Bollywood Battleground 2009-II

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2009, 18:12 PM IST

With each boasting of a loyal fan base, big budget endorsement deals and influential friends lining up to oblige their wishes, the Khans are synonymous to the word ‘competition’ in Bollywood. More with each other than the lone stars of tinsel town, the Khans are set to battle it out for the much-coveted crown of <i>filmistaan</i>.<br/><br/>So, here’s taking look at the filmy plans for 2009. <br/> <br/><b>Salman Khan </b> <br/><br/>Not that he needs films to hit the headlines, his bratty acts and wacky temperament is enough to fetch the angry old man much publicity. However, this year the hot-blooded actor will be making news for some good reasons i.e. his acting.<br/><br/>The actor has three mega moolah films in hand. 'Veer', 'Wanted Dead and Alive' and 'London Dreams'. Of the three, it's Boney Kapoor's 'Wanted Dead and Alive' that has been in the making for several years now. The film is said to be a remake of a Tamil film 'Pokkiri' and has been on hold ever since Sallu got miffed with Boney over some reason that the producer is till struggling to figure out.<br/> <br/>'Veer' and 'London Dreams' seem to have the potential to score a point or two. 'Veer' being Sallu's brainchild has already created waves for the actor’s paunchy looks and the launch pad of Katrina's look-alike Zarine Khan. <br/> <br/>As for 'London dreams', it's the one film we have been waiting for with abated breath. The film not only brings the Ajay and Salman jodi together after they were last seen in 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'; it also has the ‘Ghajini’ girl Asin who now has quite a fan following in Bollywood. <br/> <br/>Here's wishing Salman less of combat and more of action. Onscreen action that is! <br/><br/><b>Imran Khan </b> <br/><br/>A visual delight, this Mamu Aamir 's boy has been touted as the next big thing in Bollywood. And we are all up for it. The actor, who shot to fame right after the release of his blockbuster debut flick 'Jaane Tu...', disappointed many with his lackluster performance in 'Kidnap'. But giving in to his boyish charms and naughty sex appeal the ladies are much too happy to give this choco-boy a second chance. <br/><br/>A chance, we are sure, this smart lad is not taking lightly. Don't believe us? Well, why else would he be sticking to his perfectionist uncle Aamir? If the saying ‘once bitten twice-shy’ holds true, then Imran Khan is living by it. The actor is making no mistakes and is loyally living by his uncle's rulebook to superstardom. <br/><br/>After politely refusing almost every film offer; this naughty hottie will be next seen in his dear uncle's home production 'Delhi Belly'. The film that is rumoured to be a sex comedy will be made in English.<br/> <br/>Here's hoping that Imran's 'Delhi Belly' finds a way into the audience’s heart. <br/><br/><b>Aamir Khan</b> <br/> <br/>Economical, tough, secure, with no compromise in quality - no we are not advertising for any household brand, but listing out the brighter traits of Aamir Khan. An actor, singer and ghost director, Aamir is every producer's dream man in looming times of recession. <br/><br/>Besides his award shunning antics, Aamir made headlines for all kind of reasons last year. From outrageous name-calling (He claimed that his dog is named after SRK in his blog) to giving endless health ‘gyaan’, Aamir fed the gossip mills with juicier fodder. However, the man justified his 24/7 romance with the media by giving the country its first 1 billion movie –'Ghajini'. <br/> <br/>As his sole flick last year, 'Ghajini' broke all previous records and went on to create Box Office history; it was only wise for the newly crowned 'kinng' Akshay to hail Aamir as the real monarch of tinseltown. <br/> <br/>His better half Kiran's debut directorial venture 'Dhobi Ghat' and 'Delhi Belly' will have him donning the producer's hat. He is also gearing up to play the most perfect idiot in Rajkumar Hirani's '3 idiots'. An adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's best-selling novel '5 Point Someone', the film has Aamir sharing screen space with the no longer size-zero lass Kareena Kapoor. <br/>Story goes that concerned over Aamir’s infamous tendencies of ghost directing, the director-producer duo played safe and penned a contract with the actor to act in the sole capacity of an actor. Now there is a safeguard, I strongly recommend all filmmakers, who are vying to work with the actor, to follow it. <br/>Look at it as an insurance to get credit for what's yours or cry foul like Amol Gupte. <br/><br/><b> Shah Rukh Khan </b> <br/> <br/>If you thought wrinkles could stop SRK from sporting pretty young things in his arms, think again. The actor is all set to romance ladies half his age this year too. Flacked and snubbed for his mediocre acting skills and lack of experimentation, if there was one thing that SRK got right last year was the art of making news for no news. <br/><br/>Conveniently relishing on his past glories, the actor delivered a dull performance in his sole flick 'Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi'. Even as the film bombed at the BO, Shah Rukh Khan emerged unscratched; completely overlooking his latest ignominy. <br/><br/>Putting aside his ever so rocking personal equations with friends turning foes and foes turning friends, the actor's career graph isn't looking too bright this year too. His first flick of the year, 'Billu', fizzled out without a trace at the BO. A dud musical score and dull performances made the film fall flat on its nose. <br/><br/>Nevertheless, his next big release this year, 'My Name is Khan' is now being looked on as his ticket to redemption. The film that brings back B-town's golden couple Kajol and Shah Rukh, has the actor going beyond his typical dance and drama routine. <br/> <br/>The only flaw here is good friend and weep-maker Karan Johar, the director, known for making a-typical emotional potboilers. The masala King Johar is making his forte into alternate cinema with 'My Name is Khan'. But going by K Jo's fascination for the good life, and larger than life presentations; we just hope he doesn't end up making a mess of it all.