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WHO'S HOT & WHAT THEY'VE GOT

BY JIMMY MEHRA


Pop Psychology would have us believe that a man's personality can be gauged by the books he reads or the clothes he wears or the places he frequents. In the same vein, the health of a film star's career can be gauged by the film he has in the pipeline. So let me give you the lowdown on the major films of the top stars. Besides being indicative of the state of their careers, it also gives you what to expect in the future -- in short, who's gonna roar, who's gonna soar and who's gonna bore.


ALL ABOUT EVE


THE TOP RUNG



MADHURI
FILM CO-STAR
WajoodNana, Anil
AarzooAkshay Kumar, Saif
PukarAnil
K.C Bokadia's Untitled FilmSalman, Shahrukh
Delayed
None
On the cards
Rishta(Amitabh, Aamir)




MANISHA
FILM CO-STAR
YugpurushNana, Jackie
KhauffSanjay Dutt
KartoosSanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff
GrahanJackie
MaharajaGovinda
AchanakGovinda
Dil Diwana Mana NaGovinda
Chhupa RustamSanjay Kapoor
Jai HindKunaal Goswami
Lal BadshahAmitabh, Shilpa Shetty
Delayed
Kanyadan(Rishi), Siddhant(Jackie).
On the cards
Mujhe Pyar Mat Karna(Jackie), Baadal(ShahRukh), Souten Ki Souten(Akshaye)






KAJOL
FILM CO-STAR
Pyat Toh Hona Hi ThaAjay
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiShahRukh Khan
Delayed
Chhal(Jackie, Anil)
On the cards
Junglee(Govinda), Badshah(ShahRukh)


THE PREDICTIONS

1997 will be the first calendar year in which Madhuri Dixit has not had more than a single hit. Obiviously, it's time Queen Madhuri alerted the palace guards. But Madhuri still has the best films of three heroines in the hot zone. Her fate is linked with Akshay's as their '98 film Aarzoo will decide the status of both the stars. Manisha who has already moved into Madhuri's price bracket is flying high but she doesn't have anything great coming up immediately --she will have to wait till Yugpurush. While Kajol has few films, she just might break the glass ceiling with the sheer force of her Meg Ryan-like charm.

ALL ABOUT EVE


WAITING IN THE WINGS






URMILA
FILM CO-STAR
KudratAkshaye
SatyaChakravarthi aka Chakki
KhubsooratSanjay Dutt
Delayed
None
On the cards
London(Sunny, Bobby)






KARISHMA
FILM CO-STAR
LoveriaSaif
Hum Sath Sath HainSaif, Salman
Silsila Hai Pyar KaChandrachur
Delayed
None
On the cards
Deewana Tere Naam Ka(Akshaye)






Raveena
FILM CO-STAR
Jai HindRishi
Agni SaugandhMithun
BulundiAnil
KeematAkshay
VidrohAkshay
BaroodAkshay
VinashakSunil Shetty
OfficerSunil Shetty
UNTITLEDGovinda
Delayed
Shaktishali(Ajay), Anjane(Vivek), Pinjra(Rahul), Yeh Dil Kisko Doon(Atul), Chhaila Babu(Kamal)
On the cards
Abhiyan(Nana, Naseer), Ek Hindustani(Sunil)


THE PREDICTIONS

Dil Toh Pagal is expected to upset many equations. Since it was a success, it will fetch Karishma some meatier Kajol-kind of roles rather than fluffy, sex-kitten, female-interested roles she gets offered all the time. Urmila is perhaps too choosey about her roles (with Raj Kanwar, Guddu Dhanoa and Raj Sippy on her list - it can't be directors) but she definetly needs to make herself more visible. As for Raveena, her inclusion in this list of worthies is justified by her expected visibility in the future. Her list looks great on paper, peppered as it is with the Akshay's and Sunil's -- so what if her roles are peripheral? --typically, in Vidroh, it's said that she is only their for the songs.

THE MALE ORDER


THE TOP RUNG




SHAHRUKH
FILM CO-STAR
DuplicateJuhi
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiKajol
GangaManisha
Delayed
Kisi se Dil Laga Ke Dekho(Madhoo)
On the Cards
Duniya Hai Dilwalon Ki(Madhuri), Baadal(Manisha), Badshah(Kajol)






Anil Kapoor
FILM CO-STAR
WajoodMadhuri
KarobaarRishi, Juhi
BulundiRaveena
Gharwali BhaharwaliRaveena
Biwi No 1Salman Khan, Karishma, Sushmita Sen
PukaarMadhuri
Delayed
Kabhi Na Kabhi(Pooja, Jackie)
On the cards
Priyadarshan's untitled venture (Madhuri)


THE PREDICTIONS

After DTPH shook loose tens of crores of moviegoers across the countryside, Shah Rukh has had an awesome 1997. Shah Rukh obviously believes in established banners like Mahesh Bhatt (Duplicate), Subash Ghai (Ganga) and big heroines (Kajol, Madhuri) while Anil's approach is less selective. Either way, each will have multiple releases in 1998 deciding their star wattage.

THE MALE ORDER


THE DEPENDABLES




Aamir Khan
FILM CO-STAR
MelaTwinkle
UntitledSonali
Delayed
None
On the cards
Rishta(Madhuri)




Govinda
FILM CO-STAR
Bade Miyan Chote MiyanAmitabh, Ramya
MaharajaManisha
AchanakManisha
Dil Diwana Mana NaManisha
NaseebMamta
Banarsi BabuRamya
Aunty No.1Rambha
Pardesi BabuRaveena, Shilpa Shetty
Delayed
None
On the cards
Junglee(Kajol), Shikari(Karishma, Tabu), Albela(Aishwarya)




Ajay Devgan
FILM CO-STAR
ChhaliyaTabu
Pyar To Hona Hi ThaKajol
Delayed
ShaktiShaali(Raveena)
On the cards
Major Saab(Amitabh), Kaachey Dhaage(Mayuri), Hindustan Ki Kasam(Sushmita)




Sunny Deol
FILM CO-STAR
ZorSushmita
LondonBobby,Urmilla
Delayed
Guddu Dhanoa's Saalakhen
On the cards
Raj Kumar Santoshi's Untitled Venture (Aishwarya)


THE PREDICTIONS

Nobody's calling them superstars yet but fortune's ebb and flow is in their favour currently. Govinda and Aamir Khan have thrived for long while recent successes have reignited Sunny Deol and Ajay Devgan's careers. Jackie Shroff and Sunil Shetty should also be as lucky.

IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN






Amitabh
FILM CO-STAR
Lal BadshahManisha
Bade Miyan Chote MiyanGovinda, Ramya
Delayed
None
On the cards
Rishta(Madhuri), Major Saab(Nafisa), Untitled(Vijayshanthi)




Nana Patekar
FILM CO-STAR
WajoodMadhuri, Ramya
YugpurushManisha
Delayed
None
On the cards
Abhiyan(Raveena)


THE PREDICTIONS

Just think about it --we have expanded the concept of male good looks just to fit these two in. So ok, they will not look cute doing a 'Mr Lova Lova' or a 'Are Ye Are' but when these two are in form projecting their brand of incinerating intensity, the crowds will throng the theatres --anyday. My money is on them because, simply put, they are the best talents we have today and no Shah Rukh's, Anil's or Govinda's can come close to them.


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE??





Sreedevi
FILM CO-STAR
Meri Biwi Ka Jawab NahinAkshay
Delayed
None
On the cards
Boney's Home Production (Anil, Sunny, Sanjay Kapoor)




Akshay Kumar
FILM CO-STAR
AarzooMadhuri
KeematRaveena
VidrohRaveena
BaroodRaveena
AngaareyPooja
DhadkanShilpa Shetty
SazaaSonali
Delayed
None
On the cards
None yet

FILM CO-STAR
Salman Khan
FILM CO-STAR
Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota HaiTwinkle
Pyar Kiya Toh Darna KyaKajol, Arbaaz
BandhanRambha
Biwi No.1Anil, Sushmita, Karishma
Delayed
None
On the cards
None yet




Juhi Chawla
FILM CO-STAR
KarobaarAnil, Rishi
DuplicateShah Rukh Khan
Saat Rang Ke SapneArvind
Jhooth Baule Kauva KaateAnil
Delayed
Rishta Ho To Aisa(Rishi), Safari (Sanjay Dutt), Gang (Jackie), Taalashi(Jackie)
On the cards
Yash Chopra's Next Venture


THE PREDICTIONS

Once the biggest names in the business, the careers of these stars now give off the indelible smell of the snuffed candle. All indications point to Akshay Kumar who hasn't given a hit since 1996. But Juhi, Sreedevi and Salman still have it in them to make a comeback. Some of Juhi's best films will only now see the light of day (finally) while the discerning will realise that Akshay Kumar has toted up half a dozen of the biggest films in productions. As for Salman, it feels strage to see this onetime hotshot star reducing himself to what can only be termed as supporting roles in Khamoshi and Jeet (can you see Dilip Kumar or Amitabh doing either?). Who knows Biwi No.1 where he has a chance to comeback to centre stage as a solo hero. After all, even the end of Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible was Mission Accomplished.


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