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Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

bollywood Updated: May 11, 2012 17:13 IST
Serena Menon

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Seems a bit too dangerous
Film: Dangerous Ishhq (3D)
Cast: Karisma Kapoor (Bollywood comeback) and Rajneesh Duggal (last acted in 1920)
Storyline: A superstitious supermodel goes back and forth in time, using past
life regression, trying to understand who the recurring villains in her life have been, in an attempt to locate her missing businessman boyfriend.

Director
Vikram Bhatt (last directed Haunted-3D)
This surprise hit film also marked the comeback of Mithun Chakraborthy’s son, Mahakshay. Though it received quite a few negative reviews, it went on to become one of the highest earners of 2011, reportedly.

Music
Himesh Reshammiya
The infamous man with the cap and the nasal voice is back. He has composed 11 songs for this film, which have received average reviews. Just imagining those many tracks playing out (read force-fed) during the two-hours is scary.

Controversies/stunts
Karisma’s pose with her right leg sticking out on the poster received some criticism for being inspired by Angelina Jolie’s Oscar stunt.

Marketing/hype
Karisma Kapoor makes a comeback to Bollywood with this film after Zamaanat in 2006.

Our assessment

Madhuri Dixit’s comeback film, Aaja Nachle (2007), rode a similar wave. Lolo’s fans might be rejoicing but on the whole, the promos aren’t anything out of theordinary.



IshaqzaadeFlavour of the season it is!

Film: Ishaqzaade

Cast: Arjun Kapoor (debut) and Parineeti Chopra (last acted in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl)

Storyline: A feisty young couple from a small town in North India falls in love amidst some old school rustic drama.

Director
Habib Faisal (last directed Do Dooni Chaar in 2010)
The film received rave reviews. It also brought Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh together on screen after decades.

Music
Amit Trivedi
The sound track of the film has received mixed reviews, with most leaning towards the positive.

Controversies/stunts
Thankfully, no ‘insider’ insisted that the lead actors secretly play ‘close friend-close friend’ for the duration of this film’s shoot.

Marketing/hype
Arjun Kapoor, who belongs to an illustrious film family, was apparently spotted on Facebook and Salman Khan reportedly helped him lose his extra kilos.

Our assessment
The success of Faisal’s last film should work wonders for this one. The poster of Ishaqzaade itself has convinced a few movie buffs. The promos and rowdy
dialogues look promising. Isn’t that the flavour of the season anyway?

— Compiled by Serena Menon

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s reviews tomorrow