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Supernatural: The New Found Superhero in Bollywood


In the search of new story lines and themes, Bollywood often seems to over do things. For example the Hindi film Industry seems to be smitten with all supernatural themes these days. What does the future hold? This is one topic that interests film makers and audiences alike. For the love of thrillers, Bollywood has as many as four forthcoming films exploring the hidden powers of its strange characters in its new releases.

This week's release Aa Dekhen Zara or last week's 13B, the next week as well sees Tasveer 8X10 followed by Kal Kissne Dekha in May; all bearing a common theme of going back and forth in time with a supernatural element holding prominence than the conventional heroes and heroines.

Aa Dekhen Zara, which stars Neil Nitin Mukesh and Bipasha Basu, has camera as a central theme. The camera has the power to look into the future and warn about dangers. Something inspired form Mr India perhaps. The film has sexy siren Bipasha but it seems the camera has taken all the limelight in the story.

Earlier too we saw 13 B which doesn't have any conventional hero but a TV in the main lead. The TV creates lots of trouble for the family in the film by showing them on screen about the real events that are going to happen in the future. Seems to be inspired from Hollywood Blockbuster The Ring, which too had a VHS cassette creating havoc. But our version is a lot different and better, no wonder now Hollywood wants to make a movie on the same theme.

Next week will see Tasveer 8 x10 with Aksahy Kumar, Ayesha Takia and Sharmila Tagore where a photo frame becomes an important part of the narrative. In the film, Akshay plays a character who is gifted with a special sense where he can go inside the 8X10 photograph and enter the past. His soul is busy re-discovering the past. He always has a secret related to someone's life. After witnessing how his father was murdered in this 8X10 photograph, he sets out to take revenge. Hmm quite profound.

Sharing the sense of gift is the protagonist Nihal Singh in Kal Kissne Dekha which releases on May1, 2009. Played by Vashu Bhagnani's son Jaccky, this gifted boy has the power to see the future.

So we have a camera who can tell the future, a gifted boy, a TV and a photo frame. The story writers have their imaginations running wild all to grab the audiences, leaving the conventional heroes far behind. Wish if they could well predict the future of these films as well.

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