Star cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Govinda, Ravi Kishan, Priyamani
Plot: Vikram, a police officer, is married to a spunky classical dancer, Aishwarya, and they are posted in a small town, Lal Maati, where tribal leader Abhishek is like the messiah for the have-nots. In order to gain back control, Vikram attacks Abhishek’s world. To seek revenge, Abhishek abducts Aishwarya. And then begins the chase.
Expectations: The film, directed by Mani Ratnam, has been shot in Hindi and Tamil and has also been dubbed in Telugu. In all, Reliance Big Pictures will release the three versions simultaneously in around 2,200 screens the world over. Although A.R. Rahman’s music has become popular, the heat for the film is limited, at least for the Hindi version. It is expected to start well in the multiplexes because Mani Ratnam has a fan base among the class audience which frequents multiplexes. The three versions have cost Reliance Big Pictures approximately Rs. 1100 million. By selling off the distribution rights of the Tamil and Telugu versions and the satellite rights of the film, Reliance Big has reduced its risk. But a part of the investment is still to be recovered from the theatrical business of the Hindi version which Reliance Big is itself distributing.