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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Dec 2014

Bollywood

Chashme Baddoor: far from any self-respecting eye
Compiled by Serena Menon, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, April 05, 2013
First Published: 10:19 IST(5/4/2013)
Last Updated: 11:08 IST(5/4/2013)
Chashme Baddoor - a remake of the 1981 comedy Chashme Buddoor - is set for release on April 5. The movie stars Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Anupam Kher, Rishi Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu and Divyendu Sharma. The movie recreates the the college life of friendship, love and bonding in a new world. Take a look at some pics that bring your closer to the stars. Ali Zafar and Taapsee in a still from Chashme Baddoor.

Film: Chashme Baddoor (the remake)
Cast: Ali Zafar (last seen in London, Paris, New York; 2012), Siddharth Narayan (last seen in Striker; 2010), Taapsee Pannu (Hindi film debut), Divyendu Sharma (last seen in Pyar Ka Punchnama; 2011), Rishi Kapoor (last seen in Jab Tak Hai Jaan; 2012) and Juhi Chawla (last seen in Son of Sardaar; 2012) among others
Storyline: The film is an official remake of the 1981 movie of the same name, starring Farooque Shaikh and Deepti Naval.
Director: David Dhawan (Last directed Rascals in 2011 ). 
Starring Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut, this Dhawan brand of comedy didn’t find too many takers. Devgn’s massive cleavage on the poster didn’t help the film gain momentum at the box office either.
Music: Sajid-Wajid
The track Har Ek Friend Kamina Hota Hai, inspired by a popular telecom ad jingle got the intended attention. Some peppy numbers from the soundtrack have also received special mention.

Controversies/stunts
Sai Paranjpye, who helmed the original film, voiced the audience’s collective concern, when she announced her discontent with the choice of the remake’s director some time ago. Dhawan, in a report, claimed he would change the title as the 1981 movie “means little to today’s generation”. Ahem. Changing one alphabet also means a lot these days, okay.

Marketing/hype
The makers have scheduled the release of the remake on the same date (April 5), on which the original film released in 1981. Incidentally, PVR is also releasing the restored version of Chashme Buddoor (Farooq Shaikh- Deepti Naval starrer) this week.

Our assessment Seconds into the promo, the actress says, ‘Kya dekh rahe ho’ (what are you looking at); boy says, ‘Tumhari lipstick’ (your lipstick); girl says, ‘kyun?’ (why?); boy says, ‘Because I want to stick to your lips’.
Then the brain curls back into foetal position and goes to sleep, while the trailer of David Dhawan latest movie progresses.

Let the zombie trend begin
Film:
Rise Of The Zombie
Cast: Luke Kenny (last seen in Rock On!!; 2008), Kirti Kulhari (last seen in Shaitan; 2011), Ashwin Mushran (last seen in Desi Boyz; 2011) and Benjamin Gilani (last seen in Game; 2011)
Storyline: A wildlife photographer’s love life is falling apart; his girlfriend thinks he’s never around, literally and figuratively, we’re guessing. His father feels he should’ve spent more time with him. Then his best friend stresses when he randomly goes missing, while he’s found himself a shack in a secluded out-of-coverage forested area. Then his skin starts rotting and he begins to turn into a zombie. Why? Because it’s India’s first zombie origin film!
Director: Devaki Singh and Luke Kenny
All we know so far is that Devaki is apparently the first female director to ever attempt making a zombie film. Enough said. Kenny has contributed to the industry in the capacity of a writer, actor and musician, but never as a director. This is his first.

Music: Various artistes
The music launch took place with a gig at the Bandra amphitheatre. Composer Biddu, who has contributed to the album, didn’t attend the event apparently because he was in Bengaluru, meditating “for world peace and against corruption”. Okay then.
Controversies/stunts:
In the coming years, you may forget that Karan Johar directed Student Of The Year (2012) and even that Jackky Bhagnani ruined ‘Gangnam style’ forever, but Luke Kenny has made sure that some unassuming victims of film marketing never forget that this movie is Bollywood’s first zombie origin film. Only the sight of Saif Ali Khan’s bleached hair in yet another zombie film may change that.

Marketing/hype
The makers got some over-enthusiastic college kids to dress down and participate in a zombie walk at BandStand some time ago. The film’s intermittent promotional activities seem to have lost effect as its release has been delayed. It was earlier expected to hit theatres in February.

Our assessment
Though the trailer looks good, the delayed release has given a section of the audience the impression that the film has come and gone. Nonetheless, the younglings, who are acquainted with the dead ones want to see what Indian shores have produced.

For the final verdict: Look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow


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