A Mumbai-set drama, Marathomorrow: Welcome India, has received warm welcome by the film fraternity. Combining elements of science fiction, fantasy and comedy, it is a boxoffice hit amongst the Indian masses. Prem Shankar one of the most accomplished directors in Indian cinema, has crafted a spellbinding film that revolves around a futuristic plot where mankind embarks on an international mission to find an antidote for a deadly virus that wiped out most of the human race on earth. With an ensemble cast that includes Ajit posing as a revolutionary spy and Koolhaas as the fearless leader of the squad, Welcome India has been receiving good reviews by both the critics and the audiences. With an impressive runtime of two hours and fifty-five minutes, Welcome India is yet another remake of a popular Science Fiction movie ‘Genetic Memory’. Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, the film stars Ajit Trier, Manish Malhotra, Shazahn Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Mahesh Babu, Milind Ingle, Hrithik Roshan, Naveen Kaushik and Priyadarshan Soman Nair.
Mumbai is the epicenter of the colorful culture and life in Maharastra; where the Marathis and the people from the neighboring states have settled down to have a harmonious existence. The people’s affinity with the land and the beauty of nature is well demonstrated in the setting of the Marathi movie, Marathomorrow: Welcome India. Enthusiasts of this epic fantasy adventure are flocking to the theaters to watch the 3rd feature of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sci-fi blockbuster marathomorrow. Mumbai is also the place from where the legendary actor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, made his first movie ‘gaea’.
A Mumbai based writer, Sanjay Leela Bhansali is a popular figure among the masses. This award winning star from Mumbai has created a craze among the people in the Indian subcontinent for watching his movies. The recent success of the movie “Maratha” in the national level has also increased its demand among the people of Maharashtra. The demand for watching “Maratha” has increased tremendously, since the film was released in February this year. This is the second film of Sanjay Leela Bhansali that has been released in the state.
“Maratha” is an ensemble cast featuring the best known characters – played by Sanjay Leela Bhansali himself -who have received rave reviews from the critics. The story revolves around the romance between a young man named Vijay and a girl called Lovely. Vijay is from the socially weak position of the society whereas Lovely is from a high class family and thus falls in the socially wrong category. The two finally find love but there are complications in their relation as the girl ends up getting married to a commoner. The movie is immensely successful and has been downloaded a number of times from the different websites in the country.
“Incident” is another comedy starring Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The story revolves around an incident where a terrorist organization called Jaagoorna attacked Mumbai carrying homemade bombs. Several people were killed in the attack but one lucky person managed to escape the scene. The people searched everywhere but failed to find the terrorist so they employed a detective agency which got the help of the Mumbai detectives.
The film “Incident” did rather well in the international box office and it was a grand success in India as well. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is yet to make any substantial directorial debut in the Indian cinemas. He has helmed some movies which were largely successful in India and abroad but “Incident” is still the top earning comedy in the Maharashtra screens. The film has won several Film Farewell Awards for Best Comedy and Best Director at various international film festivals. The film was remade as a TV series on the satellite network Star channels and later became available on DVD. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is yet to produce a movie on the Mumbai screen which will be more engaging and successful.