One of India’s biggest superstars, Akshay Kumar turns 50 this year and has done over a whopping 120 films in his glorious career.
With one of the highest number of hits and eight movies in the Rs. 100 crore club, Akshay Kumar’s films across genres have been consistently successful at the Box Office and have broken several viewership records on television as well. With a marvelous career spanning over 25 years, Zee Cinema will treat the Khiladi’s fans with his films every Saturday at 9 PM under the on-going property ‘Shanivaar Ki Raat Akshay Ke Saath’ On his birthday, Zee Cinema, World’s Largest Theatre for Hindi Movies showcases the romantic musical Andaaz for the first time on television on Saturday, 9th September at 9 PM.
There are lesser instances in Bollywood where a single film presents two female debutantes; that too competing beauty queens. However, director Suneel Darshan introduced Miss Universe Lara Dutta and Miss World Priyanka Chopra in Andaaz and gave Hindi Cinema two prolific faces. Suneel Darshan commented, “I had come across a picture of Akshay and Lara together in a magazine. Lara did not look like the text-book definition of Indian beauty and was very contemporary. And combined with her strong command over Hindi she was locked for the role. Priyanka Chopra once walked into my office for some work and the way she carried herself; I knew she was the perfect fit for the character. I realized that the entire perception of female beauty would change once the movie hits the screens.”
With Akshay Kumar in the lead, this was the first universal hit of 2003 and the rest as they say is history. The music album of the movie is another highlight and the composer duo Nadeem-Shravan gave popular hits including Rabba Ishq Na Hoye, Kissise Tum Pyar Karo, Yeh Pyar Toh Hai Ek Dhoka and Aaj Kehna Zaroori Hai that are still celebrated today.
Raj (Akshay Kumar) shifts to Dehradun with his family and befriends Kajal (Lara Dutta). Growing up, Raj falls for Kajal but fails to express his feelings. He leaves for his Air Force training and returns only to find out Kajal getting married to a businessman Karan Singhania (Aman Verma). Dejected, Raj shifts to Cape Town and meets a vivacious Jiya (Priyanka Chopra). Upon his family’s insistence, Raj agrees to marry Jiya. During a visit to her family, Raj encounters Kajal, now a struggling widow. While Raj pledges to get Kajal back to life, their growing fondness bothers Jiya who happens to be Kajal’s sister-in-law. What happens next changes their lives forever.
‘Shanivaar Ki Raat Akshay Ke Saath’ celebrates the magnificent journey of Akshay Kumar with his time-honored hidden gems that will telecast for the first time on television.