Monday, May 13, 2002

Bhagat Singh films exhibit Dalerism: Yes, I just coined that word. Remember that Daler video (Tunak Tunak Tun) where he multiplies on screen? (what's worse than one Daler? two Dalers... what's worse than two? three ... and so on)? Well, seemed appropriate to describe the different versions in the making right now: Sunny Deol's 23RD MARCH 1931 SHAHEED and Rajkumar Santoshi's THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH. This is what happens when old camp friends have a fallout. The audience has to bear the brunt of it. Santoshi's take has Ajay Devgan essaying the title role music by A. R. Rahman. That's a lot of brownie points. Sunny bhai's film has Bobby Deol in the lead (the descent begins) and is directed by Guddu Dhanoa (ground zero and continuing). The other two versions in the fray are from pop singer-turned-actor Harbhajan Singh Maan directed by Tarun Wadhwa and Keval Kashyap's film scripted by Mr. Bharat/ex-Bhagat-Singh Manoj Kumar (who incidentally opted out of Sunny bhai's venture). {more on the tussle: yahoo}. While on the subject, remember the black-and-white classic Shaheed, scripted by Mr. Bharat himself with great songs written and composed by Prem Dhawan?

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