Bond with the best & rest

Going global Regret or romance

By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 30.10.06
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Shaken & Stirred: Pierce Brosnan

With the new Bond movie around the corner, STAR Movies pays the ultimate tribute to Hollywood’s greatest spy. Starting next Monday, the channel will show Bond movies, Mondays to Thursdays, at 9 pm, through November.

Kicking off this Absolute Bond Festival will be the first ever 007 film Dr. No on Monday followed by From Russia with Love on Tuesday. On Wednesday it will be Goldfinger before Thunderball hits your screen on Thursday. Next Monday, November 6, is when You Only Live Twice. George Lazenby takes over from Sean Connery on November 7, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Connery returns on November 8, in Diamonds Are Forever. Roger Moore slips into 007 gear on November 9, with Live and Let Die.

Monday, November 13, is meant for Moore to be the Man with the Golden Gun, followed by The Spy who Loved Me on November 14. There’s more of Moore on November 15 and 16 with Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only.

Bond comes to India on November 20, with Octopussy featuring Kabir Bedi and Vijay Amritraj. Roger Moore’s final appearance as James Bond will be on November 21 in A View to a Kill.

On November 22, Timothy Dalton is Bond in The Living Daylights. He returns the next night in Licence To Kill.

Finally, Pierce Brosnan slips into the Bond tux on Monday, November 27, with Goldeneye. November 28 is for Tomorrow Never Dies with a dash of Michelle Yeoh. The World is Not Enough on November 29 finds Brosnan in the arms of Sophie Marceau and Denise Richards. Finally, on the last day of the month, it’s time to Die Another Day with Halle Berry steaming things up as the Bond babe.

Going global

LAPPING IT UP: Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan in Baabul

The second edition of the Global Indian Film Awards (GIFA), organised by Suniel Shetty’s Popcorn Entertainment and One Big Option, will be held from December 7 to 9 in Kuala Lumpur.

The big Bollywood premiere for the three-day event is Ravi Chopra’s Baabul. To take place at TGV cinemas, KLCC, in Kuala Lumpur, the Baabul premiere is slated to be attended by the star cast of the film including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee and John Abraham.

The other star draw at GIFA will, of course, be the big performances on the awards night. With Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Ameesha Patel... it will be one grand spectacle. The proceedings will be conducted by Arshad Warsi and Amrita Arora.

There will also be a celebrity football match and a fashion show auction and charity.

The nominations for Best Film for GIFA 2006 include Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, Krrish, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Omkara and Rang De Basanti. Aamir Khan (RDB), Ajay Devgan (Omkara), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish), Sanjay Dutt (Lage Raho...) and Shah Rukh Khan (KANK) will be competing for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Actress fight features Bipasha Basu (Corporate), Kajol (Fanaa), Kangana Ranaut (Gangster), Kareena Kapoor (Omkara) and Rani Mukherjee (KANK).

Get set for star wars, Bollywood style.

Regret or romance

A designer trained at NIFD, Raj Ghosh is an aspiring film-maker trying to make it to the big screen after dabbling in fashion, modelling and choreography.

Awaiting the release of his debut film Anushochona (meaning regret), based on the personal and professional lives of a choreographer and fashion models, the 30-year-old is also busy gearing up for his second venture, a love story called Hariye Paoa. Going all out with a romantic potboiler, Hariye Paoa stars Abhishek Chatterjee and Rimjhim Gupta.

Abhishek plays a millionaire who loses his memory after bearing the brunt of a mob attack in a village, while Rimjhim plays a Muslim doctor who nurses Abhishek back to health and then almost loses him as he regains his memory (Harano Sur, anyone?). “I play a caring girl who falls in love and marries her patient but Abhishek forgets all about me on regaining his memory,” adds Rimjhim.

Raj and his team are ready to hit the floors in December, before travelling to Visakhapatnam and Mukutmanipur for song-and-dance routines. Produced by Sushmita Mukherjee of Telewide, Ghosh is planning a special release on Valentine’s Day 2007. “My movies may have a good deal of filmi masala but will not lose touch with reality,” assures Raj.

Anushochona, set for a December release, stars Rupanjana and a host of Calcutta models like Sanjoy, Rajiv, Saptami and Niharika. “I have drawn from real-life experiences for the script and the characters of Anushochona,” says Raj, who has directed almost 200 music albums for singers like Usha Uthup, Bhupen Hazarika and Jojo.