Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are all set to face-off at the box-office…
The race to the 100 crore club and beyond will get more exciting in 2014 with Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan battling it out at the box office even as a crop of upcoming actors and their films are set to challenge the Khan reign in Bollywood. January’s most anticipated film wass “Jai Ho” which will mark Salman’s return to the big screen after a gap of one and a half years. Slated for a late January release, “Jai Ho” will see him play the role of a common man with lot of muscle power. The film is directed by his brother Sohail Khan. The trailer features the ‘Dabangg’ star fist fighting enemies while Tabu plays a proud sister. After a long time “Jai Ho” will see Danny Denzongapa playing a baddie.
Salman and Eid releases equal to box office success. After the blockbuster success of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in 2012, the actor is releasing his second film ‘Kick’ on 27 July this year. Aamir ended 2013 with ‘Dhoom 3’ and looks set to have another great year in 2014. He has teamed up with his ‘3 Idiots’ director Raj Kumar Hirani for ‘Peekay’. The story of the film has been kept under tight wraps but it seems that Hirani, who has had a fail-proof directing record so far with ‘Munnabhai’ films and ‘3 Idiots’, is taking on godmen in his next, which will release on 6 June.
King Khan as Shah Rukh is known among his fans is also in the race with two films. After the triumphant journey of ‘Chennai Express’ at the box office, SRK is back with his friend Farah Khan with the aptly titled ‘Happy New Year’. SRK recently revealed that he will star in Yash Raj Films’ ‘Fan’. The film where SRK will play the role of an ardent fan, will be directed by ‘Band Baaja Baarat’ helmer Maneesh Sharma.
The Khan rule for over two decades is facing fierce challenge from newcomers like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Sushant Singh Rajput. The other films to look forward to in the crowded 2014 slate are ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, ‘Gunday’, ‘Bang Bang’, ‘Bymokesh Baskhi’, ‘Bombay Velvet’, ‘Phantom’, ‘Singham 2’, ‘Action Jackson’, ‘Bhootnath Returns’, ‘Gulab Gang’, ‘Welcome Back’, ‘Jagga Jasoos, ‘Humshakal’, ‘Dawat-e-Ishq’, ‘Hasee To Phasee’, ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ and ‘Main Tera Hero’ among others.
NOT IN THE RACE OF BREAKING BOX-OFFICE RECORDS: SALMAN
Superstar Salman Khan talks about box-office records, mindless films and Aamir Khan…
Salman Khan says he does not believe in breaking box-office records but definitely wants his films to fare well. Considering that the industry has been obsessed with the money that a film earns at the box-office, Salman too wants that the producers, distributors and exhibitors of his film should not lose money. “I just don’t want my films to flop because that would mean my thinking is going wrong and that would be the worst thing. I don’t care about the Rs 200-300 (crore club). I don’t want to be a part of this number game. I am there (in that bracket) but it is not like I want to break that record. I want to make a good film. As long as my films run and make decent money, I am happy,” Salman said in an interview.
But the kind of films that Salman opts are often categorised “over the top” lacking logic. “Now you call it ‘bakwaas’ (mindless) cinema or whatever but that is the kind of cinema I want to do because that is the kind of cinema I have seen. As a kid I have gone to theaters, stood on chairs, whistled for the heroes,” he said. “Movies should be such that if a hero has fallen down audience should feel the urge to scream and say “get up”. You come out of the theatre… You want to be the hero. That is the feeling you should get,” the 48-year-old actor added. Salman wants ticket prices to go down between Rs 150-200 but unfortunately he does not have a say in that. “It is in the hands of the theater owners and distributors. We wanted to get it (ticket prices) down,” he said.
His actor friend Aamir Khan had once said that the ‘Dabangg’ star can bulldoze any logic with his films. On this, Salman says, “Aamir and I do different kind of cinema. My cinema is more about going to the theaters, whistling, enjoying. And within that space I do and say whatever I have to.” “I think the only reason why a film would do well is because it is emotionally correct,” he added. Directed by brother Sohail Khan, “Jai Ho”, the latest Salman starrer, also features newcomer Daisy Shah, Tabu, Sunil Shetty, Danny Denzongapa and others.
Music Review: “Jai Ho”
The “Jai Ho” album has nine tracks, including two remixes…Here is a detailed appraisal of Sajid-Wajid, Amal Malik and Devi Sri Prasad’s “Jai Ho”, featuring the voices of Wajid, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal, Shabab Sabri, Himesh Reshammiya, Keerthi Sagathia, Palak Muchhal, Altamash Faridi, Armaan Malik, Bhaven Dhanak, Brijesh Shandilya, Ujjayinee and Amal Malik…
Salman Khan-starrer “Jai Ho” is an action-drama directed by Sohail Khan. It is said to be the biggest opener of 2014. Only time will tell if the viewers hail the movie or not. The album has nine tracks, including two remixes, but the composers’ efforts are nothing to write home about. The album starts with “Baki sab first class hai”, sung by Wajid. The song is good and relatable, but it’s more like a speech given during a rally – the only difference is that it has music.
Next is “Tere naina maar hi daalenge”. It reminds one of “Dagabaaz re” and “Tere mast mast do nain” songs. There is obviously nothing wrong in it, but why the obsession with “naina”? Nevertheless Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal and Shabab Sabri have done a great job and the composers too create an effect by using tabla.
“Photocopy,” sung by Himesh Reshammiya, Keerthi Sagathia and Palak Muchhal, is the third song. Reshammiya’s voice has once again created its magic in the song. It is a good dance number and will be a hit during the Navratri season. “Tumko to aana hi tha” is a slow number. Crooned by Armaan Malik, Marianne D’Cruz’s and Altamash Faridi, it has Indian as well as western flavour, but there’s no “wow” factor in it. People need to understand that romantic songs are not only about some lovey-dovey lines and slow music. The song lacks emotions.
For a change, “Love you till the end (House Mix)” turns out to be nice and peppy. Armaan Malik went behind the mike to sing the song. The beats are groovy. “Naacho re” follows it. Sung by Ujjayinee, it is a mess. The listener will surely have the ‘What the hell’ expression after listening to the song. The “Jai jai jai jai ho” title track is an effort by singers Wajid, Armaan Malik, Brijesh Shandliya and Amal Mallik. Its chance of wooing music lovers in urban India is however bleak and it will certainly not be accepted in rural areas too, although the beats are good.
A remix version of “Photocopy” by DJ Angel is next on the list. It is good to the ears. An apt song for festive season! “Baki sab first class hai”, a remix by DJ Angel, wraps up the album. The concept of creating a remix version of anything and everything should be avoided. There is nothing good about it and it is a waste of time and effort. Overall, the “Jai Ho” album has its ups and downs.