With ‘future’ films failing, will ‘Kal Kissne Dekha’ do the trick?April 9th, 2009 - 10:03 am ICT by Sampurn Wire
By Joginder Tuteja
‘Kal Kissne Dekha’ is a common adage heard whenever a conversation veers towards future. Time and again one wonders about what future has in hold for us but the end result is always a casual shrug of shoulders.
Well, that’s not something that Bollywood is content with though. The film industry, which is forever looking for newer and creative ideas, has quite happily grabbed the idea of looking into the future. Result is that there have been three such releases in recent times that had a common theme of venturing into a territory that has been hitherto unexplored while a fourth is already on it’s way.
These films are ‘Tasveer 8X10′, ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’, ‘13B’ and ‘Kal Kissne Dekha’. While future gazing is of course a favorite topic ['Aa Dekhen Zara', 'Kal Kissne Dekha'], even supernatural element around a non-living subject defining our tomorrow (or yesterday) held prominence in at least a couple of films ['Tasveer 8X10', '13B'].
In ‘Aa Dekhen Zara’, director Jehangir Surti focused on a camera which had the ability to look into the future and warn in advance about what’s going to happen next. Well, seems audiences were truly warned about what was really in store as they chose to stay away from the film which has failed at the box office in two weeks flat.
With a camera gadget doing the trick, one wonders where does the place remain for a conventional lead hero in Bollywood?
“Exactly the point”, says R. Madhavan, “My ‘13B’ didn’t have any conventional male lead in fact. Instead, it was the TV which played the main lead.”
In such poor times at the box office when films are failing left, right and center, Madhavan’s 13B has still managed to hold fort to an extent by accumulating 8 crores at the box office during it’s four week run so far.
The biggest of them was touted to be Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Tasveer 8X10′ though where a photo frame held prominence in the film’s narrative. This time around it was a journey into the past through this frame. However, present audience was hardly interested in the past and caused a dent to Akshay’s future by giving it thumbs down. Result is that the film has turned out to be one of the biggest trade disasters of Akshay’s near two decade career.
One looks forward to the fourth movie with a ‘future’ subject being explored - ‘Kal Kissne Dekha’. The film talks about the power of seeing the future though this time around it’s the lead protagonist himself and not a gadget or a picture that does the trick.
“Nihal Singh is a gifted boy. He realizes only after a point in time that he gets some true premonitions. He isn’t sure about it to begin with but later settles down to this gift”, says Jackky Bhagnani, the debutant lead of the film in a guarded tone. Of course there is a lot more to the storyline but with the film still being a few more weeks away from release, he is rightly holding on to the information.
Well, with quite a few innovative story ideas failing when it came to execution, all eyes are now set on ‘Kal Kissne Dekha’ to ’see’ (pun intended) if the ‘future’ actually holds good for Bollywood. With debutant Vaishali Desai in the lead and director Vivek ‘Bhoothnath’ Sharma at the helm of direction, this Vashu Bhangani production which has music by Sajid-Wajid could arrive on 1st May if the stand off between producers and multiplexes gets cleared by that time! -Sampurn Media
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