Woodstock Villa

Woodstock Villa

Infobox Film
name = Woodstock Villa


caption = Theatrical poster
director = Hansal Mehta
producer = Sanjay Gupta
Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
writer = Rajiv Gopalakrishnan
S. Farhan
starring = Gulshan Grover
Arbaaz Khan
Sikandar Kher
Sachin Khedekar
Neha Uberoi
music = Anu Malik
cinematography = Vikas Nowlakha
Mahesh Aney
editing = Bunty Nagi
distributor = White Feather Films
released = May 30, 2008
runtime =
country = IND
awards =
language = Hindi
amg_id =
imdb_id = 1043876
website = http://www.woodstockvilla.com/

"Woodstock Villa" is a 2008 Indian musical thriller directed by Hansal Mehta and produced by Sanjay Gupta and Ekta Kapoor. It features newcomers Sikandar Kher, Neha Uberoi and Arbaaz Khan in the primary roles while Shakti Kapoor, Gulshan Grover, Sachin Khedekar, Boman Irani and Anupama Verma essay other significant roles. The film, whose soundtrack was composed by Anu Malik, was filmed in Mumbai and Mauritius.

The story revolves around a mysterious woman who stages her abduction and subsequent ransom from her husband only to test his love for her. How this kidnapping leads the three into chaos and mystery about the woman's existence forms the rest of the story.

The film, which was released in India on May 30, 2008, had a poor box office opening and earned mostly poor reviews.

Cast

* Sikandar Kher as Sameer, the kidnapper
* Neha Uberoi as Zara Kampani, Jatin's wife
* Arbaaz Khan as Jatin Kampani, a businessman
* Gulshan Grover as Karim Bhai
* Shakti Kapoor as Sameer's landlord
* Anupama Verma
* Sanjay Dutt in a special appearance
* Saif Ali Khan in a special appearance

Production

Sikander Kher, son of veteran Bollywood actor, Anupam Kher, had several expectations from the media on his debut film.cite news|accessdate=2008-06-02|url=http://entertainment.in.msn.com/bollywood/article.aspx?cp-documentid=1429288
title=Sikander Ka Muqaddar|date=2006-06-02|last=Nair|first=Rajeev|work=MSN India
] Although his family name would provide recognition, he chose to have his name listed on the credits by his first name alone. Sanjay Gupta, the producer of the film is the uncle of the other newcomer, Neha Uberoi. She said it was exciting and challenging to play the role of a kidnapped wife.cite news|accessdate=2008-06-02|url=http://sify.com/movies/bollywood/fullstory.php?id=14685634
title=Dad stays away from Uberoi's premiere|date=2006-06-02|work=Sify.com
]

Release and reception

The Bachchan family, Arbaaz Khan and his consort, Malaika Arora Khan and writer, Javed Akhtar were the prominent people attending the film's premiere.cite news|accessdate=2008-05-30|url=http://www.saharasamay.com/samayhtml/articles.aspx?newsid=99904
title='Woodstock Villa' premier held|date=2006-06-02|work=Sahara Samay
] Anil Kapoor attended the premiere too thereby breaking the three-year cold war between him and Anupam Kher.cite news|accessdate=2008-06-02|url=http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=8dc54409-2bea-47d3-a6f0-02cf935def4d&MatchID1=4688&TeamID1=4&TeamID2=1&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1182&PrimaryID=4688&Headline=Anil+Kapoor%2c+Anupam+Kher+patch+up
title=Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher patch up|date=2006-06-02|work=Hindustan Times
]

Upon its release, the "Hindustan Times" termed the film as "out of stock villa" in a demeaning tone. Its review felt that even though Sikander had potential, it was limited by the screenplay and direction.cite news|accessdate=2008-06-02|url=http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?id=b6010bfe-7d97-4a7c-8cac-74cf7bab7e99&ParentID=8dc54409-2bea-47d3-a6f0-02cf935def4d&MatchID1=4688&TeamID1=4&TeamID2=1&MatchType1=1&SeriesID1=1182&PrimaryID=4688&Headline=Review%3a+EMWoodstock+Villa%2fEM
title=Out of stock villa|date=2006-05-30|work=Hindustan Times
] "Times of India", on the other hand, wrote in its review that the film was a stylish thriller with good cinematography. It further spoke highly about Sikander, the debutant actor and added that though the songs impede the film's pace, they provide "freshness and a refreshing new zing."cite news|accessdate=2008-06-02|url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/moviereview/3086663.cms
title=Woodstock Villa - Hindi movie review|date=2006-05-30|work=Times of India|last=Kazmi|first=Nikhat
]

References

External links

*imdb title|id=1043876|title=Woodstock Villa


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