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  • Ahoy Captain!

    Cast: Kainaz Motiwala, Vickrant Mahajan, Prem Chopra, Blue eyeliner, Green eyeliner, Purple eyeliner, Audi SUV

    Directed by Vickrant Mahajan (who is also the lead actor, lyricist, writer of the film and if you're particularly unlucky, he would be sitting next to you in the movie)

    Rating: Minus 2

    There are movies that stand up for women’s rights and there are those like this that sit down on women’s wrongs. In the same vein as Hema Malini’s directorial misadventures, ‘Challo Driver’ is one such cinematic zit that is nurtured into becoming malignant. If this film actually had a decided moral, it must be that women can do everything. This includes being highly qualified but picking a job that befits an illiterate only because they’re also adventurous and stupidly stubborn and stubbornly stupid. And girls just wanna have… at your cost (since you will pay for the multiplex ticket). Prostration guaranteed.

    'Talk to the eyeliner since the rest don't want to hear anymore'

    Tanya Malhotra (Kainaz Motiwala) is an occupation-less yet fiercely driven and Read More »from Challo Driver review
  • Mohan Kapoor is the voice of Bane in the Hindi version of 'The Dark Knight Rises''There's a storm coming'. And this is a mighty one. It's riding on 250 million US dollars to give you an idea. 'The Dark Knight Rises' or better known in the internet universe as '#TDKR' is director Christopher Nolan's last attempt at celebrating the much-loved superhero in a bat mask. While most wouldn't know, this masked vigilante has had several makeovers in the last 70 years (check them out) and the series has had him knock the air out of various adversaries. The most memorable one on celluloid being the Joker, played by Hollywood's finest- Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson. But the latest one (TDKR) offers an entirely new monstrosity: Bane- a gigantic bad boy with a metallic mask that is tightly punched over his face to constantly drug him to relieve his pain. Apart from the functionality of the mask (which is quite cool), it also lends a devilish demeanor with metallic worm-like teeth protruding from under his eyes and rising from the end of his chin too. And while this new villain

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    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 film
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  • A still from 'Barfi'

    When film historians of the future look back at cinema today, they would discover two kinds of films: those with subliminal morals and films like 'Barfi!' While it's unfair to slot a film based on its trailer, there's no harm in having an opinion and here is mine. Going back to Ranbir Kapoor saying it all without actually saying anything (he plays a deaf and dumb person in the film) can seem like a celebration of life. And if you've seen the trailer, it's impossible to miss the captions, 'be happy', 'be crazy', 'be loved', 'be charming’, 'fart generously'. OK, the last one wasn’t spelt out. But the point is and this is the scary part, does everything have to be spelt out? Does Anurag Basu have to subscribe to the Bhansali school of filmmaking? Do we need a desi Chaplin to tell us how to knead our dreary lives into something that makes it all seem worth our existence? Why not ‘be someone who has a mind of his own’ and doesn’t need to be injected with emotion’? Do we really need to do
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  • 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! COCKTAIL

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  • Cocktail review

    Keeping up with the Khan-dashians
    Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Randeep Hooda

    Directed by Homi Adajania

    Rating: *1/2

    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.

    Welcome 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
  • Bore Bachchans

    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin, Prachi Desai, Neeraj Vora

    Directed by Rohit Shetty

    Rating: 0.25 *

    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

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  • Veena Malik in 'Daal Mein Kuch Kaala Hai'

    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:

    What excited you

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  • Maximum review

    Mooch is the secret of my energy: Sonu Sood in Maximum

    Cast: Sonu Sood, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Vinay Pathak, Amit Sadh

    Directed by Kabeer Kaushik

    Rating: Minus five

    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

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  • 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:

    The film unfolds

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