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  • The Picture Box

    Outside, it was cloudy. The child in the window-frame gazed on, wonder-struck, relishing the summer drizzle. Leaves and droplets were all he saw. This helped him scribble down his maiden two-liner. Starting out that day as a seven year old, he found himself on a trip leading him, years later, to the first Indian Nobel Prize. (It's 'stolen' by now!)

    Interestingly, the iconic "jol porey, paata norey.." of our toddler days, had another line (authorship un-specified) attached to it. Rhymed together it became : "Jol porey, pata norey / pagla haati-r matha norey" and stayed on. Sounds innocent, but it's really tough to translate. Still, an attempt...

    Pitter-patter, on shivering leaves,                                                                                                                                                                                              The mad elephant keeps nodding it's head...                                    

    Cut to > Classroom

    Cine-Studies, @JU,

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  • Rowdy RathoreWhile we might complain about the lack of originality, 'Rowdy Rathore' has already set the cash registers ringing. Prabhudheva seems to have mastered the art of remaking Southern super-hit films for Bollywood without the slightest attempt at novelty.

    Anupama Chopra says that the film is a "relentless assault":

    Don't Angry Me! Akshay Kumar bellows this often in Rowdy Rathore. At one point, the command even plays out as background music. I think viewers need to co-opt the line. To all the directors, producers, actors who are inflicting eighties-style, low-IQ, deafeningly loud, unapologetically crass, mind-numbing movies on us, I just want to say: Don't angry me! Don't exhaust me! Don't bludgeon me!

    Raja Sen says that 'Rowdy Rathore' may be "moronically stupid and entirely pointless" but is far less objectionable:

    We've seen it all before and apparently going by the numbers generated by Ghajini, Wanted, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready and Singham -- that's what we want. A good meaty chunk of

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  • Prabhudheva's 'Rowdy Rathore' is a typical masala film, packed with romance, drama, melodrama and lots of action. The film is loaded with Tamil-style punch lines, slow motion action sequences where blood quietly trickles on to dusty ground and menacing-looking villains who live in a Ramgarh-styled (remember, Sholay) haunt.

    The protagonist is a smart small time conman who is ready to mend his ways when he falls in love. Just when he is ready to turn over a new leaf, he runs into a small girl who thinks he is her father and some goons who are people vying for his blood. A few chases and some confusion later, we realize that Shiva (our conman) has been mistaken for Vikram Singh Rathore, an upright and courageous police officer.

    Video: Lehren

    Prabhudheva manages to blend the many ingredients that can spice-up this potpourri. However, too much time is spent on the back story. We would much rather see more of Rowdy Rathore than a long tragic flashback.

    Akshay Kumar in a double role returns

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  • The united colours of Saif Ali Khan
    While A K Hangal would beg to differ, no actor would want to be typecast in Bollywood. Most may argue that it limits their creative potential to perform varied roles, it actually means that it restricts them to only a few films. But for some, holding on to a forced image is the only way to go. And the trailer of ‘Cocktail’ suggests that Saif Ali Khan is one such person. He may be branded as nasty Nawab in real life but on the big screen he has been canned as a ‘boy-next-door’ who’s always up for some good ol’ slam-bam-thank-you-maam. And this is a character hasn’t evolved much over time. From ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ to ‘Hum Tum’ to ‘Love Aaj Kal’, Saif has mastered the commitment-phobic young adult and his rehearsed goofiness ensures box office dhamakas.  So why exactly should he grow up and grow out of this typecast? Here are reasons why Saif should stick to playing the same role in every film?

    The commitment phobic

    Saif in 'Kal Ho Na Ho'
    Saif’s fans (most of them atleast) love him for the adorable indecisive
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  • Department

    Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati, Madhu Shalini, Lakshmi Manchu, Nathalia Kaur

    Directed by Ram Gopal Varma

    Rating: Minus One

    RGV worshippers ready to throng multiplexes to catch this tickling thriller must be equally prepared to feature in an upcoming episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’. This is because the ace filmmaker’s camera angles could leave them spooned, smooched, thumped to the ground and splashed under a water cooler. Infact RGV’s decidedly jerky camera takes us where no man, woman or Jadoo has ever been. From inside tea cups to the labyrinths of nostrils, from being tossed around as the striker on a carom board to being flung across the beach as a ball (this one gets you clinically dizzy). But in most cases, you end up on the floor pretty close to where your dignity is for picking this film. Abused? Yes. Amused? Unintentionally. Fist? Clenched.
    The movie begins with the following prophetic words, ‘Power corrupts’. And while you mull over these two words

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  • A still from 'Love, Lies and Seeta'
    Love, Lies and Seeta

  • Director Habib Faisal talks about his kind of cinema

    Very few may know Habib Faisal for his directorial debut in 2010- ‘Do Dooni Char’. The film managed fairly well at the box office but didn’t get him the kind of recognition that he deserved. Regardless, his heart-warming story of a middle-class family that aspired to own a car (in Do Dooni Char) earned him a National Award for “Best Hindi film” apart from a couple of Filmfare trophies. Today, he is excited about his latest directorial venture ‘Ishaqzaade’ which is releasing under the Yash Raj banner. His association with the production house has been a seasoned one as he has had story, screenplay or dialogue credits in many Yash Raj movies like ‘Salaam Namaste’, ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’, ‘Ta Ra Rum Pum’ and even the breakthrough hit ‘Band Baaja Baraat’. While the promos of his latest reveal the larger plot of the film, he seems to be cautious about letting out too much. The reason for his secrecy, “It will be a spoiler if I tell you more than the promos tell you.” Fair enough. But he
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  • Ishaqzaade review


    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra

    Directed by Habib Faisal

    Rating: ** 1/2

    We’ve all seen love stories featuring inter-caste couples, ‘Bombay’ being one of the finest in that league. So we know exactly what to expect when ‘Ishaqzaade’ shows sparks of ending up like one. Basic elements in such films: cultural differences are brushed aside for a healthy tolerance if not acceptance of each other’s religious beliefs, fierce parental opposition leading to arms being pulled out of the holster and so on. But this film makes a very simple yet crucial point: the story doesn’t need to be radically different to throw you off your feet. It is the treatment and the finer nuances of presentation which qualify as laudable differentiators. For one- the filmic reality is done away with and how situations pan out are way more believable than in most films. So if they’re in love and you’re happy to see them like that doesn’t mean that the director will indulge in your candy floss fantasy. So

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  • The many avatars of Karisma Kapoor

    Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta

    Directed by Vikram Bhatt

    Rating: 0

    Past life regression is like Reiki or market-linked mutual funds or pay hikes in journalism. You and everybody else has to believe in it wholeheartedly for it to materialize into anything. But this dangerous story that takes us through several births, a few deaths, many rented costumes and some dodgy ruins needs a little more faith and lots of laxatives to digest.

    The film opens with supermodel Sanjana- trotting her high heel shoes at a Manish Malhotra show. Soon the collection is ignored to announce that she’s become the face of the year or the decade and will get to work out of Paris for year. Everyone, including Manish Malhotra goes ‘woo-hoo!’ But Sanjana’s upset to be separated from her front-row boyfriend Rohan (Rajneesh Duggal). After a few teary-eyed goodbyes, she returns to suggest that they elope in sappy drooling dialogues that won’t get your popcorn soggy. Just then, half a

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  • The Forest review

    A still from 'The Forest'

    Cast: Javed Jaffrey, Nandana Sen, Ankur Vikral, man-eating leopard

    Directed by Ashvin Kumar

    Rating: *

    A thriller can be measured for its ability to make you predict multiple outcomes. And like horror, the extent of fear and thrill that it evokes is always limited only to one’s imagination. Here, the object of our collective fear is one of the fastest man-eating cats ever- a leopard. With that knowledge, now the number of times you get to see the spotted cat will dictate the importance you assign to it. If it appears too often, you won’t care to be scared. If it appears marginally, you would be tastefully terrified and longing for more. Luckily for director Ashvin Kumar, his man-devouring billi makes a cameo and does evoke just about enough fear to sail this low-budget thriller.

    The story is about a complicated couple – Pritam (Ankur Vikal) and Radha (Nandana Sen) who decide to join the birds, bees and uneducated flees in the wilderness to rekindle their failing relationship. For

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