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Romance, fantasy, drama, action... what this filmy Friday is offering. Much talked about films Hisss, Jhootha hi Sahi, Rakta Charitra -I and a few more flicks release today. Read on for previews.

bollywood Updated: Oct 22, 2010 11:41 IST
Hindustan Times

Letters to Juliet
Genre: Romantic comedy
Director: Gary Winick
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Chris Egan, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael García Bernal and Franco Nero

Synopsis: Sophie is a fact checker at The New Yorker magazine who dreams of becoming a writer, but her boss, Bobby, does not share her wishes. Sophie’s fiancé, Victor is about to open an Italian restaurant in downtown New York. To celebrate, the two go on a "pre-honeymoon" to Verona, Italy.

But Victor does not have any time for her, and their relationship seems to have a yawning gulf. While he is out one day, Sophie goes sightseeing and comes across the house where Juliet Capulet supposedly lived. Sophie discovers it is a 1957 letter written by Claire, an English woman who, while in Italy studying art, fell in love with Lorenzo Bartolini. When he asked her to run away with him, she did not show up and wrote to Juliet about it. Sophie writes back.

A few days later, a young English man arrives, (Charlie), revealing that because Sophie responded, his grandmother is now here to find her love. Travelling, Sophie and the grandmother and grandson learn about each others’ lives. Charlie, at first rude, is later attracted to Sohpie. Will Claire’s quest for love also help Sophie find real love?


Genre: Fantasy

Director: Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Malika Sherawat, Divya Dutta, Priyanka Rawat, Irrfan Khan and Jeff Doucette

Synopsis: The Curse of the Cobra Goddess - anytime man desecrates or violates the cobra, they are doomed to suffer the petrifying curse of the snake woman, of death and infertility. Only respect and worship can keep the population safe and the women fertile. Over 4000 years ago, the inhabitants of the Indus Valley sculpted the image of the shape shifting snake. These half cobras, half human creatures were said to inhabit a mysterious temple, made of material unknown to mankind, deep within the jungles, far, far away in the legendary spice forests of the Malabar Coast.

As the story goes, the movie is about the Vengeance of Naagin, the Snake Woman whose mate is captured from the jungles of India by a ruthless American George States (Jeff Douchette). She transforms into a stunningly attractive woman (Mallika Sherawat) with absolutely no clue about contemporary civilization or the ways of mankind, and ventures into the city in desperate search for her lover with vengeance on her mind and venom in her fangs. What follows is a chase at breakneck speed, with horrifying deaths, narrow escapes and special effects never before seen in India!

Irrfan Khan, known for his power packed performances plays a detective on the hunt for the ruthless Naagin. Packed with gripping performances and thrilling twists and turns, Hisss reveals the untold truth about this centuries old legend in a way that will keep you riveted to your seat.

Jhootha hi Sahi
Genre: Romantic comedy
Director: Abbas Tyrewala
Cast: John Abraham and Pakhi

Synopsis: What would you do? Would you give up your secret? Would you hang up the hotline? Or would you lie? Lie for love.
Siddharth (Sid) has the soul of an adventurer. He loves mountain climbing, busting drug lords, deep sea diving with sharks... but only on TV. He hasn't actually done anything adventurous in his life. His dreams of climbing Mount Everest remain just dreams.

In reality, Siddharth runs an Indian bookshop in London with his friend Omar. Siddharth was a fat child who grew up to be a very shy, he still stammers when around a pretty girl. And he cannot fathom why a girl like Krutika would want to date him. His family is back home in India, so his friends form his family. And the one thing they all agree upon is that he should break up with 'Kutti'-ka, err... Krutika.

Rakta Charitra -I
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast:Vivek Oberoi, Suriya, Shatrughan Sinha, Abhimanyu Singh, Priyamani and Radhika Apte

Synopsis: Releasing in two parts, the film Rakta Charitra is a biographical tale about Paritala Ravi from Andhra Pradesh— the prime accused in a number of murder cases. It is based on lives of two bigwigs of Andhra Pradesh; Parithala Ravi and Maddalcheruvu Suri.

Vivek Oberoi plays the role of Paritala Ravi on whose life the movie is based, Surya portrays the character of Maddalcheruvu Suri, and Paritala Ravi’s opponent. It is the story of a man’s phenomenal rise to power and a story of the most intense conflict ever heard of between two individuals. Moreover, the story is also the ultimate statement on the often heard disastrous consequences of a fatal mixture of caste, crime, family feuds and politics.

Dus Tola
Genre: Drama
Director: Ajoy Varma
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Aarti Chhabria, Siddharth Makkar, Pallavi Sharda, Govind Namdeo

Synopsis: Inspired by the folk tales passed on from one generation to another, Dus Tola is a simply told story of victory of goodness over greed. The story is set in Sonapur, a quaint little town that has its share of eccentrics. Shankar (Manoj Bajpai), the local goldsmith, is head-over-heels in love with his neighbour’s daughter Suvarnalata (Aarti Chhabria) much to the chagrin of her father Daya Shastri (Dilip Prabahvalkar).

Shastri is bent upon finding her a suitable groom from Dubai and cover her with gold at the wedding, which will help him climb up the social ladder. Armed with nothing but a heart of pure gold, Shankar sets out to overcome the obstacles of devious plots and heartache. Dus Tola, a slice-of-life tale which mirrors our society, and is light-hearted in its narrative.

First Published: Oct 21, 2010 17:37 IST