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Considering the widespread promotions and all the hullabaloo encompassing the release of Rowdy Rathore, perhaps everyone knows what the film is about and what or who Rowdy Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha plays.

For those who have not been into the thick of things, here is a brief on what the story is all about. There would be no notifications of spoiler alerts since there is nothing that I can disclose here that would spoil the story, film or your experience. Continue reading “Rowdy Rathore – Movie Review” »

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Mahabharata & Ramayana have been scripted time and again for the small screen as well as the silver screen. It is time for one more take at Mahabharata, but this time with a firm focus on the original Hawkeye of the world, Arjun.

Arnab Chaudhuri creates the mythical era with élan in the animated film. Arjun is the journey of the third son of Pandava. A good looking young lad growing amidst the love and care of his brothers and doting mother suddenly realizes that he has a gift that other kids do not have. Yes, we are talking about the incident that marks his distinction not only for his mentor and coach Dronacharya but also for the rest of the world of Mahabharata. ‘Arjun’ takes you through the Swayamvar, the game of Pasha where Draupadi is humiliated and the countless wars that the brave warrior fought and won singlehandedly. Continue reading “Arjun – Movie Review” »

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Sandeep Mohan’s ‘Love Wrinkle Free’ may not be able to get you rid of your wrinkles or stop ageing but it certainly puts your facial muscles at work. It would not be wrong to state that it has been quite some time when there has been a film that was as simple, delicate, sensible and funny as Love Wrinkle Free.

Some of the beauties of ‘Love Wrinkle Free’ lay in the natural essence of Goa that has been mesmerizingly captured by Sandeep Mohan with deft help from his cinematographer, the simple, dysfunctional and imperfect lives of the Monteiros and equally quaint characters that grace their lives at a time when the middle aged couple could really do without their idiosyncratic interventions. Continue reading “Love Wrinkle Free – Movie Review” »

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There are some films that should never be made. Not that they have a bad story, or should we call it the basic idea of the story, but because the vision of the director, the job done by the casting agent and the acting would end up being so dismal that even a ‘Mother India’ could be turned into a catastrophe.

MLA An Inside Intruder is exactly that and worse. The primary problems with MLA are the absolute absence of acting skills on the part of the lead pair Chaitanya Naidu and Ana Kalandadze, absolutely undesired and irrelevant song and dance routine, the screenplay and the dialogues. If you thought MLA was all about politics and contriving games then you are right but what you probably would not have expected is the beaten to death dialogues, clichéd or actually hackneyed political agendas and lackluster performances by the actors as well as the director. Continue reading “MLA An Inside Intruder – Movie Review” »

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Indian cinema is steadily changing its preferences towards good films, those that are grounded in reality and stories that can stir one’s heart. ‘Yeh Khula Aasmaan’ is a noble attempt but the story, although relatable and completely realistic, does not manage to have the impact that the likes of ‘Udaan’, ‘Taare Zameen Par’ or other films that have dealt with crises of children have had. Continue reading “Yeh Khula Aasmaan – Movie Review” »

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When veteran actor Anupam Kher plays the lead of a film, there is a lot that one would expect. After all, Bollywood has never been kind to talented actors and has always been obsessed with the so called stars. So when once in a blue moon, a film like Mr Bhatti On Chutti gets set to release, film lovers like me start to expect a lot from a small film. Also, the film has been lying in the cans for more than 3 years now which also makes one feel bad for the makers. A star’s film will never be stuck that long. Continue reading “Mr Bhatti On Chutti – Movie Review” »

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Technology or experimentation in cinema is always welcome and should always be met with an open mind and perception however since cinema is also about storytelling, the latter aspect must never be compromised upon. This is exactly where Ram Gopal Varma misses the bus. Continue reading “Department – Movie Review” »

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Ishaqzaade takes you far away from the glittering buildings of Mumbai and lands you in the midst of a political turmoil in a fictitious town known as Almore. The town is supposedly modeled after some similar places in Uttar Pradesh. Almore is plagued with political rivalries, honor killings and youth, males and females, that is happy to wield a gun than a pen.

Central to all the hullaballoo we have Parma Chauhan (Arjun Kapoor) and Zoya Qureshi (Parineeti Chopra). Parma hails from the Hindu family of Chauhans whose head Surya Chauhan is a political, religious and social rival of Aftab Qureshi, the head of the other major political family in the town. Continue reading “Ishaqzaade – Movie Review” »

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Reincarnation, multiple lives and a film split into several eras ranging from the Mughal times via the pre independent India (Lahore in this case) and to present day cosmopolitan Mumbai, all these ingredients may sound very intriguing for a film lover but when these instruments are played in tandem without any melody or synch of chords and notes, the result can turn out to be a costume drama or a dance drama at best.

By now possibly everyone knows what Dangerous Ishq is all about, thanks to the relentless marketing and promotions of the Bhatt camp and to the fact that it is the comeback film of Karisma Kapoor. Continue reading “Dangerous Ishq Review” »

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The trailer of Fatso had certainly raised some expectations. Moreover, with Rajat Kapoor at the helm and the talented Ranvir Shorey, Gul Panag, Purab Kohli and Neil Bhoopalam forming an ensemble cast, one would certainly head for a treat with Fatso.

Fatso is the story of Sudeep (Ranvir Shorey) but only after his best friend Navin (Purab Kohli) dies in an accident just before he is about to get married to his sweetheart Nandini (Gul Panag). The guys including Yash (Neil Bhoopalam) meet with an accident and Navin dies on spot. Navin is taken to an afterlife which is neither heaven nor hell and neither is it up in the skies nor is it underground. It is a simple building that has elevators and different floors and the main premise of the post death circumstances is like an old school government building. Navin learns that he has been mistakenly brought across while Sudeep was the one whose time was up. Navin gets furious but the guardians of afterlife suggest that his soul takes over Sudeep’s body, hence compensating for the error. The rest of the film follows Sudeep aka Fatso and his trials and errors to win over Nandini. There is some competition from Yash as he is eyeing for the heartbroken pretty lady as well. Fatso in a nutshell is a story that puts soul above body and tries to hammer the point home. Continue reading “Fatso – Movie Review” »

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