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  • Cast: Kangana Ranaut, R Madhavan, Deepak Dobriyal, Jimmy Sheirgill, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, Swara Bhaskar, Eijaz Khan, Rajesh Sharma

     

    Direction: Aanand L Rai

     

    Rating: ****

    This film is a laughter riot. Not only will the first half give you a fair share of LOL and ROFL moments, you will continue to laugh at some of the jokes much after you have left the theatre.

    Four years into their marriage Tanu and Manu have some issues that need to be addressed. Instead of looking for an easy resolution, our lead couple – with their distinct personality types -- lets a typical marital discord mutate into a huge mess.


    Tanuja Trivedi (Kangana Ranaut) is a rebel without a cause. She is very much the person she was four years ago – she still doesn’t worry about consequences. She has been lonely in the UK; her marriage doesn’t seem to have the same spark and when she thinks she has done her bit to save it, she decides to come back to Kanpur. Armed with the same spunk and charm and now some additional
    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns
  • Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon, Siddhartha Basu, Satyadeep Misra, Manish Choudhary, Vivaan Shah
     
    Direction: Anurag Kashyap
     
    Rating: ***

    My first reaction to ‘Bombay Velvet’ – this is not an Anurag Kashyap film. This film panders to the diktats of a typical Bollywood film, something that Kashyap mocked and had complete disdain for.
     
    Here there is a song and dance and copious amounts of money spent on the look and feel and on recreating a past era. We seem to have got the ambience right, the look right – the men sucking on their cigars, the women pouting to their heart’s content and the well-trimmed facial hair on the men- all of that is bang on. But why do we continuously falter on the credibility of emotions?
     
    A story of a wannabe ‘big shot’ (Ranbir Kapoor) and an aspiring jazz singer (Anushka Sharma), who fall in love and everything changes. Their shared reality changes their individual perception of the future. Their worlds collide and their
    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Bombay Velvet
  • Cast: Akshay Kumar, Shruti Hassan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Sunil Grover

    Direction: Krish

    Rating: **½

    Akshay Kumar in ‘Gabbar Is Back’ plays to the gallery and therefore, effortlessly gets the audience to cheer and whistle for him. They get their bang for the buck – typical Bollywood-style masala dialogues, full-on action and a superfluous item number thrown in to cater to our mass audience.

    The problem is not that it follows the tried and tested formula, what is worrisome is the brutal means our hero resorts to in his attempt to eradicate corruption. Yes, there is a half-hearted attempt to deride the use of violence in the last scene but it is too little, too late.

    What’s also annoying is the dispensable roles the women have in this film – Kareena’s pointless cameo, Chitrangada’s uninspired item song and a inconsequential romantic track with Shruti Hassan. These heroines contribute zilch to the narrative. They are mere distractions, in fact, without them we could have had a taut storyline

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Gabbar Is Back

  • Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tewari, Swastika Mukherjee

    Direction: Dibakar Banerjee

    Rating: ***1/2

    Detective Byomkesh Bakshy despite the sluggish pace makes for an engrossing watch. Dibakar Banerjee manages to recreate an old world charm and a sense of nostalgic intrigue that we felt as children while watching the Byomkesh Bakshi series on DD.

    It is interesting to see how the Indian Sherlock Holmes makes rookie mistakes as we follow him on his very first adventure. Byomkesh (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) is both intuitive and gullible at the same time. He is adept at spotting even a subtle discrepancy but also has the naiveté of a novice. It is quite obvious that our protagonist had completely surrendered himself to the director and his craft and while, comparisons with the sharp Rajit Kapur are inevitable, Sushant manages to hold his own.

    Dibakar Banerjee’s attention to detail is discernible. What stays with you much after you have left the theatre is how meticulously each

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
  • Cast: Anushka Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Darshan Kumaar, Deepti Naval

    Direction: Navdeep Singh

    Rating: ***

    NH 10 reeks of confused storytelling. Is it just a road film meant to deliver the thrills? Or is it addressing a larger issue – problems implicit to a patriarchal society where misogyny is a way of life? The director of NH 10 picks up a topic of relevance but fails to contextualize it.

    It's about a road trip gone wrong but NH 10 is not just that – what we have here is the fallout of an incident that is steeped in chauvinism. However, the treatment is flippant.

    When Arjun (Neil Bhoopalam) meddles in what seems like a case of honour killing, it’s hard to commend him for his spunk. He doesn’t step in to rescue a hapless girl; all he wants to do is avenge his slighted ego. He exhibits the typical North-Indian-guy recklessness and foolhardiness that fails to prompt any empathy.

    Arjun’s wife Meera (Anushka Sharma) comes across as the more sensible one and yet in the face of a crisis her

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: NH 10
  • Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra

    Direction: Sharat Katariya

    Rating: ***1/2

    Dum Laga Ke Haisha continuously makes you smile. This is a film with a big heart and you’ll also love watching this one for the kind of nostalgia it evokes.

    It’s a simple love story; not unlike many romantic tales that we must have watched in the 1980s – an era this film is happily reminiscing. Our hero is emotionally blackmailed into getting married, he is almost repulsed by his new wife but in our films people eventually find a way to each other’s heart.

    Nothing new there, but the treatment is different and there are rare moments of genuine fun. This is probably the first time that we see a newlywed couple’s first fight play out over their personal selection of Hindi film songs.

    Our protagonist Prem (Ayushmann Khuranna) is a huge fan of Kumar Sanu and has a modest shop in Haridwar. But our fitness freak has failed his class X exams and cannot speak a word of English. Thus, some

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Dum Laga Ke Haisha
  • Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vinay Pathak, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam, Radhika Apte

    Direction: Sriram Raghavan

    Rating: ****1/2

     

    It’s violent, it’s disturbing, it’s stifling, but it is also bloody brilliant.

    Sriram Raghavan has crafted his characters with care, highlighting how grey each character is: there is no place for the black and white in this film. Who do you sympathise with? Who is the real victim?

    Hindi films give us the hero and the villain, clearly outlined characters - you know who to root for and who to despise for their dastardly acts. Raghavan’s Badlapur blurs these lines – you wonder whether two wrongs really make a right?

    Our protagonist is blinded by grief and over the years, you see Raghav (Varun Dhawan) transform from the suave, young professional he used to be into a man driven insane by the hunger for vengeance. Sometimes there seems to be just no method to his madness. The pain is understandable, but the premeditation and the relentless persuasion

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Badlapur
  • I had always wondered what he was really like in real life – was he like the suave tough cop from Kahaani or was he more like Faisal Khan from Wasseypur: crass and ruthless? In real life – he is not very tall (5’6’’ to be precise) but he has a staggering personality. When he quietly slips out for a quick smoke, he seems unaware that the bodyguards are busy looking for him. In an industry where images and egos rule, it’s almost impossible to find unassuming personalities like him.

    My voice had a slight quiver when I started talking to Nawaz saab but he speaks softly and has very precise answers. As we chatted about his filmi journey and I discovered little details about his life, I was bowled over by Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Q. You had once said that you are short and probably that’s why are offered only bit roles but now, you have big films to your credit. How has this 16-year journey been?

    A. It feels great – I started my career with a 40-second role and I

    Read More »from Face-to-face with Nawazuddin Siddiqui
  • Varun Dhawan is quite a charmer. He has had a busy day promoting his forthcoming film Badlapur but there isn’t a hint of irritation or fatigue as he talks to members of the media. He has already done half-a-dozen interviews, recorded teasers for local radio stations, flashed his disarming smile for all the women around him, and yet he is calm and focused when he settles down to chat with us.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Q. What was your first reaction when you were offered the role of Raghu in Badlapur?

    A. I though that the makers are mad. They wanted me to do the role of a boy who would then become a 38-39-year-old man. I found it very interesting. I think the whole idea of transforming myself and becoming something I was not, was very exciting.

    Q. How difficult was it to prepare for a role like this one?

    A. It was difficult, I was lost, I didn’t know which way to go, but Sriram helped me graph this character. He speaks a lot through silences and with his eyes in this film.

    Q. In your

    Read More »from In conversation with Varun Dhawan
  • Cast: Arjun Rampal, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ranbir Kapoor, Rajit Kapoor, Anupam Kher

    Direction: Vikramjit Singh

    Rating: **

    I never thought that I would say this about a Ranbir Kapoor film, but Roy is an excruciatingly boring film. Nothing, absolutely nothing, seems to break the monotony of the narrative.

    There is no thrill in this romantic thriller. Yes, there is romance but this is an insipid and predictable love story. The emotions, the separation and the redemption remain superfluous entities, never really weaving a compelling tale.

    Our filmmaker (Arjun Rampal) wants to tell the fascinating story of a thief (Ranbir Kapoor), who has intrigued him since childhood. His chance encounter with another director, Ayesha Amin (Jacqueline Fernandez), inspires him to craft the much-awaited sequel for his mysterious protagonist. The only thing is the brooding, pensive thief sounds interesting on paper but the character just doesn’t seem to translate into a suave swindler on screen.

    Vikramjit

    Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Roy

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