"Taal" (...the beat of passion) was released in
late 1999 to much fanfare and publicity. It was touted as the
'magus opus' of Subhash
Ghai the flashy Bollywood director/producer famous for his
high profile (if slightly harebrained) entertainers. Ghai had
hired for this film a technical crew that comprised the best
and brightest the industry had to offer including, A.R.Rahman
the famous musical director, cinematographer Kabir Lal, and
art director Sharmistha
Roy. Ghai had also put on board three different choreographers
for the 11 varied dance numbers he had planned.
To top everything off as the icing on this giant cake of
technical talent Ghai (also know as 'The Star-maker' he was
know for having introduced to the screen Madhuri
Dixit, Jackie Shroff, Manisha
Koirala among others) had enlisted Aishwarya
Kapoor, and Akshaye
Khanna in the leading parts.
The stage, and spin was set, the hype was spectacular, and
the schmoozing 'darling' was out of this world. Subhash Ghai
knew how to play the Bollywood dream machine and with "Taal"
he would do it as he had never done before. Now all that was
needed was to deliver the film.