As with the heroes in those films, we are teased with flashes of the heroine’s (Madhuri Dixit-Nene, playing Rajjo) presence before finally getting to the scene that reveals her face. We get the moment where she issues a challenge to the villain and walks away in slow motion. (It’s a villainess, really, a scheming politician named Sumitra, and played by Juhi Chawla. We get a glimpse of her feet first, which is only right given that that’s where she wants the men around
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon
Direction: Vikas BahlRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Queen
The best thing about ‘Queen’ is that Vikas Bahl has crafted memorable characters that don’t conform to Bollywood stereotypes. The story weaved around these characters stays always relatable, luring you into Rani’s (KanganaRanaut) world fuelling your wanderlust.
Yes, weddings are the most overused canvas in contemporary Hindi films but there is a touch of relatability in this one. This wedding is chaotic unlike our typically glossy Bollywood weddings and you spot a touch of authenticity when you see our winter bride wearing a slightly oversized sweater over her sequined dress for the mehendi ceremony. When ‘London Thumakda’ plays out on the big screen, you do feel like joining the fat aunties and doing your own little jig with them.
The promos did prepare us for it but when Rani is dumped at the altar, your heart goes out to her character. You can see the initial shock register on her face and as the truth
- Vikas Bahl with Kangana
It’s a busy Mumbai evening but it is very quiet when I walk into the premises of Phantom, the distribution company run by Anurag Kashyap to interview Vikas Bahl, co-director of the National Award-winning ‘Chillar Party’.
Bahl has much going on -- his team is busy promoting the forthcoming Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Queen’, even as Bahl, dressed casually in blue jeans and grey shirt, juggles details of another event. The phone is rarely out of his hand; in between calls, he offers me steaming tea and we settle down for a chat.
Excerpts from the interview:
The promos of ‘Queen’ seem to have an instant connect with the audience. How did you manage that?
I think it is very relatable. It’s relatable yet funny, that combination is what makes it interesting. You can immediately see that you can connect with the girl and then you connect with the way she talks and then you connect with the humour that’s in it. So it seems like it’s straight out of your life, which I think works.
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Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Ram Kapoor, Vir Das, Purab Kohli
Direction: Saket Chaudhury
Saket Chaudhury’s ‘Shaadi Ke Side Effects’ is a classic example of a director approaching a topic that he is quite obviously not convinced about. The narrative is peppered with genuine humour but the plot baffles you with the many theories it throws up and immediately debunks.
Gender roles are being redefined daily, and contemporary marriages are complex entities. Throw into it a metrosexual male, who is not the traditional MCP husband but one who wants to make an honest attempt at becoming a good father. Instead of making an example out of a man who is trying so hard, the director makes him apologise for the lifestyle choices he makes, which is merely to also seek private space in a marriage.
We are handed this ridiculous notion that pursuing your own passion/hobby/alone-time is tantamount to adultery. Unless your marriage is this all-consuming entity where every bit of your time isRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Shaadi Ke Side Effects
Cast: Alia Bhatt,Randeep Hooda
Direction: Imtiaz Ali
Is this Imtiaz Ali’s best film till date? While the answer to that is open to debate and discussion, there is no doubt that ‘Highway’ is Ali’s boldest film. He makes no concessions in his storytelling, he doesn’t attempt to play to the gallery and he definitely doesn’t try to adhere to any Bollywood formula.
Right at the onset when we see preparations are underway for an impending wedding, there isn’t a colourful song-and-dance number covertly inserted into the plot. Instead the scenes play out like a home video, handheld shots taken by a video camera that probably wasn’t even high-definition.
The abduction is not premeditated but once it’s done we have no option but to flee. Our road trip is initially through the arid, dusty roads of North India. The landscape is much like the relationship between the captor and the hostage – a strange apathy emanating from the barren lands.Read More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Highway
When Veera Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is held
- Alia Bhatt promotes 'Highway'
Her firstfilmwas a dream debut – a film with Dharma Productions that managed to score big atthe box office. Her second film is a complete contrast to the glimmer and shineof ‘Student of the Year’. On a nippy Mumbai afternoon, Alia Bhatt looks like a teenager in an over-sized ‘Highway’ jacket. She exudes a rare vulnerability, as she takes on professional and personal questions.Read More »from Interview: Alia Bhatt
Excerpts from the interview:
Your first film ‘Student of the Year’ belongs to a very different genre. Was it challenging to work in a film like ‘Highway’?
It was definitely challenging for me. Even at that time, doing Shanaya’scharacter (in SOTY) was challenging for me – I didn’t know how to walk inheels, how to look glamorous. Of course, this was a different involvementaltogether, it was very physically and emotionally exhausting and I had to pushmyself a lot. It was a road trip, so a lot of things happened where you had tobe strong and keep going. But it was all in a good way because you get to learna lot
Arjun and Ranveer in 'Gunday'Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Irrfan, Saurabh Shukla
Direction: Ali Abbas Zafar
Ali Abbas Zafar’s ‘Gunday’ is set in a very 1970-ish mould: destitute boys, who eventually emerge as the messiah of the poor, a tale of friendship, love, betrayal and inevitable reunion. The director does inject a neat twist into this predictable plot but it is the performances that make the film more watchable.
Arjun Kapoor plays the hotheaded Bala who doesn’t think before pulling the trigger. He brings a rare vulnerability to his portrayal. Even though his character is brash, uncouth and reckless, you can’t help but feel for this angst-ridden gunda.
Ranveer’s Bikram, as a character is a lot more linear unlike the layered Bala. There is ample show of their well-sculpted bodies as they indulge in slow motion fistfight sequences and it is a welcome change to see that filmmakers are increasingly aware of the female gaze as well when they are selecting their male protagonists.
TheRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Gunday
Parineeti and Siddharth Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Siddharth Malhotra, Manoj Joshi, Sharat Saxena, Adah Sharma
Direction: Vinil Mathew
‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ is not a frothy romance, bubbling with KJoesque romance. It’s a slow love story that requires your patience, especially with the pace at which it progresses. You either need to have a lot of time at hand or need to be a total emotional fool to completely invest in this story.
At the heart of this tale are two endearing characters – they might be weird, quirky or even stupid at times but you somehow buy into their story. They take you through their unusual experiences and you play along simply because most of it is infused with so much genuine fun. You are even ready to indulge their idiosyncrasies and the general stupidity of the situations because Parineeti is so damn adorable as the nerdy scientist.
If you scratch a little deeper under the surface you realize that besides the eccentricities, Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) is a person that no one getsRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Hasee Toh Phasee
Abhay Deol and Preeti DesaiCast: Abhay Deol, Preeti Desai, Lillete Dubey, Rati Agnihotri
Direction: Devika Bhagat
‘One By Two’ deserves an award for the most uninspired piece of work. This is the kind of experimental film, which should have been probably been a film school project and never made it to the big screen.
Abhay Deol sleepwalks through a film that reeks of shoddy writing and dull characterization. Amit Sharma (Abhay Deol) is a lousy employee, a boring lover and basically a loser who loves to wallow in self-pity after his girlfriend ruthlessly dumps him. Instead of channelizing his energy into something worthwhile, he continues to be obnoxious to people around in more ways than one.
In a parallel world, Samara Patel (Preeti Desai) with a size zero body and very long legs aspires to become a successful dancer. Her mother (Lillete Dubey) is an alcoholic and she has a spate of bad luck before she can realize her dream. Unlike what the trailers would have you believe, the two lead characters actuallyRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: One By Two
Jai HoCast: Salman Khan, Daisy Shah, Tabu, Danny Denzongpa
Direction: Sohail Khan
Salman Khan’s box-office draw is indisputable but you can’t circumvent every rule in the book and hope to just ride on star power. The least expectation from a Salman film is that despite it’s complete disregard for logic, it will succeed in entertaining but ‘Jai Ho’ fails even on that account.
Jai (Salman Khan), a former army official, espouses fervent humanism and to champion this noble thought he doesn’t refrain from using all forms of violence possible. The problem with a thought like this one is that brutal force is offered as a simplistic solution to many complex issues that plague contemporary Indian society. Impassioned speeches fail to strike a chord, when you realize that the aam aadmi is basically hapless, unless they have someone like Salman to bail them out of their misery.
Salman as the slightly unscrupulous Chulbul Pandey (in ‘Dabangg’) was a treat to watch but Jai Agnihotri, as the uprightRead More »from Yahoo Movies Review: Jai Ho