The man with the Midas Touch;
Ashutosh Gowarikar has broken away from his elaborate films and is very
much indulged in a light hearted family entertainer. The movie treads on
the lines of the film making style treads on the lines of Frank Capra,
Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chaterjee.
|What's Your Rashee?
Ashutosh Gowarikar's next
romantic comedy What's Your Raashee? starring Priyanka Chopra and Harman
Baweja is in its second schedule which is happening in Mumbai. The interesting
part is that the movie will be shot at around 65 locations in Mumbai.
Speaking about the commencement
of the second schedule, director Ashutosh Gowarikar says, "Shooting for
What's Your Raashee? has been far more challenging than that of Jodhaa
Akbar, this is because with this film, we are not shooting in one location
like we were for Jodhaa Akbar, we are always on the move. This is more
time consuming and challenging but it's an exciting experience."
Parts of the second schedule
of What's Your Raashee? will also be shot in Chicago and Baroda and the
film will be wrapped up by April. What's Your Raashee? is based on a Gujrati
novel 'Kimball Ravenswood' by Shri Madhu Rye, and is a story revolving
around a young Gujarati man in pursuit of his dream girl with the catch
to find her within 10 days in order to save his family from an unforeseen
ordeal, which leads to an array of confusion, chaos and a hilarious joy
The movie is based on a Guajarati
novel by Madhu Arya named Kimball Ravenswood and centers on a love affair
where the astrologers come up to add their own spice and the lover has
to find the beloved in 10 days to avoid any mishap. The novel is pretty
lucidly written and Ashutosh has gone through it many times to understand
the hidden strains. True, the hunger for research has to be given a vent.
The real life lovers (or is
it estranged) Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja are the protagonists and
the director asserts that he signed the hero first being impressed by his
antics in Love Story 2050. That is some assertion seeing the relative position
Harman and Priyanka hold in the industry.
UTV Motion Pictures, that
has done some sensible movies, has tied with Ashutosh Gowarikar Pictures
to present the movie produced by Sunita (Ashutosh’s wife) and Ronnie Screwwalla,
the director of the widely successful Jaane Tu….Ya Jaane Na.
The movie is supposed to change
the spelling of the title from What’s your Rashee to What’s Your Rashee,
as it is an occult movie, but the detailing part, the forte of the director
is left untouched. The movie should be complete by the end of April this
After superfluously played
Saxophone, Acoustic Guitar forms the paradigm of romanticism with delectably
played chords followed with rigorous progression in diligently composed
''Jao Na (AQUARIUS)''. Sohail Sen's singing as well as guitar strumming
makes a brilliant collage of a romantic communion under dim-lights (its
street lights falling on open-air car...!). Sen's makes great usage of
Javed saab's lucid wordings and gets optimum ''glare of publicity'' in
making a career as great soloist. Tarannum Malik's restrained humming in
tandem pours dash of femininity in it. It's a cool break from regular sounding
KK or Mohit Chauhan as now Sohail Sen is likely to be the new name in this
acceptable genre of soft-rock ballads. Chartbuster!!!
Sohail Sen's picks his third
card in the form of ''yuppie'' friendly frolicking sounding 80's pop music,
with spicy touches of hip-hop in uproariously thumped ''Aaja Lehraate (GEMINI)''
. It is shades different to Ashutosh Gowarikar's style of music so far
and inundates out feverish fervor of teenybopper's of college campus battling
out on floors. Shaan's exuberantly loud vocals talks loud but its tangible
''n'' piercing nasal voice of Bhavya Pandit that brings out the mischievousness
in it. Catered to woo young audiences, this packs dosages of breath-taking
choreographic moves, lively college surroundings with scintillating camera
moves and if shot well then it can be another winner on its D-Day.
Versatility gets into its
extreme, as Sohail Sen's melodic aesthetics makes mood swivels from classical
cum contemporary western music to traditional ''ghazal'' singing in album's
most melodious track ''Bikhri Bikhri (CANCER)''. It catapults the sobriety
of romantic relations of ''Cancerian girl'' by capturing out nostalgia
of emotions (''Beete pal bhool ja, Woh pal nahin hain kahin, Laayenge pal
naye, Ek Zindagi phir haseen...) to the realms of eternal intimacy. This
is Javed saab's finest work of the album where Sohail's somber baritones
strikes chord with ethnical display of traditional instruments. To add
slender sentimental hues, there is graceful humming of Marianne D' Cruz
that gives it upbeat edges and makes it graceful offerings. It's like listening
to finest of Roop Kumar Rathod or Hariharan's ''ghazal-gayaki'' works and
thumbs up for overall fine musical display. Melodious!!!
||What's in store
for ''Piscean'' girl? The cliched romantic expression of undying love of
''janam-janam'' that has gone into history books comes alive again through
sugary ''n'' saccharine melody titled ''Sau Janam (PISCES)''. It has tender
piano notes, soft drums, guitar strumming with elements of Jazz music to
evoke modernity in it. Madhushree is silken and contemporary Udit Narayan's
voice brings out bygone era but the composition and lyrics lack innovation
and are too predictable to create any ripples.
The story of ''Scorpion girl''
comes out to be world of ''rags to riches'' fairyland with upcoming Ashleesha
Gowarikar (sister of Ashutosh Gowarikar) crooning like pop diva in
''Aa Le Chal (SCORPIO)''.
Ashleesha sings out in sluggish sensuous tones (sounding like Alisha Chinai)
exuding out peculiar ''dreamy'' feel of 60's with Harman Baweja chipping
out with one-liners. Sohail's music is again inclined towards somber westernized
musical that comes in tandem with vocals. It's a situational offering that
demands quirky hilarious situational melodramatic feel to support while
vocalist shows her earnest efforts in making it happen.