Bollywood still doesn't look kindly at celebrating a women's sexuality on screen and 'Cocktail' is the latest proof
- In a scene from 'Cocktail', love-smitten Gautam (Saif Ali Khan) confesses to his glamorous girlfriend (Deepika Padukone) that he has fallen for her docile roommate (Diana Penty). She graciously blesses them and proceeds to show in the next scene why Saif chooses the other woman over her by drunk dancing on a table top in a skimpy dress. For the uninitiated, this is Bollywood's way of conforming to the stereotypes and proving why women-centric films will never find takers. Not saying that Cocktail is one or even close to it. Despite the risqué clothing and foreign locations, the Indian film industry still doesn't look kindly at celebrating a women's sexuality on screen.Despite Indian cinema's awe-inspiring 100-year journey, some things have not changed. While it gave us path-breaking films like 'Mother India', 'Astitva', 'Arth', 'Mandi' etc, the main grain of a filmRead More »from Why ‘Cocktail’ conforms to stereotypes
Saif with his leggy beauties in CocktailHomi Adajania's "Cocktail" like the name promises is a heady mix of friendship, love and drama. The fact that Imtiaz Ali and Sajid Ali have written the script ensures that the concoction is strong enough to keep you entertained for the most part. However, the fun is slightly diluted by the pace of the second half.
Raja Sen in his review asks some very pertinent questions:
Why, Bollywood, why? Why this cold shower, this Vicky Christina Bar-Bar-Rona? Why must you promise a potent, heady concoction only to water it down with clichéd club soda, like a sadistic bartender? Why must the most modern aspect of a contemporary film be the clothes the actors wear? Why must characters, in a bid to prove how blasé they are, flip themselves the bird while trying on said clothes? And why -- oh lord why -- can't films be as efficiently short as heroines' skirts nowadays are?
While Taran Adarsh is not too impressed with the film post-interval, he points out the highlights:
First things first! COCKTAILRead More »from Y! Meta Review: Cocktail
- Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda
Directed by Homi Adajania
Rating: *1/2Welcome to present day London, where Veronica’s (Deepika Padukone) present is all about making her presence felt wherever she goes. So if she’s at a club, she has to get nasty on the platform, if she’s getting wasted in a limo, her bladder will be the first to give up. Read More »from Cocktail review
Those who love judging a film by its trailer will be quick to assume that this is another version of ‘Love Aaj Kal’. Those who watch American reality shows would spot similarities with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’- as Saif looks old enough to father the two leading ladies in this film. But those who actually watch this film will know that it’s neither. It’s a hollow approach to relationships that leaves you with an empty feeling of nothingness. Here’s a cocktail mixed with laughs, dances, songs, tears, stunning beaches but the cumulative effect of this mix: permanent sobriety.
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Neeraj Vora
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Rating: 0.25 *Read More »from Bol Bachchan review
Just after a cameo jig in the title song, Big B offers a disclaimer: he isn’t a part of this film, even though his name is. And that is hint enough for the wise. But for those who don’t know, Bol Bachchan (BB) jams chopsticks up the nose of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s comic classic ‘Gol Maal’ and digs itself six feet under with it. While the story is same in theory, being a Rohit Shetty film only adds some cars nailing somersaults, trucks attempting a ballet, baddies playing mid-air Garba after being biffed and Ajay Devgn drawing his eyebrows close enough to show that he means business.
Presenting the mightiest gunda of Ranakpur, human Google translator (Hindi to nonsensical) Prithviraj Raghuvanshi (Ajay Devgn). He comes, he punches, he delivers a line in two languages and he leaves. His opening shots and exits are in slow-mo and his lines leave you with loose motions. Lost in
Veena Malik shot to fame when she tip-toed in her stilettos on reality show Bigg Boss. Having been a Pakistani actress and model, being on the reality show seemed like an ideal platform to display her skills to Indian producers and directors who could check if she were an ideal fit for possible roles. And while Sunny Leone became an instant hit with the Bhatts, Veena has managed to use her reality TV clout to bag 5 films in India which have already been filmed and are awaiting a release date. But the verdict for her Bollywood debut is out in 'Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai' which released last week. While the film didn't manage to get her the national attention and interest she had hoped for, she is still hopeful and comfortable with the fact that the industry has accepted her. In a casual chat with Kunal Guha, she talks about her debut, the kind of roles that fit her like a glove and characters she would rather avoid playing. Here's a transcript of the conversation:
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Cast: Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Amit Sadh
Directed by Kabeer Kaushik
Rating: Minus fiveRead More »from Maximum review
Contrary to popular belief, this film isn’t about a nighty-clad mother (maxi-mum). It is about Aamchi Mumbai- the maximum city. But director Kabeer Kaushik’s film takes minimum interest in Suketu Mehta’s interpretation of the city and if anything, only curdles it into a milkshake of clichés. So Mumbai isn’t about the ‘Mum-bhais’ anymore. It’s about trigger-happy encounter cops, dance bars which can’t be distinguished from item song shoots and a lot of people lying mum in a pool of their own blood; pretty much like the theatre screening this film.
Pratap Pandit (Sonu Sood) is an encounter cop of few words and many bullets. A family man by every right, he is sorely disappointed when his wife- Supriya (Neha Dhupia) succumbs to a bullet later in the film. That said, unlike every self-respecting family man, he is a regular at dance bars and has his way with item girls who
Manoj Bajpai in Gangs of WasseypurAnurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" is serious storytelling but there's never a dull moment. Gone are the days when serious films and masala films were separated by watertight compartments in Bollywood. Kashyap's story about the coal and scrap mafia of Wasseypur, inspired from real-life events, peppered with choicest abuses from Bihar's heartland, makes from a very enjoyable watch.
Rajeev Masand says Wasseypur is a "gripping film" because it's much more than a revenge saga:
On the surface, Gangs of Wasseypur is a revenge saga, a tableau of vengeance between generations of gangsters. Scratch that surface and you'll discover more than just a grim portrait. Director Anurag Kashyap decides to tell this story his way, infusing it with moments of sly wit that give the blood-soaked drama irresistible color.
Baradwaj Rangan in his review talks about the "text appeal" of Wasseypur and how it boasts of moments that are strung together brilliantly to make the film memorable:
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Teri Meri KahaaniKunal Kohli's 'Teri Meri Kahaani' is a breezy romantic comedy which makes for an effortless watch. After a futile attempt at serious storytelling (Fanaa) and a vain shot at originality (Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic), Kohli's latest film is a simple tale, which works mainly because it is so mediocre that you don't need to give it much thought.
Like the promos have made it abundantly clear, the film is about love in three different eras and fortunately for us, the fact that the lead roles in the three stories are played by the same actors is purely coincidental and it is not a rebirth saga.
In 1910, Javed (Shahid), a compulsive flirt falls for Aradhana (Priyanka), a freedom fighter's daughter. He gets jailed to impress her but her father plays spoilsport. In 1960, a struggling musician, Govind (Shahid), arrives in Bombay with dreams of making it big in the film industry. He falls for the famous heroine Rukhsar (Priyanka), who is equally smitten but her best friend also is also in love withRead More »from Review: Teri Meri Kahaani
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Prachi Desai, Neha Sharma
Directed by Kunal Kohli
Rating: 1/2 *Read More »from Teri Meri Kahaani review
Cracking of knuckles, the Angry Birds background score and pure and pleasant snoring are sounds that one can be greeted with while watching ‘Teri Meri Kahaani’. These are, of course, sounds produced by the audience and aren’t a part of the movie. And while looking at the screen is the primary job in a movie hall, what Kunal Kohli offers us this week makes this the hardest and most ungrateful job ever. It would be easy to pick 100 reasons but one of the popular arguments would be: lack of anything that you’ve not already seen before. Novelty releases dopamine in the brain but the three disconnected (yet forcefully similar) love stories in this film ensure your brain doesn’t produce any dope (yours, mine or for anyone else).
If you’ve seen the promos, you know that the film features three different stories with the same lead pair spanning across decades. The first is based in 1960s