Most actors are known to rue the kind of work
they are being offered. Mundane, unexciting
and lack of challenge in roles compels them
to shortchange themselves. Some like Om Puri
and Naseerudin Shah refuse most of the work
and prefer to live on the periphery. Some lead
robotic existences moving on from one similar
role to another.
Shahrukh Khan goes on record to say that in
all the years that he has been in the industry
a Chak De is by far the best film he
did in years. For the hugely talented Tabu who
is rarely seen on the big screen, a Namesake
comes her way after her last good work in Chandni
Bar. In between she did some inane stuff
which probably was accepted to keep the home
was it with talent like Aamir (who is seen in
just once a year), Kareena who has been quite
lucky, Vidya Balan has only a Parineeta
to boast about, the supremely talented Sushant
Singh who has been forced into oblivion.
did superlative work in Omkaara and played
a different role of a car racer in Tara rum
pum. And not to forget Being Cyrus. But
do any of his forthcoming films offer him similar
All the 2007 debutantes, Ranbir, Sonam and Deepika
had interesting roles which were appreciated.
But what's in store for them in the coming months?
an otherwise mediocre industry let's see what
the coming months will offer our starved-for-good-work
actors. Here are some of the good roles offered
and whom to watch out for in 2008.
around the corner is Aamir Khan's directorial
debut, Taare Zameen Par. The story which
revolves around an autistic child will be keenly
awaited for both Aamir's role as well as the
another January 2008 release is Ashutosh Gowariker's
magnum opus Jodha Akbar. The exigent
roles of the lead couple Aishwarya and Hrithik
may offer film lovers a great fare. With an
impressive repertoire like Raincoat,
Mistress of Spices and Chokher Bali,
Aishwarya has been fortunate so far. In Jodha
Akbar she essays the role of Jodha Bai.
In this 16th century love story Hrithik has
learnt to ride elephants and worked on his character
in great detail.
Ben Kingsley's Taj Mahal, Bipasha Basu
plays Aishwarya's daughter. Ash plays Mumtaz
Mahal and Bipasha will be seen as Jahan Ara.
Unfortunately both will not be sharing screen
space together as Bipasha comes in after Ash
dies in the film. But to see the otherwise sexy
Bipasha as a historical character may be worth
Bachchan in his most recent film, The Last Lear
will go down in history for his performance
just as for Black but his debacles in films
like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, RGV's Aag
make critics debate on the logic of such choices.
But the one 2008 release to wait for would be
Mira Nair's Shantaram with Hollywood
co-star Johnny Depp. If the film is as engaging
as the book, AB has a winner in his hands.
coming year brings atleast two good films for
Preity Zinta. Mera Bharat Mahaan which
is directed by Samir Karnik is an adventure
film and is slated for a January 2008 release.
Though she will be seen in a rather small role,
it is a very unusual one and the actress says
that it is the power of the punch not the size
of the fist that matters. After a powerful performance
with Amitabh Bachchan in Rituparno Ghosh's The
Last Lear, she has now finalized a film
with Jhanu Barua. Her role therein too will
be one to watch out for.
the otherwise lack luster Celina Jaitley's career
may get a boost with her challenging role in
'The Quest of Sheherzade' in which she
plays a mystical warrior princess. In this Hollywood
film she has been trained for the role by Nancy
Barks who has trained many a Hollywood actor.
Celina is required to speak in a German accent
and the actress has been doing a lot of homework
for this role.
for all Irfan Khan's fans Rakesh Roshan's Krazy
4 will be a must watch. The talented Irfan
plays a mentally imbalanced character in the
film. What with films like Maqbool and Namesake
coming his way he has been one lucky actor.
role in Nishikant Kamath's Yeh Hain Mumbai
Meri Jaan where he plays a coffee vendor
on a railway station has the actor very gung-ho.
It required him to do a lot of research on the
role as well as work on his physical appearance.
as Priyanka Chopra who is very excited about
her role as a superwoman in the untitled animation
film by Virgin Comics. She has worked very carefully
on her look in the film and so has Abhishek
Bachchan for his forthcoming film Drona.
A Goldie Behl venture this will be keenly awaited
as Abhishek is likely to create waves as a superhero
in the film. Considering his track record, AB
junior is in desperate need of a good role.
Priyanka's role in the film will be one to watch
out for as she plays Abhishek's bodyguard. For
this challenging role she has trained in the
ancient arts of Gatka (a Sikh form of martial
Ali Khan's voice over of a dog in Roadside
Romeo directed by Jugal Hansraj is sure
going to be some film to wait for.
like y2k 2008 is going to be an exciting one
for not only the actors but for film lovers
as well. Let's wait and watch to see who brings
home the Oscar!