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  • Aamir Khan is set to attempt the longest kiss with Anushka Sharma in ‘Peekay’. We’re waiting with bated breath

    This doesn’t come as a surprise though. Before Emraan Khan created hype and controversies with his on-screen kisses, earning the title of ‘serial kisser’, our Khan had already earned a reputation of having atleast one mouth-to-mouth suction in his films which are a lot more than two flowers caressing each other. Needless to say, the audience isn’t complaining either.

    When he debuted with 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak', he became an overnight star and his lip-lock with co-star Juhi Chawla was an instant hit. After shedding their inhibitions in the lip-lock department, they went ahead and shared quite a few in their later films, the last one being ‘Ishq’ in 1997.

    But his loyalties didn’t rest with his first co-star only. His pairing with the reigning queen of that time, Madhuri Dixit in Dil resulted in light liplock. Madhuri had already become an expert after her steaming

    Read More »from Heard This: Aamir to attempt smooch-a-thon, again!
  • John and his leggy beautiesCast:  John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai

    Direction: Kapil Sharma

    Rating: **

    John Abraham had said in his promotional interviews that he was confident that the content of the film will ensure its success but alas, his confidence was misplaced. Kapil Sharma’s ‘I, Me Aur Main’ had a promising premise but the execution left a lot to be desired.

    Like the promos have made it abundantly clear, Ishaan Sabharwal (John Abraham) is a “man-child”, self-obsessed and narcissistic. He lives with his long-term girlfriend Anushka (Chitrangada Singh) but is too self-absorbed to notice that she is desperately in love with him and wants to take the relationship to the next level. Tired of being taken for granted she dumps him and throws him out of her apartment. Ishaan promptly moves on to a new house and girl next door Gauri (Prachi Desai).

    Needless to say Ishaan and Gauri soon begin to get emotionally involved but there’s an inevitable twist in the tale. And to slow the already snail pace

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: I, Me Aur Main
  • Forget Emraan Hashmi, Bollywood now has a superstar for lip service

    No, we don’t blame the Bollywood beauties for succumbing to his Greek God looks or his super hot bod and Katrina Kaif is soon to get his lip service in the remake of Tom Cruise- Cameron Diaz starrer ‘Knight and Day’. Not much is known about the coveted lip-lock, whether it is going to be a wink and miss one like ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ or more intense, like the one in ‘Dhoom 2’.

    Hrithik-Ash's passionate kiss in 'Dhoom 2'The Bollywood hunk is no stranger to passionate kissing as well and has indulged it in quite a few films. While his intimate lip lock in Kites sparked off rumours of their off-screen romance, it was his passionate smooch with Aishwarya Rai which shocked the audience. The self-righteous Indian audience was offended that a married man was locking his lips with the Bachchan Bahu (That was before the shaadi). The film became a hit and the kiss was one of the most You-Tubed scene of the year.

    The actor is no stranger to kissing controversies

    Read More »from Heard this: Hrithik Roshan on a kissing spree?
  • Kai Po Che premiereCast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amrita Puri

    Director: Abhishek Kapoor

    Rating: ****

    Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kai Po Che’ based on Chetan Bhagat’s book ‘Three Mistakes of My Life’ is essentially a story about friendship. The story is however, layered with the protagonist’s passion for nurturing sports talent and is set against the backdrop of Gujarat at the turn of the century and depicts some of the key happenings of that time.

    Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Raj Kumar Yadav) are best buddies, who have very different career objectives but are inseparable friends. Initially they pool in their resources to start a sports equipment shop and a cricket training ground but soon, differences fester and they drift apart.

    Abhishek Kapoor deftly handles the narrative; the first half is an endearing tale of friendship and male bonding as each friend tries to help the other. The second half is a sensitive portrayal of how the Bhuj earthquake in 2001

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Kai Po Che
  • Race 2Abbas-Mustan’s ‘Race 2’ promised to be high on the style quotient but the essential question was whether the film will deliver as a complete entertainer? The critics’ verdict is in and this is what some of them had to say:

    Sanjukta Sharma is clear about her expectations from a film like this one:

    Abbas and Mustan Burmawalla, brothers and director-duo, are Bollywood’s master recyclers of pulp action thrillers. They have a glossy, plastic idiom, heavily dependent on European locations and post-production gimmickry. Race cars can be in glitzy slow motion. In fact, slow motion in jagged loops is their trademark. The men in these movies are always rakish; they live in ritzy hotels and casinos, and are surrounded by women who are always fashionably styled and brain-dead. Sexist humour drives the subplots.

    But she adds that the “new action thriller is bad pulp; and a love story fit to be a television serial.”

    Race 2 ReviewWe bring you the review of the most awaited movie Race 2. The

    Read More »from Y! Meta Review: Race 2
  • Sudhir Mishra on Inkaar, the women in his films and why he doesn’t remember his earlier films

    When Sudhir Mishra wrote ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’ in the 80s, little did he know that it will become a cult film in the history of Indian cinema. Made at a shoestring budget of roughly Rs 8-9 lakh, ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron’ was no blockbuster, but its contribution is unquestionable. Even his 1996 crime-thriller ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’ was ahead of its time, while the 2005 drama ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’ is perhaps what he is most remembered for. But Mishra doesn’t believe in resting on his past accolades. “For me, it is over because if you keep on thinking about your past achievements, it is going to be dangerous. I agree with what Danny Boyle had once said that every film should be like your first film. That adventure is the excitement,” he says.

    Mishra’s films are known for the way he writes for his female protagonists who are not mere props in the films and he is quick to reveal that he draws

    Read More »from ‘I'm Geeta in Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’
  • 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

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Inkaar
  • 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;

    Read More »from ‘Want my daughter to watch Inkaar’
  • 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

    Read More »from Yahoo! Movies Review: Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola

  • 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

    Read More »from ‘Still nervous while facing the camera’

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