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  • Why 'Inkaar' is relevant right nowCast: Arjun Rampal, Chitrangda Singh, Vipin Sharma

    Direction: Sudhir Mishra

    Rating: ****

    Sudhir Mishra’s ‘Inkaar’ is an intriguing tale about office romance, professional jealousy and sexual harassment at the workplace. It could have been a tedious linear narrative but the director’s layered approach keeps the viewer hooked till the very end.

    Maya Luthra (Chitrangda Singh) is a small-town girl who comes to Mumbai aspiring to make it big in the advertising world. Rahul Verma (Arjun Rampal), CEO of the company mentors her as she begins her climb up the ladder in the professional world. They have a brief affair which soon falls apart. A few years later when she is back in the city as one of the board of directors of the company, there is a clash of ideas and egos between the lead pair. A sexual harassment case ensues but it is difficult to take sides as you hear both sides of the story and realize that this is a not a simple open-and-shut case. The film manages to draw you in and keeps

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  • Says Arjun Rampal as he tells us why it is important to educate children about sexual harassment

    “Why don’t we discuss such topics with our children,” asks Arjun Rampal. One look at him and you are convinced that this man cannot even hurt a fly but this is the reason why Sudhir Mishra chose the actor in the first place. Arjun’s suave and sophisticated looks makes it impossible to see him as a perpetrator who harasses women. Inkaar opens with Arjun’s character facing an inquiry committee for a sexual harassment case and the story goes back and forth from there. “It is a relevant film in today’s time. I have two daughters and it is important to watch this film with your teenaged children because soon your child will be in an environment like this,” he adds. In a candid chat, the actor talks about his film and why parents should discuss such issues with their children.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    When you consider a role, what excites you as an actor?

    I always wanted to work with Sudhir;

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  • Matru Ki Bijlee Ka MandolaCast: Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapoor, Shabana Azmi

    Direction: Vishal Bharadwaj

    Rating: ***

    ‘Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola’ has a lot of things going for it but somehow it lacks the edge of other Vishal Bharadwaj films. Except his last production (7 Khoon Maaf), Vishal Bharadwaj’s productions are commendable for their tight, flawless scripts but in ‘Matru…’ too much time is spent on background and creating context before the story unfolds.

    While the plot is basically about illegal land acquisition; here the story revolves around industrialist Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and Mandola’s odd-job man Matru (Imran Khan). Bijlee is all set to marry the local politician’s (Shabana Azmi) dumb son Badal (Arya Babbar). The wedding is a mutually beneficial deal between the industrialist and the politician. But of course, there has to be the typical Bollywood-style twist where Bijlee falls in love with Matru, putting the entire arrangement in

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  • Veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor on his films, Indian cinema, and why he is still prefers a pen over keyboard

    “I like the romance of the pen making its mark on the paper,” says Pankaj Kapoor as we are ushered into his office in Versova which is devoid of any latest gadgets. “When people see me writing, they advice me use an Ipad or a laptop as it is easier. I don’t belong to that world but I am trying to cope up and keep pace with it.” Dressed in casuals, he sips a cup tea and politely offers us refreshments as we sit for a quick chat about his upcoming film ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’. His directorial debut 'Mausam' may have failed to impress the audience but Pankaj Kapoor is still unfazed with the failure. "I think the film was 15 to 20 minutes longer for today's audience," he feels. At 60, the actor is choosy about the characters he portrays and is a self-acknowledged stickler for perfection. After graduating from the National School of Drama, Pankaj came to the limelight with Gandhi

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  • Rajdhani Express castCasting: Leander Paes, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Jimmy Shergill, Sayali Bhagat

    Direction: Ashok Kohli

    Rating: .5

    There are a lot of stories that go wrong, that don’t play out the way the director conceives it, that has drawbacks that pull down the pace of the film but this one is so disjointed and incoherent that it makes you wonder what was Ashok Kohli thinking when he decided to make ‘Rajdhani Express’.

    Actually it took me a while to wrap my mind around the actual premise, if any. A fashion designer (Sudhanshu Pandey), an item girl (Pooja Bose), a scriptwriter (Priyanshu Chatterjee) and an impostor (Leander Paes) are all aboard the Rajdhani Express. Since they are all traveling in the same compartment, they decide to get drunk and play a game where they will reveal each other’s secrets. Each secret reinforces every Bollywood stereotype possible – the item girl has sex for money, so much so, that she starts soliciting her co-passengers, the fashion designer says he is gay but has no

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  • Movie stills: Dabangg 2Cast: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, Prakash Raj, Arbaaz Khan

    Direction: Arbaaz Khan

    Rating: ***

    Arbaaz Khan knows that he owns a very successful franchise and to score big with ‘Dabangg 2’ he needed to do more than just replicate the same format. ‘Dabangg 2’ tries to deliver on its promise as much as possible and our hero indulges his fans in true Salman Khan-ishtyle.

    Chulbul/Robinhood Pandey (Salman Khan) has now taken a transfer to Kanpur where goon-turned-politician Thakur Bachcha Lal (Prakash Raj) needs to be tamed. There are quite a few encounters between Chulbul and Bachcha bhaiya’s men and every time our supercop manages to beat the bad boys to a pulp in his inimitable style.

    Chulbul has made peace with his stepbrother and stepfather and is a more domesticated man now. He is no longer the brash, presumptuous lover but a more romantic and understanding husband. While some of the interaction between Chulbul and his once-estranged father and brother is endearing, I somehow liked

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  • With Dabangg 2 set to hit the screens next week, here's why Bollywood always places its bets on sequels

    A Robinhood like cop with a great sense of humour in a small town in UP is the biggest recall value Salman Khan ever got in his two-decade career. Cashing in on the popularity of the first part, Salman and team is back with the sequel and Dabangg 2 is the story going ahead. "Salman and Sonakshi's couple is married now and this film stresses on how a married couple can also be romantically inclined to each other," says Arbaaz Khan.
    Behind the scenes: Dabangg 2

    In 2012, Bollywood has churned out as many as seven sequels of its earlier hits, ranging from already released Jism 2, Jannat 2 to upcoming Dostana 2. While the former had nothing common with its original part other than the lead actor Emraan Hashmi, Dostana 2 will see Abhisekh Bachchan and John Abraham fight for Katrina Kaif. When asked why he chose to play with the 'Dostana' title again, Karan Johar was quick to tell the

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  • Movie stills: Khiladi 786Cast: Akshay Kumar, Asin, Himesh Reshammiya

    Director: Ashish R Mohan

    Casting: **

    This is Ashish R Mohan's directorial debut but having assisted on the 'Golmaal' series, he is quite familiar with the shortcut to the 100 crore club; sign up a popular Bollywood actor, pack in a few well-choreographed Matrix-style action sequences, pepper the narrative with clichéd slapstick humour, throw in an item song complete with pelvic thrusts and you have the perfect blockbuster that will set the cash registers ringing.

    'Khiladi 786' has a plot, okay may be a mishmash of several other plots that we have seen before. Khiladi 786 aka 72 Singh (Akhshay Kumar) belongs to a family of thugs who work in collusion with the police in Punjab. While the brave fake cop has a heart of gold, his search for a life partner is proving futile. On the other hand, underworld don TTT (Mithun Chakraborty) is looking for a suitable alliance for his sister Indu (Asin).

    Enter Mansukh (Himesh Reshammiya), his father runs a

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  • Says Karan Johar as he tells us why he chooses to make films on relationships

    Karan Johar's repertoire as a director of 'family' films, endorsing Packed To The Rafters was the right choice. The film maker is seen promoting the soon-to-be launched show and says that he 'Connected with each character in some level.' The director is unfazed that his teeny blooper Student of The Year failed to make a mark at the box-office. Ask him why he chooses to stick to romance in his films, he is quick to reply, "We like to watch what is aspirational and perfect love is aspirational and that's why we enjoy it so much." In a candid chat, Karan Johar talks about his favourite tv shows, why he loves making films on relationships and his definition of a successful film.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    When you watch a film, Can you step back from being a director to enjoy it?

    Sometimes it is a bit difficult you are a part of the medium and profession which makes you a bit judgmental towards other pieces

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  • Talaash: The movieCast: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor

    Direction: Reema Kagti

    Rating: ****

    Reema Kagti's 'Talaash' is a suspense thriller that not only boasts of a taut script but has a multi-layered structure that manages to pack in enough surprises to keep the viewer hooked till the very end. The storyteller's craft lies in the fact that the modus operandi of the plot seems as intriguing as the motive of the crime.

    Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) is investigating the death of actor Armaan Kapoor (Vivan Bhatena) whose car seems to have suddenly veered out of control and plunged right into the sea. Considering the actor was neither under the influence of alcohol/drugs nor was he suicidal, the death throws up a lot of unanswered questions. The plot thickens when Armaan's widow informs the police that the actor had withdrawn Rs 20 lakh on the day of his death, raising suspicion that he might have been a victim of blackmail or extortion.

    One of the prime suspects in this case is a pimp and

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Talaash

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