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Dibakar Banerjee who shot to fame with the path breaking Love Sex Aur Dhokha has wrapped up shooting for his ambitious upcoming film, Shanghai. Dibakar had stormed the nation a few years back with his innovative and unique movie which was entirely filmed by digital camera and CCTV footage.

Shanghai is a political thriller which revolves around politicians, their ruthless activities and the greed that spell doom for a democratic system. The film stars one of the finest actors of Bollywood Abhay Deol, the original serial kisser Emraan Hashmi and the National Award winning actor from Tollywood (Bengali Cinema) Prosenjit Chatterjee. Shanghai would be the first major release of Abhay Deol after his successful stint in “Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara”. Emraan Hashmi who was last seen playing one of the three male leads in the blockbuster “The Dirty Picture” would be seen donning an entirely different avatar for the movie. Prosenjit who has not made many Hindi films but is the most sought after actor in Bengali cinema would also play a significant role.

Among the supporting cast, we would get to see Kalki Koechlin, Pitobash Tripathy and Farooq Sheikh. The music of the film has been composed by the talented duo of Vishal and Shekhar. Shanghai’s release date has not been finalized yet. It would be distributed by PVR Pictures.

Given the present circumstances of Indian politics and the socio economic scenario, Shanghai would certainly be able to cash in on the popular sentiments. Keep checking this space for more info on what may be another path breaking film from the talented Dibakar Banerjee.

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The first thing that comes to my mind while reading 5 Ghantey Mein 5 Crore is the 2011 Hollywood comedy “30 Minutes Or Less” starring Jesse Eisenberg. But neither is the former a comedy nor is it even close to being a big production!

5 Ghantey Mein 5 Crore follows Vikram, played by Shawar Ali, and Soniya, the Pakistani beauty Meera, on their quest for 5 Crore Rupees, upon receiving which the lovey-dovey couple would vanish to Singapore to lead a happy and romantic life. They have for some unknown reasons managed to get Muqaadam, played by Rashid Khan to pay up the money. Now, from what has been revealed about the plot, Muqaadam works as an accountant for Sultan Corporation, the company of Sultan, played by Ranjeet. Why would Muqaadam pay the money to Vikram and Soniya is not yet known. How would he manage the funds is also a question unanswered by the filmmakers. Ranjeet’s character is also in the dark and there isn’t enough information about his role.

The story starts with Vikram and Soniya waiting for their money and they plan to murder Muqaadam after he has paid up. The couple is in a farm house where Soniya is a permanent resident. Karan Oberoi, played by Abhishek Kumar, bumps into the couple since his car breaks down near their house and things turn topsy-turvy when Muqaadam’s hot girlfriend Reshman, played by Kavita Radheshyam arrives to make sense of what in the world is going on. The movie promises romance, twists, betrayals and even a murder. It is touted to be a suspense thriller and we got to wait and watch how much it delivers.

For a starter, I need to question the concept where a man asks for 5 Crores when his love interest stays in his farm house that is a well decked up two storey house in the middle of nowhere. Secondly, in 2012, what is the value of 5 Crore that a couple would dream of walking out of their luxurious house, commit a murder and then dream of living a luxurious life in Singapore. Vikram is a chartered accountant by profession hence wouldn’t he be heading off to a far better life, financially and socially, without giving into criminal activities? Well, some Bollywood movies are always beyong logical reasoning.

To give the movie some credit, Meera is looking hot and seductive and the less said about the rest of the cast, the better. 5 Ghantey Mein 5 Crore is written and directed by Faisal Saif and is produced by Dr. Joginder Singh Padam and Dr. Charanpaul Singh of J.S. Movie Entertainment. Tejas Dattani is the one behind the camera and the movie boasts of songs sung by as many as 7 singers as the songs have been written by as many as 7 lyricists. Music is out of Worldwide Records and the movie is set to release on 24th February 2012.

Well, let’s wait and see if Meera, as a hot and seductive babe who is also a bit psychotic in the movie, can weave magic on the audience and the box office?

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We have had “Deewana” and “Ek Haseena Thi” and it is time to brace up for Ek Deewana Tha in this season of Valentines. Prateik Babbar is back and this time not fighting against reservation or playing a coy guy but as a guy next door who is head over heels for the beautiful Amy Jackson.

Now, people who have seen the Tamil film “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa” do not need any introduction to Ek Deewana Tha. Gautham Menon has decided to make his film in different languages as the film has always been remade in Telugu a year back. Do we expect a director to make a movie in one regional language and go on making the same movie in all other Indian languages? Well, it sounds like a nice strategy but it makes very little sense from the cinematic perspective. Continue reading “Ek Deewana Tha – Movie Preview” »

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Fans of Akshay Khanna can rejoice on 3rd February. He has been missing from action for quite some time and one was beginning to wonder if the talented actor has faded into oblivion just like so many others who had potential but could not survive the test of time. Akshay is back and is back with something that has been haunting not just the common man but the who’s who of India. Yes, corruption it is. Gali Gali Chor Hai is a lighthearted take on the socio political situation of India through an honest and diligent man’s eyes. Continue reading “Gali Gali Chor Hai – Movie Preview” »

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First look poster of Agent Vinod

After several delays in shooting schedules and hassles over the release date and underlying gossips about the lead pair wishing to get married after the film’s release, finally we have the first look of Agent Vinod. Starring real life couple Saif Ali Khan (in the title role) and Kareena Kapoor, Agent Vinod is produced by Eros Entertainment and Saif Ali Khan’s Illuminati Films.

The film is set to be an edge of the seat action thriller. Saif plays Vinod, a spy whose real identity is confided from any and everyone. It is uncertain what exactly the plotline is all about but at this moment one can only expect some death defying stunts, car chases and some adrenalin pumping action sequences. Reports have it that Kareena Kapoor who is also playing a different character than the normally insignificant female lead in Hindi movies, has herself done quite a few stunts that would leave the audience in complete awe.

Agent Vinod has been shot in Mumbai, Morocco and Latvia. Written by Sriram Raghavan and Arijit Biswas, this is Sriram’s third Hindi film after the critically successful Ek Haseena Thi and Johny Gaddar. Going by the past movies of the talented filmmaker who shot to fame after his documentary on notorious serial killer Raman Raghav, one can only expect an exhilarating ride. The music of the film has been composed by Pritam and the audio launch would prove crucial to create further hype leading on to the release of Agent Vinod in March.

Saif Ali Khan is definitely looking sharp with his chiseled face and well toned physique and Kareena is as usual a treat to the eyes. However, the trailer does not let much out about the story and apprehensions are running high if the movie has anything unique and innovative to offer at all or is it just another run by the mill trying to be a Bourne or Ethan Hunt.

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Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Poster

Imran Khan is all set to romance Kareena Kapoor in this upcoming romantic comedy Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and directed by Shakun Batra. Imran Khan who has now made rom coms his own forte is in yet another similar role as we have seen him in Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na (his debut) and the last year’s hit “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan”. Kareena Kapoor who is the most sought after female actor in Bollywood these days is back doing what she does best, masala movies. Continue reading “Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu – Movie Preview” »

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Apneepath PosterRemakes are a dreaded territory, especially in Bollywood where remakes of erstwhile golden era movies are either a hit or a miss ballgame. The myth was broken by Farhan Akhtar in 2006 when he remade the cult classic Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Don”. Sharukh Khan helmed by Farhan made a blockbuster out of a film that was hyped as well as anticipated to set the honeybees of a possible disaster in the waking. Subsequently there has been a sequel to the Don remake and the industry is basking in the glory of its commercial success. Cut to 2012, we would see the heartthrob of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan don the hat of Vijay Dinanath Chauhan, the iconic underworld character immortalized by Amitabh Bachchan. Continue reading “Agneepath – Movie Preview” »

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Happi has been directed by Bhawna Talwar. The cast of Happi is Pankaj Kapoor, Hrishita Bhatt, Supriya Pathak, Nakul Vaid, Farroukh Mehta and Raj Saluja. Happi is the story of a man, named Happi, who does not desire too much in life. This man is happy with whatever he has and never complained of what is not there. He never felt uneasy when told that he is not a fit in this world. He lives in Mumbai and works as a small time singer in a small Café.

This Café which was his source of earning is now getting converted to a Club. The things change all of a sudden altogether for him and instead of getting downtrodden; he finds a new meaning of life and happiness. Instead of bowing down in front of adverse circumstances, he stands up and decides to fight against it. And he finds a new partner.

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Heroine has been directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal are in lead role along with Arunoday Singh, Kanika Dhillon, Shahana Gowami as supporting artists.

Heroine as name suggests revolves around the main character of movie and is reportedly based on real life story of a highly successful Bollywood Heroine. With all spices in the movie, it is a right mix of glamour and non-glamour part of real life Heroines.

What appears apparently to eyes is not always true. What is written on a piece of paper is not always correct. There is always something behind the doors that outside world never comes to know. There is always something in between the lines, not visible to everyone. Or we can say there is always something in between the lines that everyone not has the capability to read.

That is this movie is about. What looks truth is not truth. And what appears bad is not always bad.

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No doubt about it, the most talked about film in recent history with Dabangg, Ready, and Bodyguard combined, is Ra One. Shah Rukh Khan has gone around in everywhere he can to promote the movie and let us tell you, he did it for a reason.

A lot was put into Ra One, not just by its actors but the entire crew. The movie at core is made for the kids but not without leaving a global audience out of mind. Superhero films have not been too popular in Hindi cinemas except a couple hits but Ra One looks to change that. Continue reading “Ra One – Movie Review” »

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