sena Bhavan at Dadar, Zaveri Bazar, compound of Plaza cinema, 18th floor of Sea Rock Hotel in Bandra, Centaur Hotel, Juhu, Centaur Hotel, Santacruz.
The clues begin to surface…
The story of BLACK FRIDAY is narrated in the most convincing manner. Unlike the trend of giving screen names to characters, Anurag Kashyap uses real-life names and that only adds to the authenticity. Besides, Kashyap’s handling of a number of sequences is hair-raising…
Anurag Kashyap deserves the highest praise for handling the subject material with utmost sensitivity
On the whole, BLACK FRIDAY is an outstanding piece of work. One of the finest products to come out of Mumbai, this one is a hard-hitting film that has the courage to say what it says
Undertrail – Story
Sagar Hussain [Rajpal Yadav] is an undertrial prisoner at the Central Jail. He is accused of raping his daughters continuously for eight years and also for conspiring to murder them. The evidence is stacked up against Sagar.
The last witness is Sagar’s wife Sameena [Monica Castelino], who wants to ensure life imprisonment for him with the help of Public Prosecutor P.P. Verma [Prem Chopra]. Amidst a guaranteed guilty verdict enters Ravi Vishnoi [Kader Khan] to, perhaps, Sagar’s rescue. Does Justice Jaya Reddy [Pratima Kazmi] pronounce him guilty?
Any film that boasts of a hard-hitting and compelling story ought to be handled with equal conviction. Although the initial portions of UNDERTRIAL aren’t captivating, primarily because the film gives more-than-required footage to the jail inmates and assorted characters, a few moments between Rajpal Yadav and Mukesh Tiwari are interesting nonetheless.
But UNDERTRIAL takes a leap in the second hour. The courtroom sequences — Kader Khan cross-examining the chief complainant [the mother of the daughters] — is attention grabbing. The flashback — the mother’s past [already married to someone else – a fact she hid from Sagar], the murder of the eldest daughter, the prostitution racket — are sure to give you goose bumps. The execution of the material is also first-rate.
The film concludes on a positive note — the man is freed — but it instills sadness in you as the jailor questions the man: “Where do you go from here?” And the dejected man, who has almost reached the sunset of his life, replies helplessly: “I don’t know. Jahan raaste le jaaye.” It moves you!
Johny [Sanjay Dutt] and Jimmy [Saif Ali Khan] are petty thieves. Johny has a fetish for robbing expensive watches from showrooms during the day, while Jimmy robs mansions in the wee hours of the morning. Both land up behind bars often, but detest each other’s sight.
Outside a bar one night, they encounter Guptaji [Avtar Gill], who has been killed by the villains [Shakti Kapoor, Mukesh Rishi, Aasif Sheikh and Shiva]. Before dying, he blurts out the words ‘Roxy Hotel, accounts department’ to Johny and Jimmy
Both Johny and Jimmy land up at the hotel giving false stories to Balram [Shakti Kapoor] and get employed as stewards. In the meanwhile, Balram’s niece Pooja [Bipasha Basu] and her friend Kim [Kim Sharma] plan to start a hotel in Mauritius and instruct Balram to dispose off the Goa property.
But the scheming and corrupt Balram has usurped all the money [Rs. 30 crores] with the help of three crooks [Mukesh Rishi, Aasif Sheikh and Shiva] and hidden it in Mauritius. Johny and Jimmy get to know Balram’s game plan and demand a share in the booty. Balram calls them to Mauritius. In the meanwhile, the three crooks also hatch a plan to eliminate Balram and usurp the booty themselves.
The action shifts to Mauritius. Balram is murdered. Johny and Jimmy are in a fix since only Balram knows where he had hidden the booty. In the meanwhile, the three crooks rob the body and take it to a tantrik [Supriya Karnik], who says that the dead body of Balram will only react to a Mauritian song.
How everyone gets to the treasure with the help of the dead body, forms the crux of the film.
Nehle Pe Dehla – Shaan
Bottle Mein Main – Abhijeet, Vinod & Sunidhi Chauhan
Imaan Dol Jayega – Sunidhi Chauhan &amp;amp;amp; Vinod Rathod
Parvar Digara – Remix – K.K. & Tulsi Kumar
Husn Husn – Sonu Nigam & Jaspinder Narala
Hoga Hoga Khuda Gawah – Zubin Garg
Parvar Digara – K.K. & Tulsi Kumar
01 – KK – Ek Pal Mein
02 – Labh Janjua – Rabba Khair Kare
03 – Usha Uthup & Earl – Wicket Bacha
04 – Soham Chakrabarty – Kahan Kho Gaya
05 – Roop Kumar Rathod & Carolisa – I Am Coming Home
06 – Mahalaxmi Iyer – Jab Chaye Mera Jaadu
07 – Gulzar – Rabba Khair Kare
08 – Soham Chakrabarty – Kahan Kho Gaya [Reprise]
09 – Rana Mazumder – I Am Coming Home [Reprise]
10 – Labh Janjua – Rabba Khair Kare [Reprise]
11 – Usha Uthup & Earl – Wicket Bacha [Club Remix]