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  • ‘I never watch my films'

    Says Rani Mukerji as she talks about 'Talaash', her choice of films and why romance always works in India

    As we are ushered into Rani Mukerji's tastefully done up office, we are strictly told that Rani won't be available for photo shoot. Few minutes later we find out why. Sitting with a freshly scrubbed face with minimal makeup, the actress looked relaxed and very much at peace (Is a certain Chopra responsible for it?). Her last release Aaiyaa may have got mixed response but Rani is nonchalant about it. Ask her if she is disheartened and Rani is quick to retort, "It can't bother me because as actors, we are meant to do projects and not meant to forecast whether it will work or not." Her latest release Talaash is a suspense-drama with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Rani is one of the very few actresses who never had any qualms about working in a multi-starrer. "Multi starrers are infact lot of fun as it like a picnic with s many stars working together," she says. In a candid chat, Rani

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  • Photos from 'Life of Pi'Cast: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu

    Direction: Ang Lee

    Rating: ****

    Ang Lee takes on the arduous task of translating Yann Martel's 'Life of Pi' into cinema, a book that deeply philosophizes faith, hope and illusion. Ang Lee transports you into Pi's world; as a viewer you might be captivated by the visual spectacle that the director has managed to create on screen but you are also fascinated by the young boy who is struggling to survive at sea and is trying to come to terms with his relationship with God.

    Photos: Special screening of 'Life of Pi'

    Piscine Molitor Patel (Pi) is quite a spiritual boy from his childhood. His family runs a zoo in Pondicherry and Pi is distraught when they decide to relocate to Canada. As the family sets assail in a ship with the zoo animals, a terrible storm leaves Pi (Suraj Sharma) shipwrecked, stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. They manage a miraculous feat of surviving 227 days at sea braving storms, hunger and a carnivorous island among many

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  • Behind the scenesCast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt

    Direction: Ashwni Dhir

    Rating: *1/2

    Ajay Devgn's Diwali gamble didn't quite pay off this time. A film like 'Son of Sardar' can work on two accounts, either on the merit of star power or on the quantity/quality of amusing gimmicks that the makers can pack in. However, with a flimsy plot and inadequate humour, the story fails to take off.

    Simply put, it is a bloody revenge saga where Jassi (Ajay Devgn) and Billu (Sanjay Dutt) belong to the opposite camps. Jassi comes to India to sell off an ancestral property and wants nothing to do with the existing family hostility but the Sandhus are still waiting to settle the score. Predictably he falls in love with Sukh (Sonakshi), the girl from the enemy camp and he must now, not only fight for his life but also his love.

    Jassi discovers that the only way to save himself is to remain a guest in the Sandhu household and thus, follows tedious hide-and-seek sequences where the Sardar tries to pull off one

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  • Yash Chopra's lastCast: Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma

    Direction: Yash Chopra

    Rating: ***

    There is a reason why Yash Chopra and Shah Rukh Khan are called the Kings of Romance, they have managed to weave one unforgettable love story after the other that remains etched in our memories. 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', Yash Chopra's last directorial venture had created ample pre-release buzz and the anticipation in the theatre was palpable. 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' is yet another impossible love story made believable by the conviction of the makers.

    Samar Anand (Shah Rukh) does odd jobs in London for sustenance, needless to say our quintessential Bollywood hero is multi-faceted; he croons, he grooves, he has a heart of gold and he is charmer all the way. On a cold London night, while cleaning snow from the sidewalks, Samar falls for the beautiful Meera (Katrina Kaif), Indian billionaire's daughter who is always negotiating with God and cutting deals to accomplish her unfulfilled wishes. Quite obviously their

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  • Says Ajay Devgn who feels that the young generation doesn't look sturdy enough to do action roles

    Ajay Devgn is a busy man these days. Apart from promoting his film, the actor is in news over the tussle for screens with Yash Raj Films. His production house has taken the legal course to sort out the sharing of screens for 'Son of Sardar' which releases with 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' this Diwali. "I wanted to sort this matter out with the production house without creating negative publicity for any one of us," he says about the issue. The actors mood lightens up when asked about his film and how it is different from the Telugu version. In a candid chat, the actor talks about getting the first promo right, the current crop of actors and why the '100 crore' mark doesn't bother him.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    Why didn't you speak about the Yash Raj Films issue earlier?
    I am not a person who wants create controversy in the media. I wanted to sort this matter out with the production house

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  • From Kabul, with love

    Three teenage girls have set out to change the world's view about their country Afghanistan. Here's how

    "Afghanistan is not only about war and bombings and we want to change the world's perception," says the 16-year-old Sahar while 19-year-old Sadaf, and Nargis, 18 nod in affirmation. These three girls have made a 17-minute documentary called 'The Kabul Cards', which shows the brighter side country's capital Kabul. The documentary stresses on the fact that the war-ravaged country has much more to offer than its image of bombed-out sites and terror attacks which the world generally associates it with.

    The short film was screened in the newly introduced 'Kabul Fresh' category at the recently-concluded Mumbai Film Festival which showcased different films to highlight the Afghan cinema. The film chronicles the daily life of the civilians which these girls have caught to show the world that the life in the city is pretty much same as elsewhere.

    The first seed of the idea to make this

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  • Jackky Bhagnani
    Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Rampal, Kirron Kher
    Direction: Sanjay Gadhvi
    Rating: *

    I am convinced 'Ajab Gazabb Love' was just made so that Jackky Bhagnani could add another film to his filmography. The plot follows the most predictable trajectory possible, there's not even a feeble attempt at anything original and it hardly qualifies as a romantic comedy.

    Rajveer Grewal (Jackky Bhagnani), spoilt rich kid who has built a dream car very innovatively called DC, falls hook, line and sinker for dusky girl coming down the escalator. Lovestruck hero manages to track down the 'escalator' girl with the help of a passing glance at a sociology book she is carrying. Before he can express his love, he realizes the object of his affection hates rich people and gets all high-pitched and angry when she sees them.

    How must our hero amend this impossible situation? Quite simply by pretending to be a poor, educated and hard working mechanic. Predictably one lie leads to another and before Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Ajab Gazabb Love
  • In a still from 'Chakravyuh'

    Abhay Deol talks about 'Chakravyuh' and why the film doesn't takes on sides while highlighting the Naxal issue

    In Chakravyuh, Abhay Deol plays a common man-turned-gun-toting Maoist rebel Kabir. After playing a 40-year-old IAS officer in 'Shanghai', Abhay will be seen as a Naxalite in his first action-packed film. The film is a story of two friends caught on the opposite sides against the backdrop of Naxal movement. However Abhay is quick to add that no sides are taken in this film. "Through my character Kabir (a Maoist rebel) he represents one point of view and through Arjun (a cop) he presents another point of view. Both share opposite ideologies about the Naxal movement," he adds.The actor who has always experimented with his role talks about the film and the challenges involved in making a political drama.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    What inspired you to take up the film?
    The script. Honestly, it always has to be the script and it helped that Prakashji was the director. I was keenRead More »from 'Neither propaganda nor awareness'
  • Movie Stills: ChakravyuhCast: Arjun Rampal, Abhay Deol, Manoj Bajpai, Esha Gupta

    Direction: Prakash Jha

    Rating: **1/2

    Prakash Jha picks a sensitive subject of social relevance but in his attempt to pander to popular cinema, he incorporates too many Bollywoodisms that prevent 'Charavyuh' from becoming an intense political drama. Jha spends too much time trying to make the film entertaining rather than focus on the nuances that make a coherent plot.

    'Chakravyuh' is a political drama set against the backdrop of the Naxal Movement. Jha brings to forth many pertinent aspects of the Naxal ideology — the issue of little or no development for the tribal communities in India, illegal land acquisition from the farmers, the collusion of the powerful (the politicians and the industrialists), police brutality and systematic failure of the law and order system. The intention is good but Jha flounders on the execution.

    Adil Khan (Arjun Rampal) is the honest and courageous police officer who has been assigned the arduous

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  • Lifetime Achievement Award winner at MAMI, Zhang Yimou talks about making films in China and how his bleak childhood influenced his films

    Zhang Yimou, China's most celebrated director received a standing ovation as he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the opening ceremony of the 14th Mumbai Film Festival. His films such as 'Hero', 'Raise the Red Lantern' and 'Ju Dou' were nominated for Oscars.

    Born to parents of 'dubious' background, Zhang brought his first camera by selling his blood and the turbulent times he grew in left an impact on him and his cinema. Growing up in a class dominated China made him work in farms and factories before he plotted his way to the university.  Pictures clicked with his camera helped him get an admission in the cinematography department of the Beijing Film Academy. Despite censorship, Zhang has managed to work around it and has gained international acclaim.

    Excerpts from the interview:
    How did you get into film making?
    I grew up in

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