Monday, May 20, 2002

Bollywood remake for the week (well it's a forthcoming film, but early news reports never hurt anyone)

After their desi ripoff of Consenting Adults that bore the moniker of Ajnabee (where the cat was let out of the box in the previews of the film featuring the song 'Mehbooba Mehbooba'), the brothers Abbas and Mastan proceed to take apart yet another Hollywood assembly-line product with their forthcoming film Humraaz (not to be confused with the Sunil Dutt-Raaj Kumar starrer for which B. R. Chopra became the first recipient of the national award for best director) starring Akshaye Khanna, Amisha Patel and Bobby Deol. The source? A Perfect Murder, the Michael Douglas/Gwyneth Paltrow remake of Hitchcock's 1954 classic Dial M for Murder (or if you want to try being desi, the 1985 Suresh Oberoi-Raj Babbar-Dimple Kapadia starrer Aitbaar from late director Mukul Anand, which came there first!). Nice ground to cover. As an innovative (read: merciful relief from trite mushy pointless Hindi film songs) strategy, the promos of the film are action-only (read: no song snippets or the like). So people who want to find out how audio-visually bad Himesh Reshamiya's songs are can wait for the film to hit the theatres.

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