Sukanya Verma in Mumbai
He may not maintain an exactly glamorous profile. But from thrillers to family dramas, filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah has done it all and enjoys an enviable success ratio.
This Friday, Shah is ready to unveil his ambitious rock band saga, London Dreams with an all star cast of Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan and Asin. Said to be inspired by the legendary Mozart-Salieri rivalry, the film revolves around the theme of friendship and jealousy against the backdrop of music.
Just the time, we thought, for you to catch up on the director's previous work. Here's the lowdown.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Sen.
Genre: Heist thriller.
Plot: Anger gets the better of a haughty banker and he's shown the door. Jilted, he vows revenge by resolving to rob the bank by manipulating three blind men and a gritty teacher.
Verdict: Compelling performances and a taut screenplay make this movie adaption of a Gujarati play, Andhla Pato an engaging experience.
Waqt: The Race Against Time
Genre: Father-son melodrama
Plot: An indulgent and unconditionally loving couple of a toy-making tycoon and his wife resort to absolute indifference towards their spoilt brat son in a bid to educate him about his responsibilities as a married man and soon-to-be daddy.
Verdict: AB-Akki's warm camaraderie makes this kerchief caper worth its while.
Genre: East versus West romance
Plot: A London-bred desi girl is guilt-tripped into marrying a full-on Punjabi lad from India. Only she has no intentions of playing wife and wants to get back to her British boyfriend. Little does she realize that true love has been playing the significant other all along.
Verdict: Predictable yet cute fluff with spunky chemistry between Akshay and Katrina, a fabulous performance from Rishi Kapoor and a bunch of catchy melodies.
Singh is Kinng
Genre: Masala mafia potboiler
Plot: A well-meaning trouble magnet from a village in Punjab lands in Australia with the hope of reforming a fellow local turned international criminal. What follows is a series of adventures that lead him into parading as an underworld don with a difference whilst fighting off feelings for his 'taken' dream girl.
Verdict: Although only produced by Shah, Singh is Kinng directed by Anees Bazmee entertains with its droll logic, hilarious ensemble and Akshay Kumar's superstar presence.