November 13, 2000 Issue

  All Out
With Azharuddin confessing to the CBI the lid is off on cricket's biggest scandal. As the net widens can the game's credibility be restored?


Burden Of Hope
Ajit Jogi takes over a state rich in surplus resources, but can expect teething troubles from expectant allies and disappointed rivals vying for the top post


Jyoti Basu leaves behind a state that is politically marginalised, economically denuded. His legacy: masterful non-performance.


Fifth Column
by Tavleen Singh
True Lies Forever

by Jairam Ramesh
Banking on Dilution


Right Angle
by Swapan Dasgupta
Intrigues at the Very Top

    Politically Correct
by P. Chidambaram
Freedom Of Reach
by Dilip Bobb
Book Fare

Other stories
  The Nation  
  The Nation  
  The Arts  
  Temples of Doom  

Royal Meltdown


Twin-Pronged Strategy



Lest We Forget




After all that romance it's time for mayhem now. The theme for November is violence, revenge, terrorism and death. There's bloodbath in store for movie buffs.
Kurukshetra: Action is Mahesh Manjrekar's forte, and his latest offering stars Sanjay Dutt.

Champion: Padmakumar's fast-paced film is expected to revive Sunny Deol's career.

Officer: Sunil Shetty finds a role in this action film despite all the flops. Ramanaidu's boldest move?

Ghaath: Kumar Mohan's work showcases Manoj Bajpai's skills.

Stormy Truth
Das as the exploited sathinMovie: Bawandar
Director: Jagmohan Mundhra
Cast: Nandita Das, Raghuvir Yadav, Deepti Naval, Laila Rouass, Rahul Khanna and Gulshan grover

Based on a true story of an exploited Rajasthani sathin, Bawandar (sandstorm) jolts viewers out of complacency. The protagonist, Sanwari-a women's development worker who fights for her rights after a brutal gang rape-is brilliantly portrayed by Nandita Das. Some explicit scenes like Das' encounter with a lewd policeman, a masturbation scene and the lawyers' obscene questions in court are a bit over stretched. But presenting earthy reality is the whole point of this powerful film. A must watch especially because the real life Sanwari still awaits justice even as she continues her battle against male chauvinism.


"People expect a lot from a commercial director"

After a slew of non-hits, Priyadarshan seems to be on a rebound. He is now filming Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, a romantic comedy. And ready for release is Snehithiye, a murder mystery with Tabu and Jyotika in the lead roles, which was shot simultaneously in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. A big international project is on the cards but he's not ready to talk about it just yet.

Q. You had lapsed into a self-confessed period of silence before Hera Pheri. Why?
A. Experiments don't always pay. I was so sure Doli Saja Ke Rakhna would do well, but when it didn't I lapsed into depression.

Q. So what's new about your current work?
A. In Snehithiye, I adopted a Hitchcockian approach on the premise that a woman's only friend after marriage is her husband. Based on the Marathi film Bindhast, it has a fresh screenplay. It will be one of the sleekest films made.

Q. Are you contemplating offbeat cinema too?
A. A small-budget Tamil art film on the weavers of Kanchipuram is in the offing. I am also planning another film with Anil Kapoor on the caste wars of Bihar.

Q. Why the change of tack?
A. People expect a lot from a commercial director. It's not right to always expect another Viraasat from me.

Jackpot for Kher
Anupam Kher's had a bumper Diwali: Zee's Sawal Dus Crore Ka and his directorial debut with producer Vashu Bhagnani, who asserts, "He is a versatile actor and I have full faith in him." The as-yet-unnamed film is a multistarrer scripted by Rahul Nanda. An ecstatic Kher says, "I won't just be a part of the film but will live the action with my characters." Kher may finally be the captain of the ship.

Weeks in release: 1
Collections: Rs 6 crore
Bumper opening but the candy-floss romance can survive only in the cities, that too with a trimming.
Verdict: Earner

Weeks in release: 1
Collections: Rs 9 crore
Hrithik Roshan's charm worked but in smaller cities, the magic of the Bumbro number did not.
Verdict: Average

Compiled by Methil Renuka and Sheela Raval



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