Woodstock Villa

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Woodstock Villa
Woodstockvilla poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Hansal Mehta
Produced by Sanjay Gupta
Ekta Kapoor
Shobha Kapoor
Written by Rajiv Krishna
S. Farhan
Starring Gulshan Grover
Arbaaz Khan
Sikandar Kher
Sachin Khedekar
Neha Oberoi
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography Vikas Nowlakha
Mahesh Aney
Edited by Bunty Nagi
Distributed by White Feather Films
Release date(s) 30 May 2008
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR380 million (US$6.3 million)[1]
Box office INR200 million (US$3.3 million)[2] (worldwide gross, not nett)

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 Oberoi 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 film, which was released in India on 30 May 2008, had a poor box office opening but earned mostly good reviews. Sanjay Dutt and Saif Ali Khan have cameo appearances in the film.

Synopsis[edit]

Zara Kampani (Neha Oberoi) meets Sameer (Sikandar Kher) in a pub and lands in his flat asking him to kidnap her so that she can test her husband, Jatin's (Arbaaz Khan) love. Samir can’t refuse because he is in desperate need of money. He hasn’t paid his rent for months and also has to return a huge sum of money to a bhai (Gulshan Grover). Zara takes Sameer to Woodstock Villa, the location of kidnapping. Sameer orders Jatin to hand over 5 million to him. After returning, Sameer discovers Zara dead. An anonymous caller then threatens him that he has only 30 minutes to bury the body and clear up all the evidence. He disposes her body in a forest and returns. To be on the safer side, he leaves the city and goes to Bangalore. Sameer sees Zara's video on television and heads back to find the truth. He finds Zara and convinces her to tell him the truth. Zara reveals that she and Jatin truly loved each other. Once in a fight, Jatin's real wife, Zara accidentally, died and as her and Zara's face was quite similar, she played the role of Zara. The kidnapping plan was hatched by Jatin and his girlfriend to get out of this murder and trap somebody else. Sameer calls Jatin to Woodstock villa with the money and he pays his rent and loan. He goes to the airport while Jatin gets caught by the police. Jatin tells the police that he is not the only one to commit the crime. Sameer gives the bag of money to Zara but there was no money inside that bag, he took the real bag of money. The ball was in Zara's court. If she would have boarded the plane, Sameer would have trusted her. She decided to cheat Sameer and got cheated herself. Sameer's flight takes off while Jatin's partner gets arrested.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Sikander Kher had several expectations from the media on his debut film.[3] Although his family name would provide recognition, he chose to have his only his first name listed on the credits.[3] Sanjay Gupta, the producer of the film is the uncle of the other newcomer, Neha Oberoi. She said it was exciting and challenging to play the role of a kidnapped wife.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

The Bachchan family, Arbaaz Khan and his wife, Malaika Arora Khan and writer, Javed Akhtar were the prominent people attending the film's premiere.[5] Anil Kapoor attended the premiere too thereby ending the three-year war between him and Anupam Kher.[6]

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.[7] 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."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MNIK earns 100 crore before release". All India Today. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top Worldwide Grossers ALL TIME: 37 Films Hit 100 Crore". Boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Nair, Rajeev (2 June 2006). "Sikander Ka Muqaddar". MSN India. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dad stays away from Uberoi's premiere". Sify.com. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "'Woodstock Villa' premier held". Sahara Samay. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher patch up". Hindustan Times. 2 June 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  7. ^ "Out of stock villa". Hindustan Times. 30 May 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 
  8. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (30 May 2006). "Woodstock Villa - Hindi movie review". Times of India. Retrieved 2 June 2008. 

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