Thursday, January 11, 2007

Guru becomes a rage in Canda. Same for India?

Canada's most populous city is bonkers for Bollywood this week as stars from India's hugely popular film industry are set to arrive for the landmark world premiere of "Guru." It's rare for such events to take place outside of India, and the premiere has many in the city's South Asian community buzzing with anticipation. Some fans have dished out hundreds of dollars for a ticket to Thursday's red-carpet gala screening.

Directed by Mani Ratnam, "Guru" is a rags-to-riches love story starring Abhishek Bachchan as a man who strives to climb to the top of the business ladder. Bachchan and his co-star/rumoured girlfriend, Aishwarya Rai, are to walk the red carpet with the rest of the cast at the Elgin Theatre Thursday evening. A press conference originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon was postponed until Friday morning because of changes to the stars' flights, said organizers.

City officials said they expect up to 10,000 fans to line the streets outside the Yonge Street theatre to catch a glimpse of Rai and Bachchan at the premiere. Officials asked police to block off part of the street in anticipation of the hysteria.

We don't know if the hot combo will set the Indian cinemas afire. Going by the tremendous hype and Ash-Abhi marriage rumours, it definitely has the potential to rock the box-office. Their last film together "Umrao Jaan" bombed at the BO (baring DHOOM:2, which was a multistarrer blockbuster).

Only time will tell!

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